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Friday, August 26, 2011

BACC Coordinating Downtown Hunt to
Welcome Back Pitt Students

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is coordinating a “Welcome Back Pitt Students” Downtown Hunt to welcome University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students back to town. The event, open to all University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students, will kick off at 4pm on Friday, September 2nd.

The starting point for the Downtown Hunt will be the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office at 121 Main Street, where hot dogs and soda will be served to participants by the BACC staff. Students who take part in the Downtown Hunt will receive a game card at the BACC office. By visiting participating businesses in the downtown area, they will collect stickers in an attempt to fill their cards, with special stickers indicating businesses who are part of the university’s Panther Post program.

The Downtown Hunt is designed to help students become more aware of what downtown has to offer, while welcoming them back to Bradford in a fun way. The Downtown Hunt will conclude in Veterans’ Square, at the head of Main Street, at 5:30 pm with music, thank-you packages for all participants, and a prize drawing from among all completed game cards.

Downtown area businesses who wish to participate in the Downtown Hunt, donate prize items, or have questions about the Downtown Hunt should contact the Chamber office at 814-368-7115. Students who have any questions about the Downtown Hunt prior to Friday are also welcome to call or stop in to the Chamber office.

Corbett Declares State of Emergency;
Twin Tiers Should be OK

Governor Tom Corbett today declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Irene, a massive storm expected to impact much of the eastern half of the state.

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel as necessary to cope with this emergency situation.

Corbett issued the disaster proclamation this morning after meeting with Glenn Cannon, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and other emergency officials at their headquarters in Harrisburg.

“We are urging all Pennsylvanians to take action now to be prepared,’’ Corbett said. “We will continue to monitor this changing situation statewide and plan for all possible emergencies. Should the need arise, we will be able to help as quickly and efficiently as possible.’’

Citizens can find a full list of helpful suggestions on how to plan for an emergency by visiting the state’s preparedness website,, or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

The state's Emergency Operations Center has been monitoring conditions statewide, as well as communicating with other states and federal officials, to assess conditions and coordinate any response necessary to support Pennsylvania’s counties and municipalities in the affected areas.
The latest weather forecasts predict that the eastern portion of the state will bear the brunt of the storm with heavy rains of up to 10 inches, and strong winds gusting to 60 mph or more. The combination of wind and rain could result in downed trees and utility lines, possibly resulting in extensive power outages and flash flooding.

In addition, state emergency officials are in communication with multiple state agencies, including the state departments of Transportation, Health, Public Welfare, General Services, State Police, Pennsylvania National Guard, Turnpike Commission, Public Utility Commission and the American Red Cross, to make sure supplies and personnel are ready if needed.

Individuals needing assistance should call their local municipal emergency management office in the “Blue Pages” section of the phone book or, if they have an emergency, should call 911 immediately. Never call 911 to request or report road conditions. When calling 911 to report an emergency, it is critical for callers to stay on the line, even if for an extended series of rings, until the operator answers.

Motorists can check road conditions on state roads by calling 511 or visiting Available 24 hours a day, the number provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras. Regional Twitter alerts are also available on the 511PA website.

Pictured, PEMA Director for Bureau of Operations Bud Mertz explains how the transition into a state of emergency works to Governor Corbett and Lt. Governor Cawley at PEMA Headquarters in Harrisburg.
Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

Detour Near Ormsby Next Week

Smethport – Starting Monday, Aug. 29, McKean County drivers will encounter road crews along Route 3011 near the village of Ormsby. Crews will be performing drainage work from Ormsby south for 2 ½ miles in Keating Township. Flaggers will be on site to enforce an alternating traffic pattern and short travel delays can be expected.

A detour will go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 31, so that milling and paving work can take place. Southbound drivers will follow Route 59 east and Route 6 south before returning to Route 3011. Northbound drivers will follow Route 6 north and Route 59 west before returning to Route 3011. Signs will be in place to assist drivers on the detour.

This roadwork is expected to last through early September. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this roadway improvement project. All work is weather dependent.

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Women 'Adopt' CARE for Children

For the fifth year in a row, the Bradford Chapter #330 Women of the Moose “adopted” CARE for Children as part of their annual community projects. The Women of the Moose purchased school supplies, including pencils, glue sticks, crayons, construction paper, notebooks, and binders which were distributed to school-aged children with special health care.

Pictured from left to right are: Sandy Roulo, Chaplin; Taylor Sevrey, 6; Alexis Sevrey, 10; Rose Caswell, Senior Regent; Mandi Wilton-Davis, CARE for Children Development & Marketing Coordinator; Nean Wolcott, Secretary and Project Coordinator; and Vickie Cromley, Recorder.

Taylor and Alexis Sevrey are the granddaughters of Vickie Cromley, and were in attendance to help organize the supplies.

CARE for Children is a non-profit organization providing services and programs for children of all abilities in McKean County.

Courtesy of CARE for Children

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Highway, Bridge Named for Dunham

AMITY, NY – On Thursday, Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Jason Dunham was honored by over a hundred family, friends, elected officials, military personnel and veterans during a special road and bridge dedication ceremony spearheaded by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

A section of State Route 19 and the bridge that crosses over Interstate 86 in town are now known as the “Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Highway" and "Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge” respectively - a designation signed into law by Governor Cuomo in early August.

“Corporal Dunham is a true American hero. This bridge and roadway will not only honor Corporal Dunham for his sacrifices, but also will serve as a reminder to anyone traveling the roadways here that they are living in a free society because of the men and women who are willing to fight, and sometimes die, to protect our freedoms,” said Senator Young.

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

For his actions, President George W. Bush honored Corporal Dunham with the Medal of Honor Citation, given 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.

Congressman Tom Reed, who in November 2010 attended the commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s newest warship, the USS Jason Dunham, said, “From the earliest days of our nation’s history to the present, men and women have stepped forward and offered themselves for our nation. I hope that this memorial to Jason Dunham will remind people to reflect on the lives of people like Cpl. Dunham and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our way of life. We live in a free country today because of them.”

Senator Young said she introduced legislation to rename the road and bridge after being contacted by a constituent. After doing some research and get the blessing of Dunham’s family, Senator Young sought out the aid of Assemblymen Daniel Burling (R,C -Warsaw) and Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), who helped to get the bill passed in the Assembly.

Assemblyman Dan Burling (R,C –Warsaw), himself a US Marine, said, “Today we dedicate this highway and bridge as a fitting tribute to a real American hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. I could not be more proud of Jason Dunham and his act of bravery that saved the lives of his fellow Marines. Corporal Dunham acted above and beyond the call of duty, and it is an honor to join with his family and community to recognize his memory and selfless service.”

Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) said, “We are here today to celebrate and honor Marine Corporal Jason Dunham by naming a part of New York State Route 19 in his memory. Corporal Dunham was a brave hero whose ultimate sacrifice allows the rest of us to enjoy the freedoms that we cherish today. On behalf of all people of the 149th Assembly District, it is a true honor for me to take part in the official dedication of the “Corporal Jason Dunham Memorial Bridge.”

Brian Kelly, Acting Regional Director of the New York State Department of Transportation Region 6, said, “It is fitting that we should remember and honor members of our armed forces for their efforts and sacrifices made for all of us, and that we are all thankful for this. Today we are here to commemorate the particular actions of Corporal Jason Dunham, a courageous example of this type of sacrifice. I am glad that the New York State Department of Transportation can help make this local memorial possible for members of the travelling public to see every day.”

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 in Florida. 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.

Courtesy of Senator Young's office

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jack Butler Nominated for Hall of Fame

Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Jack Butler has been nominated by the Seniors Committee to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 83-year-old and guard Dick Stanfel are the two senior finalists for election in the Hall's Class of 2012. They will join 15 modern-era candidates on the ballot; the other candidates will not be chosen until December. The two seniors do not compete with the modern candidates for a spot in the Hall but are voted on separately and often both seniors are elected.

Butler, a cornerback who played at St. Bonaventure University, played nine seasons with the Steelers from 1951-59.

Pictured, Butler in his playing days at St. Bonaventure.

(St. Bonaventure Football -- Undefeated Since 1952)

Blood Bank Drops Thursday Hours

The Community Blood Bank is reducing the hours at the fixed site location in the BRMC Out Patient Lab, located at 24 Davis street Union Square in Bradford. The Community Blood Bank will no longer be open Thursdays for donors dues to staffing issues and lower donor turnout.

"As the only supplier of blood in Mc Kean County AND the lowest cost blood provider in the United States," said Dan Desrochers, Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "We have to be as efficient as possible with our limited resources."

The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours every week: Saturdays 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. Everyone over 17 is strongly encouraged to donate.

Governor Corbett Kayaking Again

Governor Tom Corbett today launched a two-day kayak tour of the Susquehanna River through central Pennsylvania to promote the state’s vast natural resources and recreational opportunities. The governor set off this morning from the Sweigarts Island Boat Access in Paxton. He’ll talk with residents and visit local attractions during the trip.

Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

Lopus to Remain in Jail Until Trial

The Ashville, New York, man accused of traveling to Warren County and approaching young girls will be held in a federal detention facility until his trial.

40-year-old David Lopus waived a detention hearing in federal court in Erie. No date for the trial has been set yet.

Lopus was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he attempted to lure young girls in Warren County in June of 2010 and twice in May of this year. A fourth alleged incident happened in Corry in March of 2010.

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

Details Released in Fatal Crash

State Police have released more information about the crash that killed 21-year-old Bryan Hannon of Bradford Sunday night.

They say Hannon was traveling south on Route 219 just north of Wilcox at 9 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, his car went into the oncoming travel lane. He tried to get back into his own lane but couldn’t, and hit a tractor-trailer head-on.

The car and the truck both went off the road and into a guide rail, where the truck rolled onto its side.

Hannon was pronounced dead at the scene by Elk County Cornoer Lou Radkowski. The tractor-trailer driver, 32-year-old Jeremy English of Woodland, suffered minor injuries.

Funeral services for Hannon will be held Friday morning at St. Bernard’s Church. Visitation is tomorrow at the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home on East Main Street.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

PennDOT Checking Bridges

Harrisburg – PennDOT bridge inspectors in each of the agency’s 11 districts are doing precautionary inspections of bridges around the state after today’s 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was centered near Richmond, Virginia.

“We have no reason to believe the Virginia earthquake caused major damage to any state roadways or bridges,” said Scott Christie, P.E., PennDOT’s Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration. “But to err on the side of caution, we are assessing those bridges that could be susceptible to quake damage.”

The first bridges to be inspected are those that are at least 200-feet or longer and at least 60-feet high. PennDOT is starting these inspections today and will continue through at least tomorrow.

In Berks County, police closed the Penn Street Bridge in Reading after noticing cracks in the pavement on the bridge approach but the cracks may have been there before the earthquake. PennDOT inspectors will thoroughly assess the bridge to make sure it was not damaged.

5.9 Earthquake Felt in Twin Tiers

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit in Virginia at just before 2 o'clock this afternoon and it was felt, and felt hard, in the Twin Tiers.

We got calls immediately after the shaking stopped from all over Bradford and all over McKean County and beyond. Mayor Tom Riel says he was on the second floor of city hall, where pictures on the walls were swinging back and forth. Ralph Bottone of Limestone was sitting at his restaurant talking to a friend, and the friend's pickup truck and the building where Rafael's is located were all shaking.

The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, between Fredericksburg and Charlottsville.

At the WESB studios we felt the shaking for at least 10 seconds. What did you feel? Let us know here, or on our Facebook page.

Bryan Hannon

Bryan Timothy Hannon, 21, of 646 South Kendall Ave., passed away Sunday, August 21st, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born March 28, 1990, in Bradford, he was a son of Robert J. and Tammie (Hedlund) Hannon.

Bryan was a 2008 graduate of Bradford High School. He was on the Bradford High tennis team, golf team and a member of the Ski Club. After high school he attended Penn State Behrend in Erie. He was a snow board instructor at Holiday Valley, and had formerly worked at B&T Contracting. He was currently employed by Venturi Technologies in New Jersey.

In addition to his parents Bryan is survived by a brother, Jonathan R. Hannon of Bradford, a sister, Erin N. Hannon of Lincoln, NE, paternal Grandmother Beverly J. (the late Matthew) Hannon of Bradford, maternal Grandparents Jack and Linda Hedlund of Kane, maternal Great Grandmother Freda (the late Lawrence) Hedlund of Kane, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday August 25, 2011 from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Friday, August 26th, in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, and Rev. Leo J. Gallina, retired pastor as con-celebrants. Committal services and burial will follow Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the charity of the donor's choice .

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Man Facing Burglary Charges

A Sheffield man is facing a number of felony charges for helping two other people break into the Shaw House Bar last September.

Police say 22-year-old Johnny Castor admitted that he agreed to leave the back door of the bar unlocked after closing between about 3:30 and 4 a.m. on September 21.

Amanda McClellan and Andrew Osborne, both of Sheffield, broke into the bar and stole about $1,700 worth of cash and liquor. Osborne is serving a 15-to 50-month sentence in state prison for his role in the crime. McClellan pleaded guilty 3 weeks ago.

Burglary at Wilcox Senior Center

Someone broke into the Jones Township Senior Center in Wilcox sometime between Wednesday and this morning an stole a number of items.

Police say the burglars forced their way into the Jones Township Municipal Authority building, which houses the senior center, and stole a Wii gaming system and Wii Sports game with an estimated value of $200.

Damage to the doors and windows is estimated at $670.

Anyone with information on this incident as asked to contact Ridgway-based state police.

Man Charged with Vehicular Assault

A Dunkirk man who crashed his motorcycle last month while he was driving drunk with an 8-year-old passenger is now facing a charge of vehicular assault.

40-year-old Andrew Johnson ran into the back of a vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign on July 25, throwing both him and the 8-year-old on to the road. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for treatment of his injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies originally charged Johnson with driving while intoxicated and a Leandra’s Law violation, but after reviewing the seriousness of the boy’s injuries added the vehicular assault charge.

Johnson was sent to jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.

Monday, August 22, 2011

UK Opens Up a World of Opportunities for
SBU Marketing Communications Students

By Tom Missel
Director of Media Relations/Marketing

The St. Bonaventure University graduate students had only begun their summer class in England when they were invited to a conference of the Business Wealth Club of Oxford. Many of the English business executives were surprised to learn at the end of the day that the five were young graduate students and not fellow business owners.

The students, enrolled in St. Bonaventure’s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program, are impressing their instructors and UK business leaders. “The Professional IMC Communication” course began with two weeks of classroom instruction at Trinity College at Oxford University, followed by several weeks of business integration seminars.

The seminars are not lecture hall presentations, but intense internships in which the students are focused on integrated marketing on a global scale as they study — and in some instances produce — marketing operations for multinational and foreign corporations.

“The graduate internships are providing some of the most significant world-class, business opportunities that I’ve seen in years,” said Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M., director of St. Bonaventure’s Francis E. Kelley Oxford and IMC programs as well as a longtime faculty member in the university’s journalism program.

The IMC students are developing a practical understanding of how entrepreneurial businesses work to transform research into commercially successful new products and services.

Daniel McCarthy and Lauren Guerrieri, who both hold undergraduate journalism degrees from SBU, are working with some of the top educators from Oxford, Cambridge and the University of Hartfordshire who have created an ambitious start-up called My First Million.

“Working with real clients has been a real eye-opening experience for us. For the first time, we are putting together plans that real people are relying on for the success of their businesses,” said McCarthy. “It’s a little bit stressful but, more than anything, incredibly exciting.”

My First Million, an online game-based learning product, is picking up steam in the UK as a vital tool for developing business and entrepreneurial skills. It combines a unique fast-track game format with a rich case library to create exciting investment simulations that put students first in the shoes of the entrepreneur and then in the seat of the investor.

McCarthy and Guerrieri are doing market research for the product and contributing to a marketing plan to be completed by the end of the month.

McCarthy participated in St. Bonaventure’s prestigious Francis E. Kelley study abroad program in 2007 as an undergraduate.

“It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, so I knew this time around would be no different. Getting to wake up each morning knowing you’re in England is an amazing feeling and this program exposes us to so many opportunities, so I’m very thankful I was able to return,” he said.

Graduate student Alyssa VanDurme is a full-time marketing and sales associate for the Aquasol Corporation in North Tonawanda, N.Y., where she’ll be able to directly apply the marketing and communications skills that are accelerating her professional growth.

VanDurme’s résumé also includes studying abroad in Australia and China, but her time in Oxford “is unlike anything I have ever had the opportunity to experience.”

“The Oxford program is very beneficial in that it places a strong emphasis on working directly with local business executives, where the students play an integral role in the organization’s marketing efforts,” she said.

For her, that’s meant providing research and consultation to two organizations in the UK — a website design team called OFEC and Opera Scotland.

Her IMC colleagues Mary Colleen Mahoney and Christopher Leonard are working for Oxford Analytica, a global analysis and advisory firm that draws on a macro expert network to advise its clients on strategy and performance in complex, worldwide markets.

Oxford Analytica’s clients include world leaders and CEOs of major companies on every continent (such as the U.S. government).

Leonard’s duties include researching and developing a plan to get the company involved in social media. He and Mahoney will also be assisting in the planning of Oxford Analytica’s September conference, which will feature global topics from power shifts in the U.S. and China to sustainable growth and Europe’s financial recovery.

Leonard admits that at first he was hesitant to study abroad. But the Oxford experience has given him confidence in his abilities as an IMC student.

“We have done live client work, developing realistic goals and strategies to solve problems,” said Leonard. “The IMC course took the journalism skills I honed in my undergraduate years — the idea of observing, recording, analyzing and accurately reporting information — and expanded that to a business setting. It allowed me to gain a different viewpoint, transitioning from functioning in a newspaper setting to functioning in a corporate setting.”

The students, Valente said, are meeting the challenges of thinking critically and strategically while trying to appreciate a new culture and global business initiatives.

“Not only do our students have corporate email accounts, but their subjective project briefs give them listings of ‘responsibilities and specific deliverables’ to be accomplished by the end of the graduate internships,” Valente said.

For the students, the opportunity to be immersed in a foreign culture, coupled with the development of substantial business and personal relationships, is invaluable.

“When my time here is complete, I will leave with a stack of business cards, many new Facebook friends and numerous LinkedIn connections, which, in the marketing industry, are equally, if not more valuable than anything I could take away from a textbook,” said VanDurme.

“The network established in this program consists of some of the most wonderful, talented and intelligent people I have ever met, and to them I am so grateful for giving me the most amazing experience studying and working in Oxford,” she said.

Even the students’ two-week classroom work at Trinity was anything but traditional. The class exposed the students to live consulting with real clients, Opera Scotland and Enstone Flying Club. The marketing and business plans the students developed were better than the agency pitches the clients had received in the past, Valente said.

“Our students did tremendous work in the IMC class over here. That’s a testament to the faculty at St. Bonaventure and in Oxford. Our graduate students are wonderful business leaders and they’re terrific ambassadors for SBU in Oxford,” Valente said.

Pictured from left are IMC students Mary Colleen Mahoney, Lauren Guerrieri, Alyssa VanDerme, Daniel McCarthy and Christopher Leonard.

Man Pleads Guilty After
Keeping Police at Bay for Hours

An Allegany man who barricaded himself in his house after firing a gun has pleaded guilty to a felony count of attempted reckless endangerment.

Back in February, 49-year-old Thomas Gilray held police at bay for several hours. He had been drinking heavily with relatives, who fled the house and called police after Gilray found a pistol.

Police were called at about 8:15 p.m. A state police hostage negotiator got Gilray to surrender at around 2 a.m.

He will be sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court on November 14.

Port Allegany Man Pleads Not Guilty to
Having Sex With Child In Hinsdale

A Port Allegany man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

31-year-old Harold Graves is accused of engaging in two or more sex acts with a child younger than 11. The alleged incidents happened between June of 2007 and April of 2009 in Hinsdale, according to Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Rieman.

The matter has been adjourned for motions.

Police Deal with Nuisance Calls

Bradford City Police dealt with a public drunk on Mill Street early Sunday morning, according to the complaint report and request sheet. They were also called about criminal mischief on Pleasant Street, a retail theft on East Main Street, a hit and run on Edna Avenue and an unwanted person on South Center Street.

16th Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble

On Sunday, August 21, the 16th Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble took place at Kane Country Club. Despite clouds and intermittent showers, a great day was enjoyed by 92 players of 23 teams taking part in this year’s tournament.

Proceeds from the 2011 tournament will support KCH’s new Sleep Center that opens in September.

Five teams enjoyed the $2,000 plus purse: First Place -- low gross, 55, went to the Northwest Savings Bank foursome of Randy Durante, Chris Sundberg, Joe Colosimo and Ron Dellen;

Second Place -- low net, first team 55, went to the team of Scott McCann, Bob McCann, Mike Washington, and Tim Washington;

Third Place -- low net, second team, 58 (blind draw #12) went to the Daugherty Contracting Team of Buzz Daugherty, Scott Bines, Tim Baker and George Horetsky;

Fourth Place – low net, third team, 58 (blind draw #12) went to the threesome of Travis Menteer, George Saleh, and Robin Copley, who was not available for the photo.

Fifth Place -- low net, fourth team, 59 (blind draw #1) went to Jack Hedlund, Jon Hannon, Rick Smith and Tyler Smith. (Rick Smith is not pictured)

Scramble contest winners included: Skins won by the team of Scott McCann, Bob McCann, Mike Washington and Tim Washington with an eagle on #1; by the team of Travis Menteer, George Saleh and Robin Copley with an eagle on #4; and by Dr. Udarbe, Jerry Stenta, Ryan Wilhelm and Sean Papa with a birdie on #14 and an eagle on #16.

Woman closest to tracks Hole #2 was Brittany McElhattan; man closest to tracks Hole #2 was not recorded; closest to the line Hole #4, Chas Irvin; first closest to Pin #7, Karl Swanson; second closest to Pin #7, Lou Davis; third closest to Pin #7, Tim Baker; longest drive Women Hole #9, Michelle Robertson; longest drive Men Hole #9, Jerry Stenta; closest to Pin, second shot Hole #10, Chas Irvin; closest to the line Hole #15, Bill Anderson; and Closest to the pin second shot Hole #16, Ryan Wilhelm.

At the buffet dinner following the tournament, J. Gary Rhodes, KCH CEO and VP of UPMC Hamot thanked the Kane Country Club, Kane Manor Country Inn, caterer of the buffet dinner, all players and event sponsors including silver sponsors: UPMC Hamot and PNC Bank, and bronze sponsors: Northwest Savings Bank, Kocjancic Family Ltd. Partnership,and Crescent Beer Distributors, Inc.

The hole-in-one contest was sponsored again this year by Zook Motors of Kane. No one had a hole-in-one on the designated hole this year.

Two dozen hole sponsorships and many additional prize sponsors lent support to the tournament.

The tournament was directed by Mark Papalia, Director of Operations at KCH, with assistance from KCH leadership and staff.

Provided by Kane Community Hospital

BLT Holding 'Charlotte's Web' Auditions

Adults and students in grade 6 through 12 can try out for “Charlotte’s Web” in Duke Center on Tuesday (Aug. 30) and in Bradford on Wednesday (Aug. 31).

The first production of Bradford Little Theatre’s “Fun, Furious” 15th season will be mounted October 21, 22 and 23 at Otto-Eldred Junior-Senior High School in Duke Center. Tryouts on Aug. 30 will be held at the school from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; tryouts in Bradford will be held at Bradford Area Public Library on Aug. 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are hoping that having the show and tryouts in Duke Center will offer more opportunities for actors and techies in that area to take part in this children’s classic,” said director Nanci K. Garris. She noted about half of the rehearsals will also be at the Duke Center school.

Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the tale about a friendship between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider remained true to the spirit and intent of the original, said author E.B. White.

There are at least four roles for adults, but the show calls for younger performers to portray Wilbur, Charlotte and Fern. Garris hopes to cast teens as well for Templeton the Rat; Goose and Gander; Sheep and Lamb.

Onstage throughout the show is a trio of narrators who interact with each other, the actors and the audience; the narrators can be any age or gender.

Cindy Matteson, O-E librarian, will be stage manager and school liaison for the play. She and producer Diane Kerner Arnett are also seeking technical people interested in lighting and sound, set design, costume and makeup.

Garris can arrange some alternate tryout times for people who are interested in performing but who cannot attend the auditions.

Perusal scripts are available at the Bradford library and from Matteson at the school.

BLT president Garris, a Bradford resident, has directed other BLT shows with young cast members, including sold-out “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and popular “A Christmas Story.” Like Garris, Smethport resident Matteson also has extensive and experience in bot BLT and school productions. Acting as assistant stage manager will be Carrie Russell of Smethport.

For more information, people may contact Garris or Matteson; visit the website at; or check the BLT Facebook page.

Couple Charged with Welfare Fraud

A couple from Dunkirk is facing welfare fraud and other charges.

Barbara and Bruce Siverd are accused of submitting false child care timesheets to the Chautauqua County Department of Social Services for payment from November 2009 to April of 2010. They also allegeldy applied for energy assistance at their place of business that they were not entititled to have.

In total, they received nearly $16,500.

They will appear in City of Dunkirk Court at a later date.

Fatal Crash Near Wilcox

Bryan Timothy Hannon, 21, of 646 South Kendall Ave., passed away Sunday, August 21st, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born March 28, 1990, in Bradford, he was a son of Robert J. and Tammie (Hedlund) Hannon.

Bryan was a 2008 graduate of Bradford High School. He was on the Bradford High tennis team, golf team and a member of the Ski Club. After high school he attended Penn State Behrend in Erie. He was a snow board instructor at Holiday Valley, and had formerly worked at B&T Contracting. He was currently employed by Venturi Technologies in New Jersey.

In addition to his parents Bryan is survived by a brother, Jonathan R. Hannon of Bradford, a sister, Erin N. Hannon of Lincoln, NE, paternal Grandmother Beverly J. (the late Matthew) Hannon of Bradford, maternal Grandparents Jack and Linda Hedlund of Kane, maternal Great Grandmother Freda (the late Lawrence) Hedlund of Kane, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday August 25, 2011 from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St.

Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Friday, August 26th, in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, and Rev. Leo J. Gallina, retired pastor as con-celebrants. Committal services and burial will follow Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the charity of the donor's choice .

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A young Bradford man is dead following a collision between a tractor-trailer and a car Sunday night on Route 219 about 5 miles north of Wilcox.

The accident happened at about 9 p.m. in Jones Township. State police have not released any further information, but multiple sources who asked not to be identified told us the young man is from Bradford.

We will release his name as soon as we get it from the police.

Three Charged with Stealing Vehicle

Three teenagers have been arrested for stealing a vehicle from a parking lot in Silver Creek earlier this month.

19-year-old Casey Bennett of Dunkirk along with a 17-year-old from Perrysburg and a 16-year-old from Tonawanda were picked up this morning following an investigation by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies say the three teens did cooperate with the investigation, which also determined that this incident is related to an incident in Lackawanna, New York.

All three have been charged with grand larceny and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The 16-year-old and 17-year-old are also charged with criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon.

No One Hurt in Clermont-Area Crash

No one was hurt in an accident last Tuesday evening on Route 146 in Sergeant Township.

In a report released today, state police say 61-year-old Thomas Allen of Arkansas was traveling south about 2 miles north of Clermont when another vehicle crossed the center line and forced him off the road. Allen lost control of his car, which spun around and rolled onto its driver’s side.

Ginseng Plants Stolen

Someone stole about 100 ginseng plants from property in Eldred Township over the weekend.

State police say the plants were taken from a fenced-in portion on the east side of a mountain off Barnum Road.

The theft happened between 5 o’clock Friday afternoon and 5:30 Sunday afternoon.

Fire Damages Pennsy Restaurant

A fire damaged the Pennsy Restaurant in Ridgway Sunday afternoon.

The fire happened at around 2:10 and did about $25,000 worth of damage to the two-story building. Damage was contained to the attic and roof areas of the builidng.

A state police fire marshal is investigating but says it does not appear to be suspcious.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire and no one was in the building.

Brocton Man Jailed for Robbery

A Brocton man is in jail after being accused of robbing another man at gunpoint during a party.

Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the village say they were flagged down Saturday by a man who said he was the victim of a recent crime. The victim said a fellow partygoer led him to an upper apartment at a residence, where he was held against his will and robbed at gunpoint.

Deputies found 21-year-old Chad Lynden at his home. He allegedly slammed the door on deputies who were trying to arrest him, then struggled with them.

Lynden was charged with felony counts of robbery and unlawful imprisonment. He’s jailed without bail.

Woman Accused of Trying to
Pass Pot, Smokes to Jail Inmate

A woman who tried to pass cigarettes and marijuana to an inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail is now an inmate there herself.

19-year-old Andrea McKoon of Celeron was visiting the inmate at 2:40 Sunday afternoon when she allegedly tried to pass the cigarettes, the pot and matches.

McKoon was charged with possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband. She was jailed on $5,000 cash bail.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Book Talk
Crude Deception

Author Gordon Zuckerman has a new book that will be of interest to many people in this area. "Crude Deception" is about "an oil supply controlled by corrupt hands, murderous assassins who will do anything to keep that power intact - and a group of friends with a wild plan to thwart them all."

Listen to my talk with Mr. Zuckerman here.

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