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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Police Called for Threats, Paraphernalia

Besides the serious accident at the intersection of High and Elm streets Friday, Bradford City Police also went to another, less serious, accident on Boylston Street. Officers were also called to a landlord/tenant dispute on Euclid Avenue and a domestic incident on Florence Street.

Police were called about threats on Mechanic Street, a wire down on West Washington Street, loud music and noise and Main Street and “paraphernalia” on Kiwanis Court, according to the complaint report and request sheet.

Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

A Celeron, New York, man has been sentenced in federal court to 97 months in prison for possession with intent to deliver large quanities of cocaine and marijuana in the Jamestown area.

57-year-old Stephen Przepiora was convicted of conspiracy to traffic in more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Between between 1998 and December of 2009 Przepiora got cocaine and marijuana from out-of-state suppliers and sold the drugs in the Jamestown area, getting a cut from his suppliers, according to prosecutors.


Woman Backs Over Another Woman

A woman backing out of a driveway in Silver Creek hit another woman, who got trapped underneath the first woman’s car.

Sheriff’s deputies say 83-year-old Angela Vandura was backing down the driveway and didn’t see 79-year-old Antoinette Williams, who was walking down her driveway to pick up her mail.

Williams was knocked to the ground. Vandura did not realize she hit Williams and continued to back up, eventually completely running over her and trapping her entire body under the car.

Family and neighbors were able to get Williams out from under the car. She was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment of leg and hip injuries. Vandura was taken to the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure.

Deputies have not filed any charges.

Bradford Man Hurt in High Street Crash

A Bradford man was seriously hurt in an accident Friday morning at the intersection of Elm and High streets.

Bradford City Police say a car driven by 55-year-old Karla Sumner of Grand Island, New York, was making a left turn from Elm onto High and turned into the path of a motorcycle operated by 32-year-old George Cabisca.

Cabisca could not stop before hitting the car, and was thrown from the bike and hit the driver’s side fender of the car and the windshield and went about another 20 feet. He was taken by ambulance to BRMC.

A witness said the motorcycle was traveling at a rate of speed that would not allow him to stop before hitting the car, according to the police report.

Sumner will be charged with failing to yield. Cabisca will be cited for speeding.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Buffalo Bisons GM to Speak at UPB

Mike Buczkowski, vice president and general manager of Buffalo Bisons baseball, will speak Oct. 5 as part of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Executive Speaker Series.

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

He will discuss the challenges of managing a professional team, trends affecting the sporting industry, how sports management differs from corporate management and tips for students wishing to enter this field.

This year is Buczkowski’s 25th with the Bisons and his 18th year as the club’s general manager, the longest tenure of any general manager in the 126-year history of the franchise.

He began with the Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, in 1987 as a public relations assistant during the team’s final season at War Memorial Stadium. Coinciding with the club’s move to Pilot Field in 1988, Buczkowski was promoted to public relations coordinator and then to public relations manager in 1989.

During the 1992 season, he was promoted to assistant general manager and was named general manager the next year. He became vice president in 1999.

During Buczkowski’s 17 years as general manager, the Bisons have led the league in attendance seven times, including setting the International League’s all-time attendance record in 1998.

In 2001, he accepted the Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America on behalf of the Bisons. The award is presented annually to a franchise for overall operational excellence. The Bisons are the only Triple-A team to win the award twice.

Buczkowski is responsible for the strategic planning of the organization and manages all day-to-day operations of the front office staff. He is also responsible for the coordination of player development contracts with the Bisons’ parent club.

The Executive Speaker Series, founded in 2009, is sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford entrepreneurship and business management programs. Past speakers include Greg Booth, president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing Co.; William J. Wagner, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Northwest Savings Bank; and Tom Oreck, president and chief executive officer of Oreck Corp.

For more information, contact Diana Maguire, associate director of the entrepreneurship program, at (814)362-5277 or dsm20@pitt.edu.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7533 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Msgr. Kaza Named Second Vicar General

Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, bishop of Erie, has appointed Msgr. Charles A. Kaza, pastor of St. Tobias Parish in Brockway and vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the diocese, to serve as a second vicar general for the Diocese of Erie.

The new position was created because Msgr. Robert J. Smith, who has served as vicar general since 1990, underwent heart surgery earlier this month. Msgr. Smith will remain in his position as well.

“I have visited with Monsignor Smith and want to assure people he is on the mend and we expect a full recovery,” Bishop Trautman said. “But with the travel on my schedule this fall (including the mandatory 10‐day Ad Limina visit to Rome in early December) and after consultation with the Priests Council, I felt this was a prudent measure.”

A vicar general assists the bishop in the areas of diocesan governance, and along with the bishop oversees the operations of the administrative cabinet, diocesan departments and agencies and matters pertaining to clergy personnel. It is the highest position of a diocese after the bishop.

Msgr. Kaza has served as the episcopal vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the diocese, extending the pastoral care and vision of Bishop Trautman to pastors and people of six counties including Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter, since 1994. He will remain in Brockway and continue to serve as pastor of St. Tobias Parish.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1972, having earned both a BA and a Master of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his membership on the bishop’s administrative cabinet, he serves as a member of the bishop’s College of Consultors, the Diocesan Finance Council and the Priests Council.

Both Msgr. Smith and Msgr. Kaza will retain their roles as vicars general until a replacement for Bishop Trautman is named. The bishop turned 75 in June, at which time he submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI as required by canon law. The announcement of a new bishop could occur at any time, although the unexpected death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the papal nuncio—or representative of the pope—in Washington, DC, makes it unlikely the announcement will come before the end of the year.



BASD Makes Adequate Yearly Progress

The results are in from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments given to students in the spring, and all schools in the Bradford Area School District have made Adequate Yearly Progress.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education says the district is on the right track, but students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 still need work in reading and math.

The Otto-Eldred, Smethport, Kane and Port Allegany school districts also made Adequate Yearly Progress.

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Location Change for Town Hall Trail
Meetings; First is Tuesday at Pitt-Bradford

The location for the first of a series of public meetings to discuss local opinions on trail towns has been changed.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau have teamed together to gauge local interest in developing the area into a “hot spot" for trail activities.

The first meeting – set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 – will now be held in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons Building at Pitt-Bradford.

Other meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Two Mile Inn, 3434 Route 155, Port Allegany; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane, for a combined Kane/Mount Jewett meeting; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, 267 Second Ave., Warren.

All meetings are open to the public.

The Pitt-Bradford research team is led by students in Dr. William Schumann’s Applied Anthropology course being offered this fall.

Schumann can be reached at (814)362-7429 or wrs8@pitt.edu. Linda Devlin, executive director of the ANFVB, can be reached at 800-473-9370 or devlin@visitANF.com.

Schedule Change for Ormsby Paving

Smethport – Wet weather has changed PennDOT’s paving schedule for Route 3011(Bridge Street) near the village of Ormsby, McKean County. Work will now begin on Monday and run through Friday. PennDOT had previously expected work to run Saturday through Tuesday.

Crews will begin paving operations at 7 a.m. Monday, with roadwork scheduled through Friday. Area drivers should expect travel delays. The work zone on Route 3011 stretches from Ormsby, south for 2 ½ miles in Keating Township.

Drivers in the area should expect short travel delays as roadway flaggers enforce an alternating traffic pattern during daylight hours. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this roadway improvement project. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.


The Winter Sounds Performing Sunday

The Winter Sounds, a national touring band based out of Nashville, TN will be playing at Tortugas West Texas Bar and Grill on Sunday, 10/2 at 5pm. Playing with The Winter Sounds will be local band, Irie. There will be a $3 cover for the show which will be ALL AGES.

About The Winter Sounds: The Nashville 5 piece plays anthemic new wave indie rock punk and folk w/ unique instrumentation and a high energy live show. The band is doing Daytrotter, CMJ, is on tour all year supporting/packaging w/ Junior Astronomers, Rocketboys, 500 Miles to Memphis, Moonlight Bride and many more, are promoting their new EP release "L'été des Trois Michelles" and a vinyl re-release of their critically acclaimed sophomore LP "Church of the Haunted South". They have finished tracking their 3rd LP "Runner" recorded by Scott Solter (Spoon, St Vincent, Okkervil River); set for an early 2012 release w/ a full press, publicity and radio campaign through XO Publicity and Team Clermont. Download the full Church of the Haunted South LP for FREE at http://www.theory8records.com/COTHS.zip and learn more about them at www.TheWinterSounds.com.

About Irie: Consisting of Taylor Brinker, Jake DeCasper, Dan Comes and Rick Griesbaum, Irie plays a mix of reggae, ska, and punk with influences from Sublime, the Expendables, Stoopid and Illscarlett. You can listen to Irie’s latest single and learn more about them at www.facebook.com/IriePA.




Olean Man Jailed for Two Burglaries

An Olean man is in jail after being accused of burglarizing houses in Portville and Ellicottville.

25-year-old Paul Tyler allegedly broke into a house on Happy Hollow Road in Portville sometime during the first week of May. Sheriff’s deputies say he stole electronics, jewelry, alcohol and other items. During their investigation deputies learned that Tyler also broke into a house in Deer Crossing Road in Ellicottville, where he stole a TV, wine and other items.

Tyler’s bail is set at $15,000. Deputies say they are investigating other burglaries and more charges are pending against Tyler.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paup, McDonough Named to Zippo Board

George Duke, chairman of the board and owner of Zippo Manufacturing Company, today announced the appointment of Mark Paup and Jim McDonough to the company’s board of directors.

In making the announcement, Duke said, “Both of these talented business professionals have demonstrated success in helping the company grow. As board members, each of them will be an asset in guiding the business into the future. We look forward to their significant contributions to the Zippo board.”

Paup has served as Zippo vice president of sales and marketing since 2008. He joined the firm’s licensing department in 1994, and has worked as national sales manager, European sales manager and global marketing director. He is also the current president of the Supervising Council of Zippo Europe S.A., a joint venture company, based in Paris.

He is a native of Kane and attended Penn State University in Erie. Prior to joining Zippo, Paup was sales manager at Holgate Toy Company, Kane, and owner of New Tech, a marketing firm based in Amherst, NY. Paup is a director on the board of the Kane Area School District and a member of the Northwest Savings Advisory Board. Paup has three children and he and his wife Sonya live in Kane.

McDonough joined Zippo as vice president of operations in 2006, after serving as a consultant for the development of the Zippo BLU butane lighter. His prior experience included president and owner of Applied Products Development, LLC; senior vice president of global engineering, Hasbro, Inc.; vice president of research and development for BIC Corporation; and development associate, Dow Chemical Company.

McDonough holds a BS degree in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MS in Management from the Hartford Graduate Center, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Originally from Rhode Island, McDonough lives in Bradford with his wife, Gail, and their son Ian.

United Way Raises Thermometers

The United Way of the Bradford Area has made its first thermometer posting of Campaign 2011, “Live United and Lend a Helping Hand,” announcing that the organization is currently at 20% of the $325,000 goal.

“We received an early boost with the generosity of the many corporations and financial institutions that support the United Way. We also are very grateful with the number of individual donations from the community, which all add up and truly do signify the ‘Live United’ concept,” stated Executive Director, Megan Minich.

In the coming weeks, Minich noted that “the United Way is scheduling employee presentations within many of the community’s organizations, so you’ll see the red rising relatively quickly.”
Leadership Division Chair Lisa Minich added, “I’m excited and honored to be a part of this year’s campaign. The need in our community is greater than ever for the services and programs provided by the member agencies. Being at 20% this early in the campaign is a true testament to the generosity of this community.”

Efforts will continue over the next three months to not only solicit the local community for monetary support, but to also educate it on the purpose of the United Way. A Business Walk-A-Bout is scheduled for Friday, October 14 with volunteers going door to door to local businesses to secure their pledge to this year’s campaign.

The United Way Board of Directors is currently in the process of reviewing the RFP’s (request for proposals) submitted for the 2012 calendar year. RFP’s were due September 1, and the committees are comprised of United Way board members who will be meeting numerous times to make their recommendations, which will be voted on in November.

If anyone has questions regarding campaign 2011, “Live United and Lend a Helping Hand,” or would like to make a financial donation, please contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181 or visit www.uwbanews.org.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Consultants: Take Code Enforcement
Out of the Fire Department

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


Delta Development Group is recommending something many people in Bradford have been suggesting for years: Taking code enforcement out of the fire department.

That was one of the many recommendations the consultants made during a presentation Wednesday night concerning their work with the city in the Early Intervention Program for financially troubled cities in the state.

“(Code enforcement) does not belong in the fire department,” said Deborah Grass of Delta. “We don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense for trained firefighters to be looking for high grass and weeds and garbage and junk cars and those kinds of things.”

Grass made it clear that Delta was not doing performance reviews of personnel or departments; they were concentrating on the financial aspects of all city departments.

Before the presentation Mayor Tom Riel stressed that while some recommendations in Delta’s report have already been implemented, not every one will be.

“Just because it’s in (the report) doesn’t mean it will happen,” Riel said.

As for code enforcement, Delta recommends combining it with planning and zoning, and restructuring the operations, which would work closely with the Office of Economic and Community Development.

Also included in the recommendations for the fire department are phasing out the East Bradford station and to “explore regional fire district opportunities.”

As for the police department, John Daley of Delta said he was “very impressed” with the department and Chief Chris Lucco.

One of the recommendations is to reconsider their schedules. Although it was changed earlier this year, Daley said most of the officers are not happy with it.

They need to “figure out what’s best for them,” Daley said.

The report also suggests bringing in someone else – possibly a transfer from city hall – to do clerical work.

“It doesn’t make financial sense to have your highest paid police department employees doing filing, doing photocopying, answering requests for police reports, etc.,” Daley said.

Grass also talked about restructuring the treasurer’s office and going back to a city manager form of government.

One of the recommendations that has already been implemented is combining the departments of parks and public works.

Since then Director Chip Comilla has “made some really big strides,” especially concerning overtime, according to David Soboslay of Delta.

He did suggest the city name a Recreation Board and, as with all departments, “make sure the money you’re charging (for services) covers costs.”

Grass ended the presentation by saying the city has already “made great strides” since Delta started its work 10 months ago.

“We’re optimistic. We don’t see you moving into Act 47 (distressed) status,” she said. “We see you as having financial difficulty but looking forward, and looking for a focus, and really wanting to make a difference.”

Listen to the presentation here and here.

'Charlotte's Web' Cast Announced

The Bradford Little Theatre production of Charlotte’s Web will feature Ethan S. Flexman of Duke Center as Wilbur, Madison McClelland of Allegany, N.Y., as Charlotte and Cailie C. Shanks of Bradford as Fern.

The children’s classic by E.B. White adapted by Joseph Robinette will be performed at the Otto-Eldred Junior-Senior High School in Duke Center on Friday and Saturday October 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

Director Nanci K. Garris said, “We are excited to perform for the first time at O-E school, which boasts a beautiful 300-seat art deco auditorium and new atrium lobby. We believe the new location will enable more people to attend the show, since it is only 12 miles from Bradford and 13 miles from Olean, N.Y.”

The family-friendly show tells how little Fern Arable dotes on Wilbur, the runt of the spring pig litter. But once Fern persuades her father to spare Wilbur from the axe, Charlotte the spider turns her web-spinning skills to saving her piglet friend forever.

The narrator trio, all BLT veterans, will be Ann K. Dunkerton of Smethport and Bradford residents Michael L. McLanahan and Connie L. Shanks. McLanahan will also portray the Gander.

Cast as barnyard friends are Evie Russell of Smethport as Templeton the rat; Michelle Wymer of Eldred as Goose; and Mandi J. Droney of Bradford and Josie Simora of Duke Center as Sheep and Lamb, respectively.

Fern’s parents will be played by Owen M. Russell of Smethport and Olivia M. Keltz of Bradford; Fern’s sister Avery will be Rachel E. Close of Bradford. Aunt and Uncle Homer and Edith Zuckerman will be portrayed by Zack Murphy of Duke Center and Kelsey L. Hoover of Bradford. Hired hand Lurvy will be Chelsea Hurrle of Eldred.

Rounding out the group will be Jeri Simora of Duke Center as Uncle and Announcer, with Alice M. Smith of Derrick City as reporter and judge. Baby spiders will include Heaven Moyer of Eldred.

The crew includes producer Diane Kerner Arnett of Bradford, and stage manager Cindy Matteson and assistant stage manager Carrie Russell, both of Smethport.

Advance tickets may be purchased in advance at $9 each. At the door, tickets for adults will cost one dollar more. A discount is available for groups of ten or more through the ticketmaster on the website at www.bradfordlittletheatre.org.

Outlets will include sites in Bradford, Duke Center, Port Allegany, Smethport and Eldred.

For more information, people may check the BLT website or Facebook page.

NewBury Commons Project Proposed

On Tuesday Bradford City Council held a work session concerning a proposed housing project in the Elm Street/Project Pride area. Ben Lockwood of Housing Visions of Syracuse gave the presentation.

You can listen here.


Following the meeting Elm Manager Lisa Keck said the name "NewBury" comes from the names of an early settler and prominent citizen, Daniel Kingsbury, and his wife, Mary Newell. (Note: I assumed this was obvious, but I guess I should not assume things. Her maiden name was Newell.)

Listen to Tuesday's council meeting here.

Going Gaga Over Port Allegany



For Your Viewing and Listening Pleasure...

The Bradford Area High School Marching Owls Band:




Man Arrested for Breaking Into VFW

A Galeton man is accused of breaking into the VFW Post in the borough.

State Police say 49-year-old Raymond Legerlotz broke into the building in the early morning hours of August 9, when he and another person stole the cash register and drawers. They also allegedly damaged a door and a computer inside the building.

Legerlotz was arrested without incident today and charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal conspiracy and theft. He is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the other person, who police have not found yet.


Beaulieu Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of kidnapping a couple and sexually assaulting the woman near the Kinzua Dam in August of last year has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Erie.

36-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, was in court Tuesday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse, kidnapping, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Beaulieu is accused of approaching the woman and her boyfriend on August 3, 2010, as they ate lunch at the Kinzua Point Information Center.

He allegedly restrained the woman's boyfriend, then forced the woman into his truck and drove to the Red Bridge camping area in McKean County, where he used a handgun to force her to engage in a sexual act.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Beaulieu a week later at a campground in New Brunswick.

Paving Work Near Ormsby

Smethport –Starting Saturday, area drivers can expect travel delays as paving work takes place on Route 3011(Bridge Street) near the village of Ormsby in McKean County. Crews will begin paving operations at 7 a.m. Saturday, with roadwork scheduled through Tuesday. The work zone on Route 3011 stretches from Ormsby, south for 2 ½ miles in Keating Township.

Drivers in the area should expect short travel delays as roadway flaggers enforce an alternating traffic pattern during daylight hours. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this roadway improvement project. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.



Capitol Foundtain Dyed Pink

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett speaks with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition President Pat Halpin-Murphy by the state capitol's fountain that was dyed pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Provided by Commonwealth Media Services

KCH Recognizes Breast Cancer Month

There is a “1 in 8” lifetime risk for women to develop breast cancer.

And National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM, is a great month to schedule an annual mammogram. With all the national media attention each October, it helps remind woman of this critical screen for breast cancer. Early detection remains the best protection.

KCH has an aggressive program in the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and takes care to follow-up, often at the time of the original mammogram, when the results of the mammogram alone are inconclusive to a skilled eye.

KCH’s Chief of Radiology – Jamil Sarfraz, M.D. – has a special interest in breast health and is American Board Certified not only in Diagnostic Radiology, but also in Nuclear Medicine and Internal Medicine. His expertise in the early diagnosis of breast cancer is well known and sought after in the region.

At KCH the immediate follow-up of dense breast tissue is with ultrasound. This aids in the accuracy of the diagnosis. It’s a follow-up that women have come to expect at KCH and one every woman deserves.

Ultrasound and MRI imaging of the breast are two additional modalities that greatly decrease the chance of false, negative mammograms, particularly in women with fibrocystic changes or dense breast tissue. This is the preferred protocol for the KCH Program.

There are different cancer diagnostic and treatment approaches that range from doing nothing, watchful waiting, re-screening, ultrasound, and MRI studies.

Early detection is still the best protection. The sooner a cancer is diagnosed the greater potential for a successful outcome.

KCH offers digital mammography all year round, but with a bit more hoopla during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special push for screening that begins in mid-September with Ladies Night Out. In October KCH adds giveaways in addition to free or reduced rate mammography for under-insured women, a display of health information important to women and, during the third week of October, Mammography Week, refreshments in the waiting room.

This year’s special giveaways, for those scheduling their annual mammogram in October, include a bottle of OPI’s Calendar Girl Pink nail polish donated by OPI, a beautiful scarf donated by Zook Motors of Kane, and a chance to win a grand prize of a Keurig® brewing system that creates a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in sixty seconds. (Bringing a nonperishable food item for the Kane Area Food Pantry will give donors a second chance (ticket) to win the grand prize drawing at the end of the month.)

During KCH’s 2011 Ladies Night Out event on September 15, 70 women -- of the more than 250 attending the event -- signed up for their annual screenings. Those without insurance or those whose insurance does not pay for mammography had the opportunity to sign up for free or reduced rate mammography and reading thanks in part to area businesses who partnered with KCH again this year to fund this program for area women.

The offer is extended to others on a first come, first served basis for as long as funds are available. So, if you are underinsured, let it be known that you would like to be considered for free or reduced rate screening when you call 837-4580 to register.

KCH is an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.

Pictured wearing this year’s giveaway scarf and holding bottles of OPI Calendar Girl Pink nail polish for everyone who signs up for their mammogram in October are: in front: Brittany McElhattan RDMS; and l-r above:Ann Anderson, RT (R)(M)(CT); Ronda Feronti, RT(R)(M)(CT), and Julie Laughner, RT(R)(M)(BD)(CT). The Breast Health Center at KCH offers comprehensive breast health care with digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy.
Courtesy of KCH

Three Hurt in Westfield Crash

Three people were taken to hospitals after a three-car crash around 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in Westfield.

Sheriff’s deputies say 40-year-old Carl Villardo of Westfield was driving on Walker Road and turned onto Route 20 when a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Eric Sanders of Westfield swerved in an attempt to avoid Villardo's vehicle and hit a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Leroy Williams of Ripley, head-on.

20-year-old Jacklyn Williams, a passenger in Sanders' vehicle, had to be extricated from the car and was flown UPMC Hamot for treatment of a leg injury. Sanders and Leroy Williams were taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Teenagers Facing Drug Charges

Two teenagers are facing drug charges following incidents at Pioneer High school.

Sheriff’s deputies say on September 14 17-year-old Tyler Eisenhardt of Machias had three Clonazapem pills. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Yorkshire Court.

On the same day, a 15-year-old allegedly gave Clonazapm to four students at the school, and also had eight more pills. He was issued an appearance to family court and was released to a parent.

Crispell Hearing Set for November

A hearing is scheduled for November in the case of a Clearfield man convicted of killing a St. Marys woman in 1989.

40-year-old Daniel Crispell had been scheduled for execution on October 19 but, on Tuesday, a stay was issued.

A hearing on issues arising from a Post-Conviction Relief Act petition is scheduled for November 1 in Clearfield. Senior Judge John B. Leete of Potter County will preside over the hearing.

Crispell was convicted of murder, kidnapping, robbery and related charges in June 1990. Crispell and an accomplice, Christopher Weatherill, kidnapped Ella Brown at knifepoint from a DuBois shopping mall parking lot. Her body was found the following day. Crispell and Weatherill were arrested in Arizona.

Weatherill, who is now 39, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ANF Visitors Bureau, Pitt-Bradford
Looking for Community Participation in
Economic Development Events

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau and students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will be holding a series of town hall meetings to gauge local opinions on developing the area into a “hot spot” for trail activities.

The first meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 121 of Blaisdell Hall on Pitt-Bradford campus. All meetings are open to the public.

The Pitt-Bradford research team is led by students in Dr. William Schumann’s Applied Anthropology course being offered this fall.

The surveys and discussions from these meetings will provide data about public opinion and local capacities for trail-centered economic development. The researchers are also examining other successful trail town models in the Appalachian region.

Other meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Desert Rose Café, 13124 Route 59 in Smethport; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane, for a combined Kane/Mount Jewett meeting; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, 267 Second Ave., Warren.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is the official tourist promotion agency for McKean County. Its mission is to promote the region as a tourism destination utilizing the principals of geotourism, keeping the geographic area attractive, the economy strong, and the visitors happy.

Geotourism is defined by National Geographic as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place-its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. When pursuing tourism development strategies to enhance the visitor appeal of their destination, the ANFVB works to bolster the economic impact of tourism so there are increased revenues, new jobs created, and additional money infused in the local economy.

The ANFVB is partnering with faculty and students at Pitt-Bradford. The university team is led by Schumann, assistant professor of Anthropology, who teaches in the university’s Environmental Studies and Human Relations programs. Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, the university offers a variety of academic programs, including environmental studies and outreach programs.

Schumann can be reached at (814)362-7429 or wrs8@pitt.edu. Linda Devlin, executive director of the ANFVB, can be reached at 800-473-9370 or devlin@visitANF.com.


Bridge Posting in Oswayo Township

PennDOT will soon post a weight limit on the Oswayo Bridge over Eleven Mile Creek on Route 4023 (Eleven Mile Road). The bridge is located near the village of Crystal in Oswayo Township, Potter County.

Later this week, PennDOT will place signs that post the bridge for 30 tons for single vehicles and 32 tons for combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limits must use an alternate route.

The decision to post the new weight limits was the result of a recent inspection. The Oswayo Bridge was built in 1931; is 25 feet long and carries an average of 230 vehicles per day. The new posting for the bridge will remain in place until repairs can be made.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

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Man Pleads Guilty on His Birthday

An Indianapolis man spent his 19th birthday in Cattaraugus County Court, pleading guilty to robbing a pizza deliveryman who is also a National Guard soldier.

Travis Satterfield, along with 19-year-old Hilario Maldonado Waskiewicz, Jr. and 17-year-old Jordan Plaud of Olean, robbed Matthew Balcerzak March 8 on Smith Hollow Road in Allegany. They got $28.

Satterfield will be sentenced December 5.

Yorkshire Man Sentenced for Assault

A Yorkshire man has been sentenced to six months in jail for assaulting another person with a knife.

20-year-old Marshal Gilcrease was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.

He violated an order of protection on May 16 when he cut a 24-year-old with the knife.

Four Allegedly Tried to Steal Scrap Metal

Four Jamestown residents are facing charges for allegedly trying to remove scrap metal from property in the Town of Ellery.

Sheriff’s deputies say a concerned citizen called about a group of suspicious people on the property at about 5 p.m.

20-year-old Christian Forshee, 19-year-old Shane Blair, 17-yar-old Brett Wolfgang and a 15-year-old boy were all charged with trespassing. The 15-year-old was released to a parent. The others will appear in court at a later date.

Man Allegedly Fought with Cops at Casino

An Ohio man is facing charges for allegedly fighting with sheriff’s deputies at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

42-year-old Mark Gregoreski was asked by casino security and deputies to leave, but he refused. Deputies tried to escort him out of the casino, but he grabbed the wrist of one of the deputies and fought with them after being told he was under arrest.

He was charged with obstructing governmental administration and is scheduled to appear in City of Salamanca Court on October 7.

Four in Court on Drug Charges

Four Olean residents appeared in Cattaraugus County Court Monday on charges that they sold drugs in Olean.

Bryant Battle was sentenced to one year in jail for attempting to sell a controlled substance on December 17.

George Keech pleaded guilty to selling a narcotic drug on November 5 . He will be sentenced on January 9.

Rebecca Oakley pleaded guilty to selling a controlled substance on October 23. She will be sentenced December 5.

Bridgette Steiner pleaded guilty to selling a narcotic preparation on December 18. She will also be sentenced on December 5.

Stay of Execution Ordered

A stay of execution has been ordered for the Clearfield man who killed a St. Marys woman back in 1990.

The stay was ordered late Tuesday night for 40-year-old Daniel Crispell, who had been scheduled to be put to death on October 19.

In 1990 Crispell was convicted after he and another teenage boys approached Ella Brown in the Dubois Mall parking lot. They kidnapped her, stabbed her to death and took her car to Tucson, Arizona. Crispell was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dog Distracts Driver

An Emporium woman says her car hit an embankment Sunday morning because her dog distracted her.

State police say 21-year-old Carol Thompson was on Route 120 in Lumber Township when the dog inside her car distracted her and caused her to lose control of the vehicle.

Thompson was cited for careless driving.

Emporium Woman Hurt in Crash

An Emporium woman was hurt in a two-vehicle crash Saturday on Route 155 in Shippen Township.

Police say 77-year-old Joan Klinestiver was pulling out of her driveway and did not yield the right-of-way to a vehicle driven y 21-year-old Keith Bailey of St. Marys.

Bailey’s vehicle hit the driver’s side of Klinestiver’s car. Klinestiver was taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

Bailey was not hurt but his vehicle had major front-end damage.
Adam Geibel of Team Geibel from Wilcox displays his blond coyote that took first place at the Coyote Hunting Tournament held at the Rolfe Beagle Club in Johnsonburg over the weekend.
Photo courtesy of Mary Hosmer

Dueling Pianos, Block Party Highlight
Pitt-Bradford Alumni and Family Weekend

A performance by Dueling Pianos International and a block party will highlight the annual Alumni and Family Weekend on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Events are open to the public.

The weekend begins with free “Classes Without Quizzes” offered during the day on Friday, Sept. 30. Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of psychology, will teach “Human Learning” from 10 to 10:50 a.m. in 161 Swarts Hall. Dr. Helene Lawson, professor of sociology, will teach “Sociology of Gender” from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in 107 Swarts.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, a career networking reception will take place in the Mukaiyama University Room. Speakers will be Jeanine Vento ’10, agent broker for Patrick A. Reilly Insurance Co.; Dr. Tim O’Brien ’77-’78, ophthalmologist and managing partner for Seneca Eye Surgeons; Rachel Thayer ’10, events coordinator and executive assistant for Serena Group; and Chris Luke ’94, senior vice president and director of marketing for PNC investments.

Reservations can be made online at www.upb.pitt.edu/cnr.aspx.

On Saturday, festivities begin with an awards brunch to honor Dr. Shailendra Gajanan, associate professor of economics and recipient of the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award; Ryan Race ’07, who is receiving the PBAA Distinguished Volunteer Award; and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Matt Barnes and Missy Wahlberg. Additionally, Pitt-Bradford’s first men’s basketball team from 1965-67 will be honored.

The brunch is $12. Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Relations office at (814) 362-5091.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of Hanley Library will hold its annual book sale in the library’s lobby.

From noon to 4 p.m., a campus block party featuring vendors, food and games will be held on the campus loop. In the case of inclement weather, it will be held in the McDowell Fieldhouse in the Sport and Fitness Center.

Also starting at noon is the University Showcase. Visitors can tour the campus television studio at noon in Blaisdell Hall and learn about campus technology during a presentation at 1 p.m. in Swarts 162.

The alumni baseball game pitting alumni against members of the current team will take place at 3 p.m. at the baseball field in the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Dueling Pianos International will take the stage at 7 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. Dueling Pianos is a high-energy, all-request sing-along rock’n’roll comedy show where the audience is just as much a part of the show as the piano players.

The evening will be capped by fireworks at 9:30 p.m., which can be viewed from the Commons patio.

The last event of the weekend is a free 50th anniversary organ recital by Jeanne Gross at 1 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.