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Friday, September 2, 2011

Pitt-Bradford Professor Co-Edits
New Book on Shakespearean Actors

A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford theater professor is the associate editor of a new book on modern Shakespearean actors.

Dr. Kevin Ewert, associate professor of theater, edited the “The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare” with John Russell Brown, former associate director of the Royal National Theatre in London and the editor of the “Oxford Illustrated History of Theater.”

“Brown is one of the most important and influential scholars in the field of Shakespeare performance,” Ewert said.

Initially, Brown asked Ewert to write a chapter about Colm Feore, a Canadian actor who made his name at the Stratford Festival of Canada, near Ewert’s boyhood home.

Later, Brown asked Ewert to join him as associate editor for the volume.

Ewert said the volume focuses on living actors from England, Europe and North America “at the top of their games.” Each chapter gives insight into the actors’ approach to the material and characters they perform. In most cases, the contributing writers – some of whom are actors and directors themselves -- knew the actors and their careers quite well, had access to rehearsals, were well-versed in the type of training a particular actor had, and conducted lengthy personal interviews for the book.

“Each of the contributors had to have intimate knowledge of their subjects,” said Ewert, who helped with the overall organization of the book, and worked with all of the 19 other authors on their essays.

“With its focus on process over time rather than on a single production or well-reviewed performance, and with such a variety of approaches to acting Shakespeare on display, this book is really a significant addition to the field,” Ewert said.

“It’s also just a great read for anyone interested in Shakespeare or in what exactly it is that actors do with him.”

The actors range from strictly realistic Russians clowns in the Italian style to avant garde New Yorkers and include Dame Judi Dench, Kevin Kline and Sir Ian McKellen.

The book is available on

In addition, Ewert had an article, “The Thrust Stage is not Some Direct Link to Shakespeare,” appears in the summer issue of Shakespeare Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal from Johns Hopkins University Press.

The article is based on a presentation Ewert did last year at the International Shakespeare Conference at Stratford-upon-Avon. It looks at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s claims that its new flagship theater with its state-of-the-art thrust stage is the “best” and “right” place for staging Shakespeare.

“In that understandable enthusiasm are a lot of unexamined, even dubious, assumptions about theater architecture as destiny,” Ewert said. “This paper looks at practical issues of theater-making in terms of what else will be at work in that new room: actors, directors, designers, audiences and Shakespeare’s texts.”

Ewert earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Shakespeare studies from the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. At Pitt-Bradford, he teaches Introduction to Theatre, Play Analysis, Movement and Stage Combat, Basic and Advanced Acting, and Shakespearean Performances. Additionally, he directs the student production each semester.

In addition to his work on “The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare,” he contributed a piece to “The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare” and is one of the series editors for Palgrave’s The Shakespeare Handbooks and wrote the volume on “Henry V” for that series.

Martin Named Director of Financial Aid

Troy R. Martin of Houghton has been named director of financial aid at St. Bonaventure University, announced University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.

For the past 18 years, Martin had served as director of student financial services at Houghton College, where he managed the financial aid and student account functions. He previously served as director of financial aid at Asbury College from 1991 to 1993; assistant director of financial aid at Houghton College from 1984 to 1991; and a branch representative at Household Finance Corporation in Jamestown from 1983 to 1984.

“The St. Bonaventure University community is extremely fortunate to have Troy join us in this critical role,” said Kate Dillon Hogan, associate vice president for enrollment at St. Bonaventure. “Beyond the significant knowledge of financial aid regulations and complexities, Troy has the leadership skills for the strategic administration of the University programs and the sensitivity and personal qualities to assist students and their families. The current and future students truly will benefit from his talents and abilities.”

Providing outstanding customer service has been a hallmark of Martin’s career. Twice, the Student Government Association at Houghton College singled him out with its Administrator of the Year award. He also was the 2000 recipient of the Houghton College Innovation Award and a Service Award from the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association in 2010.

Martin has been involved in a number of professional organizations, including serving as chair of the Financial Aid Commission for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities since 2006 and a member of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association Awards Committee since 2001. He also was chair of the program committee for the association’s state conferences in 2002 and 2010 and, for the past five years, has been a volunteer with College Goal Sunday, a statewide volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for post-secondary education.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Houghton College and an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

Active in his community, Martin is the deputy supervisor and a councilman in the town of Caneadea, a member of the Board of Elders of Houghton Wesleyan Church, administrator of the Allegany County Rapids AAU Boys Basketball Club and a former Little League coach.

Man Allegedly Tried to Ram Sheriff's Boat

An Orchard Park man accused of trying to ram a sheriff’s marine patrol unit in the bays of Dewittville Thursday night is facing a number of charges.

27-year-old Thomas Bakowski was allegedly doing circles around other boats in the bays and speeding. After trying to ram the sheriff’s boat, Bakowski turned the lights off on his boat and sped off. A Starflight helicopter was called in to help with the search.

After finding Bakowski deputies learned he was "extremely intoxicated" and was using night vision gear to help him elude them. Bakowski was sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

Kenney Street Bridge Re-Opens

Just Testing

Bradford City Firefighters have been on St. Francis Drive this afternoon testing hoses. They say they chose this location because the testing has to be done on a flat road without a lot of traffic.

Drought Warning is Now a Watch

McKean County is now under a drought watch instead of a drought warning.

On August 5, the DEP issued watches for 40 counties. Those were lifted today. McKean, Elk and Potter counties have been under a drought warning, but are now under a drought watch.

DEP Secretary Mike Krancer says conditions have started to improve in this area, but rainfall deficits still exist.

Nurse Midwife Joins CCMH Staff

Jennifer Middaugh, Charles Cole’s first nurse midwife, has joined the practice of Dr. Celso Backes and Dr. Max Laurore. Jennifer will focus on prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, and gynecologic and reproductive health. Before coming to Charles Cole, she worked as a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator and maternity staff nurse preceptor at Jones Memorial Hospital.

She holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Jamestown Community College, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville University, and a master’s degree in midwifery from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 274-7101.

Helen Baran Named Woman of Distinction

WESTFIELD, NY – Westfield’s Helen Baran, co-owner of Baran Vineyards, President of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, and successful area realtor, was named a 2011 Woman of Distinction Thursday, an honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.

Helen was nominated for the honor by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) who hosted a special ceremony attended by family and friends on Thursday at Noble Winery in Westfield.

“People like Helen Baran make our communities a better place and help others become successful in their lives. She enthusiastically supports her community, and is an effective ambassador for many worthy causes. Her hard work and determination has earned her this recognition and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Senator Young.

“I am honored and humbled to be nominated as a Woman of Distinction and thank Senator Young for everything that she does for our region. We live in such a wonderful region of the state and I am thankful and blessed to be associated with so many people who, through their time and efforts, have made Chautauqua County a wonderful place to live, work and raise and family. Giving back is a rewarding experience and something I look forward to continue doing every day,” said Helen Baran.

Helen and her husband, Steve, own and operate Baran Vineyards, a 180 acre farm in Westfield.

She was named President of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association in 2006, and she continues to help transform the Concord Grape Heritage Area into a world renowned agri-tourism destination.

Helen’s efforts have helped to bring the Grape Discovery Center to the region, which when fully completed next Spring, will serve as a visitor center and educational resource. The goal is to attract thousands of visitors per year and direct them to the communities, vineyards, wineries,
museums, landscapes, and other attractions in the region.

Helen also is a dedicated rural health advocate. As one of the initial members of the NYS Rural Health Council, she helped develop policy that is still used today to promote the health and well being of rural people and their communities.

She serves as Board of Trustees Chair at Westfield Memorial Hospital, Board of Trustees member for Saint Vincent Health System, Board of Directors member and Past Chair of the Chautauqua County Health Network, and Board of Directors member for the NYS Area Health Education Center.

She has volunteered on the Chautauqua County Charter Revision Committee, the Chautauqua County Planning Board, and was a leader of the 4-H Equestrian Club. She is Chair of Westfield’s Board of Assessment Review, Chair of the Rotary Vocational Service Rotary Club and is a member and past President of the Westfield Mayville Rotary Club.

Helen also is a realtor who prides herself on working with people who grasp the beauty of the many communities that make up Western New York.

She has won numerous awards, including the Farm Journal Salutes Women in Agriculture Award, Westfield Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year Award, Citation of Excellence award from Rotary District 7090, and the “Four Avenues of Service” Award from Rotary International. She and Steve also received the NY Farms!“I Love My NYS Farmer” Award in 2007.

Created in 1998, the Senate’s “Women of Distinction” recognition seeks to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

Pictured, Senator Young, Helen & Steve Baran.
Courtesy of Senator Young's office

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Corbett Honors Troopers' Military Service

Mechanicsburg - Governor Tom Corbett today joined State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North at a ceremony recognizing the military service of state police personnel.

The ceremony, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, honored more than 300 members of the State Police who have also served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Pictured, (top) Governor Tom Corbett, Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Captain James Smart lay a wreath at the Naval Center's Memorial to honor those killed on Sept. 11, 2001 and (at right) Corbett with State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North.

Courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

UPB Instructor Earns Doctoral Degree

Mark Kelley, instructor of sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has earned his Doctor of Philosophy in education, specializing in leadership in higher education, from Capella University.

For his thesis, “Differences in Job Satisfaction Between Exercise Science and Non-exercise Science Faculty,” he surveyed 28 faculty members at public and private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.

Kelley said that such a survey of job satisfaction for exercise science faculty had not been done before. The survey asked 33 questions regarding salary, working conditions, an instructor’s ability to advance, etc.

Kelley said that he found both groups were overall satisfied with their jobs, but that there was not a statistically significant difference between the two groups.

Kelley did find two trends. He found that men had a positive correlation between job salary and job satisfaction, but that for women, that link was much weaker.

“That backs up previous research,” Kelley said.

He also found that tenured faculty members showed a significant correlation between their overall ability to grow in their job and job satisfaction.

In addition to his work leading the sports medicine program at Pitt-Bradford, Kelley is also the director of the Freshman Seminar program, which helps first-year students adjust to college academics.

Kelley earned his Master of Science degree in exercise and wellness promotion from Slippery Rock University and his Bachelor of Science in sports medicine from Pitt-Bradford.

A Bradford native, Kelley is active in the community, serving as the head girls’ cross-country coach for Bradford Area High School, where he is also the assistant head boys’ track coach, and working as a physical activity instructor with KidShape obesity prevention and wellness program for children.

A runner in his own right, Kelley has five marathons under his belt and is training for the Stone Mill 50 Mile run in November in Maryland.

Bradford Airport Gets Grant Money

Bradford Regional Airport is getting $225,000 in state grant money to expand its security screening area.

In announcing $4 million in aviation grants today Governor Tom Corbett said, “Aviation provides nearly 5 percent of Pennsylvania’s jobs. Investing in these improvements and safety measures helps those thousands of people do their jobs better, and will improve airport operations.”

The grants are provided by PennDOT’s aviation development program, which gets money from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages more than $1.3 million in local matching funds.

Man Charged with Rape, Kidnapping

A Jamestown man who was a suspect in an attempted kidnapping on August 23 has been indicted on rape charges.

In addition to rape, 22-year-old Eric Chant was arraigned today on charges of predatory sexual assault against a child, kidnapping and burglary.

Chant allegedly kidnapped a 12-year-old from her Jamestown home then took her to Scott Hill Road in the Town of Portland.

Chant is in Chautauqua County Jail on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million property bond.

Power Restored in Bradford

A storm-related equipment failure left about 2,900 Penelec customers without power for several hours today.

The outage happened at about 7:45 this morning. Most of the power was restored before noon, and the rest by about 1:30 p.m.

Penelec’s Linda Routzhan says this morning’s thunderstorm caused a lockout at a high voltage circuit, and affected the Bradford West and Bradford North substations.

The power outage did affect Pitt-Bradford, but classes were not cancelled.

Bucktail Council to Honor Eagle Scouts

The Bucktail Council, Boy Scouts of America will honor local Eagle Scouts at its first annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner to be held Thursday, September 8 at the DuBois Country Club. Dinner co-chairmen State Rep. Matt Gabler of DuBois and Craig Singer of Kersey invite Eagle Scouts of all ages and their families to attend, regardless of where they initially received their Eagle Award.

Special recognition will be given to members of the Eagle Scout class of 2010-11. Eagle Scouts in attendance will have the opportunity to connect with fellow Eagles from around the region. To RSVP, sign up as a sponsor, or for more information, contact the Bucktail Council Service Center, 209 First Street, DuBois, at 814-371-5650.

The Bucktail Council is the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, with headquarters in DuBois. The Bucktail Council serves Elk, Jefferson, Clearfield and Northern Centre Counties.

Rosh Hashanah Services in Bradford

Temple Beth El will hold services for the Jewish New Year Sept. 28 and 29 in the temple at 144-146 Clarence St. in Bradford.

Erev Rosh Hashanah services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Rosh Hashanah morning services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, followed by Taschlich at noon.

Services will be conducted by Rabbi Susan Stone, who most recently served as interim rabbi at Suburban Temple-Kol Ami in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information, contact Kimberly Marcott Weinberg at (814)362-1866 or Larry Lawson at (814)368-7181.

Mesoraco Called Up to Reds

Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco has been called up to the major leagues, and will be joining the Cincinnati Reds when they play the Phillies this afternoon.

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2,900 Penelec Customers Without Power

UPDATE: Power has been restored to most customers. 60 are still without power as of 11 a.m.

About 2,900 Penelec customers in the north and west ends of Bradford are without power this morning after a lockout at a high voltage circuit, affecting the Bradford West and Bradford North substations.

Penelec’s Linda Routzhan says crews have not determined the cause yet. She said it’s possible that this morning’s thunderstorm contributed to the outage, by possibly knocking down a tree.

She said there’s no estimate as to when power will be restored because crews are still assessing the situation. The outage started at about 7:45 a.m.

Power is out at Pitt-Bradford, but classes are on. Power is out at the library, but the doors will open at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Casey Visits PA Troops in Afghanistan

Senator Pushes Pakistan to Help Protect
U.S. Servicemembers on Trip to the Region

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, led a congressional delegation trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan between August 23 and August 30 to press government officials in the region to implement a strategy to restrict the flow of ingredients used to make roadside bombs, the biggest killer of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Senator Casey also met with military leaders and Pennsylvania servicemembers in Afghanistan to thank them for their service and discuss the situation on the ground in the fight to ensure that Afghanistan does not again become a haven for terrorism.

“I was deeply impressed by the commitment and sacrifice of our troops in Afghanistan,” said Senator Casey. “Significant challenges remain, particularly in dealing with the corrosive effects of corruption and in fielding a fully functional Afghan national security force. I hope to see continued development of the Afghan forces and believe that significant improvements must be made in Afghan governance in order to alleviate the war’s burden on our troops, their families and American taxpayers.”

“Success in Afghanistan will be extremely difficult without the cooperation of Pakistan,” Senator Casey continued. “We need to see far more cooperation from the Pakistanis on critical issues including stemming the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate and other harmful ingredients into Afghanistan where they are used in bombs to kill U.S. troops. Pakistan has developed a plan to counter these bombs, but the proof will be in its implementation. It is important that we continue to rebuild this strategic partnership with Pakistan in order to support our fight against extremist groups and our mission in Afghanistan.”

In Afghanistan, Senator Casey met with and thanked servicemembers from Pennsylvania at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, a forward operating base in Kandahar province and the Regional Command East headquarters.

In Pakistan, Senator Casey met with the President, Prime Minister, Army Chief of Staff, legislators and other officials to press them to implement a plan to establish tight restrictions on ingredients found in bombs which kill and injure our troops in Afghanistan.

This was Senator Casey’s third trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was joined on the trip by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

In 2010, 268 U.S. servicemembers were killed by IEDs in Afghanistan. 125 U.S. servicemembers have been killed by IEDs since the beginning of 2011. Of the 15 Pennsylvania servicemembers killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011, 10 were killed by IEDs.

Senator Casey has led the way in the Senate to increase international pressure to stop the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate into Afghanistan and protect our troops. Senator Casey has pushed the Department of Defense to increase coordination and end unnecessary duplication in efforts to counter IEDs.

Last November, Senator Casey chaired a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee focused on impeding the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate fertilizer in South and Central Asia. The Senate has also passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Casey calling for increased support to combat the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate.

Toomey Talks About Regulations, EAS

WESB/WBRR News Director

American Refining Group should not be treated by the Environmental Protection Agency like giant refineries.

That’s the opinion of US Senator Pat Toomey who visited the Bradford Refinery Wednesday morning.

Toomey said he visited the refinery because it’s “an important employer in McKean County. It’s got a wonderful, long, rich history. It has a very high average wage, certainly for this area and so the workers here are important constituents.”

“I’m on a continuous effort all across the Commonwealth to learn about what we could be doing in Washington differently to encourage and to enable a company like this to grow and expand and hire more workers,” Toomey said.

He said he often hears about things Washington is doing that’s the exact opposite. For example, he said, big regulators including the EPA treat all refiners as though they are the same, and impose the same regulations on refineries like ARG that they impose on “gigantic refiners like Conoco(Phillips) and Exxon Mobil.”

“I think the folks here (ARG) make a strong case that there are very valid reasons why we ought to look at refiners that are different differently,” Toomey said. “Part of what I can do is go back to Washington and try to convey that message to the EPA.”

During the refinery tour, which included ARG President and CEO Jeannine Schoenecker and Vice President of External Affairs Bob Esch, Toomey asked a number of questions about the operation and the energy industry in general. One question was about Marcellus Shale and how the booming industry is affecting ARG.

Esch said they expect the Utica Shale drilling efforts, which are still in relative infancy, to have more of an affect than the Marcellus. The Utica Shale is about 2,000 feet below the Marcellus and covers a larger area.

Also during the tour, Schoenecker initiated a conversation with Toomey about the Essential Air Service program. He opposes full funding for the program. Toomey flew from Allentown to Bradford Regional Airport, which gets money from the federal program that provides subsidies to airlines for providing passenger service to small airports that would otherwise go without.

Toomey, who is on the super committee created by the Budget Control Act, said they have to look at every possible area of savings.

“Frankly, I think one of them is going to have to be subsidies,” he said. “When taxpayers are forced to subsidize some people’s use of commercial flights, there’s a real question as to whether that’s fair in the first place.”

“It’s just not affordable,” he added. “I think that’s going to be scaled back. It’s probably not going to be eliminated, but it’s going to have to be scaled back.”

University Appoints Associate Provost,
Interim Dean and Associate Dean

St. Bonaventure University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Fischer Ph.D., announced today the appointment of three academic affairs administrators: Peggy Yehl Burke, Ed.D., as associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies; Joseph E. Zimmer, Ph.D., as interim dean of the School of Education; and Carol M. Fischer, Ph.D., as associate dean of the School of Business. All of these appointments are effective immediately.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such talent and expertise within the ranks of our faculty and who are willing to take on new and additional responsibilities,” said Provost Fischer. “With these appointments, we are positioned as never before to assertively pursue the goals outlined in our strategic plan, Becoming Extraordinary 2015.”

An associate professor of education, associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies, Burke has served the university’s School of Education in the classroom and administration since 1978. From 2003 to the present she served as dean of the School of Education, and in 2006 she also assumed the role of dean of Graduate Studies. She is the founding chair of the Academic Program Evaluation Committee, and has served in that role for three years. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous committees and task forces for the university, including serving as Faculty Senate representative to the Board of Trustees Handbook Amendment Committee and as co-chair of the Summer Curriculum Commission that developed the proposal for Clare College.

She is an accreditation evaluator for the Middle States Association, Association of Childhood Education, and the National Commission for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Formerly, she served as a reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has also served as the Higher Education Representative for the District Planning Committees of Allegany-Limestone and Cuba-Rushford school districts.

As associate provost and dean of Graduate Studies, she will focus her efforts in areas such as planning; new program development, approval, and implementation; assessment of student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness; and student success and retention. She will have supervisory responsibility for the First-Year Experience, Teaching and Learning Center, International Studies, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, and Graduate Studies.

Burke earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and master of education degree in advanced teacher education from St. Bonaventure and her doctor of education degree in curriculum planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“I am excited about the opportunity to support the institution-wide focus on academics spelled out in our strategic plan and look forward to working closely with Provost Fischer and his leadership team to achieve this vision,” said Burke.

Interim Dean of the School of Education Joseph E. Zimmer is an associate professor in the School of Education. Appointed as assistant professor in 1992, he also served as assistant dean from 2001-2003. Since 1998, he has served as director of the M.S.Ed. Literacy Programs, director of the university’s Reading Center since 1997, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator since 2003. Since 2008, Zimmer has also served in the university-wide role as Accreditation Liaison Officer for Middle States Regional Accreditation. He was chair of the Faculty Senate from 2000-2005.

Zimmer is a co-author of a $3 million grant to promote early reading programs in the Olean City School District. He has served on the editorial boards of the international journal The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He is the author of numerous publications in the field of reading.

Prior to his service at St. Bonaventure, he was an assistant professor of English at Grand Valley State University and the reading/writing coordinator of the Thomas Edwards Learning Center at the University at Buffalo.

Zimmer earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in teacher education, master of education degree in English education, and doctorate in reading education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“I am humbled at the confidence placed in me by my colleagues. I hope to continue the tradition of excellence that has become a hallmark of the School of Education at St. Bonaventure especially in these challenging times for educators,” said Zimmer.

School of Business Associate Dean Carol Fischer is a professor of accounting in the School of Business. Serving for three years as assistant professor from 1985-1988, she returned to St. Bonaventure in 1993 following the completion of her Ph.D. in business administration with concentration in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. She was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and professor in 2001.

In addition to teaching courses in both the graduate and undergraduate accounting programs, Fischer is a member of the First-Year Experience Council, Institutional Review Board, All Bonaventure Reads Committee, and University Assessment Committee among numerous other school and university-wide groups. She organized the first Accountants in Residence Day for the School of Business in 1993 and earned the St. Bonaventure University Professional Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.

She maintains an active publishing agenda and has served as associate editor and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Taxation Association and on the editorial boards of Issues in Accounting Education (1998-2005; 2010-present) and BQuest (2006-present). She is the co-author of the 2011 grant titled “Diversity Initiative to Enhance Recruitment and Retention of Minority Students in Accounting,” which is funded by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Prior to her service at St. Bonaventure, Fischer was a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse in Buffalo and corporate controller and manager of internal audit at Merchants Insurance Group in Buffalo. She also served as accounting instructor at Daemen College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure; MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and, in 1982, her CPA certification from New York state.

“I look forward to the challenges of serving my colleagues and our students as the associate dean. In this role, I plan to focus on a comprehensive review of our undergraduate and MBA curricula, as well as ensuring that we continue to meet the rigorous standards to maintain our AACSB accreditation,” said Fischer.

Bank Helps Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Potter County Received a Donation of $200 from First Citizen’s National Bank. Pictured, George Dubots (President), Amy Thompson (Vice-President), Phil Vaughn (First Citizen’s National Bank of Ulysses), Monica Fourness (Executive Director), and Nancy Grupp (Treasurer)

Quaker Run Road to Close for Repairs

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that a culvert repair will be conducted on NY Route 280 (Quaker Run Road) in the town of Red House, Cattaraugus County, Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians. As a result, NY Route 280 (Quaker Run Road) northbound and southbound will be closed to thru traffic south of Interstate 86, Exit 18, for approximately one mile, beginning on Monday, September 12. The posted detours are as follows:

Motorists traveling from Pennsylvania to Interstate 86
A posted detour will direct traffic to proceed northbound on US Route 219, in the city of Bradford, PA, and access Interstate 86 eastbound and westbound at Exit 23 in the town of Carrollton, NY, Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Motorists traveling from Interstate 86 to PA Route 346
A posted detour will direct traffic on Interstate 86 to proceed to Exit 23 in the town of Carrollton, NY, Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Traffic shall then proceed south on US Route 219 to access PA Route 346 in the city of Bradford, PA.

Visitors to Allegany State Park Quaker Run Area
A posted detour will direct park users to access the Quaker Run Area of Allegany State Park by proceeding to the Red House Area entrance at Interstate 86, Exit 19. State Park Routes may then be used to travel to the Quaker Run Area. Park users traveling from PA Route 346 will still be able to access the Quaker Run Area entrance via NY Route 280 northbound.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit Find NYSDOT on the web at

DEP Continues Leak Investigation

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is continuing to investigate an oil leak into Willow Creek.

The agency was called Tuesday afternoon after someone noticed the oil in the creek in Corydon Township. A DEP respesentative returned to the area today.

DEP spokeswoman Freda Tarbell says about 75 gallons of oil leaked into the stream. She says the leak did not reach Willow Bay, and workers took steps to make sure it didn’t get there by placing absorbent material about a half mile from the mouth of the bay.

Tarbell said they believe the source of the leak is a sales line owned by EnerVest of Houston, Texas, but they have not confirmed that yet.

Senator Toomey Tours ARG

Bob Esch, Vice President of External Affairs at American Refining Group and ARG President and CEO Jeannine Schoenecker pose for a picture with Senator Pat Toomey and his daughter Bridget after a tour of the refinery this morning.

Toomey and his entourage stopped at The Option House for lunch. Check out the pictures at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page:!/BradfordPAChamber

On Friday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m., Toomey will host a town hall at The Red Fern in Kersey, Pa., focused on the federal debt, the economy and job creation. The town hall is open to the public.

5 Years Ago Today:
Phillips Shoots Longobardo, Baker

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the day Ralph “Bucky” Phillips shot two New York State troopers who were staking out his girlfriend’s house in Chautauqua County.

On the night of August 31, 2006, then-State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett talked about the injuries Phillips inflicted on troopers Donald Baker Jr. and Joseph Longobardo, and said there was no doubt in his mind they were ambushed.

Longobardo died September 3, 2006, at ECMC in Buffalo. He was 32 years old and left behind a wife and 13-month-old son.

Phillips surrendered to police in Warren County 5 days later. He is at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Man Jailed for Assaulting His Father

An Allegany man is in jail after allegedly attacking his father.

20-year-old Curtis Ford is accused of getting into a fight with his father, Steve Ford, then knocking him to the ground and punching him in the face. Sheriff’s deputies say Steve Ford suffered serious injuries to his left eye and nose.

Curtis Ford’s bail is set at $1,000.

Pitt-Bradford Arts Endowment Gala
to Feature 'An Evening on Stage'

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a dinner on stage in the Bromeley Family Theater for its Arts Endowment Gala in September.

“An Evening on Stage – and You’re the Star” will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in Blaisdell Hall and includes cocktails, dinner, a live auction, dessert and live entertainment throughout the evening. Valet parking will be available.

Tickets are $80 and can be purchased by Sept. 6 by calling Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming at (814)362-5155. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Terri Leven, chairwoman of the gala, said that each year the committee works to create an “inspiring” experience for those attending the event.

“This year’s event will spotlight a theatrical evening,” she said. “We’re taking our guests into a deeper part of the theater – on stage and behind the scenes -- than they usually get to experience.”

Performers during the evening will be the Southern Tier Symphony String Quartet during the cocktail hour; acoustic jazz guitar by Jim Ronan of Dragonfly Guitar Studio during dinner; and Lynne Shannon Kuntz will sing to the accompaniment of John Kytic during dessert following the auction.

The evening will also feature the artwork of Bradford architect Preston Abbey, who designed some of the first buildings at Pitt-Bradford. In addition to original architectural drawings for the campus, the exhibit in the KOA Art Gallery will include a collection of paintings Abbey did outside of his work as an architect.

This is the third year the arts endowment event has offered a live auction. Highlights of this year’s auction include two Persian rugs (one 4 feet 6 inches by 6 feet 6 inches and the other a runner measuring 3 feet 6 inches by 12 feet 6 inches) hand knotted in the Iranian city of Saruq, which is famous for such carpets, and an ultimate weekend getaway to Manhattan.

The getaway package includes a hotel stay near Times Square, entrance tickets plus dinner in the board of trustees dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a gift certificate for dinner at theater district icon Sardi’s restaurant, and spending money.

A Bradford theater package will feature not only tickets from the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center, Bradford Little Theater and Pitt-Bradford Arts, but also the chance to name a seat in the Bromeley Family Theater in someone’s honor. In addition, the theater package includes a copy of “The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare” signed and edited by Dr. Kevin Ewert, director of the theater program at Pitt-Bradford.

Numerous pieces of art will also be available at the auction, including a signed, limited-edition print by outdoor artist Terry Redlin and Mearitza L. Morgan, and two sculptures by the late Colorado artist Walt Horton.

Other items available at the auction include a Japanese Satsuma vase from the early 20th century and gift certificates to fine restaurants in the region.

In all, 19 items are available.

Thanks to corporate sponsors, all of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Arts Endowment Fund, which supports the university’s Prism, Spectrum and Kaleidoscope series.

Corporate-level sponsors include American Refining Group Inc.; Bradford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group; Kessel Construction; Manning and Napier Foundation; Metz Culinary Management; PNC Investments; Zippo Manufacturing Co.; Ameriprise Financial; the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation; MacLachlan, Cornelius and Filoni Inc. architects; and Dr. and Mrs. Luis Gonzalez and Dr. and Mrs. Abaz Sosic. In addition, Ann and Dick Kessel sponsored a table at the corporate level, and Jeanie and John Satterwhite sponsored a table at the corporate level in honor of the Bradford YWCA.