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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud

A Freedom, New York, woman is the latest to be charged with welfare fraud in Cattaraugus County.

Sheriff’s deputies say 28-year-old Jessica Koch did not report her boyfriend or his income on applications that she submitted to the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services from January to March. She received $864 in food stamps her family was not entitled to.

Koch is charged with welfare fraud, petit larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. She’s scheduled to appear in Olean City Court on September 13.

St. Bona's Women's Soccer Team Wins

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Dakota Carroll (pictured) scored her fifth career goal and sophomore goalkeeper Megan Junker made four saves to preseve her first career shutout as St. Bonaventure (1-0) opened its season with a 1-0 victory over Bucknell (0-1) on Friday.

Carroll converted a giveaway on the Bucknell backline in the 29th minute, which she sent in from 18 yards out for the game's only goal. It marked Carroll's first goal since Sept. 6, 2009 when she scored the tying goal in the Bonnies' 3-1 triumph over visiting Buffalo.

Despite being outshot 11-8 overall, including 7-2 over the final 45 minutes, Bona keeper Megan Junker was up to the task, posting three of her four saves in the second half to preserve the win.

"It's early so we can certainly build off of this [win], but we have to do a better job of playing an entire game and keeping our tempo in possession," said Bonnies coach Manoj Khettry. "they took us out of rhythm and played well, especially in the second half."

St. Bonaventure closes out its first weekend of action with a contest at Kent State on Sunday. The opening kick is slated for 1 p.m.

Grand Opening for Sky Mountain Coaster

Holiday Valley is holding a grand opening today for its newest summer attraction – the Sky Mountain Coaster.

The uphill track is 1,865 feet long with a Vertical rise of 283 feet. The downhill track consists of 15 curves of varying length, 12 waves, 1 jump, plus a huge circle / spiral.

It’s in the Sky High Aerial Park, near the Tannebaum Lodge.

The Aerial Park is open daily through Labor Day, then weekends through Fall Festival.

Wooden Pallets Stolen in 2 Counties

Wooden pallets are apparently the hot new items for thieves.

Coudersport-based state police say between Tuesday and Wednesday someone took 6 wooden pallets from Steven Langer’s property in Genesee Township.

State police in Warren say that between Monday and Tuesday someone took 8 wooden pallets form Precision Precut Material in Bear Lake. They are valued at $40.

Potter County Teens in Trouble with Cops

Teenagers in Potter County are in trouble with the law following separate incidents earlier this week.

State police say on Monday a 15-year-old girl pulled a 36-year-old woman’s hair and slapped her face. The teen has been cited for harassment.

On Tuesday, a 13-year-old allegedly pushed one person, causing that person to fall into a chair, resulting in an injury. The teen also verbally threatened a victim and allegedly caused damage to the inside of a house by pulling a door off its frame.

The victims are listed as a 32-year-old woman and a 10-year-old.

Lopus Pleads Not Guilty

An Ashville, New York, man indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury has pleaded not guilty in Warren County Court to stalking harassment and luring a child into a motor vehicle.

40-year-old David Lopus is accused of traveling from Ashville to Warren County at least four times and approaching young girls.

After charges were filed in late May Lopus left the area but was picked up June 9 at a homeless shelter in Cleveland, Ohio, and extradited to Warren County.

Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

A Dunkirk man is jail for allegedly possessing and making child pornography.

31-year-old Roger Luczkowiak is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 6-year-old girl, and is heard on a video giving the victim instructions on what to do.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Coyote Hunt Set for September

JOHNSONBURG – A Coyote Hunt has been scheduled for all day Saturday, September 24 (starting at midnight of Friday, September 23), thru 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Coyotes may be harvested in any part of Pennsylvania as long as hunters are registered prior to midnight of Friday, September 23. Weigh-ins will be between 4:00-6:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. One coyote may be weighed per team.

Registration is $40 per team of two hunters or $40 per single hunter. Registrations may be mailed to Rolfe Beagle Club, 1016 Long Level Road, Johnsonburg, PA 15845. Checks, money orders, and cash will be accepted as payment. A 50% payback of registration fees will be made for the largest coyote by weight.

Hunters must supply a Team Name, personal name, address, and phone number if it is not on their check or money order. Payment will be mailed to hunters that weigh-in on Saturday and have the largest coyote, but do not weigh-in on Sunday.

Questions may be addressed to hunt organizers, Adam Geibel and Chris Double. Adam’s contact information is 814-389-8654 or Chris’s contact information is 814-964-2961 or

Motorists Reminded to
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’

PennDOT to Aid State, Local DUI Enforcement through Labor Day
Harrisburg – PennDOT today announced the distribution of federal funds to help municipal and state police crack down on impaired driving across the state through Labor Day during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative.

“People may have end-of-summer plans that involve alcohol, but safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E., said. “Getting behind the wheel when you’re impaired by drugs or alcohol puts your life in danger, as well as the lives of everyone sharing the road with you. Do everyone a favor by designating a driver.”

The $4.2 million in federal funds PennDOT distributes come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The funds have been used throughout the year to help with impaired-driving patrols. The national enforcement effort will also unveil NHTSA’s new DUI enforcement theme, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” reminding motorists of the consequences of driving while impaired.

More than 600 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police will conduct roving patrols and checkpoints targeting motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The focus for this statewide enforcement wave is border-to-border enforcement, as police are encouraged to cooperate across county and even state borders. Pennsylvania’s efforts are part of a nationwide enforcement wave.

PennDOT records show there were 169 alcohol-related crashes and five fatalities during Labor Day weekend in 2010.

Visit for more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to stop impaired driving and other traffic-safety initiatives.

Man Picked Up on Drug Charges

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of his home.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say 23-year-old Kenyon Pruitt-Boyette of Broadhead Avenue sold quantities of crack cocaine.

He was picked up Wednesday night on an outstanding warrant charging him with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Teens Found on Roof of Building

Four teenagers are facing charges after being found on the roof of the Chautauqua County Municipal Building.

Sheriff’s deputies say the got a report at around 2 a.m. on the morning on August 12 about people on the roof of the Mayville building. K-9 officer Drago found the area where the teens climbed onto the roof. Deputies found them and escorted them back down.

Three of the teens are 16 years old; the other is 17. They are all charged with trespassing and are scheduled to appear in Town of Chautauqua Court.

Police Searching for Man in Elk County

Police in Elk County are still searching for a man who fled from an Erie County halfway house.

29-year-old Jamie DeSantis was spotted hitchhiking just north of Ridgway Thursday morning, and that led to a search involving several police agencies, K-9 units and a state police helicopter.

DeSantis has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2004. He was convicted of burglary in Elk County in 2008 and sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years of probation.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lying Down on the Job --
But It's for a Good Cause

100.1 The Hero's Frank Williams (center) donates blood at the Community Blood Bank in Union Square, but that doesn't keep him from working. He's still interviewing CBB's Dan Desrochers during a live broadcast while Steph monitors his blood. Frank will be at the blood bank until 5:30. Stop by, say hello to Frank and donate blood -- which gives you a chance to win a $100 gas card from Country Fair.
Photo by Don Fredeen

Because of power outage, the blood bank had to close up shop early today. They'll be open again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Special Olympics Dice Run Next Month

“Special Olympics Thunder Run,” a motorcycle dice run sponsored by God’s Country A.B.A.T.E. and the McKean County American Legion Riders, will be held on September 17 beginning at noon. Proceeds will benefit the McKean County Special Olympics.

Registration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Moose Lodge #460 in Port Allegany. Cost is $15 per participant, which includes a buffet dinner, Chinese auction and door prizes. The run will begin at the Moose Lodge and travel approximately 120 miles, ending at Foster Township Park in Bradford.

“We are excited to be working with the Legion Riders to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes,” said Stevee McGarvey, vice-president of God’s Country A.B.A.T.E. “This is our fourth year for the Thunder Run and we are expecting over 100 bikes to participate.”

Motorcycles and all street legal vehicles are welcome to participate.

For more information contact Stevee McGarvey at 814 642-2138 or Zach Ball at 814 558-1301.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for over 360 mentally and physically challenged athletes. Programs are offered in bowling, swimming, track and field, golf, basketball, skiing and softball.

City Police Investigating Burglary

Bradford City Police were called to investigate a burglary on Jefferson Street and a motor vehicle accident on West Corydon Street. They were also called to a hit and run at Davis and Main streets and a traffic hazard on West Washington Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Officers got reports of stolen property on Jackson Avenue and Congress Street and harassment on Main and East Main streets as well as criminal mischief on Rochester and High streets and Lawrence Avenue, and criminal mischief to a vehicle on Interstate Parkway. They were also called to an argument in Hanley Park.

Comfort Food: Warming House Continues to Share Warm Meals, Outreach in Olean

Dozens of meals had already been served at The Warming House’s new North Union Street location when a neighboring business owner approached Larry Sorokes, director of the Center for Community Engagement at St. Bonaventure University.

“So, when are you going to open?” the person asked.

After months of public meetings and community discussions about the Warming House’s relocation into the city of Olean’s business district, the service/outreach ministry has settled nicely into its new home and a new routine.

In addition to a larger kitchen, preparation space and dining room, the North Union Street building has a classroom, a room for staff and a large basement storage area. Donations of new tables and chairs for the dining area and some new appliances for the kitchen were welcomed by the guests and staff alike.

The aesthetics aren’t lost on the guests, who are appreciative of the move to a newly renovated building. But the changes aren’t just cosmetic. The larger space has opened up new opportunities, such as a daily “class,” which the guests are invited to attend prior to dinner.

Warm Gratitude

Caryl and Gail Winship of Olean are grateful for the Warming House, which they’ve been coming to for 27 years for a warm meal and fellowship. They like the central location and comfort of the North Union Street site.

“The guests have responded well to this. They are getting more involved,” said Nick Goodell, program manager for the Center for Community Engagement.

In the dining room at the Warming House, the day’s messages — including the house rules, menu and schedule — flash across a flat-screen TV. At a nearby round table, a handful of guests prepare for the day’s program.

Seated nearby, another longtime guest, Chuck Black, recalled visiting the Warming House at one of its early locations on North Union Street Extension, when guests were invited inside for coffee, donuts and prayer.

Regardless of the Warming House’s address, and whether dinner is meatloaf or a casserole, “the students have a genuine care for us.

“They’re like family,” said Black. “If you have a need, you can go talk to them. It’s not a ‘soup kitchen.’ It truly is community engagement. When you step in here, everyone is treated equal.”

The Warming House is able to stay open during the summer months thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Franciscan friars and the Benevolence Fund of Holy Name Province. The competitive grant funds stipends for four summer interns who plan, cook and serve about 60 meals five days a week. During the academic year, the Warming House relies daily on two student coordinators and five additional volunteers.

“We truly don’t know how we would stay open if it wasn’t for this grant,” said Sorokes. “This gives us a stable leadership force so we can stay functioning at the level we do during the academic year. And for these students, it gives them an opportunity to explore what it is to be educated in a Franciscan way.”

St. Bonaventure student Patrick Alfonso is thrilled to be one of the four interns working at the Warming House this summer.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Warming House and I want to set a good example and precedent,” Alfonso said.

The Breakfast Club meets The Warming House

Alfonso, a philosophy and business double major from Tampa, Fla., is joined on the summer staff by Lauren Morris, an international studies major with minors in French and political science; Mike Gargano, who is working on his master’s in counseling at St. Bonaventure; and Aja Wzientek, a physical education major.

The students use their range of academic focus and varied backgrounds in service to complement each other’s skills – and to share their expertise with the guests.

One day, Alfonso leads a “Skills to Pay the Bills” workshop. During another, Gargano guides a small gathering in meditation and journal writing while his fellow students finish preparations for the day’s meal of spaghetti and marinara sauce.

Gargano, a 2011 theology graduate from Fort Edward, N.Y., sees his work at the Warming House as “an education in the human condition.

“The guests teach you other skills,” he explains, such as “how to deal with other personalities, how to be a manager, how to be a good listener.”

Wzientek is a senior and will soon be approaching student teaching, where she knows she’ll meet families of many socioeconomic situations.

The Fillmore native has put to use some of the skills she developed growing up in a family of nine: “Sometimes it’s better to just listen,” she said with a smile.

“This is one place they can come and not be judged. They can be comfortable and have control in their life,” she said.

Morris, a senior from Nunda, has done a lot of service work but just hadn’t made it to the Warming House yet. She has been an active volunteer during her time at Bona’s starting with her freshman year volunteering with Embrace it Africa.

“No matter what you do, you’re going to be surprised. Wherever you go, people are going to need your help – and they’ll help you,” Morris said.

“All service work is different. The more you do service, the more you’re going to learn,” whether it’s preparing lasagna for 35 at the Warming House or assisting young students at a rural Ugandan school.

Or perhaps even picking beetles off of vegetables that are nearing harvest.

The Center for Community Engagement has integrated weekly service at nearby Canticle Farm because of a mutual belief in the Franciscan tenet of respect for the earth and creation.

“By working directly with the farmers and volunteers at Canticle, our interns gain insights into the importance of organic, sustainable agriculture, as well as a greater appreciation for the foods we serve our guests,” said Sorokes.

In exchange for the interns’ work, the Warming House receives several weekly shares of fresh produce from the Community Supported Agriculture farm throughout its growing season, resulting in more nutritious and diverse offerings at mealtime.

Pictured, Summer Warming House interns Mike Gargano (from left), Patrick Alfonso, Lauren Morris and Aja Wzientek dish out dinner.
Courtesey of St. Bonaventure University

Pitt-Bradford Engineering Professor
Presents Paper in Czech Republic

Dr. Ronald Mattis, associate professor of engineering at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, presented a paper this summer at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

Mattis’s paper, “Using Spreadsheets to Develop Problem-solving Skills in an Introductory Chemical Engineering Course,” explained how he uses Excel spreadsheets and data to teach students the mathematical processes behind popular chemical process simulators.

“The use of Excel as a teaching aid helped the students to develop their problem-solving skills and gave them confidence in the use of a familiar tool that they can use in future courses,” he said.

Mattis, director of the engineering program, came to Pitt-Bradford in 1985. His main research interests include parallel processing, particle transport theory, arms control and national security issues.

He holds both a doctorate and bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in nuclear energy from the University of Michigan.

Mattis lives in Kane and enjoys mountain biking, cross-country skiing, weight training and reading.

Blood Shortage Continues

Win a $100 Gas Card!

The Community Blood Bank continues to struggle with the local blood supply, and expects to return to safe levels after Labor Day. But until then more donors are needed to save local lives.

There is a special event blood drive in Bradford where people can help:

One lucky donor at today's blood drive at the BRMC lab in Union Square from 3:30 to 7:30pm will win a $100 Country Fair Gas Card. No appointment is needed to save a life. Tasta Pizza will be supplying food too.

There is still a serious blood shortage affecting the region. The last month of summer is always hard because the blood shortage message gets lost on people after hearing it too much.

"We need lots of donors Thursday," said Dan Desrochers, Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "There's a few weeks left of summer and unfortunately that means lots of local residents will use blood."

The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Thursday are 3:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. Everyone over 17 is strongly encouraged to donate.

Note: I can't give blood because I'm on Coumadin -- so someone needs to go in and take my place. Please?

Farm Tractor Rolls on Top of Man

An Eden, New York, man is hospitalized after his farm tractor rolled on top of him Wednesday afternoon on Jersey Hollow Road in the Town of Mansfield.

Sheriff’s deputies and New York State Police were called to the scene, where they found 30-year-old Lucas Lenahan under the tractor. They were able to lift the tractor off of Lenahan and pull him out from underneath it.

Mercy Flight took Lenahan to ECMC in Buffalo for treatment of injuries to his ankle, hip and ribs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Boat Damaged by Fire

A boat was damaged by fire this morning, and state police are investigating.

Fire marshal Greg Agosti says the boat was on a trailer and parked on the property of Keith Nesbit of Ridge Road in St. Marys.

There is no dollar amount available for damage done to the 2001 Godfrey Sweetwater Boat.

No one was hurt.

City Police Looking into Burglary, Thefts

Bradford City Police are investigating thefts on East Main and York streets and in Hanley Park, as well as a burglary on Kennedy Street, according to the complaint report and request sheet. Officers were also called to a motor vehicle accident on Jerome Avenue and a hit and run on Bagley Avenue.

Police were called about a disturbance on King Street; criminal mischief on Congress Street; harassment on East Main and Mill streets, and on Jackson Avenue; noise on Main Street; and a dispute on Main Street.

Officers also got calls about a juvenile on Belleview Avenue, a suspicious vehicle on Congress Street and a skunk on Sherman Street.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GOP Reacts to Democrat's Portrayal of
Drillers as Drunks Who Spread Disease

At least one House Democrat leader has concluded that the only impact of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania has been increased business at local establishments and promiscuity.

“Talk about wrong-headed, misinformed, archaic, and just shocking,” said Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), the House Republican Caucus Chair. “The House Democrat leadership attitude, after studying the impacts of the Marcellus Shale industry in Pennsylvania, is insulting.”

“Drunks and promiscuous ‘womenfolk’ – that is what the House Democrat leaders are calling the hard-working men and women living within the Marcellus Shale region,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland County) said. “Who can really support such notions from leaders who think so little of those working in a growing industry?”

“The people of this Commonwealth deserve better than hyperbole or fear mongering.” Rep. Matt Baker (Bradford/Tioga Counties) said. “The hate-speech, misinformation, stereotyping and sensationalism from the House Democrat Policy Committee chairman is deplorable.”

House Democrat Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster) emailed a response to a reporter in regards to a question regarding the impact of the Marcellus Shale industry. Sturla’s published email response to was (emphasis added):

“Also, aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for the local communities? Patronizing the bars at night? Driving up the cost of rental housing? Spreading sexually transmitted disease amongst the womenfolk? Causing school districts to ask local governments to ban truck traffic on local roads during school bus pick-up and drop-off times so kids don't get killed? Upgrading emergency preparedness equipment to handle a well blow out? Running compressor stations that have decibel levels equal to a jet engine?...Really community-oriented stuff...”

“These comments show the lack of comprehension of what is going on in this region,” Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) said. “We are living and working in the real world of providing record levels of jobs, economic development and working toward energy independence.”

Pickett and the other legislators said the various energy companies are working closely with local governments, and the governments, for the most part, are satisfied with the level of cooperation and concern expressed in the northern tier of Pennsylvania.

“These mischaracterizations and stereotypes of Marcellus workers, most of which are hard-working Pennsylvanians, does nothing productive,” Rep. Donna Oberlander (R- Armstrong and Clarion Counties) said. “These comments are absolutely inappropriate and cross the line of decency.”

Woman Facing Drug Charges

An Eldred woman is in jail on drug charges.

Police say 24-year-old Michelle King was found to be in possession of marijuana packaged for sale last week in Eldred, and was charged with a felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana. She is also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, a misdemeanor.

Her bail is set at $7,500, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday in front of District Judge Bill Todd.

Hoffman to Lead Jandoli School at Bona's

Dr. Pauline Hoffmann has been named interim dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

Brother Basil Valente, O.F.M., has been named director of the Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program.

University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Fisher announced the appointments today, and said they are both effective immediately.

Lee Coppola, former dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will retire at the end of August after 15 years of service in that role

Medical Issues Lead to Crash

A 72-year-old Chautauqua County woman had to be flown to UPMC Hamot following an accident this afternoon on Route 394 in North Harmony.

Sheriff’s deputies say Harriett Lank of Celeron was driving west when, due to medical issues, she went off the road and hit a tree and a utility pole. Emergency personnel had to use extraction equipment to get Lank out of the car.

Starflight took her to the Erie hospital, where there is no word on her conditon.

Autumn Daze Looking for Vendors

Food and craft vendors are needed to participate in the annual Autumn Daze event which is scheduled to be held in Bradford’s Historic Main Street area on Sunday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The food and craft vendors will be a part of many activities planned throughout the day. The Street Dreams Car Show, sponsored by the Street Dreams Car Club and American Refining Group, will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on Main Street. Approximately 300 cars are expected for the event. There will also be music and live entertainment.

For more information contact Main Street Manager, Anita Dolan.

Lathrop Completes Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Michael L. Lathrop, son of Maureen A. Curcio of Bradford, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Lathrop completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Lathrop is a 2005 graduate of Geneva High School of Geneva, Ill.

KCH Rehabilitation Services
Offers Tips on Backpack Safety

Back-to-School Driving Tips from "The Safety Mom"

On Monday, August 15, Kellie Ely, Physical Therapist and manager of KCH Rehabilitation Services, shared tips on backpack safety with parents and kids at the Kane Area Community Center. Monday was a day for Kane Area kids and parents to pick up a pair of new sneakers, socks and backpacks in preparation for school. The items and money were donated through a community drive conducted by the Kane Area Community Center.

More that a hundred pairs of new sneakers and socks and 60 new backpacks were gathered in this year's very successful drive. August 15 proved to be a great day to be a kid in the Kane Area.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) sponsors an annual National School Backpack Awareness Day in September. AOTA tells us that “aching backs and shoulders, tingling arms, weakened muscles, and stooped posture are some of the symptoms to look for when kids wear a school backpack that is too heavy. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help kids load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems."

Injuries and pain caused by heavy school backpacks can be minimized if students and caregivers follow a few simple steps.

Here are some of the tips on backpack safety Ely shared: carry no more than 15% of body weight, wear both straps snug but not too tight, load the heaviest items to the back next to the child, backpack should not hang below the waist, and bend at the knees when lifting the backpack. (Parents may want to weigh their kids packs to check every now and then.)

Ely will be coordinating with the school to continue the education for teachers and kids on the importance of backpack safety to prevent injuries and other musculoskeletal problems in the future.

For a copy of the handout with additional guidance on safely loading and wearing a backpack, contact Kellie at 814-837-4735 or e-mail her at

Kane Community Hospital is an affiliate of UPMC Hamot with hospital-based clinics in Kane, Mount Jewett, Sheffield, Johnsonburg and Ridgway.

Pictured, Kellie Ely, Physical Therapist and manager of KCH Rehab Services is suiting up three models to demonstrate backpack safety tips -- her son Luke, and Krisa and Kaylei Rhodes. Kids and parents shopped the many choices available to them at the Kane Area Community Center on Monday. Kellie and Luke put a safety tips handout in each backpack. Kellie helped parents and kids decide the best size bag for each child and offered safety techniques for wearing, packing and lifting backpacks.
Courtesy of Kane Community Hospital

For tips about back-to-school driving listen to Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom, here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fourness Chosen as Executive Director for
Boys & Girls Club of Potter County

The Boys & Girls Club of Potter County is pleased to announce that they have chosen Monica Fourness for the role as Executive Director.

Fourness will be responsible for the establishment of club sites and programs throughout the county, beginning with Coudersport in the Fall of 2011. As part of this role, she will also lead curriculum planning, program scheduling, volunteer recruiting and fundraising activities.

She has proven experience in after school programming; she served as Project Coordinator for the 21st Century After School Program where she planned and facilitated overall programming for three Potter County School Districts (Galeton, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley) and their middle school students. Additionally she provided budgetary accountability, file keeping and reporting responsive to the grant and school requirements to determine progress toward program outcomes.

She has attended numerous training workshops for the National After School Association and the Eastern Regional Conference on After School, studied at Alfred University and Penn State University and holds several technological certifications. Prior professional experience includes employment at the Potter County Prothonotary, Public Defender’s Office, a vocational classroom teacher and adult education instructor.

Being a Potter County native, Monica has a great appreciation for the local area and its communities. When not working she enjoys her family, reading, walking with her dogs and running.

Fair Parade Cancelled

The Grand Parade at the McKean County Fair has been cancelled due to weather, but the queen coronation will be held on the mini stage.

Two Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Several people appeared in Cattaraugus County Court today on drug charges.

21-year-old year-old Bryant Battle and 20-year-old Eric Nellis, both of Olean, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance for separate incidents in December in Olean. They will both be sentenced October 31.

9 people also pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance. Eight of those people are accused of selling drugs in Olean this past winter and spring. The ninth person is accused of selling drugs in Salamanca over Labor Day weekend in 2009.

All 9 cases have been adjourned for motions.

Zippo 80th Anniversary Lighter Debuts

Zippo Choice debuts Zippo’s 80th Anniversary commemorative lighter, and previews the 80th Anniversary Limited Edition collectible.

Two exquisite bright-cut Armor lighters designed by the fourth generation of the Blaisdell family are showcased, in addition to a new splashed color enhancement that irresistibly tempts you to touch it to see if it’s wet.

See the collection of new lighters at

Court Allows TV Coverage for Sessions

HARRISBURG— Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille today announced an agreement with the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) to allow gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments and to make them available to PCN’s network of more than 3.3 million homes.

PCN coverage of Supreme Court sessions is expected to begin on September 13.

“My colleagues and I are pleased to open our courtroom to PCN’s statewide audience so they can see how our court operates and follow arguments in cases affecting every citizen of Pennsylvania,” Chief Justice Castille said.

The Chief Justice noted that the agreement was reached after PCN had operated successful pilot videotaping programs in both the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court.

PCN is a non-profit cable television network created and funded by Pennsylvania's cable television companies. PCN receives no government funding.

"Chief Justice Castille and all the justices are to be commended for their leadership in taking this historic step,” said PCN President Brian Lockman. “They are giving Pennsylvanians the opportunity to see the Supreme Court performing its duties as it has since 1684.”

In order to implement the agreement with PCN, the Supreme Court has adopted new Internal Operating Procedures to govern the broadcast of court proceedings.

The new rules require that all proceedings be recorded for future broadcast in their entirety. However, PCN can decide which session days it will request permission to record – meaning not all session days will necessarily be broadcast.

Proceedings that have been designated as “sealed” will not be covered, and the Supreme Court may limit or terminate coverage when necessary to protect the parties’ rights or to ensure the orderly conduct of the proceedings. Broadcasts will not include conferences between co-counsel or among the justices.

The rules also stipulate that none of the film, videotape, video discs, still photographs or audio reproductions developed during a proceeding will be admissible as evidence in that proceeding or in subsequent ones.

'Fun, Furious 15'
BLT Announces Season Lineup

A children’s classic, a drama and a mystery dinner theater make up Bradford Little Theatre’s “Fun, Furious 15” season.

The season kicks off in October with “Charlotte’s Web” and then moves on to the tension-filled “Twelve Angry Men” in February with the comic “Stay as Dead as You Are” in April.

“It’s going to be great to offer another production featuring young people, a drama about jury deliberations in a murder case that touches on current events, and, by popular demand, our second dinner theater” said Nanci K. Garris, BLT president.

“Charlotte’s Web” will offer both adults and students in grades 6 and up the opportunity to perform in the auditorium at Otto-Eldred Junior-Senior High School in Duke Center. Garris, who has directed young people in BLT’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “A Christmas Story,” returns to direct the full-length play by Joseph Robinette. Story author E.B. White wrote to Robinette that “You have kept its spirit and my intent. Congratulations and cheers!” In the tale, Charlotte the spider works to save Wilbur the pig from becoming bacon by writing words in her webs.

“I think offering this family-friendly play will showcase the beautiful O-E venue, will draw new faces to the stage, and will offer loyal BLTers to an exciting new theater experience,” said Garris. Tryouts will be Aug. 30 at the school and Aug. 31 at Bradford Area Public Library.

Of “Twelve Angry Men,” veteran director Cindy Matteson, says: “The time is right… Twelve Angry Men shows the workings of a jury in what appears to be an open-and-shut case where a 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. Today’s CSI and Law and order types of shows have large, interested audiences who watch the crime investigations and the court proceedings, but rarely do these audiences see what happens after the trial and before the verdict. How many people were talking about the Caylee Anthony murder trial and verdict and wondering how the jury could let that mom go free?”

Tryouts will be in December and the show will be presented Feb. 3, 4 and 5 in Bradford.

“I do want to do the play with all men, but am prepared for the alternative ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ as well,” said Matteson.

On April 20, 21 and 22, Kristin Asinger will direct the dinner theater “Stay as Dead as You Are” written by Lee Mueller, who also wrote “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning,” last year’s popular dinner theater offering.

Laughs and mayhem ensue at the Haldeman High School Class of 1982 reunion where two people are assaulted with lawn “Jarts.” Again, Mueller has drawn quirky characters including a nasty vice principal, a geek-made-good, “party hearty” guy, class jock, class “hottie” turned nightmare and others.

Asinger, BLT board member and Pitt Improvers advisor, said: “The most common comment that we received last year after our dinner theater was ‘That was so much fun! When is BLT doing this again?’ Well, are so excited to be offering another dinner theater similar to last year’s -- a scripted play mixed with fun, laughter and improvisation with a twisting plot that makes audience members love every moment of the show.”

“Auditions will be held during the second week of March 2012. We will be looking for males and females from late teens to their 80's to fill the parts of detectives, classmates who look in their 40's and staff who worked at the school thirty years ago. We hope that "Stay as Dead as You Are" will entertain our BLT audiences again with zest and delight!”

For more information, people may visit the website at or the BLT Facebook page, or contact the group at P.O. Box 255, Bradford, PA 16701. Tickets will also be available about two weeks before each show at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Tina’s Hallmark and Graham Florist, all in Bradford. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.

Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Both "Twelve Angry Men" and "Charlotte's Web" are produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Co.

Dr. Li Joins Pediatrics Staff in
Coudersport, Emporium

Dr. Hongye Li has joined Charles Cole Memorial Hospital’s pediatric staff at its offices in Coudersport and Emporium where she will work with Dr. Mary Ann Rigas, Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith, and physician assistants Korin Trumpie and Kathy Fragale.

After completing her medical education, including a fellowship in pediatric nephrology, in China, she has worked as a nephrology research scientist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed pediatric residencies at Richmond University Medical Center in NY.

Throughout her career, she has written numerous articles and conducted numerous studies for which she’s earned awards. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 814/274-9198 or 486-0810.

Man Accused of Throwing Stroller

A Mayville, New York, man is in jail for allegedly throwing a baby stroller at a woman.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Sean Barrett threw the stroller at a woman who was holding his child at 4:30 Sunday morning. The stroller did hit the woman.

Barrett is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

'Ace of Cakes' Coming to Salamanca

SALAMANCA, NY – The “Ace of Cakes” is coming to Seneca Allegany Casino this fall. Duff Goldman, a master cake decorator and star of shows Ace of Cakes and Sugar High on the Food Network, will provide an up-close, interactive, cake-decorating demonstration at Seneca Allegany Events Center on Sunday, September 25, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and are now on sale at all Seneca Casino box offices,, all Ticketmaster locations and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Goldman opened his own business, Charm City Cakes, outside Baltimore in 2000. His talent in the kitchen and eccentric cake creations – such as a replica of the Stanley Cup, a life-size motorcycle and a Hogwarts castle for a Harry Potter movie premiere – caught the attention of the Food Network. The latest reality show, Sugar High, follows him throughout the country as he samples sweet secrets and tasty techniques from bakeries, boutiques, food carts and diners. Goldman has appeared on dozens of other popular television shows, such as Iron Chef America, Oprah, Good Morning America and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Seneca Allegany Casino will celebrate Goldman’s upcoming visit with a month-long “Sweet September Giveaway” promotion with more than $40,000 in prizes. Starting September 1, daily hot seat drawings take place at 8 p.m. for $100 in Free Slot Play, a Kitchenaide® mixer and Duff Goldman’s book, Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes. Weekly hot seat drawings will take place every Friday in September at 4 p.m., with each winner receiving $500 in Free Slot Play, the aforementioned mixer and book, two tickets to the cake-decorating demonstration show on September 25 and two tickets to a special VIP meet-and-greet and lunch buffet with Goldman before the show.

The grand-prize drawing takes place immediately following the show at 4 p.m. One lucky winner will receive $10,000 cash, a $5,000 Home Depot® gift card, the mixer and book, and a special package of Duff Goldman–themed memorabilia. Five runner-up winners will split nearly $14,000 in cash and prizes. Guests at Seneca Allegany Casino can earn entries for the grand prize starting September 1 at 6 a.m. through September 25 at 3:30 p.m., and must activate those entries by inserting their Seneca Players Club Cards into any slot machine between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on September 25.

Other upcoming entertainment at Seneca Allegany Events Center includes country singer Ronnie Dunn on August 28, Canadian folk singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot on September 10 and comedian Jon Lovitz on October 9.