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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Saturday Style
with Jeannine Morris

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I spoke with her on Thursday about "Beauty tips you can be thankful for."

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Bona's Jenkins Joins 1,000 Point Club

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Senior Jessica Jenkins scored the 1,000 point of her career, and in the process led the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (3-0) to a 56-48 road win over West Virginia (1-1) Friday evening.

Jenkins poured in a game-high 23 points behind five 3-pointers to become the 19th member of SBU's 1,000 Point Club. After WVU took a 33-32 lead at the 12:53 mark, the Bonnies went on a 17-3 extended run to open up their biggest lead of the night at 49-36. Jenkins scored 11 of those points, hitting her 1,000 career point on a 3 from the left wing at the 10:36 mark.

After the Mountaineers knocked down a 3-pointer to open the game's scoring, their only other lead of the night came at 33-32. Bonaventure converted 19-of-21 free throws to seal the win, including a perfect 10-for-10 showing from redshirt senior Armelia Horton.

The loss is just the fourth in WVU head coach Mike Carey's career at home against non-conference teams. Carey was previously 61-3 at home in such contests.

Horton finished with 12 points, and senior Megan Van Tatenhove scored 11 as 52 of the team's 56 points came from the starting five. Doris Ortega pulled down a career-high eight rebounds against WVU's much taller front line, but the Mountaineers out-rebounded the Brown and White on the night, 46-37.

The Bona defense – which in last year's meeting allowed WVU to score 47 second-half points – held the Mountaineers to just 28.1-percent shooting (16-57) on the evening.

Jessica Harlee recorded a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds for WVU, while Brooke Hampton contributed 13 points.

St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the 13:54 mark following a CeCe Dixon steal and layup. The Bonnies then stretched to their largest lead of the first half, 20-12, at the 4:30 mark on a Ortega jumper before settling for a 26-23 halftime lead.

Horton and Jenkins kept Bona in the game in the first half as they teamed up to account for 77 percent of the offense, tallying 20 of Bonaventure's 26 points and doing it in their typical fashion. Horton converted 8-of-8 free throw attempts in the opening frame after being fouled while driving, and Jenkins knocked down two 3's and pulled up off the dribble-drive from the elbow for her other two buckets.

The win is the second over a BIG EAST team in six days, as the Bonnies defeated then-No. 25 St. John's on the road last Saturday. It is the first time in program history that Bonaventure has defeated two BIG EAST schools in the same season.

The Bonnies – for the second week in a row – will have just one day off in-between games as they return to the court in their home opener against Morgan State on Sunday. Tipoff from the Reilly Center is set for 1 p.m. as Bona looks to avenge last season's loss to the Lady Bears.

Provided by St. Bonaventure University

Friday, November 18, 2011

Santa Visits the Main Street Mercantile

Dane Anderson of Kane was the first person in line to see Santa Claus at the Main Street Mercantile (45 Main Street) Friday night.

Dane gave Santa a big hug before heading back to Kane.

These guys were second and third in a long, long line.

If you didn't get a chance to see Santa Friday, you can drop off your letters to him at the Main Street Mercantile and he'll read them on 1490 WESB!

And, personally, I'm thrilled that Santa remembered my name because I'm on the Nice List!

Cruisin' into Christmas ...

Characters from Beacon Light's Santa House were part of the 3rd Annual Cruisin' into Christmas Parade Friday in Downtown Bradford.

Felicia Lively Munday sing's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the Burgers & Barbecue float.

This little beagle from the McKean County SPCA is all decked out for the holidays -- and could use a good home.

The Pitt-Bradford cheerleaders are full of all kinds of holiday spirit.

Street Dreams Car Club President Gary Hoy, and his lovely wife Candy, tossed out candy to the kids ... did our own Stefan Arlington

CNN: Joe Paterno Has Lung Cancer

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has a treatable form of lung cancer, a source close to Paterno says.

Paterno was fired last week amid a child sex abuse scandal allegedly involving his former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.

For more on this story go to

Police Find Dead Body
While Searching for Burglary Suspect

Jamestown police searching for a suspect in a store burglary this morning discovered a dead body in a tent.

Police found the body of the unidentified man behind a home on Barrows Street at about 3 a.m. They were searching for the person who had just burglarized a nearby Wilson Farms store.

They say the burglary is not related to the suspicious death, and an autopsy has been scheduled at ECMC to determine how the man died.

The burglary suspect, 26-year-old Russell Maring, was found hiding in a closet in a Barrows Street house a short time later. He’s in jail and is considered a person of interest in several other Jamestown burglaries.

UPB Alumn Published in 'Chicken Soup' to
Give Talk on 'The Magic in Every Moment'

Dr. Larry “Rock ’n’ Roll” Schardt, who contributed a chapter to the most recent book in the popular “Chicken Soup” series, will give a talk on “The Magic in Every Moment” Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The talk, subtitled “The Seven Simple Actions you can Take to Achieve a Lifetime of Happiness and Success,” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater. It is free and open to the public. He will share principles that will help audience members make and keep those upcoming New Year’s resolutions.

Schardt is a Pitt-Bradford alumnus, adjunct instructor and nationally known speaker who has motivated audiences of all ages from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Schardt has taught and lectured on such topics as life and professional success, the power of humor, teaching, conservation and sustainability, relationships and motivation.

On his most recent tour with U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, Schardt spoke to nearly 700 students, encouraging them to live out their dreams.

“Your presentation was certainly one of the highlights of our program,” Thompson told him. “You have a remarkable gift and rapport, and I’m glad you shared your powerful message.”

The most recent book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, “101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy,” features an entry by Schardt: “Career Magic.”

The segment deals with lessons Schardt learned during his first supervisory role as a district conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Mifflin County, according to the Lewistown Sentinel, which interviewed Schardt about the book.

“It’s about how I learned to deal with being a supervisor, how excited I was, the challenges, and how to find your happiness,” he told the paper.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and Schardt will be signing them.

The presentation is being sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association.

Causer, Gabler Vote 'Yes' on
Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact Bill

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) issued the following statement regarding his “yes” vote on House Bill 1950, the Marcellus/Utica Shale Impact bill.

“My top priority with any impact fee bill has always been to ensure that the bulk of the money stays local. Under House Bill 1950, a full 75 percent of money generated by any impact fees enacted by a county stay in that county and its municipalities to maintain local roads and bridges, preserve and protect water supplies, and enhance emergency preparedness and public safety.

“The remaining 25 percent of impact fee revenue will be sent to the Commonwealth, but it is primarily set aside for infrastructure, environmental protection and public safety initiatives in regions where drilling is taking place. I believe this is an appropriate way to invest impact fee dollars.

“It was also important that any impact fee measure adopted by the House not put the state at a competitive disadvantage with other Marcellus Shale gas-producing states. The fee established by this legislation, along with our existing tax structure, ensures the drilling industry can continue to grow and create jobs in our region.

“To strike the right balance between environmental protection and economic development, the bill also boosts regulation to ensure the protection of our water supply. Specifically, it increases setback requirements to keep gas wells a safe distance from streams, water wells and public water supplies.

“While the proposal initially sought to preempt all local zoning laws relative to drilling, the bill that ultimately passed the House preserves those local zoning rights. This initiative earned the support of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.

“The bill that passed the House is still a work in progress and differs significantly from what is contained in Senate Bill 1100, which was adopted by the state Senate earlier this week. We must now work to address these differences before a final bill can be sent to the governor’s desk.”


11/17/2011 HARRISBURG – Thursday’s vote on House Bill 1950, which would give counties the option of imposing a natural gas well impact fee and modernizes Pennsylvania’s laws by improving the standards that unconventional gas drillers must meet, passed the House today with support from state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk). The bill will now be taken up by the state Senate.

Gabler issued this statement following the vote:

“House Bill 1950 creates a reasonable impact fee that compensates local communities and pays for government services related to gas development. It does not grow government by sending funds from our local industry back to Harrisburg to be spent in places such as Philadelphia that do not have gas development.
“This bill increases environmental standards on unconventional gas wells across the state to modernize Pennsylvania’s current outdated Oil and Gas Act. It allows local municipalities to retain control while setting reasonable standards that protect jobs.

“The bill that we passed strikes a reasonable compromise that ensures drilling companies pay their fair share, while protecting the rights of local landowners and keeping Pennsylvania's jobs climate competitive.”

BLT Moving to Main Street Store Front

Bradford Little Theatre is opening new office and rehearsal space at 79 Main St. starting Saturday.

“We are excited to be moving into a bigger space that will not only house our offices, but meet our need for rehearsal, tryout and construction space,” said BLT president Nanci K. Garris.

“Our new space offers first-floor access and a dynamic downtown presence,” said Garris. “It should eliminate the need to rent rehearsal and tryout space as we have in the past. Also, we should be able to do basic set and prop construction in the rear – an option we have never had before.”

“The board examined this move carefully to ensure financial feasibility, and believe that the site will not cost our non-profit organization any more than is currently spent for rehearsal and meeting space.”

“We are excited about the possibility of using the space to be part of downtown activities as well,” she said, noting the two large display windows in the front of the site.

Currently, the BLT office is on the third floor of the former Forest Oil building on Main Street.

The new location, owned by John Kohler, most recently housed a store selling tobacco-related products.

Garris explained that the move will occur in stages over the next several weeks, and be complete by the end of the year.

Now celebrating its 15th season, BLT promotes, encourages, and produces community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Santa to Set Up Mailbox After Parade

The Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 tonight in Downtown Bradford – and Santa will be making his first appearance of the season during the parade.

After the parade Santa himself will be setting up the mailbox where kids can drop off their letters to him to be read on WESB’s Santa’s Mailbag show.

Santa will be setting up inside the Main Street Mercantile at its new location – 45 Main Street.

Names of Plane Crash Victims Released

The FAA is continuing to investigate the plane crash that injured four people in Potter County Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened at just before 4:30 in Harrison Township when the two-engine plane flew into a garage. The pilot was 62-year-old Thomas Anticola of Lancaster, New York. The passengers were 51-year-old Keith Zittel of Niagara Falls, 47-year-old David Kennedy of Hamburg and 44-year-old Paul Seegar of North Tonawanda.

Three were taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries; the fourth was taken by Mercy Flight to an out-of-town hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The plane was flying to Buffalo from Delaware when it experienced engine trouble.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Plane Crashes into Garge

At 4:28 pm on Thursday, Fire Depts. have been dispatched to a report of a plane crash into a garage with fully involved fire in Harrison Township at 300 Johnson Road.

Reported to be twin engine aircraft with 4 persons on board. Additional ambulances and manpower dispatched to the scene.


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Thanks Jim!

3 Hurt in Charlotte Rollover Crash

Three people were hurt in a rollover crash at around 11 o’clock this morning in Charlotte.

18-yearpold Jami McCurdy of Sinclairville was on Edson Road when her vehicle went out of control, crossed the center line, traveled into a wooded area and hit a utility pole.

McCurdy and a female passenger were taken by ambulance to WCA Hospital. A male passenger was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies are continuing their investigation.

Man Accused of Having Sex with Child

A Mansfield, New York, man is accused of having sex with an 11-year-old.

36-year-old Dusk Tocha was arrested last night after an ongoing investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department.

Tocha is charged with sexual conduct against a child and is jailed on $250,000 bail.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

White House Shooting Suspect
Arrested in Indiana, PA

Washington (CNN) -- A man wanted in connection with a White House shooting incident was arrested Wednesday in Indiana,PA, the U.S. Secret Service announced.

For more on this story go to

Judge Named for Sandusky Hearing

A Westmoreland County Judge will be presiding over the preliminary hearing for ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The assignment by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts was in response to a request from the Centre County Common Pleas Court for an out-of-county judicial assignment.

Judge Robert E. Scott has been assigned to hear the matter, in which Sandusky is charged with numerous counts rerlated to child sexual abuse. Scott has no known connections with Penn State or the Second Mile charity.

The hearing is scheduled for December 7 in Bellefonte.

Pitt-Bradford Athletic Training Program
Reaccredited for 10 Years

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s athletic training program has been reaccredited for 10 years, the longest period possible, by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The length of the accreditation reflects the overall quality of the program, explained Jason Honeck, director of the program.

CAATE officials who performed an on-site visit as part of the reaccreditation process interviewed not only Honeck and Brieanne Seguin, instructor of athletic training, but also Pitt-Bradford administrators, athletic trainers, faculty who work with the athletic training students, every athletic training major, clinical site supervisors and two alumni.

The reviewers praised Honeck, the program, clinical instructors, medical director Dr. Jill Owens and Pitt-Bradford facilities in their report.

“The athletic training education program benefits from a dedicated program director whose efforts are appreciated and acknowledged by students, faculty and staff,” the evaluator wrote.

“The athletic training facilities provide excellent educational environments. … The athletic training clinical staff is enthusiastic, vested in the program’s success and clearly dedicated to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.”

In order to become a certified athletic trainer, students need to graduate from a four-year accredited athletic training program and pass a national exam, Honeck explained.

The Pitt-Bradford program was started in 2001 and first accredited in 2003.

Athletic trainers serve as a link between an athlete and his or her medical team. Athletic trainers can be the first responder when an athlete is injured during competition. They provide immediate treatment and also work with doctors and therapists to help rehabilitate the athlete.

In addition, they work with athletes and coaches to prevent injuries through teaching proper mechanics.

That takes a variety of skills, Honeck said, from evaluating an injury to coordinating care as part of a team.

The program, which requires that students maintain a 3.0 grade point average in their major and a 2.5 average overall, currently has 17 majors.

Pictured, Jason Honeck, director of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s athletic training program, working with students. The program has been reaccredited for 10 years, the longest term possible.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

Hunters Won't Have to Wear Back Tags

The requirement that Pennsylvania hunters wear back tags will soon be a thing of the past.

The state Senate passed the measure on Wednesday, and now it’s on Governor Tom Corbett’s desk. His office says he intends to sign the bill into law.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission supports the change, saying hunters sometimes lose their licenses as they walk through thick underbrush.

Rainbow Corner Aides Receive CDA

Preschool Aides, Barbara McGarry and Janice Stiles, from Rainbow Corner Preschool at CARE for Children, have earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The Council for Professional Recognition awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings.

“CARE for Children places a premium on the quality of all our programs and invests in staff training and development to ensure quality initiatives. Our early learning programs provide an important developmental cornerstone for children and our aim is to provide an outstanding program with highly trained staff.” said Preschool Director Kimberly Engstrom, M.Ed.

The process to obtain the credential was lengthy and included 9 months of classroom instruction, external course work, job evaluation and concluded with written and oral exams. Both were also required to complete 480 hours of working directly with children, as well as various trainings and seminars regarding mandated reporting, language development and first aid and CPR.

Ms. Stiles has worked for Rainbow Corner Preschool since 2003. She lives in Bradford with her husband, Doug. She has two children and four grandchildren. Ms. McGarry began at Rainbow Corner in 2008 and she, too, lives in Bradford with her husband, Mike. They have two children.
Rainbow Corner Preschool is part of CARE for Children. For more information on this program, or any offered through CARE, call the office or visit the website at

Pictured, Janice Stiles (L) and Barbara McGarry (R), Aides at Rainbow Corner Preschool, recently earned the Child Development Associate credential for outstanding work with young children. Rainbow Corner Preschool is a program through CARE for Children in Bradford.
Courtesy of CARE for Children

Casey Aims to Restore HUBZone Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) filed an amendment with Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) to a must-pass bill that would restore Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) status to 16 rural Pennsylvania counties. The special designation helps small businesses in rural Pennsylvania gain access to federal contract opportunities which helps grow their businesses and create jobs in the region.

“The unemployment rate may have ticked down slightly, but the economy is still incredibly hard for middle class families in rural Pennsylvania. This program helps our businesses grow and we must fight to keep it in place,” said Senator Casey. “Right now the government needs to be doing everything it can to help our small businesses, not pull the rug out from under them. My amendment would put Pennsylvania’s small businesses back in this program, and I’ll be making a strong push to get it included in the final bill.”

Citing a reduced unemployment rate, the Small Business Administration (SBA) excluded the following Pennsylvania counties from the HUBZone program: Armstrong, Bedford, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne. Casey has filed his amendment to restore the status of these counties to the Senate’s Financial Services Appropriations Bill- a must pass piece of legislation that funds the government.

The HUBZone program, which is administered by the SBA, helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a "principal office" in one of these specially designated areas. For the past several years, 16 Pennsylvania counties were included in the program, allowing local businesses to boost their bottom lines by taking advantage of federal contracting opportunities. But an SBA decision has removed these counties from the program, meaning that local small businesses no longer have access to these unique contracting opportunities.

Despite the 2010 census showing a small reduction in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate, small businesses in Pennsylvania’s rural counties are still struggling to deal with the nation’s tough economy. By losing this special designation, businesses in these counties could see a reduction to their bottom lines, hurting the region’s overall economy.

In Bedford County, Vacuum Processes Inc., has been in business for over 20 years and has long benefitted from the program. President John Swatkoski said, “When we compete with other small businesses, the HUBZone becomes a feather in our cap. It allows the companies we contract with to use a small business and HUB Zone listings. Each government contractor has a list of certain contracts they need to give to small businesses. If HUBZone status goes away, that gives me one less leg to stand on for competitive contracts.”

Eric Bridges, Executive Director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, spoke directly to the importance of this program, saying: “The HUB Zone Certification provides regional companies with an advantage in contracting with Federal government activities and prime contractors that are required by law to set-aside 3% of their contract dollars for HUB Zone Certified Businesses. The loss of the HUB Zone Certification to regional companies is a major blow to their marketing strategies and their ability to be more competitive in the Federal contracting arena.”

Robert Phillips, President and CEO of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, representing over 1,200 members, I would like to thank Senator Bob Casey for his concerns and efforts for the extension of Monroe County’s HUBZone status. Senator Casey has been at the forefront for the HUBZone program that will provide a positive impact for keeping and creating jobs in Monroe County.”

Distracted Driver Hospitalized

A Great Valley woman is hospitalized with serious injuries after animals in the back seat of her vehicle distracted her and she crashed.

70-year-old Carol Torrence was on Route 417 in Great Valley when the animals distracted her. Sheriff’s deputies say she turned her head and looked away from the road and, when she did, the vehicle left the road and traveled into a ditch. It then flew over the driveway and landed in a ditch on the other side of the driveway.

Torrence had to be extricated from the vehicle and was then flown to ECMC, where she’s being treated for a broken sternum, leg, ankle and ribs. She’s in stable condition.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scarnati Shale Bill Passes Senate

HARRISBURG -- The state Senate today approved legislation that would establish reasonable fees on gas drillers, establish strong environmental safeguards, and strengthen oversight of the Marcellus Shale drilling industry, according to Senator Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, who sponsored the measure.

Passage of Senate Bill 1100 comes after months of negotiation and compromise on a number of areas, including how funding would be allocated and local zoning issues.

“This legislation will help communities impacted by drilling, provide for reasonable local zoning parameters and implement strong environmental protections,” Scarnati said. “Through a reasonable and well-thought-out impact fee on shale companies, we can manage this tremendous resource in a way that improves our economy, creates new jobs and opportunities for our residents and protects our quality of life.”

· SB1100 Distribution Estimates

· SB1100 Fee Estimates

· SB1100 Final Fee

Scarnati said his proposal would impose a tax rate of approximately a 3 percent on gas production – retroactive to 2010 -- that is expected to generate tens of millions of dollars a year to help maintain roads and sewer systems in communities affected by the drilling. It would also fund statewide initiatives that finance infrastructure improvement, environmental cleanups and open space.

Scarnati’s bill would impose a sliding fee of $50,000 per well in the first year of production, with a $10,000 reduction each subsequent year. Starting in the 11th year until the 20th year of the well, an annual fee of $10,000 is imposed.

According to estimates, the fee proposal would raise $94 million from wells that were producing gas this year, a figure that would rise to $155 million next year and $255 million by 2014. Over the next five years the fee will yield more than $1 billion dollars.

Approximately 55 percent of the fees generated would go to counties and municipalities in the Marcellus Shale region and 45 percent to statewide infrastructure projects, environmental programs and other projects related to natural gas production.

Other funds also would be set aside for county conservation districts, firefighter training programs, the Fish and Boat Commission and for boosting availability of affordable housing.

The legislation also provide for standardized but flexible zoning standards which would allow communities to retain reasonable control over zoning power -- a “solid and important compromise” that Scarnati said has drawn support from local government groups because it provides for local authority while creating reasonable baselines.

. Scarnati said the increased environmental safeguards include increased setbacks, a listing of all chemicals used at a drill site, provisions for water safety, an increase in well bonding, and increased penalties for environmental violations.

“The Marcellus Shale industry is here to stay in Pennsylvania – bringing us jobs, huge economic benefits and the potential for energy independence,” Scarnati said. “It makes sense to impose a reasonable impact fee on the industry to provide the funding necessary to further protect our natural resources, particularly at a time when our state is being forced to stretch our tax dollars.”

He pointed to the huge influx of jobs in the past several years and the continued need for workers with a variety of skills to propel the growing industry.

Researchers with the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center estimate shale drilling will require between 3,700 and 15,000 direct jobs in central and northern Pennsylvania by 2013 and an additional 8,100 to 13,500 direct jobs in southwestern Pennsylvania by 2014.

In addition, the state Department of Revenue estimates that natural gas drilling companies have paid more than $1.1 billion in taxes since 2006, including corporate taxes, sales taxes and employee withholding.

BRMC Offering Discount in Cafeteria

As part of the hospital’s Community Connections program, and a commitment to providing high quality food products, Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) is offering a 15% discount to seniors 65 or older on home-style prepared dinners Monday through Friday, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, at the hospital’s cafeteria located on the ground floor. The cafeteria menu choices meet the standard for senior nutrition with a variety of fruits, fresh vegetables, calcium, grains and proteins.

Customers have a choice of entrées, vegetables; grilled sandwiches, desserts, and beverages. Take out orders are available as well.

“As a partner in leading a healthy lifestyle, Bradford Regional Medical Center is proud to aide seniors in providing meal options that meet their dietary needs and are natural” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System. “Our talented management and culinary team carefully plan menus using only the highest quality, hormone and antibiotic free food products and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) free dairy products.”

Chefs prepare everything from scratch using fresh seasonal ingredients. Bradford Regional Medical Center believes that healthy food and healthy hospitals equals healthy communities. BRMC has recently made the commitment to participate in “Health Care Without Harm”; by taking a pledge to support procurement of local, nutritious, sustainable produced food. BRMC also offers free valet parking.

Casinos' New Branding: 'Worth Sharing'

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Seneca Casinos in Western New York have unveiled a new branding campaign to match its award-winning resort properties.

The theme of “Excitement Worth Sharing” is part of widespread marketing throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Southern Ontario, and runs across multiple mediums such as billboards, radio, newsprint, magazines, online, social media and television – including new 30-second commercials for the Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany casino resorts.

“There’s great Excitement here; we see Worth or Value throughout our properties, and; the experience is one which guests will want to Share with others,” said Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “From the excitement of our new slot machines and thrilling table games, to the delicious tastes of our many restaurants, to the luxury of our AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotels, and the energy of our fabulous entertainment – a trip to a Seneca Casino is truly Excitement Worth Sharing.”

The theme creates flexibility for use in promoting various aspects of the resort properties. For example, a web page of dining specials at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel incorporates the header, “Flavors Worth Sharing.”

The new branding coincided with a massive photo and video shoot throughout the Seneca casinos. Updated photos will replace existing imagery throughout all on-property and outbound marketing materials, and new 360-degree videos will provide website visitors an in-depth look at hotel rooms, entertainment venues and select restaurants.

In addition, Seneca Casinos’ television commercials debuted in late October throughout various stations and programming in the Northeast U.S. and Southern Ontario, Canada. The spot for Seneca Niagara Casino is airing in Buffalo, Rochester, Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ontario markets. Meanwhile, the spot for Seneca Allegany Casino is airing in the Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Binghamton and Buffalo markets. Both versions are available at the Seneca Casinos’ recently-launched YouTube page,

The new branding was spearheaded by the Seneca Casinos’ marketing unit and The Media & Marketing Group, a full-service integrated marketing communications agency based in Voorhees, NJ.

FERC OKs Gas Pipeline in Northern PA

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountain region, despite concerns expressed by the EPA.

The 39-mile MARC 1 pipeline, which would go through Pennsylvania and into New York, is proposed by a subsidiary of Inergy LP of Kansas City, Missouri.

The commission says the project would have only "limited impact" on landowners and communities and would not adversely affect any endangered species' habitat. The majority of the impact would be felt in Sullivan County, but FERC says the impact will be “insignificant.”

Last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency said existing pipelines would be sufficient and the new line could pollute 111 sensitive streams and bodies of water.

Besides Sullivan County, the Endless Mountain region includes Bradford, Susquehanna, Northern Wayne and Wyoming counties.

Three in Court on Drug Charges

Two Olean residents have pleaded guilty to drug charges in Cattaraugus County Court, and a third has been sentenced.

Connie Sherlock sold a narcotic drug on February 16 and David Vattes sold a narcotic preparation on March 17.

Julie Barnes was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for selling Xanax pills on November 11, 2010.

All three sold the drugs in Olean.

Olean Man Sentenced for Raping Child

An Olean man has been sentenced to 8 to 15 years in prison for raping a child younger than 11.

55-year-old Scott Harris was charged with rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incidents happened on June 13 and June 15 of 2010 in Olean.

Fifth Bottle Bomber Sentenced

One of the men charged with arson in connection to the fire-bombing at an apartment that St. Bonaventure students were living in has been sentenced to 5 years’ probation.

21-year-old Mark Braithwaite of Franklinville was one of six men who conspired to throw a Molotov cocktail into the Allegany apartment on October 17, 2010. They were also charged with, and convicted of, assault.

Earlier this year Andrew Piccirillo, Steven Sprague, Donald Phearsdorf and Adam Peterson were all sentenced to probation.

Thompson Announces USDA Disaster Assistance for 5th District Counties

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and Lycoming counties as natural disaster areas due to drought and excessive heat that occurred June 1st through August 30th, 2011, according to U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson. Farmers and producers in the contiguous counties of Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clinton, Crawford, Forest, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, Potter, Tioga and Warren also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

"It’s vitally important that our producers are able to overcome these difficult circumstances and continue providing food and fuel to our communities and local economies," said Representative Thompson. “Those among our rural communities and farmers that have been disproportionately impacted by these disasters should utilize this support.”

Producers in both primary and contiguous counties are eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans (EM) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE). SURE was approved as part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 and was implemented beginning on January 4, 2010. FSA will consider each EM application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.

Applicants in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. Local FSA offices can provide affected individuals with additional information.

FSA Contact Information:

DUBOIS, PA 15801-2438
(814) 375-1297
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(570) 433-3902
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CLARION, PA 16214-9803
(814) 226-8160
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MILL HALL, PA 17751-9579
(814) 355-2447
(570) 726-3196 ext 2
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MEADVILLE, PA 16335-9441
(814) 336-2127 ext 2
(814) 336-4337 Fax

(717) 436-8953 ext 2
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COUDERSPORT, PA 16915-9683
(814) 274-8522
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(570) 724-4812 ext 2
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DEP Takes Steps to Improve Consistency in Marcellus Shale Enforcement

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection is working to more consistently enforce natural gas drilling regulations in various regions of the state, DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said today.

“From my first days on the job, I’ve repeatedly heard that DEP’s enforcement of our oil and gas oversight was often inconsistent from region to region,” Krancer said. “One of Governor Corbett’s promises was to see that DEP’s programs are administered fairly and uniformly, and that’s what we’re striving to achieve.”

Krancer established a team of DEP staff members from Harrisburg and the regional offices that regulate oil and gas activity—Southwest, Northwest and North-central—to study the number and types of violations reported, how violations were recorded and reported, and enforcement actions. The team worked to identify any inconsistencies and developed plans to enhance consistency.

“Our field staff does great work, but the review confirmed that there were inconsistencies among our regions in how DEP applied regulations and enforcement, and with how the violations were reported,” Krancer said. “For example, we learned inspectors and water quality specialists in three regions were using three different inspection forms, resulting in inconsistent enforcement of our regulations.”

As a result of the review, DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management implemented a more detailed electronic inspection form for use in all three regions, and is working to develop additional training for inspectors and water quality specialists.

“With these changes, we should now be able to more swiftly close out Notices of Violation as having been corrected or, as necessary, elevate them to a higher enforcement level,” Krancer said. “Governor Corbett and I believe that robust and consistent oversight is important. This effort will ensure that we have both.”

Work has begun to simplify the electronic data entry system used for violations, known as eFACTS, to compile a field manual for staff, and to provide staff with more standardized equipment. Plans are in the works to increase the number of compliance staff in each region’s Office of Oil and Gas Management and to provide industry with additional compliance assistance information.

Casey: Events at Penn State Show Need to
Re-examine Laws that Protect Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today urged the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families to hold a hearing on federal laws that are designed to protect children from sexual abuse. Senator Casey called for a hearing that examines federal statutes designed to force those who witness the sexual abuse of a child to report the crime to authorities.

“The tragic events reported from Penn State have been a shock to the nation’s conscience. It is clear we need to examine the federal laws that are designed to protect children from this type of heinous abuse,” Senator Casey said. “We must strengthen our laws to ensure that any suspected abuse is immediately reported to law enforcement and child protective services -- it is an essential action to protect our children and ensure that these criminals are stopped before defenseless children are harmed.”

Serious allegations of child abuse at Pennsylvania State University involving a former Penn State football assistant coach have been brought to light in a recently published Grand Jury report, which indicts the coach on 40 counts of sex crimes involving boys. The serious nature of these allegations and the evidence on the public record of failure to report by individuals at Penn State warrants an immediate review of the relationship between federal and state reporting requirements on child abuse and neglect.

In a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families, Senator Casey asked that the hearing pay special attention to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which is a law designed to create a single federal focus for preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.

The full text of Senator Casey’s letter is below:

The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski
Subcommittee on Children and Families
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The Honorable Richard Burr
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski and Ranking Member Burr:

I write today to request an expedited hearing in the Subcommittee on Children and Families to assess how well federal laws, such as the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), are protecting children and what provisions are in place to ensure appropriate reporting of suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. This Committee reauthorized CAPTA last year with a new provision to strengthen reporting of child abuse and neglect, but gaps remain that leave victims of such crimes liable to fall through the cracks. Currently, only 18 states require all adults to report suspected child abuse, and Pennsylvania is not one of them.

As you are aware, serious allegations of child abuse at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) involving former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have been brought to light in a recently published Grand Jury report, which indicts Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes involving boys. Eight victims have come forward. The serious nature of these allegations and the evidence on the public record of failure to report by individuals at Penn State warrants an immediate review of the relationship between federal and state reporting requirements on child abuse and neglect under CAPTA. Additionally, the hearing should explore the need to support educational and training requirements for people who come into contact with children to recognize abuse and neglect.

To that end my office has consulted with national and Pennsylvania-based child protection advocates on legislation to require states to improve their mandated reporter laws to ensure that all adults recognize their legal responsibility to report suspected child abuse, which I hope to introduce with child advocates’ support in the days ahead.

I look forward to working with you to plan a hearing that will highlight the failings that led to the tragedy at Penn State and illuminate a path forward to ensure that children will be protected by all adults entrusted with their care.


Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator

Two Tornadoes Confirmed

The National Weather Service has confirmed that two separate tornadoes touched down in Chautauqua County Monday.

One was in Fredonia, the other in Westfield.

Both tornadoes Monday were categorized as EF2, which means wind speeds were between 111 and 135 miles per hour.

In Fredonia, numerous trees and power lines were down and a roof was torn off a garage. In Westfield, roofs were blown off houses, one was barn blown off its foundation, and another was destroyed.

Legislation to Keep Group Homes from
Housing Multiple Sex Offenders Approved

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved legislation that would help to protect communities by prohibiting group-based homes from providing concurrent housing to multiple individuals who are required to register as sexually violent predators, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati amended Senate Bill 1183 to make it a civil penalty to house more than one sexually violent predator—unless they are spouses, siblings, or a parent and child. The Pennsylvania State Police or local law enforcement agencies would have the authority to investigate compliance and those found in violation could face civil penalties of up to $2,500 for the first violation and $5,000 for subsequent violations.

Concerns about a local group home which appears to recruit inmates from around the state to relocate there upon their release from prison; creating an unusually high concentration of sex offenders in one area has prompted this action by Scarnati.

“Our first priority should always be to protect the safety of residents in communities where group homes are located – particularly young children -- and ensure that they are not put at risk,” Scarnati said. “Communities should know if sexually violent predators are being housed in these homes, and they should be closely monitored and their numbers limited.”

New Master's Degree Offering is the Only
One of its Kind in Western New York

St. Bonaventure University now offers a unique Master of Education degree: Differentiated Instruction - Students With Disabilities. The program is the only one of its kind in Western New York, and one of five similar programs in New York state.

Traditional MSED programs focus on working with either gifted and talented students or students with disabilities and offer only one certification. The new 33-credit St. Bonaventure degree combines both areas into one program, giving teachers two certifications (Gifted Education and Students with Disabilities) and a higher skill level to differentiate with students with disabilities and students with special gifts and talents.

The Differentiated Instruction - Students With Disabilities degree is designed for elementary and/or secondary teachers wanting to specialize in inclusion of the full range of students with exceptionalities in general education classrooms. Students with exceptionalities refers to those with special gifts and talents, and those with disabilities. SBU will continue to offer its existing MSED in Differentiated Instruction, which focuses solely on Gifted Education.

“The option to pick up both certifications through one graduate program is very unique, not just regionally, but nationally,” said Bruce Campbell, director of graduate admissions. “Students completing this program can really set themselves apart from other job applicants.”

The new degree meets local, state and professional standards for both areas of instruction. Prerequisites for the program are the same as the other MSED programs. The program is offered on the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. It may be completed in 18 months.

For more information, contact program director Dr. René Garrison at (716) 375-4078 or