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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Author at Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival

The author who wrote a travel book about Pennsylvania will be doing a book signing at the Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival.

The Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival, held annually at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, Mount Jewett, is a two-day event featuring music, crafts and food vendors. This year, the festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.

New this year is the Kinzua Sky Walk, a scenic overlook with a partial glass floor, built on six of the historic towers of the Kinzua Viaduct. Now open to the public, the Kinzua Sky Walk provides spectacular views of the Kinzua Gorge from a height of more than 300 feet. Admission to the park and the Kinzua Sky Walk is free.

Anna Dubrovsky, who wrote “Pennsylvania” by Moon Handbooks, will be at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s booth starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, to talk with visitors and sign books. The books will be available both days at the ANFVB booth for $22, including tax.

The book includes travel information on all of Pennsylvania and devotes several pages to the local area. Several areas and activities are highlighted in the book, including fishing and boating on the Allegheny Reservoir and Willow Bay; museums such as Penn Brad Oil Museum, Zippo/Case Museum and the Eldred World War II Museum.

A touch of history is in the book, too, as Dubrovsky writes about the new Kinzua Sky Walk, built on the remains of the historic Kinzua Viaduct, the Mount Jewett Heritage Mural and the Smethport Mansion District.

The book also shows the area’s artistic side. The Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center is mentioned as one of the sources of professional Broadway-quality entertainment in Bradford.

The Art in the Wilds in Kane is listed as one of the great fine arts shows in the area.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for McKean County, hosted Dubrovsky as she toured the area last year. For additional information please contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370.

The new Kinzua Sky Walk, the centerpiece of the Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mount Jewett, will be open for visitors during the Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.

PSP: Woman Didn't Pay for Photos

A Weedville woman is accused of not paying for school pictures.

State police say Dean Erich Photography of DuBois took pictures at Bennetts Valley Elementary School in April and 36-year-old Tami McClintick sent a check to the photographer for payment. The check was returned because the account was closed.

The photographer contacted McClintick several times requesting payment, but the requests were ignored.

McClintick is charged with two counts of theft by deception.

Two Charged After Bar Incident

Two people have been arrested for an incident at a bar late last month at the Kennedy Grill in Kennedy, New York.

Sheriff’s deputies say 30-year-old Dawn Lutgen of Ellington, NY, slapped the bartender and threw a rock through the front window. She and 34-year-old Bryan Knapp of Ellington had been locked out of the bar, but they both re-entered.

They were both arrested early this morning and charged with criminal trespass. Lutgen is also charged with criminal mischief and harassment.

No One Hurt in Tack's Inn Crash

No one was hurt when a car and a tractor-trailer collided near Tack’s Inn Friday afternoon.

State police say the tractor-trailer driven by Michael Kickham of Geulph, Ontario, Canada, was traveling north on Route 219 when a car driven by 19-year-old Jo-Ann Keppel of Edinboro pulled into its path from Route 59.

The car spun around and came to rest along the berm of 219. The tractor-trailer continued into the Tack’s Inn parking lot.

Red Rainbow Over Bradford

This red rainbow appeared over Bradford at about 6:50 this morning.

Red rainbows only happen at sunset and sunrise, and they don’t last long. They happen when the short wavelength blues and greens are more scattered, leaving the longer wavelength reds and yellows.

Fire at Players Downtown

A person, who apparently got tossed out of Players Downtown last night, went back to the bar and tossed a Molotov cocktail at the building.

Frank Williams, who was just getting back from the Owls game at Meadville, said people told him flames had been leaping 20 feet out of the building after the fire bomb was thrown at about 11:30 p.m., He said could still see smoke at 1:30 a.m.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the improvised incendiary device was thrown at the front door, and about 50 people had to be evacuated from the building. No one was hurt.

Damage is estimated at $10,000. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Bradford City Police.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Breaking News from CNN:
'Credible but Unconfirmed Threat' for 9/11

A government official tells CNN that members of Congress were briefed by the White House, intelligence and other officials on Thursday that there is a "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat" to the U.S. homeland as the 9/11 anniversary approaches.

The source said New York and Washington were specifically mentioned as possible targets.

The members were told that officials are "strongly concerned" and "are not taking anything for granted" the source told CNN.

Additionally, a senior administration official with first-hand knowledge tells CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend that there is "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information."

The official noted that al Qaeda has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries.

"Weird things" raised questions about the intelligence but officials felt they should inform people because of the nearing 9/11 anniversary.

For updates go to

St. Bonaventure's McGee to Serve with
Regional Economic Development Group

Brenda L. McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure University, has been named to serve on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development group for Higher Education.

The Higher Education group was appointed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to work in conjunction with the council to develop a five-year strategic plan for long-term, sustainable regional economic growth with higher education as the driver of that growth. The plan will establish a vision and provide a framework for regional growth, leveraging the strength of higher education and other strengths in Western New York and address the needs of the region.

The Western New York council is one of 10 councils statewide appointed by the governor. Each council is tasked with developing a strategic plan for the development of their region. The governor has set a Nov. 14 deadline for strategic plan submissions, and has announced $200 million in capital funds and state tax credits to support regional council strategies.

The governor’s regional approach to economic development constitutes a transformative, community-driven approach that aims to build partnerships between the state and the private sector and higher education and create more jobs, investment, industry and stronger communities in the region. The Western New York region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, representing approximately 20 institutions of higher education.

The Western New York Regional Council is led by Satish K. Tripathi, president of University at Buffalo, and Howard A. Zemsky, the managing partner at Larkin Development Group.

For more information about the Western New York Regional Council, visit

Kane Community Hospital Among
'Most Wired' Hospitals in the Nation

Kane Community Hospital is gaining recognition as an IT leader among hospitals. In July KCH was named one of the American Hospital Association's "Most Wired Hospitals for 2011" by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

Kane Community Hospital is among only 154 organizations (both large and small) to make this year's Most Wired list.

For the 13th year, Hospitals & Health Networks has named the "Most Wired" hospitals and health systems, based on the "Most Wired" Survey.

The 2011 survey results continue to build on the new analytic structure that was implemented in 2010 after two years of redesign. This year, many additional requirements corresponded to meaningful use criteria, although they were not as stringent as federal meaningful use requirements.

Hospitals and health systems are assessed based on progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology in four critical areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and care continuum. The new methodology used to select "Most Wired" facilities sets specific requirements in each of the four focus areas.

If any of these requirements are not met, the organization does not achieve the "Most Wired" designation. Thus, an organization may have many advanced capabilities in the four areas and not achieve "Most Wired" status.

Respondents may complete the survey for an individual hospital or for a health system. Health system respondent are asked to provide estimates of the system wide averages for each question. The survey is in the field from Jan. 15 to March 15. Responses reflect technologies fully implemented as of March 1, 2011.

This year, 530 hospitals and health systems completed the survey, representing 1,388 hospitals, roughly 24 % of all U.S. Hospitals. Even with additional requirements, the number of hospitals and health systems designed as "Most Wired" increased to 154 organizations. Along with the "Most Wired, H&GHN uses the results to name the 25 Most improved and the 25 Most Wired Small and Rural.

In year's past KCH had been named "Most Wired Small and Rural Hospital" in 2003, 2004, and 2006 but this year KCH was reviewed and named Most Wired among all hospitals. Although one of the smallest hospitals in the nation, this year's recognition was among hospitals of all sizes.

The winners were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2011 Health Forum and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit in July in San Diego.

KCH is an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.

Pictured, Margaret Twidale, IT Senior Manager; J. Gary Rhodes, VP of UPMC Hamot and KCH CEO, and Dino Cherry, IT posing with their latest "Most Wired" hospital acknowledgment. KCH was one of only 154 organizations (both large and small) to make this year's Most Wired list.
Courtesy of Kane Community Hospital

Pitt-Bradford Writing Professor Publishes
Third Book, Three Essays

Dr. Nancy McCabe’s third book, “Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China,” will be published next month by the University of Missouri Press.

McCabe is an associate professor of writing and director of the writing program at Pitt-Bradford. The book is on and other online booksellers.

The book is a follow-up to McCabe’s 2003 book, “Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption,” about the adoption of her daughter from China.

“Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge” began with a “homeland visit” by the McCabes in the fall of 2008, in which they visited the region of China from which Sophie was adopted.

McCabe said she used the trip as a framework for exploring other issues of parenting, interracial and intercultural families and international adoption, including addressing a child’s feeling of connection to multiple heritages.

Heritage trips, particularly to China, have become a rite of passage for many children adopted from outside the United States, McCabe said, but there is little in the way of existing literature on the trips.

The McCabes traveled with a company that organizes heritage trips. While much of the trip involved standard tourism with visits to a school and historical and cultural sites, the tour company also arranged for Sophie to participate in activities that a child in China would – such as flying a kite in Tiananmen Square.

But such trips, McCabe said, are not vacations.

“They can be infused with a lot of tension,” she said, explaining that children feel connection to the home country and may briefly reject their parents to see what it’s like to finally blend in. Parents can’t help wondering how their children would be different if they’d been raised in their home country.

But the conflicts were replaced with awe for both mother and daughter when the pair returned to the small village from which Sophie was adopted and met a man who had cared for her as an infant.

An excerpt from the book appears in the current issue of Prairie Schooner. The excerpt includes part of the prologue and a chapter about tracking down a man in China who took care of Sophie when she was an infant.

Two other top-notch literary magazines have essays by McCabe in their current issues.

Crazyhorse features “Before and After” about a relationship McCabe had with a mute man as a young woman. It is part of a larger memoir.

“This is a really traditional story and totally different from the kind of more experimental essay I’ve been doing recently,” she said.

“Cycling” appears in the newest issue of Crab Orchard Review. The essay is about a bicycling trip around Niagara Falls and her relationship with her mother.

Earlier this year, McCabe was a visiting writer at the University of Rhode Island for “Crossing Borders: Women Writing Their Lives,” which featured visits from four women writers.

In addition to “Meeting Sophie,” McCabe’s previous work includes “After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening.” She also teaches in the brief-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing at Spalding University.

Her work has appeared in literary journals and mainstream media, and she has won several awards, including a Pushcart Prize for memoir.

Professor Publishes Textbook on
Integrated Methods of Teaching

By Dominick Lisi

Dr. Gregory Privitera, assistant professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University, authored a 736-page book titled “Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.” The book was published by Sage Publications, Inc. and is set to be on sale soon.

In this text, Privitera highlights statistical methods using an integrated method of instruction. The book encompasses a cutting-edge balance of theory and application that illuminates modern-day research with the statistical software researchers use.

“This book incorporates instructions for using SPSS statistical software into the main text,” he said. “Writing this book has strengthened my teaching and ability to understand where students struggle most. Publishing also is a humbling process and I am grateful to be able to share this project in the classroom with students.”

By incorporating laboratory with lecture instruction in the main text, the book will strengthen a foundation of learning for future research-based classes. “One of the unique features of his book is his Making Sense sections, which break down the most difficult concepts in statistics for students,” says Christine Cardone, editor at SAGE Publications, Inc.

“Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences” will serve as the text for the University’s undergraduate statistics courses. Privitera distinguished his authored text versus others in the market by describing his book as having, “full coverage of all course content in behavioral statistics.” He also wrote an accompanying 504-page study guide, which students will use to review chapter content, take practice quizzes and apply their classroom knowledge.

Due to his innovative approach, Privitera was invited to speak at the 34th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) in January 2012, in St. Pete Beach, Fla. This annual conference is attended by thousands of faculty each year, and the honor of presenting at this conference is reserved for those who are most respected in the field of psychology.

In addition to authoring “Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences,” Privitera wrote a 2007 publication in his area of research titled “The Psychological Dieter: It’s Not All About the Calories.” He also has another book in development, “Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences,” which will be released this time next year. Privitera is an adviser to 27 undergraduate juniors at St. Bonaventure, encouraging them to continue their education and providing support surrounding University course programming.

Prior to his journey to St. Bonaventure University in 2009, Privitera received his Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at the University at Buffalo and went on to complete postdoctoral research at Arizona State University, where he studied how to enhance liking for healthier foods. He and his wife, Alisha, live in the community and have two children, Aiden, 8, and Grace, 4. Both children attend Southern Tier Catholic School this year.

Detour Near Ormsby

Smethport – A detour for roadway improvement work on Route 3011 in McKean County remains in effect through Monday, Sept. 12. McKean County drivers will encounter a closure for Route 3011 near the village of Ormsby and will be directed use the following official detour:

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.

Roadway reclamation work will continue through Friday. Paving will begin on Saturday and is expected to be complete sometime on Monday. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Route 3011 will be open but drivers may encounter single lane closures and short travel delays as crews complete roadwork activities.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this roadway improvement project. All work is weather dependent.

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Flags at Half Staff on Sunday

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities statewide lowered to half staff on Sunday, Sept. 11 in honor of Patriot Day.

All Pennsylvanians are authorized to join in this tribute.

Train Hits Car in Ripley; No One Hurt

A Ripley man and his son escaped injury when a Norfolk Southern train destroyed their car at about 6 o’clock Wednesday night on the Goodrich Street crossing.

Sheriff’s deputies say 69-year-old Richard Swonger ignored warning lights and drove onto the tracks as the freight train approached. His 31-year-old son Jason was in the car with him.

The train pushed the car off the tracks, but neither man was hurt and neither was anyone on the train.

Richard Swoger was charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing

Five Years Ago Today:
Bucky Phillips Surrenders

Five years ago today the largest manhunt in New York State history ended when Ralph “Bucky” Phillips surrendered to authorities in Warren County, PA – just over the New York State line.

Wayne Bennett, who was the New York State Police Superintendent at the time, made the announcement, and talked about why Phillips surrendered.

"You’ve got a helicopter hovering over your head. You’ve got SWAT team members coming down the woodline. The game was up and he knew it," Bennett said.

When the announcement was made that Phillips was in custody crowds gathered in Carroll, New York, and Akeley, PA – including the media -- let out cheers and gave law enforcement a round of applause.

"You have no idea how that makes us feel," Bennett said. "We don’t tend to have a lot of people cheer us on except maybe in a parade. To get it from the public is the best ‘thank you’ that we could ever have."

Phillips escaped from the Erie County Correctional Facility on April 2, 2006.

Phillips is serving a life sentence plus 40 years at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in Dannemora for killing Trooper Joseph Longobardo and shooting and wounding troopers Donald Baker Jr. and Sean Brown.

WESB was the only news outlet from McKean County on the scene that day.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Casey Applauds Bath Salts Decision

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today applauded action by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to temporarily ban the chemicals in so-called ‘bath salts.’ Senator Casey first called on the DEA to implement such a ban in March.

“This action is long overdue,” said Senator Casey. “Even though Pennsylvania has banned bath salts, this DEA ban will help keep these dangerous products out of Pennsylvania.”

This action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled.

A Notice of Intent to temporarily control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. This alert is required by law as part of the Controlled Substances Act. In 30 days or more, DEA intends to publish in the Federal Register a Final Order to temporarily control these chemicals for at least 12 months, with the possibility of a six-month extension.

Pitt-Bradford Students Spend Summer
Researching Dcology, Physiology

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Joe Hannon, a junior biology major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, spent his summer bent over – first over delicate trout lilies in the field, then over a microscope as he dissected the spring flowers.

Hannon worked with Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology, on a research project to test an evolutionary prediction: that the lilies that received more pollen would produce more ovules, or seeds.

Once Mulcahy showed Hannon what the early spring lilies looked like and the conditions under which they were likely to grow, she turned him loose with the instructions to obtain a randomized sample of 40 lilies from three different elevations.

Hannon found three areas where the flowers grew, laid down a string grid and harvested a certain number from each square in the grid to ensure randomization. Then he took his bounty back and dissected them under a microscope.

To count the grains of pollen and ovules, he had to create a gel dye in the lab to stain the particles for easier viewing.

He found that some flowers have no pollen grains and other received as many as 600 grains and that the population with the greatest variability of pollen numbers had significantly fewer ovules.

“In an evolutionary sense, it is interesting to ponder how a plant evolves in the face of such extreme variability,” Mulcahy said.

“He has very good data,” Mulcahy said. “I am very pleased with that.”

She noted that research takes a lot of dedication on students’ part and gives them confidence and a leg-up on graduate or medical school.

“It’s essential if students want to be able to go to graduate school,” she said. She hopes to guide Hannon through the process of publishing in an undergraduate research journal.

Hannon said the experience with the trout lilies and working with alumna Heather McKean, a watershed conservationist with the McKean County Conservation District, gave him a deeper knowledge of biology subjects and confidence in his ability to conduct research.

With the Conservation District, he and another Pitt-Bradford student, Lindsay Shine, also a biology major from Bradford, surveyed the fish population of Potato Creek near Smethport to determine the health of the stream.

“I’ve learned a tremendous amount about waterways and about pollination, too,” he said. “I learned it a lot more thoroughly” than he would have had he just been exposed to theory in the classroom, he said.

“I feel more comfortable where I’m at academically – being able to do something like this.”

Mulcahy added, ‘Our students do need the confidence that they can succeed in graduate school.”

Other students worked with other professors over the summer in the area of physiology. James Cable, a biology major from Russell, conducted research on clams with Dr. David Merwine, who also guided Wray Woelfel, a biology major from Kersey, in his study of cockroaches.

Still other biology majors, Kelly DeRolf of Carlisle, Arpad Hervanek of Bradford, and Yuxi Lin of Philadelphia, did their research this summer away from campus at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, a field station on the shores of Pymatuning Lake near Lake Erie run by the University of Pittsburgh.

“Going to Pymatuning was one of the best decisions I have made as a student majoring in biology,” DeRolf said. “Not only was the class incredible, but I met a number of resourceful contacts along the way, so resourceful that I actually ended up getting a research position there for the remainder of the summer with one of the Ph.D. students. I suggest that every student interested in ecology attend a class there.”

Pictured, James Cable, a biology major from Russell monitors the reaction of a clam’s heartbeat while conducting research this summer.
Photo by Alan Hancock

Casey, Toomey, Thompson Nominate JoePa for Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA) today nominated Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for his substantial contributions to collegiate athletics, higher education and American society.

“Coach Paterno’s accomplishments on the football field are nothing short of legendary. During his 45-year tenure at Penn State, he has amassed 402 career wins – more than any other coach in Division I history,” the members wrote in a letter to President Obama. “He has coached five undefeated teams, two national championship teams, won three Big Ten conference championships, and been named ‘Coach Of The Year’ five times by the American Football Coaches Association.”

The letter continued, “While these numbers are unrivaled, Coach Paterno’s contributions to society off the field are even more noteworthy. His commitment to the success of student athletes under his guidance is abundantly clear. Under his tenure, Penn State’s football team has had 16 Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, 47 Academic All-Americans, and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners – evidence of his dedication to helping his players excel in both athletic and academic endeavors. ”

Joe Paterno is the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, a position he has held for 45 years.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom honors individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Full text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to request that you consider the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) football coach Joe Paterno for the Presidential Medal of Freedom given his substantial contributions to collegiate athletics, higher education and American society.

Coach Paterno’s accomplishments on the football field are nothing short of legendary. During his 45-year tenure at Penn State, he has amassed 402 career wins – more than any other coach in Division I history. He has coached five undefeated teams, two national championship teams, won three Big Ten conference championships, and been named “Coach Of The Year” five times by the American Football Coaches Association.

While these numbers are unrivaled, Coach Paterno’s contributions to society off the field are even more noteworthy. His commitment to the success of student athletes under his guidance is abundantly clear. Under his tenure, Penn State’s football team has had 16 Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, 47 Academic All-Americans, and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners – evidence of his dedication to helping his players excel in both athletic and academic endeavors.

Coach Paterno and his family have been incredibly generous, serving as the National Spokesman for the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, supporting the Special Olympics, and donating millions of dollars to the University for academic programs and libraries. It is common for a university to name a field of play after a coach that has contributed immensely to that institution’s athletic program, but Coach Paterno’s name has been added to a wing of Penn State’s Pattee Library due to his immense contributions to academics at Penn State.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom has historically been awarded for meritorious contributions to the national interests of the United States. Coach Paterno’s contributions exceed this standard by a considerable degree and we respectfully request that you provide him your utmost consideration for the award. It is not unprecedented to award this Presidential Medal of Freedom to collegiate coaches as both Paul “Bear” Bryant and John Wooden have been honored in the past. We believe it is important for Coach Paterno to share in this esteemed recognition.

Coach Paterno over the years has shown tremendous character and loyalty. Throughout his time at Penn State, he has remained committed to reaching goals without sacrificing the ideals that are central to higher education. His contributions to college athletics and higher education, as well as the content of his character, make Coach Joe Paterno deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator

Pat Toomey
United States Senator

Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson
Member of Congress

Zippo CEO Greg Booth to Speak at
Pitt-Bradford Executive Speaker Series

Gregory W. Booth, president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing Co., will speak on Sept. 19 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of its Executive Speaker Series.

Booth will speak from 11 a.m. until noon in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Booth will speak on topics that will cover the success of Zippo, new additions to the company’s product line, international challenges, well-developed partnerships and critical positioning for future growth.

Founded in 1932, Zippo is the manufacturer of the world-famous windproof lighter with a lifetime guarantee. Today Zippo has grown to sell a diverse line of products, including pocket knives, key holders, money clips, writing instruments, tape measurers and a new Multi-Purpose Lighter.

Zippo is found in more than 120 countries and has produced more than 400 million windproof lighters; Zippo is synonymous with American-made quality and craftsmanship.

Booth graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Zippo, he spent nearly 30 years with Kendall Motor Oil in a variety of sales, marketing and management positions.

In June 1999, Booth accepted the position of president and chief operating officer of W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery, an owned subsidiary of Zippo.

In February 2001, he was promoted to his current position of president and chief operating office of Zippo. Booth is also chairman of the boards of both Case and Zippo Fashion Italia.

Booth and his wife, Cherie, live in Bradford and have four children and nine grandchildren.

The Executive Speaker Series is sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship and businesses management programs.

More Details on Morning Stabbing

WESB/WBRR News Director

A Bradford man is jailed without bail for allegedly stabbing another man multiple times this morning on Tibbitts Avenue.

25-year-old Randon Black is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses after allegedly stabbing David Kelsey and cutting his throat and neck with a black-handled K-Bar knife.

The incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. Assistant Bradford City Police Chief Mike Ward said when he arrived at the scene he saw that Kelsey had “a large laceration to the side of his neck from which blood was squirting profusely,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Ward said Kelsey told him he thought he was going to die and wanted Ward to know who stabbed him before he died. Kelsey told Ward Black stabbed him but wasn’t sure why.

Ward said Kesley kept repeating that he was going to die but Ward “tried to assure him that he would be OK,” the affidavit says. Kelsey began to loose consciousness as he was being taken by ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center, where a doctor said he was in critical condition and it was unclear whether he would survive. He was later taken to an out-of-town hospital, where he is in critical, but stable, condition.

Police had planned on using a bloodhound to find Black, but Ward said he knew from prior dealings with him that he lived with his grandmother on Willard Avenue. Ward and Officer Heil Bartlett went to the grandmother’s house, where they found the suspect. Ward pulled out his Taser and ordered Black to surrender.

At the city police station he was read his Miranda rights and signed a Miranda Rights Waiver form. Black then told Ward and State Trooper Douglas Kramer that “he had stabbed Kelsey with a black-handled K-Bar folding knife with a silver blade and that Kelsey’s blood got on his face and clothes, which he removed at his grandmother's.”

During the 40-minute arraignment, except for a couple of times when his answers were barely audible, Black simply shook or nodded his head when Cercone asked questions.

Cercone said because of the seriousness of the charges he was not going to set bail. A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for September 14, but Cercone explained to Black that it will probably be moved to a later date, and Learn agreed.

Attempted Homicide Suspect Arraigned

A Bradford man has been arraigned on attempted criminal homicide and other charges for allegedly stabbing another man in the throat and neck.

25-year-old Randon Black is accused of stabbing David Kelsey multiple times and cutting his throat and neck with a black-handled K-Bar knife at about 2:30 this morning on Tibbetts Avenue.

Black was found at his grandmother’s house on Willard Avenue at about 8 o’clock this morning. After being read his rights, he told police he stabbed Kelsey and that blood got on his face and clothes, and that he removed it at his grandmother’s house.

Black was arraigned by District Judge Dominic Cercone, and sent to jail without bail.

After the arraignment District Attorney Ray Learn said he didn’t know what Kelsey’s condition is, but that he is in an out-of-town hospital.

Pictured, Randon Black being led into District Judge Dominic Cercone's office by Assistant Bradford City Police Chief Mike Ward.

Beer, Cash Stolen from Kersey Club

State police are looking for a beer thief in Elk County.

Sometime between August 26 and 29 someone broke into the Elk County Riders Club in Kersey and stole a 16-gallon keg of beer, a 12-pack of beer, a sleeve of cups and an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call state police in Ridgway at 814-776-6136.

Suspect in Custody

A Bradford man is in custody for allegedly stabbing another man in the chest and neck early this morning on Tibbetts Avenue.

25-year-old Randon Black is accused of stabbing the other person during a fight near 11 Tibbetts at about 2:30 this morning and causing serious injury, according to a news release from McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn and City Police Chief Chris LUcco.

Black fled the scene and was taken into custody at around 8 a.m. following a brief manhunt.

City police and the district attorney’s office will released more information after charges are filed.

Police were assisted by state police as well as the Bradford and Foster township police departments and the district attorney’s office.

Attempted Homicide in Bradford

UPDATE: Assistant Bradford City Police Chief Mike Ward tells WESB and The HERO that the suspect in this morning's attempted homicide is in custody. Ward says more information will be released soon.

Police are on the scene of an attempted homocide on Tibbetts Avenue in Bradford. No word on the condition of the victim who was taken away by ambulance. Police radio reports indicate that a K-9 unit has been called in to look for the suspect who is at large, with a knife and considered armed and dangerous. Tibbetts Avenue is currently cordoned off and closed to traffic. The State Police Crime Scene is helping Bradford City Police in the investigation.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Burglar Steals Tobacco, Ravioli

Someone broke into a Driftwood house over the weekend and stole some tobacco products and ravioli.

State police say the break-in happened between 8 o’clock Friday morning and 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Brian Gausman’s house, and the burglar took a cigarette rolling machine, a bag of mint-flavored tobacco, a bag of regular cigarette tobacco, a box of filter cigarette tubes, a small first aid kit and a 4-pack of Chef Boyardee beef ravioli.

The value of the stolen items is about $57.

Fatal Crash in Potter County

An Austin man is dead after his truck hit a tree in the road at about 6 o’clock this morning on East Fork Road, near Cherry Springs Road.

Police say 64-year-old Timothy Foster was traveling north when his pickup truck hit a tree that had fallen across the road. The part of the tree that the truck hit was being suspended in the air by a guide rail. The truck traveled underneath the tree, while the upper half of the cab hit the tree.

The truck continued for about 125 feet, where it left the road, traveled up an embankment, then rolled backward into a ditch.

Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.

15 PA State Senators Endorse Santorum

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced today that his campaign for president has been endorsed by 15 Pennsylvania State Senators, including former Lieutenant Governor and current State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati.

Senator Santorum said, "I am honored to have the support of this esteemed group of Pennsylvania leaders, from TEA Party legislators to Party Leadership, who know firsthand that our campaign has the record of electoral and legislative success in Pennsylvania and is best positioned to defeat President Obama. They understand that our nation is at a crossroads and that it is time for proven leadership, not showmanship in the White House. I have worked with these fine people and they know my record of consistent conservative results. Their support undergirds what I've been saying on the trail - that I have the record of results to win the GOP nomination and defeat President Obama in November 2012."

Pennsylvania Republican State Senators who have endorsed the Rick Santorum for President campaign are:

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati
State Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman
State Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne
State Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Mike Waugh
State Senate Republican Caucus Secretary Bob Robbins
Senator Richard Alloway
Senator Dave Argall
Senator John Eichelberger
Senator Mike Folmer
Senator Bob Mensch
Senator John Pippy
Senator Robert Tomlinson
Senator Kim Ward
Senator Don White
Senator Gene Yaw

Holiday Blood Usage Puts
Community Blood Bank in 'Danger Zone'

Very heavy holiday weekend blood usage by local patients has caused the return of critically low levels. The current blood supply levels are very near the lowest of the entire year.

Type A is the lowest followed closely by type O blood. Donors of all types are urgently needed to help end it as local lives are literally at risk when the blood supply is this low.

There are 4 drives in Western New York this week that people can go to help save a life at: (No appointment needed at any of these drives) .

Today (Tuesday Sept. 6th) at Elk Regional Health Center in St Marys from 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Wednesday Sept 7 at the United Methodist Church in Sheffield from 1p.m. to 5:30p.m.

Saturday September 10th BRMC Outpatient Lab 24 Davis St, Union Square in
Bradford from 9a.m. to 1p.m.

GIVE BLOOD: SEE HOCKEY: Donors at all of these drives can enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Pittsburgh Penguins play the New Jersey Devils in Pittsburgh on October 22nd.

"What a tough weekend!" says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "We really need a few very busy days here to get us out of the danger zone."

Church Sets Sunday School Schedule

The First Presbyterian Church of Bradford, 54 East Corydon Street, will begin the 2011-2012 Sunday School year on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

Classes for children and youth ranging from nursery through senior high school will start at 9:30 a.m. An adult education class taught by the Rev. Lee Beckes will begin at 9:45 a.m. The children and youth classes will be using the “Rock Solid” curriculum by Cokesbury for the academic year. Classes, which meet weekly, will include a Bible lesson, craft activities and music. The first day of Sunday School classes will include singing favorite “Sunday School” songs, face painting, a ‘fan’ making craft, and “make your own” ice cream sundaes.

A Chapel worship service is held each Sunday at 8:45 a.m., and a Sanctuary worship service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

For additional information contact the Christian Education office at the First Presbyterian Church and visit All are welcome to attend.

Court Denies Snipes' Latest Appeal

The federal appeals court in Atlanta has turned away the latest attempt by actor Wesley Snipes to get his conviction and prison sentence on tax charges overturned.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta today rejected the appeal by Snipes, who was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns.

Defense lawyers contended they received two emails from former jurors that reported misconduct among other members of the panel. But the court held that it wasn't "strong, substantial and incontrovertible evidence" that would warrant a new trial.

Snipes started a three-year term at FCI-McKean in December.

Work of Bradford Architect to be Featured
at UPB Art Gallery, Arts Endowment Gala

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s KOA Art Gallery will feature the work of Bradford architect Preston Abbey this month.

The show, featuring original drawings of campus buildings as well as landscape paintings by Abbey, will be open Sept. 12-23. The gallery, located in Blaisdell Hall, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. The show will also be open for those attending Pitt-Bradford’s Arts Endowment Gala Sept. 17 in Blaisdell Hall.

After serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II, Abbey returned home to Port Allegany and began an apprenticeship in architecture with Raymond Viner Hall.

Abbey would finish his apprenticeship with the Bradford architect Earl Wheeler, who was designing both the Zippo Manufacturing Co.’s headquarters on Barbour Street in Bradford and the new Kendall Refining office building at the time of his death.

When Wheeler died, Abbey finished those projects and took over his practice. After designing a drive-through office for Producers Bank on East Main Street, he was referred to another bank in Tioga County for which he also designed a drive-through office.

It was the beginning of Abbey’s relationship with many banks. He designed more than 120 banks in northwest Pennsylvania, including the three banks on Main Street in Bradford.

Locally, he also designed Floyd C. Fretz Middle School, the Zippo Manufacturing plant on Congress Street, the Bradford Area High School auditorium and music wing and the Pavillion at Bradford Regional Medical Center. He also designed many churches and schools throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

When the University of Pittsburgh acquired land from Kendall Refining for the current campus, Abbey designed a master plan for the location that included the buildings of the Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle and Sport and Fitness Center. He personally designed Swarts Hall, the Frame-Westerberg Commons, several of the campus’s residence halls, McDowell Fieldhouse and Hanley Library, which was one of the last buildings he designed before retiring in 1988.

He also designed the headquarters of Fisher Price Toys in East Aurora, N.Y., and Little Tike Toys in Hudson, Ohio.

Abbey says the first thing he did in designing any office building or plant was to interview the people who use the building so that it would be the most usable and efficient for their needs. His designs always included interior decorating, too, from choosing carpets and drapes to cabinets and hardware.

After retiring, Abbey turned his artistic talents to painting, taking professional art lessons in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Many of Abbey’s landscapes include a family member, friend or animal gazing out onto the landscape, also. He often gives these away to the subject in the painting.

The KOA Gallery exhibition will feature about three dozen such personalized paintings.

Abbey has donated two of his paintings for an auction at the Arts Endowment Gala Sept. 17 in Blaisdell Hall. For more information or tickets, contact Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814)362-5155.

Pictured, Bradford architect Preston Abbey with one of his landscape paintings to be exhibited Sept. 12-23 in the KOA Art Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Kinzua Sky Walk Grand Opening:
A Time for Celebration

New Zippo Jeep to Make an Appearance

The grand opening of the Kinzua Sky Walk marks the rebirth of a historic McKean County treasure.

The grand opening for the Kinzua Sky Walk is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Kinzua Bridge State Park, McKean County’s only state park.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan will be on hand with several other state and local officials to cut the ribbon marking a new chapter in the Kinzua Viaduct – the structure that was once the highest and longest railroad bridge in the world.

The grand opening will include a keepsake ribbon that will be divided into pieces and given to those who want to take a piece of history home with them.

A reception will follow the ceremony, which will also include the dedication of a new historical marker by the Kinzua Bridge Foundation.

“We are very excited to once again offer people a chance to ‘Walk the Tracks Across the Sky,’” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for McKean County. “People from around the world have been very excited for this grand opening. The Kinzua Viaduct holds a special place in people’s hearts and now, we hope the Kinzua Sky Walk can fill the void after the tornado.”

Devlin also noted that there is a special treat that awaits those who attend the grand opening.

They will be able to get a glimpse of new Zippo Jeep, which will not make its official debut until the weekend. The Jeep will be officially unveiled at the Zippo/Case Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The Zippo/Case Museum is located at 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford.

The Jeep, custom made by West Coast Customs, will serve as a promotional vehicle, support Zippo’s popular Outdoor Line of utility products.

With significant modifications, both inside and out, West Coast Customs took a stock 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and transformed it into the ultimate Zippo vehicle. Standout features include a full lift kit, supercharger, custom built front bumper and grill, LED lighting around the outside of the vehicle to simulate fire, as well as a giant Zippo windproof lighter which has replaced the Jeep's standard spare tire mount.

The production of this Jeep will be the focus of an upcoming episode of "Inside West Coast Customs." The episode will air this fall when "Inside West Coast Customs" makes its debut on Discovery's soon-to-be-launched Velocity Network.

Josh Gleason, retail manager of the Zippo/Case Museum and a member of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau board of directors, will also be on hand with the new Zippo Jeep, which will not make its official debut until the weekend. The Jeep will be officially unveiled at the Zippo/Case Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. The Zippo/Case Museum is located at 1932 Zippo Drive in Bradford.

For more information on the new Zippo custom vehicle project, visit or

For more information on the Kinzua Sky Walk or tourism in McKean County, contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 or or visit its website at