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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday Style
with Hannah Keeley

Last winter put words like "snowpocalypse" and "snowmageddon" in our vocabulary and, according to's winter forecast, this winter could be just as harsh.

Hannah Keeley, host of the PBS series "Hannah Help Me," says you and your kids can still be stylish while staying warm this winter.

Listen here.

To learn more about Hannah, and get more of her tips, go to

Book Talk Extra
Bring Me Home for Christmas

I'm posting an extra "Book Talk" this week because best-selling author Robyn Carr is hosting an extra special contest.

Here's what Robyn says:

In response to my desire to honor our men and women who serve and their families, Harlequin Enterprises is hosting a wonderful contest. Between now and December 15 we are asking military families to submit their own homecoming stories for a chance to win amazing prizes. The first place prize will be a family vacation for up to four people, anywhere in North America or the Caribbean, courtesy of Armed Forces Vacation Club; a $500 gift card from Wal-Mart, a family photo session and a signed copy of Bring Me Home for Christmas. The entry form and rules are at Winners will be selected by a panel of judges at Harlequin.

You can listen to my conversation with Robyn here.

Look for tomorrow's "Book Talk" with best-selling author Philippa Gregory.

Andy Rooney Dead at 92

Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays died today, according to CBS News.

He was 92.

From CNN:

He had been hospitalized after suffering "serious complications" following minor surgery last month.

Rooney got his start in journalism during World War II, when he wrote for the Stars and Stripes, and he joined CBS in 1949 as a writer for Arthur Godfrey's radio and television entertainment show.

He went on to collaborate between 1962 and 1968 on a series of essays with his friend, the late newsman Harry Reasoner.

He joined "60 Minutes" in 1978, according to CBS, beginning decades of show-ending essays on topics as varied as looking for a job ("We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers. More college graduates ought to become plumbers or electricians, then go home at night and read Shakespeare."); his bushy eyebrows ("I try to look nice. I comb my hair, I tie my tie, I put on a jac ket, but I draw the line when it comes to trimming my eyebrows. You work with what you got."); the "shock and awe" campaign that started the Iraq War in 2003 (the phrase "makes us look like foolish braggarts.")

Rooney announced on October 2, 2011, in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.

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Guns Taken in Austin Break-Ins

Police in Potter County are investigating two burglaries in Austin where guns were stolen.

Someone entered the home of LouAnn McNally sometime between September 30 and last Friday and took two rifles and a shotgun.

Sometime last weekend someone entered the home of Linda Yaras through an unlocked window and stole a handgun and prescription medication.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to contact Coudersport-based state police at 274-8690.

Bradford Kwik Fill Robbed

The Kwik Fill on East Main Street in Bradford was robbed Friday night.

At just before 9 o’clock two young white males entered the store and told the cashier to give them all the money in the register, and threatened her with what is believed to be a knife.

They got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Bradford City Police or use the confidential tipline at City of Bradford

Friday, November 4, 2011

Man's Skull Fractured in Assault

A Sherman, New York, man is accused of hitting another man in the head with a glass jar, which fractured his skull and broke a bone in his neck.

22-year-old Kyle Langer and a 21-year-old man were arguing over money on October 19 when the assault happened. The victim had to be taken to UPMC Hamot, where a plate had to be put in his head.

Sheriff’s deputies say they have been investigating for the past two weeks and arrested Langer at 9 o’clock this morning, when he allegedly admitted to the assault. He’s in Chautauqua County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.

PA Medical Society:
State Made Right Decision on Texting Bill

The following is a statement from Marilyn Heine, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, regarding Pennsylvania Senate Bill 314, a bill that bans texting while driving. Dr. Heine is an internal medicine specialist who practices both hematology oncology and emergency medicine.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society applauds the state legislature for recently passing a bill that would ban drivers from texting while driving. The bill, sponsored by Senator Robert Tomlinson R-Bucks, will help make the roads safer for all of us.

Earlier this year, The Patient Poll, a survey of Pennsylvania adults age 21 and older sponsored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, showed overwhelming public support for a texting ban while driving. Nearly 86 percent of those participating in the poll believed that Pennsylvania should pass a law to make texting while driving a violation for which police can stop a driver and issue a ticket.

We’ve all seen stories in the news of horrible automobile accidents caused by an inattentive driver too busy texting than keeping eyes on the road. As an emergency room physician, let me tell you that I’ve seen the sad result of such accidents.

Many anticipate Governor Corbett signing SB 314, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society encourages him to do so.

Sunshine Report for Septemter

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Township Association Applauds Corbett
for Signing Bid-Limit Legislation into Law

Townships in Pennsylvania will finally see a change in long-outdated bid limit laws thanks to a bill signed today by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Act 84 of 2011, effective January 1, will increase the minimum dollar amount that requires townships to advertise and seek bids for purchases and contracts. By upping the current threshold from $10,000 to $18,500, the law means that fewer local purchases will fall under the state’s cumbersome and bureaucratic bidding procedures. It will also mean that more local tax dollars will be invested where they would do the most good: in local services and projects.

“PSATS applauds the governor’s swift action in signing this legislation,” PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko says. “For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors has been urging lawmakers to pass common-sense legislation that would save municipalities statewide hundreds of thousands of tax dollars a year – money that could be put to better use in Pennsylvania’s communities.

“The last time the bidding provisions were amended was in 1990, and they have been frozen in time since then, not allowing for inflation and thus eroding the purchasing power of township government. Increasing the bidding threshold will make procurement more cost-effective and, as a result, will provide more choices that are advantageous to townships and their taxpayers.”

In addition to increasing the current municipal bid threshold, Act 84 will require townships to seek telephone quotes for purchases and contracts between $10,000 and $18,500. Any purchase a township makes that costs less than $10,000 will not be subject to the state’s bidding and advertising requirements. Also, the minimum bid amounts will be adjusted annually based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,455 townships of the second class and for the past 90 years has been committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

Provided by the Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors

Log Truck Hits Utility Pole

No one was hurt when a log truck hit a utility pole at about 4 o’clock this afternoon on Route 20 in the Town of Portland.

Sheriff’s deputies say the truck driven by 23-year-old Shane Newton of Ripley, New York, went off the road to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle. The truck then hit a utility pole and a few trees.

Newton did not complain of any injuries but was taken to Westfield Hospital as a precaution. No charges are pending.

EPA Overreach with Chesapeake Bay
Program Outlined During Hearing

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry today held a public hearing to review Phase II of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Watershed Implementation Plans and their impact on rural communities.

Among the hearing panelists were Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Michael Krancer, and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President, Carl Shaffer.

The implementation of the TMDL is complex and far-reaching, affecting communities in six states and the District of Columbia. States are now in the second phase of a three-part process to limit discharge into the Bay and several of them have raised concerns about the cost and the regulatory burden they face in meeting the new limits. Witnesses testified that the process is being driven by flawed scientific modeling, arbitrary deadlines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) instead of economic and scientific assessments. This creates major difficulties for states, municipalities, and Pennsylvania’s farmers attempting to meet EPA’s requirements.

Under the Rendell Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection estimated that the cost of the TMDL, under the best case scenario, would cost the Commonwealth alone upwards of $8.7 billion.

“Because the Chesapeake Watershed TMDL is such a broad effort, and because of the costs imposed upon local communities, it is imperative for members of this subcommittee to understand what is being asked of the counties, towns and municipalities,” said Subcommittee Chairman Glenn 'GT' Thompson. “We all want to implement a plan that furthers restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, however, it must be equitable. It’s problematic that we still do not have a cost-benefit analysis of this process from EPA nor a sound model for a baseline measurement under the current plan. Ultimately, we must be certain that the federal government is not executing the facets of this plan in a heavy-handed manner, which will place undue burden upon states and localities, during a time when we need fewer hindrances to economic growth and job creation, not more.”

“Over the years significant progress has been made to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous pollution of local waters in Pennsylvania's watersheds,” said Secretary Michael Krancer, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “It should be noted that EPA’s watershed model can be a useful tool to help guide management actions and project their results. It is not, however, sufficiently precise to measure actual progress or lack thereof. It should not be used in a regulatory context to determine whether an enforcement action or other penalty is appropriate.”

Secretary Krancer also wrote in his testimony: “We all share the core desire to keep up the progress on making the Bay even cleaner than it is now. While doing so, we do need to be mindful of how we are going to pay for this progress and what it is we are paying for. We need to be mindful of using available funds in an efficient and cost-effective manner so that we get the most ‘bang for the buck’ that we can and avoid spending a lot of “bucks” for very little “bang”. We also believe that it is important that the federal government “put its money where its mouth is” and if it is going to prioritize the Chesapeake Bay program, to appropriately also prioritize it among the competing voices for the pool of federal funding that is available to bring to the effort.”

“The demands that EPA is putting on Bay states in Phase II is further crippling states ability to devise a program that will encourage meaningful and effective long-term benefits, already hampered by the demands that EPA has already placed so far through EPA’s excessive TMDL regulation,” said Carl Shaffer, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President. “EPA’s questionable modeling has not given taxpayers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed reasonable assurance that the practices the model is directing the states to implement and the millions of dollars the states will need to spend to implement these practices will get it even close to the reduction goals EPA is demanding states to meet.”

Under Chairman Thompson’s leadership, this is the Subcommittee’s second hearing focusing on implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The Subcommittee’s first hearing, "To review the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, agricultural conservation practices, and their implications on national watersheds," was held on March 16, 2011.

Impact Study of Fracking on
Drinking Water Moves Ahead

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, today released the following statement in response to the EPA’s announcement of a final plan to study fracking:

“This study will go a long way to reassure residents and establish safe practices that will help the industry expand and produce jobs,” said Senator Casey. “There is no doubt that natural gas drilling offers Pennsylvania a critical opportunity to fuel its economy and create jobs. It is imperative that we get this right so that we don’t jeopardize our chances for an economic boom.”

EPA previously identified seven case studies to help inform the assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Two of the seven sites were selected as prospective case studies where EPA will monitor key aspects of the hydraulic fracturing process throughout the lifecycle of a well. These areas are located in:

Haynesville Shale - DeSoto Parish, La.
Marcellus Shale - Washington County, Pa.

Five retrospective case studies were selected and will examine areas where hydraulic fracturing has occurred for any impact on drinking water resources. These are located in:

Bakken Shale - Kildeer, and Dunn Counties, N.D.
Barnett Shale - Wise and Denton Counties, Texas
Marcellus Shale - Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Pa.
Marcellus Shale - Washington County, Pa.
Raton Basin - Las Animas County, Colo.

One Book Bradford:
An Enlightening Selection for This Year

The fifth season of One Book Bradford is the age of enlightenment, so to speak.

“Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” written by California-based author Susan Vreeland, invites readers to take a look inside the world where Tiffany leaded-glass lamps were created – and not by whom you may think.

The obvious reference of enlightenment lends itself to Tiffany lamps themselves. However, a little known fact is that the concept and design of the masterpieces were that of glass studio manager Clara Driscoll, not Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Vreeland delves into a world where Tiffany employs only single females in an effort to shield his business from strikes by an all-male union. These “Tiffany Girls” create the works that he is well known for.

In its fifth year, One Book Bradford is a community-wide reading initiative in which a book is picked and the community is encouraged to read it. Several activities are held throughout the season, including a visit from the author in the spring.

Vreeland is pleased that one of her works was chosen for Bradford’s community-wide read.

“I was thrilled to learn that Bradford had selected ‘Clara and Mr. Tiffany,’” Vreeland said. “It's a wonderful opportunity for me to reach all ages. That's what I like about community reads. The books selected become a platform for strangers to interact, often people of different age groups if the book is promoted in the public schools. In this way, a bagger at the grocery store and a woman in her upper years can have spontaneous, stimulating conversation, a teen baseball player introduced to the novel in his English class can relate to his coach in an entirely different dimension, a teen reading it for an English class can interact with that teen’s parent’s book club.”

Vreeland was drawn to the story of “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” after attending an exhibit at the New York Historical Society.

“I was enraptured by the lamps on display and intrigued by the story of this highly talented, vibrant New Woman of the turn of the century and her vital role at Tiffany Studios. Reading the catalog of that exhibition, I saw photos of the Tiffany Girls and longed to make them live as individual personalities in the reader's mind. I was impressed with Clara's level-headedness and her socially forward thinking.”
Vreeland creates a world that is a mixture of fact and fiction.

“By far the majority is fact, drawn from that catalog, biographies of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Clara's extensive correspondence to her family,” Vreeland said, adding some characters were invented where others were developed further from what she had read about them.

Vreeland would like the reader to take away a love of the stained glass, but also for them to admire Clara and the other Tiffany Girls “who paved the way for women working in the decorative arts. I would like them to acknowledge her compassion … as a role model for social concerns of (her) own time. I'd like them to see that people of different persuasions and backgrounds can live together harmoniously.”

And don’t forget one of the greatest contributions Clara had – the lamps themselves.

“I don't believe the delicate, highly refined work of the floral lamps would have been done,” Vreeland said. “Since it is speculated that Clara conceived of leaded-glass lamps, I wonder whether they would every have come to be made at all.”
Vreeland said she writes about historical events because loves “dipping into the past.”

“There are so many rich narratives that can teach us through examples of strong yet sensitive individuals how to be better ourselves. An appreciation of the past enriches our present. Find out where we've come from in terms of social, religious, cultural, and political milieus helps us to understand our own time,” she said. “Historical fiction stimulates the imagination in ways of substance and depth, not frivolity. The imagination helps us to step into the shoes of others, which stimulates compassion. Without compassion, then community, human understanding, acceptance of differences, loving, kindness dies before it can thrive. In such cases, human beings begin to fear others different than themselves, and cruelty in the domestic sphere as well as national is allowed to reign. Historical fiction is an antidote to that.

Vreeland will come to Bradford for the last OBB event of this season. Until then, the OBB committee is gearing up for a season of activities to appeal to the masses.

“We are delighted to have someone of Susan’s caliber as a One Book Bradford author,” said Pat Shinaberger, chairwoman of the One Book Bradford committee. “We are working diligently on getting activities planned that will appeal to many, many people in our area. And we are having a lot of fun in the process.”

Shinaberger teased that one activity may be a trip out of state. Details on this and other OBB activities will follow. Past OBB books are “City of Lights,” “Children’s Blizzard,” “Becky,” and “Still Life.”

“Clara and Mr. Tiffany” was released earlier this year. Other books written by Vreeland include “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” and “Luncheon of the Boating Party.”

While she can’t pinpoint one favorite, she listed the attributes of “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” that she enjoyed.

“The variety of characters in the studio and in the boardinghouse gave me delightful possibilities,” she said.

As for herself, Vreeland, who was an English teacher for 30 years, owns a reproduction Tiffany-inspired lamp. She emphasized reproduction.

Couple Charged with Welfare Fraud

A Salamanca couple has been charged with welfare fraud for not reporting each other’s incomes on their applications to the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services.

53-year-old Kathleen Baker and 43-year-old David Bander are also charged with grand larceny for offering the false reports from April to September. They each received more than $1,700 in food stamps they were not entitled to.

They are both scheduled to appear in City of Olean Court on November 22.

Senate Approves Bill Establishing
Independent Nursing Home Appeals

The Senate approved legislation Tuesday sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati establishing an independent and objective process for nursing homes to appeal cited deficiencies.

Currently, the state Department of Health conducts its own informal dispute resolution (IDR) process for long-term care facilities, as required by federal law. Senate Bill 1095 would provide an option for long-term care facilities to either use the department’s IDR process or have a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) hear the appeal. The QIO would need to be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and be under contract with the state in order to conduct the IDR.

“This legislation will provide an important tool for long-term care facilities by ensuring an independent and objective process is in place in order for them to appeal cited deficiencies,” Scarnati said. “Nursing homes will then be able to utilize the findings and recommendations to improve the quality of services it provides, benefiting their current and future residents.”

The change will not result in additional taxpayer costs. Any recommendations made by the independent IDR would be subject to final review and approval of the Department of Health. Senate Bill 1095 was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Man Accused of Pointing Loaded Gun,
Threatening to Kill Another Man

A 71-year-old Bradford Township man is accused of threatening to kill another man with a shotgun at his home and outside Marsh’s Bar Wednesday night.

Paul Smead is accused of going to the Gates Hollow home of Donald Stoddard at around 8 p.m., pointing a loaded shotgun out of the window of his pickup truck and yelling, “I’ll kill you.”

According to papers filed in District Judge Rich Luther’s office, Smead then backed out of the driveway and drove to the parking lot of Marsh’s Bar, and Stoddard followed him. In the parking lot, Stoddard got out of his truck and crouched beside it so Smead couldn’t see him. As Smead continued along the side of Stoddard’s truck with his shotgun, Stoddard was able to tackle him and knock the gun out of his hands.

Stoddard held Smead to the ground and secured the gun with his foot. Smead kept yelling that Stoddard was a coward and he would kill him. He also yelled at witnesses, telling them to “shut the **** up” while they attempted to calm him down.

Bradford City Police took Smead to BRMC, where a lab test showed his blood alcohol content was .23 percent. While he was at the hospital he allegedly told police several times that when he got out of jail he would kill Stoddard.

According to the court papers Smead told officers that he knew he was drunk and shouldn’t have driven but that Stoddard has been harassing and stalking his daughter for a long time and something had to be done about it. Officers asked what he intended to do Wednesday and he said, “I was going to kill him.”

Smead is charged with aggravated assault, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and DUI.

Smead’s bail is set at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 10 in Luther’s office.

Man Allegedly Smashed Beer Can on
Sherrif's Patrol Car, Damaged Radio

A Chautauqua County man is in jail after smashing a beer can on the hood of a sheriff’s patrol car.

55-year-old Randall Lawergen was found early this morning in the middle of Button Valley Road in Harmony, where he was playing loud music, yelling and swearing.

Besides smashing the beer can he also allegedly damaged a portable radio and spit on and kicked the windows of the patrol car while he was being taken to jail, where he’s being held without bail.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Holley, Jose's, Roadhouse Cited

The Hotel Holley in Bradford and Jose’s and the LR Roadhouse in Lewis Run have all been cited for liquor law violations.

State police say employees at the Holley sold more than the legal amount of malt or brewed beverages to a person to consume off the property on August 12. On August 18 they allegedly served alcohol to two people who were visibly intoxicated.

On August 13 Jose’s allegedly let people stay in the bar more than half an hour after last call and allowed them to have alcohol after 2:30 a.m.

On April 24 and July 2 the Roadhouse allegedly let people stay in the bar more than half an hour after last call, and allowed them to have alcohol after 2:30 a.m. on those days and on July 30. They also allegedly furnished alcohol between 2 and 7 a.m. on July 2 and July 30.

All the charges will be brought before an administrative law judge.

ARG to Sponsor News Review

Evening Report Moving to 5 P.M.

Remember when the Kendall News Review was the community’s major news of the day?

The Bradford refinery sponsored the Kendall News Review for 54 years from its inception on April 5, 1947. The program actually made its debut April 6 as Bradford experienced a major flood April 5 that knocked out power to the entire city, including the new radio station.

The final Kendall News Review aired Oct. 21, 2001. At the time it was believed to be the longest continually sponsored radio program in the country. "Because American Refining Group is committed to our community, we will pick up the program’s sponsorship once again," according to a company news release.

Remember when, on March 3, 1997, Harry Halloran agreed to buy the Bradford facility?

In so doing, he preserved a crucial economic partner and community steward in Northwestern Pennsylvania. American Refining Group, Inc., is pleased to resume sponsorship of the program that delivers the area’s news to you beginning on Nov. 14.

Tune in to 1490 WESB on weekdays for the ARG News Review sponsored by American Refining Group at its new time of 5 p.m. starting November 14.

Marcellus Shale Bill Moves Out of
House Committee; Corbett 'Pleased'

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett is pleased to see legislative movement on the Marcellus Shale bill, House Bill 1950, and commends the House Finance Committee on today’s 15-to-10 vote that sent it to the full House of Representatives.

“I applaud House Finance Committee members for moving this important measure,’’ Corbett said. “This bill contains many of the provisions contained in our proposal, and I am pleased to see the legislature working toward a final bill.”

In early October, Corbett outlined his plans to implement numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help move Pennsylvania toward energy independence.

Today’s action by the House panel is an important step in the process, Corbett said, adding that he looks forward to continued discussions with the General Assembly that will lead to a strong and sensible Marcellus Shale package.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati expects a vote on a Marcellus Shale bill in the Senate during the week of November 14.

Speeding Car Hits Bridge Barrier

A Brocton woman is facing charges after her car slammed into a bridge barrier early Sunday morning in the Town of Portland.

19-year-old Ashley Barrett was allegedly speeding on Route 5 when her car went out of control and slammed into the bridge, causing heavy damage to the bridge and her car.

Sheriff’s deputies say an off-duty Dunkirk Police officer discovered the crash and found Barrett slumped over the wheel. She was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Deputies say that at the hospital she refused to cooperate with the investigation and refused a blood test. She’s charged with driving while intoxicated and driving at an unreasonable speed, and more charges are pending.

Ex-Secretary Accused of Stealing Money

Charges against a woman accused of stealing a couple thousand dollars from the Car Factory have been bound to court.

Renee Gleason is charged with theft by unlawful taking and tampering with records for alleged incidents that happened between April and July when she worked as a secretary at the business.

She allegedly took cash payments from customers, did not record the correct amount of the payment in the business’s books and pocketed the money.
She’s free on unsecured bail.

Man Accused of Speeding from Police
With Infant in Car Waives Hearing

A man who took Bradford police on a high-speed chase while he had an infant and a 3-year-old in his van has waived his preliminary hearing.

On October 4 police attempted to stop Daryl Robinson but he kept driving at speeds of about 80 miles an hour on South Avenue and, at one point, stopped, put his van in reverse, and backed up toward a police cruiser.

When he finally stopped, police held him at gunpoint until he got out of the van and started following their commands, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Police say a 22-year-old woman in the car and the children were “hysterical, crying and screaming.” Robinson admitted that he drove in a “stupid and erratic manner,” but also tried to say he blacked out during the incident.

Town Hall Meeting for Truck Drivers

State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) will be hosting a truck drivers’ town hall meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., at DuBois Area High School, 425 Orient Avenue, DuBois.

“We’ve been contacted by a significant number of local truck drivers who have questions about the new United States Department of Transportation regulations,” Gabler said. “As a result, my office is partnering with state and federal officials to provide a forum for area drivers to have their concerns addressed.”

Tim Cotter of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Division is scheduled to attend the meeting, along representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.

If you have questions about this event or any other legislative issue, please call Gabler’s DuBois district office at (814) 375-4688 or his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301.

Study Highlights Aviation Industry Impact

Harrisburg – An economic impact study commissioned by PennDOT reveals that Pennsylvania’s aviation industry is creating jobs and significant revenue that reinforces the impact of airports on local economies.

“This study proves that investments we’re making in aviation in Pennsylvania are paying dividends for Pennsylvanians,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Airport access stimulates businesses, supports five percent of the state’s workforce and provides transportation options.”

The study found that Pennsylvania’s public-use airports support approximately 304,462 jobs, generate $9.2 million in annual payroll and produce $23.6 billion in annual economic activity. Approximately 1,000 Pennsylvania businesses were surveyed to measure the importance of certain factors when planning relocation or expansion. A sizable majority -- 78 percent -- said having a commercial service airport nearby is an important factor in choosing a business location, while 54 percent said having a general aviation airport is important.

“When you consider that people, cargo, mail and many other goods pass through airports, it’s no surprise that businesses say that airport access is essential to their bottom line,” Schoch said.

The study was funded by a federal grant to PennDOT. As part of the project, a database was also developed so the department can update each airport’s information annually to track economic benefits.

PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation manages programs supporting aviation operation and development in the state through grant funding, inspections, technical guidance and more. The bureau administered $11.5 million in state funding for ongoing projects in the fiscal year ending June 30. Pennsylvania has 15 airports with commercial service and 118 general aviation airports and heliports.

To view the Economic Impact Summary Report or the Technical Report listing the impact of each of the state’s airports, visit, click on “Aviation & Rail Freight” and then the “Bureau of Aviation.” For more information, call 717-783-8800.

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Parade Participants Needed in Kane

The Kane Area Development Center and the Kane Business Group are currently seeking Kane area businesses and organizations to participate in the 2011 Santa Parade. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 26th at 1PM.

All participants will be encouraged to exhibit their holiday spirit to prepare the community for the Christmas season. Please remember, this is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization at very little cost. We encourage participants to distribute coupons, menus, candy and samples!

To register, please contact the Kane Area Development Center by calling 814-837-6565. The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 16th.

Kiwanis Kapers Set for Nov. 10, 11, 12

The Kiwanis Club of Bradford is pleased to present its 54th annual show Extrem eMakeover: Kapers Edition. This year’s cast numbers more than 100 performers and the show’s varied repertoire includes song and dance numbers as well as comedy skits, percussion numbers and guest stars.

More than a dozen artists from the community are also participating by painting scenery depicting some of the area businesses and organizations. In keeping with the theme, the businesses will get a makeover look to their existing “storefronts.”

Show chair is Michele McCann. Co-directors are Kristin Asinger, Barb Pedersen, and ShelleyWright, who is also the musical director. Producers are Karen Buchheit and Candy Tingley. choreographers are Felicia Lively Munday and Brittany Rose.

Extreme Makeover: Kapers Edition will be performed November 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Bradford Area High School.

Advance tickets are on sale at Graham Florist on Kennedy Street, all Northwest Savings Bank locations in Bradford, Ott & McHenry and Wright’s Music Shed in Union Square and are also available from Kiwanis Club and cast members.

Proceeds from the show are distributed among numerous nonprofit groups in the community by the Kiwanis Club, with an emphasis on organizations that support youth and youth development.

United Way Needs Community's Help

The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. announced today that the organization has raised 27% of its $325,000 goal. With roughly six weeks left in the United Way’s annual fundraising drive, officials of the organization are asking for the community’s help in achieving its goal.

Executive Director Megan Minich stated that “This year the United Way provided critical funding to 17 agencies and 38 programs in the Bradford area. Without United Way funding, many of these agencies will not be able to continue providing key services to those less fortunate. The need for these funds is greater than ever due to state budget cuts to many of our partner agencies, as well as the tough economic challenges that we face as a society. We are already seeing an increase in the number of agencies requesting support and in the amount they are requesting.”

United Way Board of Directors President Vonda Reese added that “We are fortunate to live in a community that has been very caring and generous. I am hopeful that the Bradford community will once again pull together to reach our goal because this is an accomplishment that we can all take pride in. For over 85 years, our United Way has been connecting community resources with the critical needs of individuals, to improve and change lives. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a neighborhood turns around, when families have good health and workers have solid jobs.”

Reese continued that “Those that give money to the United Way can do so with the assurance that every agency is carefully evaluated by a board of directors, and that the money raised here stays here, in the Bradford community. Giving to the United Way is among the most efficient ways for donors to ensure that their money is directed to agencies that can make a real difference in meeting the needs of this community. We wish to express our gratitude for all of the donations received thus far; we would not have reached this plateau without your support.”

Minich added that “We have been diligently scheduling employee presentations with many of our area employers, with still more appeals to be conducted in the coming weeks. We are optimistic that we will see the red in our thermometers rising relatively quickly.”

For questions regarding campaign 2011, “Live United and Lend a Helping Hand,” or to make a financial donation, please contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181 or visit

First Night's Got Talent Auditions Start
Thursday at the Bradford Library

This year's talent competition for First Night's Got Talent will be changing directions this year-- and will feature social media as it's main venue. With voting scheduled to start in ten days, organizers are extending the invitation for regional talent to submit their videos for the competition this week!

"We're really hoping to change things up this year, and do things in a new and innovative way," says Josh Hatcher, "We are hoping to get all kinds of talent to audition. We don't want just singers, but we want people who can do all kinds of things to give it a shot."

For the first round of competition, contestants can submit a youtube video through the First Night's Got Talent website:, or they can attend one of the taping sessions to have their audition recorded and uploaded for them.
Recording sessions will be held:

Bradford Library – Community Room
Thursday November 3rd 11AM-1PM

Open Arms Community Church – Auditorium
Friday November 4th 6PM-8PM

Bradford Library – Community Room
Monday November 7th 11AM-1PM

Open Arms Community Church – Auditorium
Wednesday November 9th 11AM-1PM

Bradford Library – Community Room
Wednesday November 9th 5PM-7PM

On November 11, at 11:11 - the first round of voting will be open to the public - and people can vote online at for their favorite acts. The winners of the first round will be announced November 26th, and those semi-finalists will go on to perform their talent live on December 2nd at 7PM at Open Arms Community Church. The performances will then be added to the website for another round of online voting to select the finalists, who will compete for the grand prize during the First Night's Got Talent finals on New Year's Eve. The Grand Prize packages are still being put together, but, Hatcher says, there will be cash, as well as other items, and the chance to perform at a venue for the following year.

"This will give the public one last chance to vote for their favorite talent. They will receive a ballot with their First Night Bradford Admission Button, and they can vote after the final performances." says Hatcher.

"We're hoping that by opening the voting up to the public, it gives the contestants more of an opportunity to get support from their family and friends, and to get more people active and involved in the competition."

Previous winners of First Night's Got Talent and performers who have been paid to perform by First Night in prior years are ineligible to compete in this year's competition, but performers of all ages and with all kinds of talent are encouraged to participate.

Hatcher says, "We would really like to have jugglers, poetry, dancing, singing, gymnastics, comedy, magic, or any kind of talent to showcase. I'm convinced that we've got some extremely talented people in the Bradford area, I'd really like to see help people discover and develop those talents. I think this will give them a great showcase for just that!"

Derrick City Post Office to Stay Open

Derrick City won’t be losing its Post Office after all.

Darlene Lyons is a retired postmaster from East Smethport and she said she got the good news about Derrick City this morning. She tells WESB and The Hero that, as a retired postmaster, she is allowed to work to keep other post offices open if they’re in jeopardy of closing. And, she says, that’s exactly what she’s been doing for the past two weeks.

A meeting had been scheduled for tonight at the Model T Inn to discuss the possible closing of the post office. That meeting has been cancelled, but that doesn’t mean people can’t go to the Model T to celebrate.

Volunteers Needed to Light the Square

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to assist with putting up the holiday lighting in Veterans’ Square in downtown Bradford. The lighting project is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th, at 10:00 am. Volunteers interested in helping to put the lights up should contact the BACC office at 814-368-7115 or e-mail

New holiday lighting for downtown Bradford has been provided through the generous support of many individuals and organizations, including Sarah Dorn, Harriett B. Wick, and American Refining Group, Inc. BACC would like to thank everyone who has been a part of the new holiday lighting project for their continued support.

Come help us make the holiday season brighter for everyone. Let’s light up Veterans’ Square for the holidays!

State House Honors Kane's VanGiesen

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a condolence resolution on Tuesday, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), in honor of Pennsylvania Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Kenneth VanGiesen.

“Neither words nor countless medals can adequately account for the deep sorrow those who knew and love Sergeant VanGiesen must consistently endure due to his loss,” said Rapp during her official House floor remarks in support of House Resolution 439. “I wish his family and loved ones the comfort of knowing that his sacrifices will never be forgotten. Ken was a true hero and we will forever be in his debt.”

A 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School, VanGiesen died in the Ghanzi province of Afghanistan on July 20, 2011, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his convoy with an improvised explosive device.

Serving on his fourth active tour of overseas duty during his 12th consecutive year of service as a heavy-vehicle driver, light-wheeled mechanic and armament repairman, VanGiesen was assigned to the 131st Transportation Company, 213th Area Support Group from Williamstown, Pennsylvania. He previously served his country in Germany and twice in Iraq—logging a total of 1,400 mobilized days in overseas deployment.

One of only 16 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen serving at this level of active duty and with great distinction, VanGiesen earned two Army Commendation Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Navy Unit Commendations and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart Erin Sirianni, with whom he shared a home; his parents, Susan and Thomas; his sister, Amie; his brother, Matt; and his extended family.

Four People Hurt in Two-Car Crash

Four people were hurt in a two-car crash Tuesday morning on Route 417 in the Town of Carrollton.

Sheriff’s deputies say 21-year-old Samantha Schwab of Olean was traveling west when a car driven by 87-year-old Margaret Wolfe of Allegany pulled out of a driveway and into Schwab’s path and the cars collided.

Schwab suffered a broken foot and a bruise on her head. Her two passengers suffered minor injuries. Wolfe complained of pain on the left side of her body. All four people were taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital.

Wolfe was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. Schwab was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Woman Charged for Hitting Dog with Car

A Gowanda woman is facing charges afer allegedly hitting a dog with her car and leaving the scene of the accident.

Sheriff’s deputies say 41-year-old Minnie Hansen hit the dog at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday on Route 62 in the Town of Dayton.

She was charged on Monday with aggravated cruelty to animals, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal mischief. She’s scheduled to appear in Town of Dayton Court on November 17.

Trick-or-Treater Hit by Car

A Forestville man has been cited for letting a 15-year-old drive his car during trick-or-treating Monday night, when she lost control of the vehicle and hit a pedestrian.

27-year-old Jonathan Thompson is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The trick-or-treater was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. Deputies did not say how old the trick-or-treater is.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Navigation-Impaired Burglars Sentenced

Two Buffalo men who stole more than $3,000 worth of property from a Town of Conewango building after they had to ask for directions to get there were sentenced today in Cattaraugus County Court.

Michael Cruz and Adam Ford stole the items in the early morning hours of September 13, 2010, and a jury found them both guilty of grand larceny. Ford was also found guilty of burglary.

Cruz was sentenced to six months in Cattaraugus County Jail. Ford was sentenced to one to three years in state prison.

Before committing the crimes, the men asked plain clothes detectives for directions to the building. The detectives were doing surveillance in the area because it had been targeted by burglars.

Festival of Trees is November 17

Small Games of Chance Bill
Passes Senate, Heads to House

The State Senate today approved legislation (46-4) that would help non-profit organizations, including volunteer fire companies and veterans clubs, raise more money for community activities and keep their operations running, according to State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), who strongly supported the measure.

Senate Bill 444 amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to provide for increased prize limits. The bill would increase the daily cash payout from $500 to $1,000, and weekly payouts from $5,000 to $20,000. Under an amendment Scarnati voted for, clubs would be allowed to keep 30 percent of the proceeds for operating expenses.

Scarnati said that payouts for small games of chance have not increased since 1988, and many organizations and social clubs are struggling to make ends meet as a result. Expanding the prize limits and allowing them to keep a portion of the proceeds would help them raise money and pay general operating expenses.

“These volunteer organizations are vital to our communities and do wonderful work, but many are facing funding challenges because of the increasing cost of insurance, utilities and other day-to-day expenses,” Scarnati said. “In Pennsylvania, which has one of the strongest and longest traditions of volunteerism, we need to help these community organizations continue to fulfill their mission.”

Senate Bill 444 now goes to the House for consideration.