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Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Love Lucy

Today would have been the 100th birthday of the greatest comedienne of all time -- Lucille Ball.

You can celebrate by going to her birthplace, Jamestown, New York, where there's a huge celebration.

Airport Director:
EAS is Lifeline for Rural Communities

Following is a letter Bradford Regional Airport Director Tom Frungillo sent to business and community leaders in the region:

As many of you have read of the ongoing debates concerning the FAA reauthorization bill and the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

Senator Casey’s staff has reached out to us regarding the Essential Air Service (EAS) language in the compromised FAA extension and it very encouraging.

The Senator is still very much in support of the continuation of this important program for our region and the other airports at risk in the Commonwealth.

Senator Casey has been stalwart in working hard for Pennsylvania.

Please encourage your business contacts and friends to FLY BRADFORD! and support Senator Casey and Representative GT Thompson throughout this funding debate of our commercial air service program.

Also it’s important that you let Senator Toomey know we disapprove of his position on Essential Air Service (EAS).

EAS is not pork; it is a lifeline for rural communities to compete in the Global Economy.

EAS does not deserve to be the poster child in the budget debate.

Thank you.

Thomas C. Frungillo, C.M.
Airport Director

Fatal Accident at Dresser-Rand

An employee at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville is dead after an industrial accident Friday afternoon.

Wellsville Village Police say the accident happened at around 1:55 p.m. The man was taken by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released the man’s name yet. They will be issuing a news release Monday after OSHA completes its investigation.

Drought Warning in McKean County

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a drought warning for four Pennsylvania counties, including McKean, and Mount Jewett is in a state of emergency because of their water problems.

A drought warning asks residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 to 15 percent. In Mount Jewett, residents are being asked by the water authority to not wash cars, fill swimming pools or water their lawns and gardens. Residents are also being reminded to keep boiling their drinking water.

Elsewhere, precipitation levels in Elk County are more than 4 inches below normal.
Cameron and Potter counties are also under a drought warning. Forest, Jefferson, Tioga, Venango and Warren counties are under a drought watch.

Read the news released from DEP:

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued a drought warning for four Pennsylvania counties and a drought watch for 40 counties.

“With the hot, dry summer, our statewide monitoring network indicates a need to take this first step, which is aimed at alerting the public and water suppliers that it makes sense to take some voluntary common sense steps to conserve,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "We recommended this to Pennsylvania’s Drought Task Force, and the members agreed.”

A drought watch declaration is the first and least severe level of the state’s three drought classifications. It calls for a voluntary five-percent reduction in non-essential water use and puts large water consumers on notice to begin planning for the possibility of reduced water supplies. A drought warning asks residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 to 15 percent.

Precipitation deficits over the past 90 days are as great as 4.1 inches below normal in Elk County and 4.4 inches below normal in Chester County. DEP is sending letters to all water suppliers in the affected areas, notifying them of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans as necessary.

The agency monitors a network of groundwater wells and stream gauges across the state that provides comprehensive data to the Commonwealth Drought Coordinator. In addition to precipitation, groundwater and stream flow levels, DEP monitors soil moisture and water supply storage and shares this data with other state and federal agencies.

Individuals can take a number of measures around the home to conserve water, including:

• Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.
• Check for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day.
• Take short showers instead of baths.
• Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.
• Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
• Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running water from a faucet until it is cold.

On its website, DEP also offers water conservation recommendations and water audit procedures for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and educational institutions. Water conservation tips and drought information can be found online at, keyword: drought.

Editor’s note: The four counties under a Drought Warning are Cameron, Elk, McKean and Potter. The 40 counties under a Drought Watch are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Forest, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Montgomery, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren and Wyoming.

Church Hosting Block Parties in August

By Josh Hatcher

Usually at 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings, Open Arms Community Church in Bradford is just starting their weekly worship service – but throughout the month of August – they’ll be headed out the door.

They’ve decided to cancel their second church service each Sunday morning to host Free Block Parties at different locations in town, starting this Sunday with a picnic at the parking lot of Phillip’s Auto Depot on North Kendall Avenue from 12:00 Noon until 3:00PM.

“The idea is something we've bounced around for quite some time,” says Open Arms Pastor Mike McAvoy, “My wife has always wanted to cancel service to go serve the community and some others in the church had a similar idea, and my thought is: one service isn't radical, but canceling service 4 weeks in a row is radical.” The church will instead hold one service at 9:15, and then start loading up supplies and preparing for the outreaches.

Each of the four weeks in August, Open Arms will partner with individuals and organizations to hold free chicken barbecues, hand out balloons and sno-cones, and just provide a fun way for people to connect with their community.

McAvoy says, “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the people of our church to meet new people that they may not normally be engaging. Now when they walk or drive through the community they will see a familiar face, know a new name, be able to say hello, and even say a prayer for that person.”

McAvoy feels that these outreaches are proving two of Open Arms’ core values:
That People Matter To God – “We believe all people matter to God, not just our friends, family, church, or peer social strata” and Intentional Radical Acts of Kindness are the best way to communicate God's love for people- “So, we are canceling our late church service and as a church hitting the streets, serving and blessing others.”

Following this week’s outreach on North Kendall Avenue, the church will partner August 14th with Family Video in their parking lot on West Washington Street, serving free chicken, while the video store will be giving away coupons for free movie rentals.

August 21, the church plans to host a picnic near the Ambulance Station on Chesnut Street, in partnership with Brian Gustafson. On August 28, Open Arms will partner with the Church of the Ascension on Chautauqua Place for another chicken barbecue.

McAvoy says, “Each of these organizations were so quick to say yes and excited about the idea of serving and blessing others. We extend a big thank you to each of them for the opportunity to serve our community together.”

Open Arms is also partnering with the “To Fill A Backpack” program – and at each event, children who may need backpacks filled with school supplies can sign up to receive one for free before the start of the school year.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Benefit Dinner Sunday for
North Kendall Park Revitalization Project

A benefit dinner for the North Kendall Park Revitalization Project will be held this Sunday August 7th from noon to 8 PM at the Fraternal Order of Eagles located at 49 East Main Street.

The cost of the dinner will be $10.00 for a single, $15.00 a couple, and $25.00 for a family up to 5.

New conceptual drawings of the park revitalization will be on display for the public to see. Area residents are urged to attend this benefit to find out more information about the plans for the revitalization of the North Kendall Park.

If you would like to donate to the North Kendall Park Revitalization Project a special account has been established by the First Wesleyan Church of Bradford at the Hamlin Bank located 671 East Main Street. To keep updated on current developments with the North Kendall Park Project, you can join our Facebook page by logging on to and searching for North Kendall Park.

Quick Center for the Arts Leader
Announces Plans to Step Down

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Following a distinguished nine-year term of service, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Joseph A. LoSchiavo, will step down as the center’s leader effective Dec. 31, 2011, to pursue new professional opportunities.

“While we certainly respect Joe’s decision and wish him the very best, we sincerely regret the loss of his leadership for the Quick Center for the Arts. He will leave us having accomplished significant milestones and having generated national and international recognition of our museum, University collection, and our institution’s capacity to present major exhibitions,” said Brenda L. McGee, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.

University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., said that LoSchiavo’s commitment to enriching the artistic and cultural opportunities of citizens throughout the Twin Tiers region will be his legacy. “Joe ran with the university’s vision to establish the Quick Center as a world-class museum and cultural hub of the region. Through his efforts, some 6,000 school children visit the center each year, and citizens throughout the region have had access to outstanding art and performance experiences.”

Under LoSchiavo’s leadership, the Quick Center has realized accomplishments in several areas ranging from operations and fundraising to growth of the permanent collection and development of partnerships worldwide. Specifically, fund raising has yielded more than $900,000 in grants and more than $2.5 million in gifts, including annual grants from organizations such as the New York State Council on the Arts. Such efforts have reduced the center’s dependence on the University’s operating budget by 55 percent.

At the same time, the museum’s holdings have increased significantly through purchases, gifts, and long-term loan agreements, including a Sackler Foundation loan and participation in the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. Also during his service, the exhibition schedule increased by more than 50 percent from 11 exhibitions in 2002-2003 to an average of 16 per year in the subsequent seven years. Conservation activity increased threefold, supported by grants and individual giving, and the center established a financially self-sustaining professional performance series of nine programs per year, in partnership with The Friends of Good Music and nationally-recognized classical music organizations, such as the Liederkranz Foundation and the Concert Artists Guild.

“What he has been able to accomplish in just eight short years is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Marianne Laine, chair of the Guild for the Quick Center. “Joe has taken the Quick Center from virtual obscurity to national and international levels of acclaim. He will be very difficult to replace, and I am grateful to him for bringing to our region his distinctive expertise, experience, and commitment.”

Widely acclaimed exhibitions curated under LoSchiavo’s leadership include:

• The 2005 exhibition Glorious Lessons: The Idea of America, which was comprised of 230 works of art, artifacts and documents from the period of the American Revolution, on loan from seven major institutions and seven private collectors.

• Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière, an exhibition that originated at the Quick Center in 2009, on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (March through December 2011) and at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York (February through May 2012).

• Art of Sky, Art of Earth: Maya Cosmic Imagery, based on the Quick Center’s extensive Maya holdings, originated at the center in 2008, traveled to the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University as part of an exchange with that museum’s African collection (2009 through 2012).

“When I was brought to St. Bonaventure in 2002, my commitment was to stay for five years. It has now been more than eight years, which have been among the most gratifying and productive of my career. I am very proud of what we have achieved in that time and I feel that the Quick Center is now well positioned for a future of both growth and stability,” said LoSchiavo.

Ludwig Brunner, who has served as Assistant Director of the Quick Center since 2007, will serve as Interim Executive Director through Dec. 31, 2012. LoSchiavo will remain in consultation with the University through May 31, 2012.

Brunner has served the university since 2003 when he was named Programming Consultant for the Quick Center. Shortly thereafter, he became Director of Programming before assuming the role of Assistant Director in 2007. Previously, he was Artistic Administrator at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City. Beginning in 1981, Mr. Brunner pursued a distinguished career as an agent and manager of major international opera stars, classical music soloists, and Broadway and musical theater performers. He is the recipient of a Berlin Theatergemeinde award (the German equivalent of the Tony award) for his work on the Berlin production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Zoar Valley Task Force Trying to
Promote Safety, Discourage Illicit Activity

GOWANDA, NY – An increase in coordinated law enforcement sweeps conducted by members of the Zoar Valley Task Force have been an effective tool to promote safety and help stop illicit and dangerous activities, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean).

Over the summer months, the New York State Police, New York State Forest Rangers, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department and other members of the Task Force have increased patrols in the gorge area, parking lots and surrounding roadways to ensure that people are aware of dangers and to prevent trespassing, drunk driving, drug use and illegal camping.

“We want people to enjoy Zoar Valley, but extreme caution should be exercised. Zoar Valley can be extremely hazardous and visitors need to adhere to the rules,” said Senator Young.

“If you take risks, trespass, use drugs or alcohol and break other rules, chances are you will be caught.

“Unfortunately, we have had deaths, serious injuries and lost hikers over the years. Every time a rescue or recovery effort has to be undertaken, first responders are put in harm’s way. We want everyone to be safe,” she added.

Over the July 30th weekend, several arrests were made after law enforcement officials determined that laws were being broken.

Three individuals were arrested for trespassing, one arrest for unlawful possession of marijuana, one arrest for possession of alcohol, one arrest for littering and several traffic tickets were issued.

New York State Police Captain Steven Graap said, “The public should enjoy this state resource. However, they need to do so within the confines of existing laws and with respect for the rights of private property owners.”

Captain Graap said visitors should be forewarned that more sweeps are planned before the summer is over.

These increased Zoar Valley patrols are an outgrowth of Senator Young’s Zoar Valley Task Force that was formed in 2005 to focus on public safety and enhanced emergency response coordination.

Senator Young said that in the last ten months there have been emergency operations for four incidents, starting with injured hunter Andrew Carriero last November. Carriero accidently fell in the gorge and sustained serious injuries, requiring a coordinated, widespread response from local emergency personnel, and a rappelling rescue by a NYS Trooper Special Operations Rescue Team (S.O.R.T).

The other incidents involved lost hikers, including one that needed a helicopter rescue.

Task force members include Senator Young, Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers, New York State Police, Cattaraugus and Erie County Sheriff's Departments, Gowanda Police and Fire Departments, Otto and Collins Fire Departments, Cattaraugus County legislators, Cattaraugus County Fire Advisory Board, the Nature Conservancy, and private land owners.

“We have talented and committed task force members. They are to be commended for their excellent work because they are helping to save lives,” Senator Young said.

Two Accidents in Chautauqua County

One person was hurt in accident in the Town of Chautauqua at around 12:15 this afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies say 17-year-old Brandon Hilton of Mayville didn’t stop at a stop sign and hit a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Ronald Krisanda of Dewittville. One of Krisanda’s 16-year-old passengers suffered a minor hand injury and was treated at the scene.

Hilton will appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.


A South Dayton man was hurt in an accident Tuesday morning in the Town of Villenova.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies say it appears 19-year-old Joshua Press fell asleep at the wheel while he was driving on Route 83 at just after 6:30 a.m. His vehicle went off the road and rolled over.

Press was taken to Lake Shore for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Lottery Tickets Stolen from Superette

Someone stole six rolls of lottery tickets from the Duke Center Superette between 8:30 and 9:30 this morning.

The tickets are valued at $4,200.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

Time for Action on Jobs

By US Senator Bob Casey

Friday, we learned that the economy added 117,000 jobs in July. Better than many forecasters predicted, but not enough to bring down the national unemployment rate below 9 percent. Unfortunately, the modest job growth is consistent with the GDP data released at the end of July, which showed the economy grew at an annual rate of less than one percent during the first half of 2011.

The recovery has slowed and we need to ensure it regains momentum. It’s critical that we focus on jump-starting job creation and reducing the unemployment rate. Nearly 14 million Americans, including 479,000 in Pennsylvania, remain out of work and more than six million of these workers have been jobless for six months or more.

As Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, I held a hearing on Friday to better understand our country’s employment challenges. We heard from Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Keith Hall, who oversees the federal government’s jobs data.

Although Congress is not in session, I thought it was important to go ahead with this hearing because job creation is such a critical issue for Pennsylvanians. I’m optimistic that Friday’s hearing helped shine a spotlight on the need for additional action to bolster our economy.

It’s imperative that we move quickly to enact common-sense measures to create jobs. I have four proposals that can help move us forward. While none of them is a panacea, each of them would strengthen our economy and boost job creation.

1) Provide new incentives for small firms to hire. My Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit Act creates a one-year quarterly tax credit equal to 20 percent of the total increase in employee wages. Firms can benefit from the credit by increasing their hiring, increasing the hours of employees, or increasing employee wages.

2) Encourage small and medium-sized businesses to invest in life sciences R&D through the bipartisan Life Sciences Jobs and Investment Act – which I introduced last month – that doubles the R&D tax credit on the first $150 million of R&D in life sciences.

3) Make the R&D Tax Credit permanent to give companies the certainty they need to make long-term research investments in the United States.

4) Strengthen U.S. manufacturing by creating a national manufacturing strategy that supports manufacturing companies and workers in our country and cracks down on China’s currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices.

The labor market is recovering. After all, we’ve recorded 17 consecutive months of private-sector job gains. But, the recovery isn’t happening as fast as we would like and it has yet to touch millions of Americans.

People in our state and across the country are hurting – struggling to get back to work, put food on the table, pay the mortgage or just make ends meet. I hear the stress in the voices of people I talk with and see it in the letters I receive from folks across the Commonwealth. We need to help people get back on their feet. And to do that, we need to get back to work on creating private sector jobs and strengthening the economy.

CNN Takes on 'Pizza Bomber' Case

CNN Presents will broadcast a three-part special report, "Twisted Tale," on Sunday, August 7, at 8 p.m. ET. The report digs deep into what precisely happened during a 2003 bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania, and examines one man with prior knowledge of the plot who has never been charged.

For more information go to

Bridge, Road to be Named for
Medal of Honor Recipient Jason Dunham

AMITY, NY - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corporal Jason Dunham has been honored in a special way with the naming of a bridge and part of State Route 19 near his hometown in his memory, according to state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

Senator Young, who initiated and authored the legislation, said that Governor Cuomo signed the bill on Thursday that renames the stretch of State Route 19 and bridge that crosses over Interstate 86 in Amity in honor of the fallen hero who grew up in Scio. Corporal Dunham’s parents, Dan and Deb, still live there.

“This roadway leads directly into Scio, and Jason must have traveled that route thousands of times. He is missed by many, and the memory of a man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the people from the place he called home,” Senator Young said.

She said she filed the legislation after being contacted by a constituent who felt that the road should be renamed. After doing some research, Senator Young contacted the Dunham family to get their blessing.

“The Dunhams always are very humble and gracious. They quietly help many active duty and retired military, and never look for public recognition for themselves. They have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support, and this project is another way to remind the public that all veterans deserve our eternal gratitude for protecting our freedoms and American way of life,” Senator Young said.

“The signage not only will be visible to drivers on State Route 19, but the bridge signs will be on Interstate 86, so travelers through the region also will see them,” Senator Young said.

The Senator commended Assemblymen Daniel Burling (R,C -Warsaw) and Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) for carrying the legislation in their house.

“I asked both of them to participate, and they stepped up to the plate. The road and bridge are located in Assemblyman Burling’s district, while the Dunhams live in Assemblyman Giglio’s district,” Senator Young said.

“Corporal Jason Dunham is a true American hero who faithfully served his country and led by example,” said Assemblyman Burling. “This section of road and bridge will lead directly to his hometown of Scio and will permanently honor his memory.”

“As a fellow Marine, I salute Corporal Dunham for his sacrifice and I am honored to join with Cathy Young and Joe Giglio in this fitting tribute to a soldier who died while protecting his men and our freedom,” he added.

“Marine Corporal Jason Dunham was a decorated officer, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and a brave hero to our Country; it is only fitting that we continue to honor Corporal Dunham’s ultimate sacrifice by naming this bridge along New York State Route 19 in his home county as the “Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge”. It is a truly humbling experience to be part of this honor, and I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this legislation into law,” said Assemblyman Giglio.

In April 2004, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal Jason Dunham sacrificed his life by using his helmet to cover a hand grenade dropped by an insurgent. His spontaneous action saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

Corporal Dunham, 22, sustained serious injuries from the blast and died eight days later. He served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

President George W. Bush honored Corporal Dunham for his actions with the issue of the Medal of Honor Citation posthumously. He was the first Marine Medal of Honor recipient for Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Marine to receive the medal since the Vietnam War. Senator Young said she was honored to be asked by the Dunham family to join them at the White House for the presentation.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is awarded to members of the armed forces for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States.

Along with the Medal of Honor, Corporal Dunham earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with the Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

On November 13, 2010, the U.S. Navy welcomed its newest warship, the USS Jason Dunham, during a commissioning ceremony at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Over 4,000 people attended, including Corporal Dunham’s parents, who helped lead the ceremonies.

Corporal Dunham’s dog tags and keylar were placed beneath the mast of the ship, symbolizing his protection over the crew while at sea.

Corporal Dunham was born on November 10, 1981 in Scio, New York - a date significant in that it marks the United States Marine Corps official birthday.

Senator Young said her office is working with the New York State Department of Transportation on scheduling a dedication ceremony to rename the bridge and highway which will take place in the coming weeks.

Sunshine Report for June 2011

Big 30 Banquet

Former NFL player Seth Payne poses for a picture with Voice of the Owls Frank Williams during the Big 30 Banquet Thursday at Pitt-Bradford. Payne played 5 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars and 5 years with the Houston Texanas, and is now an assistant coach with the Portivlle Panthers,

The annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Field. You can hear the game on 1490 WESB, 100.1 The HERO and live online at The parade starts at 2 p.m. on Main Street. A tailgate party follows at Callahan Park.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Companies Request ANF Rights of Way

The Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is evaluating a request from U.S. Energy Development Corporation for a right of way for a natural gas pipeline. This pipeline would gather natural gas from proposed wells on Warrant 3713 to an existing pipeline on Warrant 4872 in McKean County, Corydon Township.

A special use authorization has been requested because 2,825 ft. of the proposed pipeline would be installed across the ANF surface in Warrant 3719 where U.S. Energy does not have rights to subsurface resources. Approximately 1,900 ft. of the proposed pipeline would run along an existing road (Forest Road 272) and approximately 900 ft. would extend from the road to the boundary between Warrants 3713 and 3719. U.S. Energy has requested a 25 ft. wide right of way for construction and maintenance of the pipeline, which would encumber approximately 1.62 acres of Forest Service land. The proposed construction would occur in Management Area 3.0, which allows special use authorizations under the 2007 ANF Forest Plan.

The decision to be made is whether to authorize a special use permit for this right of way. A map of the proposal is available from the Bradford Ranger District and is on the Allegheny National Forest website at

Site-specific comments regarding this proposal may be sent by mail to U.S. Energy Pipeline Special Use Proposal, ATTN: Anthony C. Martoglio, Bradford Deputy District Ranger, 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701. Email comments may be submitted to For email comments, please include the project name in the subject line (“U.S. Energy Pipeline Special Use Proposal”) and your name and mailing address in the message. Comments may also be delivered personally to the Bradford District Office, by telephone at (814) 363-6000 or by fax at (814) 362-2761. Business hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is evaluating a request from Catalyst Energy, Inc. for a right of way for a road accessing their mineral rights. This road would be located in Warrant 3435, Lafayette Township, McKean County.

A special use authorization has been requested because the proposed road would be installed across the ANF surface where Catalyst does not own the mineral rights. This route was proposed because an alternative road location entirely above Catalyst’s mineral estate would require a longer road impacting mature timber stands and wetlands. Catalyst has requested a 19 ft.-wide right of way for construction, use and maintenance of the road, encumbering approximately 0.2 acres of Forest Service land. The proposed construction would occur in Management Area 3.0, which allows special use authorizations under the 2007 ANF Forest Plan.

The decision to be made is whether to authorize a special use permit for this right of way. A map of the proposal is available from the Bradford Ranger District and is on the Allegheny National Forest website at

Site-specific comments regarding this proposal may be sent by mail to Catalyst Energy Road Special Use Proposal, ATTN: Anthony C. Martoglio, Bradford Deputy District Ranger, 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701. Email comments may be submitted to For email comments, please include the project name in the subject line (“Catalyst Energy Road Special Use Proposal”) and your name and mailing address in the message. Comments may also be delivered personally to the Bradford District Office, by telephone at (814) 363-6000 or by fax at (814) 362-2761. Business hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

For both projects, comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. All comments should be received or postmarked no later than August 22, 2011, and a decision from the Bradford District Ranger is expected shortly thereafter.

Further questions may be directed to Matthew Trager at 814-363-6012 or

Traffic Advisory in Warren County

Traffic from Route 27 is currently being detoured through the Warren County Fairgrounds and PennDOT is urging pedestrians and motorists to use extra caution while the fair is being set up and in progress from Monday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 13.

Pedestrians should be aware that the traffic detour will result in increased traffic at the fair this year. Motorists are urged to slow down and be especially alert while traveling through the fairgrounds.

“We hope everyone enjoys the Warren County Fair, but we are asking fairgoers to always keep safety in mind. We are asking motorists to be especially watchful for pedestrians approaching and crossing the roadways,” said Don Hall, assistant district executive for design in PennDOT’s District 1, which covers Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties.

The detour is due to ongoing replacement work on the Route 27 bridge over Little Brokenstraw Creek in Pittsfield Township, Warren County. The detour uses Hickory Lane, Barton Road and Route 6. The bridge replacement project is scheduled for completion by the middle of October.

FAA Deal Reached

From CNN:

Congressional leaders have reached "a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate" to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says.

The deal will "put 74,000 transportation and construction workers back to work," Reid says.

"This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain," Reid said in a written statement. "But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences."
U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement:

“This agreement is good news for Pennsylvania jobs as well as travelers across the Nation. It is frustrating that things got to this point in the first place but I am gratified that a bipartisan agreement was reached. Moving forward, I will continue to fight for communities that rely on regional airports and work to ensure that they are not needlessly targeted.

“I hope that this agreement is swiftly passed and signed into law to end the partial shutdown affecting 74,000 workers.”

Club Looking for Actors, Musicians

The Theater and Culture Club at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus and Olean Toastmasters welcome area actors, comedians, and musicians to participate in an original production of “Scared Speechless.”

According to director Anna Bush, musical numbers may be added to the production if enough musicians participate. The deadline to sign up is September 15 and participants must be high school age and up.

Set at a high school reunion, the murder mystery centers around witnesses to a crime who have been scared speechless and attempt to act out their version of events to the audience with comedic results.

“Scared Speechless” will be performed at 7 p.m. on October 27 and 28 in JCC’s Cutco Theater. Performances are free and open to the public.

For more information or to sign up, call Ms. Bush at 716.376.7508 or via email at

McKean County Bridgwork Starts Monday

Starting Monday, Aug. 8, McKean County drivers will encounter work zones on various routes, as bridge repair work takes place. The first three locations include:

· Route 6 at the east end of Port Allegany, over a tributary of the Allegheny River. Work includes repairs to the concrete barrier wall, deck and beams. Work should take about two weeks. There will be minimal impacts to traffic but drivers may encounter intermittent delays, with flaggers.

· Route 6 five miles west of Port Allegany, over Lillibrige Creek. Work includes concrete wing wall repairs, concrete curb repairs, and beam repairs.
Work should take about three weeks. There will be minimal impacts to traffic but drivers may encounter intermittent delays, with flaggers.

· Preliminary signing will be set next week for a bridge on Route 46 over Cole Creek in the village of Farmers Valley, Keating Township. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by a temporary signal, which will be set later this summer. Work will include beam repair, deck replacement, new barrier walls, and paving.

Three other McKean County bridges will also see repair work later this year or in 2012. Those locations include:

· Route 46 four miles south of Smethport, over Daly Brook.

· Route 46 over north branch of Cole Creek in the village of Wrights Corners.
· Route 346 over Foster Brook in Derrick City.

L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $872,000 bridge preservation contract.

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Tops Not Affected by Turkey Recall

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – Tops Friendly Markets announced today it is not affected by Cargill Added Value Meats Retail voluntary recall of 36 million pounds of its fresh and frozen ground turkey products.

On Wednesday, August 3, Cargill Value Added Meats Retail, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation announced a voluntary recall of 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen turkey products produced at its Springdale, AK facility from February 20, 2011 through August 2, 2011. The recall is a result of internal investigation and investigations of the Center for Disease Control and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service. The Arkansas Cargill meat production facility has been identified as the potential source of a strand of salmonella, Heidelberg, which has affected 26 consumers nationwide since March 2011.

“Tops Markets does not receive ground turkey products, fresh or frozen from any of Cargill’s four meat manufacturing facilities,” said James DiMartino, Tops senior manager of regulatory, environmental services and food safety. “We understand that any recall, especially when it is a regularly purchased product can cause much concern for our customers. At Tops, food safety is a very high priority and we are committed to protecting the health of our customers.”

Consumers with questions about Cargill’s recalled ground turkey products may contact Cargill’s consumer relations toll free telephone number (1-888-812-1646). A list of all Cargill meat products affected by the company recall is available by visiting

Man on Probation in McKean County
Jailed in WV for Child Sex Assault

A man who was sentenced to probation last month in McKean County is now in jail in West Virginia for alleged sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl.

25-year-old Tony Ford was booked at the North Central Regional Jail in Marion County on Wednesday.

West Virginia State Police began looking into sexual abuse allegations involving the girl back in November 2009.

The victim's mother called authorities and told them her daughter had been touched by "Uncle Tony". Ford had been living with the family for quite some time, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly touched the girl inappropriately and told her not to tell anyone.

Ford moved out of the house before he was arrested, and has been living in Pennsylvania since the incident.

US Marshals picked him up as a fugitive from justice in March near Towanda and brought him to McKean County to answer charges that he was riding a bicycle on a Main Street sidewalk in Bradford after police told him not to. When police stopped him again, he gave them a false, name, address and phone number.

Last month he was sentenced to 18 months’ probation on those charges.

His bail in West Virginia is $100,000.

'Missing' St. Marys Woman Found

A St. Marys woman who had been considered missing since Wednesday morning was found this afternoon.

Elk County Control tells WESB and The HERO that Margaret “Peggy” Haberberger” was found at about noon and she is alive and well.

Chicago Brass Quintet to Play
December Concert at Pitt-Bradford

The Chicago Brass Quintet will play a holiday concert at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford joined by the vocalists of Table for Five, which made its mark performing Christmas concerts in the Chicago area.

The concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Bromeley Family Theater, replaces the previously announced “American Idol Stars in Concert for the Holidays!” Tickets for the Chicago Brass and Table for Five concert are $24 to $28 for members of the public and $10 to $12 for all students.

“We are getting two stellar groups together for an unusually good holiday concert,” said Randy L. Mayes, director of arts programming. “Either group by itself would offer a strong concert. Together, this concert will be extraordinary.”

The program will include beloved traditional selections such as “Joy to the World” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” as well as selections from Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Table for Five will perform a capella versions of the “Coventry Carol,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

The Chicago Brass Quintet was formed in 1964 to promote the appreciation and enjoyment of brass chamber music through performances, educational workshops, broadcasts, recording and commissioning new works.

Table for 5 has been featured with numerous Broadway productions as well as performing with symphony orchestras, clubs and cabarets.

Contact the Bromeley Family Theater Box Office at (814)362-5113, Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and one hour before show time for tickets and more information.

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

Restrictions on Six Potter County Roads

Starting Monday, Aug. 8, Potter County drivers will encounter work zones on various routes, as bridge repair work takes place. Locations include:

· Route 144 (Bridge Street) over Pine Creek in Galeton. Road will be closed to replace bridge deck. A detour using Route 1020 (Germania Street/ Union Street), Route 2002 (West Street) and Route 6 will be in place. This closure is expected to last about three weeks.

· Route 6 over Trout Brook in the village of Knowlton, Roulette Township. Temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern for about six weeks.

· Route 1003 over Cushing Run in the village of Loucks Mills, Pike Township. Temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern for about six weeks.

· Route 1005 over Phoenix Run in the village of Sunderlinville, Hector Township. Temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern for about six weeks.

· Route 44 over Kettle Creek in the village of Carter Camp; Abbott Township. Drivers should be alert for an alternating traffic pattern and flaggers.

· Route 44 over Sharon Creek in the village of Sharon Center, Sharon Township. Drivers should be alert for an alternating traffic pattern and flaggers.

Overall work will include painting, milling, deck repair, hydro-demolition, roadway paving, guiderail installation, pavement markings and miscellaneous construction.

This bridgework is part of a $1 million preservation contract for six bridges in Potter County. Swank Associated Companies of New Kensington is the contractor.

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Farmers Market on Saturday

The Downtown Bradford Farmer’s Market will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Old City Hall parking lot located on Boylston Street in Bradford.

The Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday through mid-October.

A variety of produce vendors will be in attendance. Items this week include Certified Naturally Grown fresh produce from Canticle Farms in Allegany, NY, fresh produce and blueberries from Blueberry Hill Farms and Stayer’s greenhouse, baked goods, canned goods, honey, and honey products.

Produce items will include lettuces, radishes, carrots, scallions, mini onions, peppers, cucumbers, plums, peaches, corn, squash/zucchini, swiss chard, tomatoes, rye flour, corn flour and more.

Other vendors include Herbalife Distributors.New vendors are welcome. Vendor set up will be from 7 – 7:45 a.m. Reservations are not required. For more information contact the Main Street Manager at 598-3865.

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UPDATE: Alert Lifted

Virgina Tech is on lockdown because a person with a gun has been spotted on campus.

The university's website says: "Person with a gun reported near Dietrick. Stay inside. Secure doors."

33 people were killed during a shooting rampage on the campus in April of 2007.

Eldred Man Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison

An Eldred man has been sentenced to one to three years in prison in New York State for tampering with evidence and other charges.

Last July in Ellicott, New York, 38-year-old Ryan Brooks tried to hit two people with his car, and there was a child present at the time. When he was taken to the police station for processing he tampered with evidence.

Then when he was being he taken to Chautauqua County Jail, police found that he had a small amount of crack cocaine.

Police Investigating Assault, Burglary

Bradford City Police are investigating an assault at Hanley Park; a burglary on McCourt Place; a theft on High Street; and motor vehicle accidents on West Washington, Main and Rochester streets.

Officers also got calls about harassment on Williams and Pike streets and Walker Avenue and suspicious people on Kendall Avenue and in Oak Hill Cemetery. They also got a complaint about a barking dog on Congress Street and a complaint about an unspecified animal on Florence Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Shotgun Stolen in Emporium

Someone broke into an Emporium house and stole a shotgun.

State Police say the burglary happened between May 30 and July 31 at the home owned by Donald Sestina.

The burglar went into the home and removed the shotgun from the basement. The gun is valued at $150.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Trooper David Burd at 814-486-3321.

Toomey Co-Sponsors Highway Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that he has co-sponsored S. 950, which would repeal a ban on states using toll road revenues as matching funds for Appalachian Development Highway System projects.

Congress authorized construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System in 1965, and 2,715.1 miles of the authorized 3,090-mile system were completed or under construction as of September 2010. Allowing states in the Appalachian corridor to use toll road credits as matching funds for the system will speed up the use of already allocated construction dollars for several Pennsylvania infrastructure projects. The ban does not exist outside the Appalachian corridor.

“Several important highway projects in Pennsylvania, including the U.S. 219 extension and the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway, have stalled because Pennsylvania isn’t allowed to use its toll road credits as matching funds. Since states outside the Appalachian corridor can use toll road credits, Pennsylvania should be able to enjoy the same flexibilities. This is a simple solution that will not cost any additional taxpayer dollars and will help create jobs in Pennsylvania,” Sen. Toomey said.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and is co-sponsored by Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md). The bill does not increase any budget authority.

Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has introduced a companion bill, H.R. 1218, in the House, which has 10 co-sponsors.

State officials in Appalachian Development Highway System areas in Pennsylvania thanked Sen. Toomey for signing on to this important bill:

“I am pleased that Sen. Toomey is providing leadership for the U.S. 219 extension and is strongly in support of federal legislation that will bring the project to fruition. As the Democratic chair of the state Senate Transportation Committee, I know that fashioning a first-rate road system is key to job creation and business development in our region. Many of us have worked long and hard on developing the U.S. 219 corridor and look forward to the completion of this key regional access project," said State Sen. John Wozniak (D-35th.).

“I applaud the efforts of Sen. Toomey and his colleagues in the Senate and the House to remove the restriction on the use of toll credits which could be used to advance the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway,” said State Sen. John Gordner (R-27th.). “I appreciate the bipartisan and bicameral support that has been expressed by our members of Congress to allow for the construction of this vitally important transportation and economic development project.”

"We applaud Sen. Toomey's decision to support S. 950, which has been championed by Sen. Casey. This demonstrates the commitment by Pennsylvania's key leaders in Washington to building the kind of infrastructure that creates jobs and economic growth. As a multi-state organization of civic and business leaders from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia, the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition has successfully garnered significant support from our region's congressional leadership because they understand that this road project is about economic opportunity,” said Somerset County Commissioner John P. Vatavuk (D).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Busy Month for Bradford Police So Far

August has been a busy month for Bradford City Police so far. Officers looked into a possible violation of the drug act on West Washington Street, a possible theft on Belleview Avenue and a prowler on Euclid Avenue, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Police also looked into disturbances on Main and High streets and Rockland Avenue; harassment on High Street and Tibbetts Avenue; and criminal mischief on Winter and Pike streets. They investigated a motor vehicle accident on Davis Street, a gas drive-off on East Main Street and reports of stolen bikes on Brookline Court and Euclid Avenue. They also recovered a stolen bike on Rochester Street.

Officers responded to four domestic disputes; reports of suspicious people on Lincoln Avenue and Summer Street; a complaint about ATVs on Clarence Street; and walkers on Route 219.

Meet Penny and Harry ...

Harrisburg – After reading hundreds of suggestions from children across Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett have chosen names for their two new Airedale Terrier puppies: “Penny” and “Harry.”

The female pup’s name is short for Pennsylvania, and the male pup’s name is short for Harrisburg.

“Our new puppies arrived last week and they've already taken over the Residence. They are so lively and fun,” said Susan Corbett. “The Governor and I would like to thank all the children who sent us letters and emails with names for our puppies. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the suggestions and learning about other pets.”

Penny was the overwhelming suggestion for the female, with 37 children submitting the name. Harry was submitted by 4 children and there were 3 children who submitted both names. There were a total of 548 puppy name submissions.

“The children of Pennsylvania did a terrific job of coming up with the names,” said Governor Corbett. “It was nice to see so many kids get involved through letter writing and emails. Each child put so much thought into the names they chose.”

The contest was open to Pennsylvania’s children ages 12 and under. The children who chose the winning names will receive an autographed picture of Governor and Mrs. Corbett with Penny and Harry.

The Corbetts have owned several Airedales in the past, with the names of Fergie, Maggie and Daisy. Airedales are known as the “King of Terriers.” They are the largest of the terrier breed and are thought to have originated in the valley of Aire in England.

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Smethport Woman Hurt in Crash

A Smethport woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident this morning on Route 46 in Otto Township.

Police say 49-year-old Laura Sullivan was about a mile east of Route 646 at just after 10 a.m. when her pickup truck went out of control, went off the road and hit an embankment.

Sullivan was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Disabled Vessel Near Ripley

A vessel operated by Daniel Sehnke of Northeast, PA, was disabled in Lake Erie off the Town of Ripley Tuesday afternoon, and got some help from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office navigation division.

Deputies say Sehnke was unable to operate the vessel due to a mechanical failure and it drifted into shallow water in the area of RJ's Campground in Ripley. A Good Samaritan from the campground assisted the owner and three passengers. They were able to hold the boat off the rocks until the navigation unit arrived at the scene.

The four occupants were then helped up a cliff to safety.

Man Allegedly Hit Signs, Guide Rails

A Salamanca man is facing charges for leaving the scene of an accident on Route 417 early Monday morning.

22-year-old Aaron Pierce is accused of hitting several construction signs and guard rails on 417. Police stopped him on I-86 in the Town of Allegany at just after midnight.

Pierce was also charged by sheriff's deputies with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and a couple of traffic violations.

WSBU Hits Top of the Charts Again

St. Bonaventure University’s student-run radio station, WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz, has once again reached the top of the charts.

Just four years after being ranked No. 1 in the “Best College Radio Station” category, WSBU hit the top spot again this year in The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, which ranked St. Bonaventure as one of the nation’s “Best 376 Colleges.” The station previously held the top spot in 2007 then dropped to No. 2 in 2008 and 2009, and to No. 4 in 2010.

Rankings reporting the top 20 colleges for radio stations, along with more than 50 other categories, are in the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, which was released Tuesday.

The station, founded in 1948, prides itself on broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering a variety of music, including modern rock, alternative and hip-hop, along with news, sports and specialty shows.

In February, WSBU was also voted one of the 10 finalists for mtvU’s 2011 College Radio Woodie Award.

WSBU — located on the Web at — has been ranked among the top five college radio stations in the Princeton Review survey for more than a decade.

The rankings are based on an 80-question survey sent to more than 122,000 students across the nation covering topics such as social life, fellow students, campus and community. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Pitt-Bradford Named a 'Best in the Northeast' College for Eighth Year

For the eighth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as one of the best colleges in the northeast.

“We’re delighted to once again receive national recognition for our high quality programs and the outstanding collegiate experience we provide to our students,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “This is clearly a reflection of the terrific work and exceptional talent of our faculty and staff.”

The education services company selected Pitt-Bradford as one of 220 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its feature “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The 629 colleges named “regional bests” make up about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their own colleges on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Actual comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile on its website.

Pitt-Bradford is “a cozy gem in the middle of nowhere” offering “small classes with individualized attention, professors who are always available and a generally student-friendly atmosphere,” one student wrote.

Another student wrote that “this school excels in the criminal justice area.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Pitt-Bradford to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.

“We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.”

The 220 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its Best Northeaster Colleges list are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.

Pitt-Bradford has been recognized by The Princeton Review seven times previously. In 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, it was named one of the best colleges in the Northeast; in 2008, it was named one of the best schools in the Eastern region, and in 2004, the university was named one of the best 115 colleges in the Mid-Atlantic.

Farmersville Man Charged with Rape

A Farmersville man has been charged with rape for allegedly having sex with a person younger than 13.

18-year-old Leo Stromecki is accused of having sex with the person in May, according to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies.

He was released on his own recognizance and will appear in Farmersville Town Court at a later date.

New Dining Guide & Map for ANF Region

A brand new brochure – Dining Guide & Map of the Allegheny National Forest Region – is now available through the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau.

The brochure includes information on 25 area restaurants and farmers markets along with the times the business is open, if there is a full bar or if reservations are required. There is also a map of the region that identifies the location of those in the brochure as well as other attractions in the area.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for McKean County.

The free maps are available by calling 800-473-9370 or e-mailing In addition, a variety of tourism information for individuals or businesses may be picked up at the ANF Visitors Bureau Welcome Center located at 80 E. Corydon Street, Bradford, which is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.