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Saturday, December 17, 2011

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Man, Teen Charged with Burglary

A 36-year-old man and 17-year-old boy are charged with burglary following an incident Thursday night in South Valley.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies say they were called about a burglar alarm at a seasonal camp and, during their investigation, stopped a vehicle with 36-year-old James Baran and the teenager inside. The car was impounded and the pair was taken to jail.

Deputies say more charges and arrests are pending.

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'Kids for Cash' Settlement of $17 Million

The law firm of Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy (CBMC) announced that a partial settlement has been reached in the Luzerne County juvenile detention civil case. Under the agreement, Mericle Construction and its president, Robert K. Mericle, will pay $17.75 million into a settlement fund.

"We could not be more pleased on behalf of these kids and their parents who have been waiting for this day for years," said William R. Caroselli.

CBMC was the first firm to file a civil case in the matter, and Caroselli, David Senoff, and Lauren Fantini led the effort along with co-counsels Mike Cefalo and James Albert.

The settlement resolves all claims against Mericle Construction, Mr. Mericle and Luzerne County. The lawsuits will continue against, among others, the former judges, Robert Powell, and the private juvenile facilities. The settlement has been entered into with no admission of liability.

To read the release issued jointly by all of the settlement participants, please visit:

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Bona Swimmers Win

The St. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving team defeated little three rival Canisius Friday, 141 to 101.

Lauren Caldwell, Whitney Dougherty and Meaghan McCann took first, second and third for the Bonnies in the 200-yard IM. Caldwell finished first with a time of 2:12.16, Dougherty finished second with a time of 2:17.80 and McCann finished third with a time of 2:19.01.

Caldwell also finished first in the 100-yard IM with a time of 59.40. Lanae Petty touched in just behind with a time of 1:00.44, good for second place.

Petty also finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:02.48.

Ivanna Smirnova and Jeanette Dietrich took the top two spots in both the 50-yard freestyle, with times of 53.62 and 54.03, respectively, and the 100-yard freestyle, with times of 24.95 and 25.23, respectively.

McCann and Natascha Muhl came in first and second for the Brown and White in the 100-yard backstroke. McCann touched in at 1:01.05 good for a first place finish and Muhl came in just behind with a time of 1:03.25 and a second place finish.

In the 1000-yard freestyle, Aly Paz finished first touching in at 11:04.48. Doughery came touched in at 11:28.13, good for a third place finish.

Rachel Bull had two second place finishes for the Bonnies, with a time of 1:57.12 in the 200-yard freestyle and a time of 5:15.94 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Niki Gagen had a third place finish for the team in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching in 1:13.72.

In relay action, the Brown and White finished first and third in the 200-yard medley relay. A team of McCann, McKenzie Courtney, Caldwell and Dietrich came in first place with a time of 1:50.20. And a team of Muhl, Gagen, Summer Sawaya and Erica Pascarella finished with a time of 1:56.76, good for a third place finish.

In diving action that took place on Dec 10, Chrysta Currier finished in 1st place for the Bonnies in the 1-meter and the 3-meter with scores of 204.90 and 196.12, respectively. Alycia Gossett came in 5th in the 1-meter and 2nd in the 3-meter with scores of 172.72 and 183.60, respectively.

The Bonnies will return to the pool on Jan 21 when they travel to face Binghamton, the meet will begin at 1 p.m.

Elias Homerin, James Martin and Ripley Danner all picked up two first-place finishes as the St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team defeated Little Three Rival Canisius 153-89 in the last meet before the holiday break.

Homerin continued to dominate the field in the long distance events by picking up first-place finished in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.94) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:58.90). Teammate Mike Hartwell finished just behind Homerin in both events, earning a time of 4:56.90 in the 500-yard freestyle and a 10:10.87 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Martin earned first-place in the 100-yard freestyle where he finished with a time of 47.33. Teammate Nathan Destree finished in third-place (49.83). Martin's other first-place finish came in the 50-yard freestyle where the Bonnies finished in the top three spots. Martin finished with a time of 21.93, Destree finished in second-place (22.27) and David Paccapaniccia took third-place (22.78).

Danner picked up first-place finishes in the 200-yard IM (1:55.26) and the 100-yard butterfly (51.55). In the 200-yard IM, teammate Stephen Melchiorre finished in third-place with a time of 2:00.67.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Yi Liu finished in first-place touching the wall with a time of 1:45.43. He also picked up a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (52.32).

In the 100-yard backstroke Melchiorre finished in second-place (54.49) and David Erickson finished in third-place (55.81).

In relay action, 200-yard medley relay team consisting of Danner, Martin, Peter Koenig and Robert Rutkowski Jr. finished in first-place with a time of 1:36.77.

In diving action, that took place Saturday, Dec 10, Mike Murphy continued his dominance of the board. In the 1-meter dive he earned first-place with a combined score of 287.70, while teammate Dominic Butts-Ealy finished in second-place (256.87). Murphy also took first, place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 310.57, and Butts-Ealy took second-place (209.25).

The Bonnies with take a five-week break, but they return to the pool January 21 in a meet at Binghamton. The meet will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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Dryer Fire at FCI-McKean

A commercial dryer caught on fire at FCI-McKean Friday evening.

No one was hurt and Lafayette Township volunteer firefighters were on the scene for about an hour.

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Kane Councilman Jim Salvamoser

James J. “Jim” Salvamoser, 71, of 349 Kinzua Avenue, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday (December 15, 2011).

Born January 9, 1940, in Kane, he was a son of Francis “Frank” and Julia Powley Salvamoser. On August 26, 1961, in Mt. Jewett, he married Marjorie Kimbrough who survives. Jim and Margie recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

A graduate of Indiana University of PA, he received a degree in elementary education and also was a member of ROTC. He retired from Osram Sylvania in St. Marys and had previously held several management positions at PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, Grobowski Industries in Sheffield and Emporium Specialties in Emporium. He also had been a 4th grade teacher in Johnsonburg.

Jim served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain, and was active during the Berlin Crisis. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

For the past 35 years, Jim was a very active member of his church and the Kane community. He served the First United Methodist Church as head trustee, was a member of the finance committee and a member and past president of administrative council. He also belonged to the United Methodist Men.

He served on Borough Council for over 16 years where he also was a past president. He was president of the Kane Borough Sewer Authority and served on its board. He was an active member of Kane Rotary, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, the Kane Chamber of Commerce, KAIDC and the McKean County Assessment Appeals Board. He also was an active participant with the Allegheny National Forest Visitors’ Trail.

Jim was a member of the Kane Community Hospital Board and was a member and past president of the Kane Country Club where he was actively involved in its day-to-day operations. He volunteered with the Kane Community Center and helped them raised $11,000. He also helped with the building of the enchanted playground at Evergreen Park and was on the PA Wilds, Rte 6 Committee.

He belonged to the Kane Fish & Game Club and was an avid golfer and hunter. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War and the Disabled American Veterans.

Surviving, in addition to his wife Margie Salvamoser, are two daughters, Jeanne Salvamoser Cicero of Erie and Jacqueline (Steven) Durnell of Kane; four grandchildren, Kyle and Jacob Durnell of Kane and Ashley and Hannah Cicero of Erie; a brother, Francis “Frank” (Diane) Salvamoser of Buffalo, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Julie Ann Salvamoser Gray.

Friends will be received at the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. and again on Monday at the First United Methodist Church from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. William R. LaVelle Jr. and the Rev. W. Craig Smith co-officiating. Burial will be at Nebo Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church (Kimbrough Library Fund) 112 Greeves St., Kane, PA 16701 ; Friends Memorial Public Library, 230 Chase St., Kane, PA; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences can be expressed at

Friday, December 16, 2011

United Way at 90 Percent of Goal

The United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. announced today that the organization has reached 90% of its $325,000 goal, with roughly $30,000 left to raise. Although the official appeal process ended December 15, the organization will continue to accept donations until January 5, 2012.

“If the campaign falls short, the deficit will be equally applied to all funded agencies,” says Megan Minich, Executive Director. “We hope to not have to write that letter notifying our funded agencies of a shortfall in this critical year of need. At this time, we are counting on the generous nature of the Bradford community to step in with a last minute pledge to help us reach goal, hopefully by Christmas.”

Campaign Co-Chair Karen Costello-Pecht added that “We are grateful to the loyal contributors that support United Way year after year. Even though the economy has created problems for a lot of us, we still were able to gain 75 new donors this year. I’m proud to say that I’m a part of this amazing community because we truly know what it means to ‘Live United.’”

“What a fabulous gift to the Bradford community if we can reach goal by Christmas,” added Minich. “The agencies supported by United Way dollars benefit a wide range of individuals, and help to strengthen our community.”

The organization wants to remind the community that writing a check now is not necessary. At this point, United Way is seeking to solidify pledges, and payment arrangements can be set up for 2012. Community members are encouraged to call the United Way office to verbally give a pledge.

The Bradford community can expect the final announcement regarding the campaign on January 6, 2012.

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

Assistance Program Established for
Tatiana Wilson & Family After Fire

The St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics, in conjunction with University Ministries, has established an assistance program to help the family of freshman women's basketball player Tatiana Wilson, whose house in Far Rockaway, Queens, was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

Wilson's mother and five younger siblings jumped from their second-story home into the arms of New York City Sanitation Department workers, who saw the flames from a distance and called 911.

Temeka, Wilson's mother, broke her back while trying to escape, sister Amari, 12, suffered a broken leg and sister Shaina, 17, suffered third-degree burns. The family lost everything in the fire.

University Ministries is accepting cash and checks on behalf of Wilson to help aid the family in its recovery. Checks should be made payable to "St. Bonaventure University," and the Memo line should read "Wilson Family Assistance Program." Cash/check donations should be directed specifically to the Wilson Family Assistance Program, and may be mailed to the following address:

University Ministries
c/o Wilson Family Assistance Program
Thomas Merton Center
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

In addition to monetary support, athletic department officials have organized a relief fund in which essential items may be donated to the family. Beginning on Sunday at the men's and women's basketball doubleheader, boxes will be set up at all entrances to accept donations.

Examples of items include, but are not limited to:
~ Clothing and shoes, ranging from casual to formal (see more information below)
~ Toiletries
~ School supplies
~ Navy blue slacks (as part of high school uniform)

Donation items may also be delivered to the Women's Basketball Office in the Reilly Center. Additionally, boxes will be set up at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Tuesday, Dec. 20, for the men's basketball game against NC State.

Items, other than cash/checks, can also be mailed to:

St. Bonaventure Women's Basketball
c/o Wilson Family Assistance Program
P.O. Box G, Reilly Center
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778

If possible, it has been requested for the receipt of the item(s) being donated to also be sent. This will allow the family the opportunity to return and exchange articles of clothing which may not fit, in addition to any other items which malfunction.

The following is a breakdown of clothing sizes and other items as for each member of Wilson's family:

DJ (brother, 10)
Tops: Size 10-12
Pants: Size 10-12
Sneakers: Size 2 ½
*Toys (basketball); video games

Amari (sister, 12)
Tops: Small (adult); 14-16 (kids)
Coats: Small (women's)
Pants: Size 3
Sneakers: Size 5 ½

Destiny (sister, 12)
Tops: Size 14-16
Coats: Small (adult); 14-16 (kids)
Pants: Size 14-16
Sneakers: Size 4

Kema (sister, 16)
Tops: XL (adult)
Coats: XL
Pants: Size 13-14
Sneakers: Size 7 (men)

Shaina (sister, 17)
Tops: Small (adult)
Coats: Small (adult)
Pants: Size 1 or 2
Sneakers: Size 6 (men)

Temeka (mom)
Tops: Large
Coats: Large
Pants: Size 8-10
Boots: Size 9

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Kane Fire Still Under Investigation

A state police fire marshal is continuing to look into the cause of a fire that destroyed a Kane house late last night.

The fire in the two-story house on Park Avenue started at around 11:50 p.m. Trooper Greg Agosti says the fire did about $30,000 worth of damage.

The home was occupied by 51-year-old Barbara Floyd, 20-year-old Gabrielle Floyd and three boys, ages 5, 6 and 8. Agosti says they all got out of the house safely and the Red Cross is assisting them.

The building is owned by John Capello of Kane. The Kane police and fire departments are helping Agosti with the investigation.

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Public Hearing in Olean on Designating
Properties as 'Urban Renewal Area'

When Olean's City Operations Committee meets on Tuesday, members will be discussing possible changes to the way water/sewer charges can be collected if service is transferred during a billing cyle.

The committee also plans to discuss amendments to the street sweeping schedule, snow plowing and snow removal from sidewalks.

A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in Common Council Chambers to get citizens' views and suggestions on the proposal to designate the following parcels an Urban Renewal Area prior to adopting an Urban Renewal Plan pursuant to Section 504 of Article 15 of the General Municipal Law: 107 N Union St.; 101 N Union St.; 110 West State St.; and 116 West State St.

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School Districts Cautioned About
Potential Assembly Scams

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly today cautioned schools and school districts of scam artists, who promise schools that they can have celebrities or sports starts present assemblies on popular topics such as cyberbullying. Kelly said these scam artists accept payment for the assemblies and then cancel at the last minute and fail to provide refunds.

"It is especially important that our schools, which may already be experiencing budgetary constraints, be cognizant of who they entrust their money and with whom they do business," Kelly said.

The specific details of the assembly scams can vary, but nearly every one promises celebrities, well-known to children, who appear on popular children's networks such as Nickelodeon, or professional athletes to appear at the school for anti-bullying programs.

The scammers will promise schools at least an hour with the celebrity as well as opportunity for students to have pictures taken and autographs signed.

"The expensive reality of these scams is that schools are paying up to $1,000 for assemblies with celebrities and athletes, who have never even heard of their school, only to later learn that their assembly has been cancelled and their money gone," Kelly said.

Kelly encouraged schools who wish to schedule cyberbullying programs or other assemblies to contact the Attorney General's Education and Outreach Unit at 1-800-525-7642.

The Office of Attorney General has created exciting educational programs to help schools, parents and communities empower children with knowledge to keep them safe. These programs feature customized lesson plans, interactive learning activities and powerful messages that speak directly to kids and adults. They are free-of-charge, and speakers are available to visit schools and community groups to discuss these important subjects, which include online safety, cyberbullying, drugs, and gun violence.

School Districts who believe they may have been a victim of a scam are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and file a complaint. Complaints may be filed online at or by calling the consumer helpline at 1-800-441-2555.

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First Energy Offers
Safety Tips for Holiday Lights

Akron, Ohio –FirstEnergy is urging customers to make a list and check it twice to ensure their outdoor and indoor holiday lights and decorations are installed safely.

Outdoor Lighting
 Double check the lights for any frayed wires or cracks and be sure there is a light in each socket; damaged strands should be discarded.
 If you decide to add more lights, don’t use a ladder anywhere near overhead wires; be sure the ladder is securely placed on level ground.
 Lights should be approved by Underwriters Laboratory; “UL” will be clearly displayed on the tag. And be sure the lights are approved for outdoor use.
 Check to make sure tacks or nails were not hammered into the electrical cord during installation; most lights now have clips that can be used to attach to the house.
 Be sure heavy-duty, outdoor extension cords are being used.
 If possible, outdoor lights and any inflatable decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters.
 Use a timer, or turn off the lights before going to bed.

Indoor Lighting
 Continue to check lights for frayed wires or any other damage, particularly if there is a pet in the household.
 Don’t overload extension cords; no more than three sets of standard lights should be used per cord.
 For special ornaments that plug into a bulb receptacle, use no more than two such ornaments per strand, or check the manufacturer’s directions.
 Lights should not touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.
 Do not leave lights on overnight.
 If you have children in your home, use safety caps on all electrical outlets.

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Two Trees Stolen in Warren County

Someone in Warren County apparently thought stealing a couple of Christmas trees would be better than buying them.

Earlier this week two spruce trees were taken from property along Samuelson Road in Sugar Grove Township. Police say the trees were taken for the thief’s "Christmas pleasure."

The property owner says the trees were about 15 years old and were planted along his property as a privacy fence. He said a few of the trees have been stolen each holiday season over the past 10 years.

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Woman Charged in Connection to Chase

The woman who was a passenger in a car during a high-speed chase in Hornellsville back in September has been charged.

19-year-old Christine Stevens of Bath is charged with hindering prosecution and filing a falsely written statement.

Police say Richard Vangorden led them on a high-speed chase with Stevens in the passenger seat. He allegedly fired several shots at troopers during that chase, and was charged with attempted murder.

Vangorden and Stevens were arrested after a standoff in a Wellsville trailer park. Stevens' charges are related to false information she gave to state police after the chase.

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Woman Hurt When Car Lands in Creek

A Cassadaga woman was hurt when her car ended up in a creek Wednesday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say Tara Cobb was on Route 83 in Villenova when her car hit a patch of black ice, then hit a guard rail, crossed the road, hit another guard rail and two parked cars, went over an embankment and ended up in the creek.

Cobb suffered injuries to her chest, face and head. She was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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Missing Woman Found Under Tree

A mentally challenged Hinsdale woman who had been missing since Thursday afternoon was found early this morning in Olean.

66-year-old Carol Bierfelt left the Underwood Manor assisted living facility in Hinsdale at around 2 p.m. Thursday for a doctor’s appointment in Olean, but did not return to the manor.

Olean City Police found Bierfelt early this morning lying under a tree at the end of Main Street. She was taken by ambulance to Olean General Hospital, where she is being treated for possible hypothermia and other minor injuries.

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Injuries to Toddler Prompt Investigation

A Titusville girl is hospitalized with serious injuries after allegedly falling out of her crib, but police are investigating the incident.

They say the 3-year-old was taken to Titusville Area Hospital Wednesday afternoon with a fractured skull. After testing, hospital personnel learned the toddler also had bleeding in her brain and behind her eyes, bruising on her legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, sides and upper lip, and an old fracture that had healed.

She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for further treatment.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Trespass by Motor Vehicle in Lewis Run

Police are investigating an incident of trespass by motor vehicle in Lewis Run early Thursday morning.

They say between 2 and 4 a.m. someone drove a vehicle through yards behind Jose’s Bar. The person drove across several yards and through a wire fence.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Kane-based state police at 814-778-5555.

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Former Green Beret Honored in Olean

OLEAN – A former Green Beret who served for two tours in the U.S. Army was honored on Thursday with long overdue awards he never received.

Sgt. Mark Close of Olean was surrounded by friends and family at a special ceremony held at Senator Catharine Young’s office where he received the Korea Defense Service Medal, the New York State Medal For Merit, and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

“It always is a tremendous privilege to present medals to deserving veterans like Sgt. Close. As a Green Beret, Sgt. Close went through intense training in order to better protect our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude and it is my honor to thank him for his outstanding service,” said Senator Young.

After enlisting in the U.S. Army in August 1976, Sgt. Close was sent to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in supply.

From 1978 until 1979, he served at Camp Casey in Korea with the Second Infantry Division on the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

After leaving Korea, Sgt. Close initially was attached and later assigned to Special Forces as a supply sergeant. He later was ordered to Airborne School at Fort Benning in Georgia where he completed basic airborne training.

Sgt. Close jumped as a Special Forces Paratrooper for the next two and half years, and during that period was deployed to England twice, in 1980 and 1981.

On February 13, 1982, Sgt. Close was released from the active duty Army after two enlistments totaling five years, six months and one day.

Sgt. Close already has received many service awards and recognitions including the Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Parachute Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Rifle Badge with M16 Bar and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

The awards he received on Thursday included the Korea Defense Service Medal that is authorized for those members of the U.S. military who have served duty in the Republic of Korea after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in support of the defense of the Republic of Korea.

Sgt. Close also was presented with the New York State Medal For Merit. This decoration is given to current New York State residents, or those who were New York State citizens at the time of their service, who served honorably in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps,
Coast Guard or Merchant Marines, and whose service was in direct support of combat operations.

He also received the federal Cold War Recognition Certificate that goes to members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States any time during the Cold War era, which is defined as a period lasting from
Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991.

“I want to thank Senator Young for recognizing my military service. It is a great honor,” said Sgt. Close.

Sgt. Close currently resides in Olean with his wife, Jacki. The couple have two daughters, Emilee Close of Portville and Tricia Brdecka of Virginia Beach, Va.

Pictured, Senator Young presents former Green Beret Sgt. Mark Close with the Certificate of Recognition for his Cold War Service at a special ceremony held on Thursday at Senator Young’s office in Olean. Sgt. Closealso was presented with the Korea Defense Service Medal and the New York State Medal For Merit which the Senator pinned on his chest.
Provided by Senator Young's office

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UPB Administrator Receives Top Honor

Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of student affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, was the 2011 recipient of the Robert H. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

The Shaffer award is the AFA’s highest honor for a professional fraternity or sorority advisor. The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

The Shaffer Award is presented annually to an individual in the field of higher education who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to fraternities and sororities and who demonstrates a commitment to fostering positive change in the Greek community.

Binder is a past-president of the AFA, having served in 2005-06.

He joined the staff at Pitt-Bradford last year not only as associate dean of student affairs, but also as director of judicial affairs. He came to Pitt-Bradford from the University of South Carolina, where he was the director of Greek life and special projects.

He has spoken nationally on risk management and alcohol and substance abuse and has been cited in Newsweek, “NBC Nightly News,” National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” and Court TV.

Binder has extensive experience in Greek affairs, speaking around the country at Sigma Phi Epsilon leadership programs, is involved with the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention, and founded the Hazing Hotline at USC.

He has also worked in student affairs at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia, where he earned his doctoral degree.

In 2012, he will become the co-chairman of the Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community of NASPA, the leading association of the student affairs profession.

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Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course Named
One of Golfweek's 'Best Casino Courses'

LEWISTON, NY – In only its second season in existence, Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course has received another impressive honor: Golfweek magazine named it one of the “Best Casino Courses” in the U.S. The news is featured in the magazine’s just-released January 2012 issue.

Seneca Hickory Stick is one of the newest courses listed among Golfweek’s top 50 casino courses and is one of four recognized from New York State. The $25 million course, designed by world-renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II and owned by Seneca Gaming Corporation, celebrated its first full season of golf this past year after initially opening on July 2, 2010. Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is located in Lewiston, NY, just minutes away from Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

“Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is an essential part of the entertainment mix from Seneca Gaming Corporation,” said Cathy Walker, president and CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation. “It has quickly become a premier golf destination in the Northeast, and this recognition by Golfweek affirms our confidence in the course.”

According to Fran Roach, general manager of Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course, the honor further identifies the course as a must-play among avid golfers. “This is a testament to our dedicated professionals at the course,” he said. “Together, we prepare every day to deliver an exceptional golf experience to every guest, every time.”

Just one year ago, Seneca Hickory Stick was voted No. 6 “Best New Golf Course” by Golf Magazine. That publication and Golfweek are considered two of the gold-standard publications by golf readers.

To begin the 2011 season, Seneca Hickory Stick opened a new club house and restaurant that overlook the links-style shared green and lake at the ninth and 18th holes. The 257 acres of challenging terrain includes picturesque Scottish-looking heather grass that accentuates fairways and greenside bunkers, as well as five sets of tee boxes that provide golfers a choice in length and difficulty from 5,395 to 7,026 yards. Seneca Hickory Stick is open to the public but has the feel of a private club, with “member for a day” service levels and pricing that includes golf cars, greens fees and use of the practice facility prior to play.

Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course is already booking events for 2012 and is an ideal venue for golf tournaments, nonprofit fundraisers and business outings. The award-winning course is operated by KemperSports, one of the world’s leading golf management and development companies, which manages an extensive portfolio of upscale clubs in 28 states, Puerto Rico and Central America. For more information, please visit\ or call 716-754-2424.

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Game Commission Applauds Law
Removing Back Tag Requirement

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today applauded the enactment of legislation that will remove the requirement for hunters and trappers to display their licenses on an outer garment. The law takes effect in 60 days.

House Bill 735, sponsored by Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), was unanimously approved by the House on June 15, and was approved by a vote of 46-3 in the Senate. Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law today, which will take effect on Feb. 13.

“Since 2003, the Game Commission has been supporting various drafts of legislation sponsored by Rep. Gillespie and Rep. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) to remove this antiquated requirement,” Roe said. “With today’s new license format, this change in law will make hunting less complicated, improve license management by hunters and trappers, and limit the inconveniences and troubles associated with lost or misplaced licenses.

“While we are pleased with the change in law, it is important to remember that the new law doesn’t take effect for 60 days. So, hunters and trappers will need to continue to wear their licenses on an outer garment until Feb. 13.”

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Man Charged with Selling Cocaine

A Westfield, New York, man has been charged with selling cocaine in the village.

27-year-old Juan Rivera was arrested Tuesday following an lengthy investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Rivera is accused of selling quantities of cocaine to an undercover agent.

He’s in jail on $60,000 bond.

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Mans Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A Sheridan man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of another man in October of last year.

54-year-old Thomas Rell had been indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for shooting and killing Alan Kilburn in his home on October 17, 2010.

Rell shot Kilburn while showing him defensive military maneuvers with an older model military-style rifle.

According to the terms of a plea deal, Rell will be sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison when he goes before the court on February 6.
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A Cuba, New York, man has been arrested on a warrant out of Ontario County for failure to appear.

40-year-old John Gagner was picked up shortly after being released from Cattaraugus County Jail.

He’s accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Gagner was taken to the Ontario County Jail and will answer the charges at a later date in Ontario County.

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State Police Urge Public to Join ‘Project Blue Light’ to Honor Fallen Officers

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania residents are asked to display a blue light in their home or office windows during the holiday season to remember fallen law enforcement officers and their survivors, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said today.

“Project Blue Light” was developed by C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors, a nonprofit organization based in Missouri that represents more than 15,000 families of officers killed in the line of duty.

In 1988, Dolly Craig wrote to C.O.P.S. that she would be putting blue candles in her living room window that holiday season to honor her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who was killed in the line of duty while serving with the Philadelphia Police Department.

“The color blue is symbolic of peace,” Noonan said. “By displaying blue lights, you will show that you support America’s law enforcement officers. Any police officer passing by it on some dark, cold winter’s night will be warmed by the kindness it implies.”

Noonan said 93 members of the Pennsylvania State Police have been killed in the line of duty since the department’s founding in 1905. The most recent death occurred on Jan. 13, 2010, when Trooper Paul G. Richey was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident in Venango County. Richey, who was 40 years old, is survived by his widow and two children.

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Three Sentenced for Olean Drug Sales

Three people have been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court on drug charges.

Sarah Gamble of Olean has been sentenced to five years probation for attempting to sell oxycodone last December in Olean. Rebecca Oakley of Olean has been sentenced to five years probation for selling generic Xanax in Olean on October 23 of last year.

Lavelle “Hawk” Sotero, whose address is unknown, has been sentenced to a year in prison for selling cocaine on July 23 in Olean.

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Man Sentenced for Shooting into House

A Delevan man will spend the next two to six years in state prison for firing a rifle into a Town of Yorkshire house on June 22.

32-year-old Joseph Walenka pleaded guilty to a felony charge of reckless endangerment.

He fired the shots into a house on McKinstry Road, narrowly missing the homeowner, who was asleep in his bed.

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Rain Invading the Northeast,
Cold Air to Follow

by Kristina Pydynowski
Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather

A mild but wet day is unfolding across the Northeast with chilly air and the prospect of snow in some areas waiting in the wings.

The rain that soaked and set daily records in the Midwest on Wednesday will continue to crawl through the Northeast today, weakening in the process.

While steadier pockets of rain stream across the Northeast's interior, spottier showers will dot the I-95 corridor.

"Very little rain may reach the lower Delmarva Peninsula and southeastern Virginia," stated Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Most of the showers from New York City to Washington, D.C., will hold off until later this afternoon, allowing residents to take full advantage of this unusually mild mid-December day.

Temperatures today will approach or crack the 60-degree mark northward along the I-95 corridor to New York City and from the upper Ohio Valley to Erie, Pa.

Highs in the 50s and 40s, which are more common in early to mid-November, will grace the rest of the Northeast.

The interior of northern New England is the only part of the Northeast where winter is making an appearance. Stubborn cold air has set the stage for snow and a wintry mix to precede the rain and milder air this morning.

As the rain leaves, a period of winds gusting to 40 mph will spread from the Great Lakes eastward across the Northeast tonight into Friday.

The door will also open for a fresh invasion of colder air.

Snow showers and a significant drop in high temperatures await the interior on Friday. The I-95 will also turn cooler, but to a lesser degree.

Even chillier air will settle across the entire Northeast this weekend with the core of the cold gripping New England. Northern New England will likely endure its coldest day so far this winter season on Saturday.

More snow showers will spread across the eastern Great Lakes on Saturday with a few flurries streaking to the mid-Atlantic coast at night not out of the question.

The cold will eventually release its grip on the Northeast next week, leading to another opportunity for a mainly rain event at midweek.

"However, there is the chance that a storm develops along the Atlantic coast Christmas weekend, creating a last-minute chance at snow for portions of the Northeast coast," reported Meteorologist Meghan Evans.

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Charges Filed for Dumping Deer in Church

Five people have been charged for dumping a dead deer in a church back in October.

23-year-old John Paul Gier of St. Marys, 19-year-old Bradley Van Voorhis of Weedville, 19-year-old Brandon Ott of St. Marys, 22-year-old Martin Chicola of St. Marys and 19-year-old Haley Heindl of Houston, Texas, are facing nearly 40 charges in connection to the incident on October 26.

Papers filed in District Judge Donald Wilhelm’s office say the group was drinking and playing cards before one of the men shot a deer and loaded it into a vehicle. They then allegedly broke into the Gardner Hill Community Church in Weedville and dragged the carcass inside.

Police say an anonymous tip led them to the suspects.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for February on charges of burglary, vandalism and unlawful taking of big game, among others.

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Thompson Comments on Redistricting

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s released the following statement concerning the reapportionment developments in Pennsylvania:

“I have the distinct honor and privilege of representing the residents of the Fifth Congressional District and have brought a strong voice for our region of Pennsylvania to Washington. With national population increases and population changes here in the Commonwealth, some changes in apportionment are inevitable.

This process could result in the Fifth District losing communities that have played an integral part of our cultural heritage, and should this happen, I will miss my friends, and the countless hardworking families that I have served for the last three years. However, I am equally optimistic about any new communities the Fifth District may encapsulate and look forward to providing those residents with the same level of service to those now residing in the Fifth District when the time comes.

As we all wait for the final reapportionment in Harrisburg, I remain dedicated to the hardworking taxpayers I represent and improving the lives of each citizen and every community of the Fifth District."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sheriff's Deputy Hit by Pickup Truck

A Cattaraugs County Sheriff's deputy was hit by a pickup truck while putting down a deer that had been hit by another vehicle.

Jordan Haines' injuries are serious but not life-threatening. He was treated at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, but has since been released.

The accident happened at about 6 o'clock this evening in East Randolph. Haines was hit by the truck's side view mirror and was spun around.

State police are conducting the investigation and say the pickup driver was cooperative after the accident.

Haines has worked for the sheriff's office for three years, according to a news release sent to WESB and The HERO from the sheriff's office.

Grant Money for Trails, Parks Projects

McKean and neighboring counties will be receiving nearly a million dollars in state grant money to enhance trails, parks and other tourist attractions in the region.

The Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corporation will get $140,000 to provide technical assistance to communities in Bradford, Crawford, Erie, Lackawanna, McKean, Pike, Potter, Tioga, Warren, Wayne and Wyoming counties to implement their Heritage Work Plans and coordinate Artisan Trail for 2012.

The money will also go toward coordinating the Mile Marker Maintenance program, develop printed materials to market Route 6 and its assets, update the Interpretive Plan and History of Route 6 and develop application for National Scenic Byway and All-American Road designation for Route 6.

The Lumber Heritage Region of PA will receive $125,000 to provide technical support to partner organizations in Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga and Warren counties to advance heritage development and the PA Wilds in 2012.

This includes conducting three workshops to build capacity of the Potter-Tioga County Maple Producers and assist in the development of material to promote the Maple Industry; providing technical assistance to the West Creek Recreational Trail Association to advance the trail; designing, fabricating and installing up to 10 interpretive signs along the West Branch Recreational Trail; and exhibiting the Wood on Glass collection at four sites throughout the Heritage Region.

The Kinzua Valley Trail Club will receive $148,000 for further development of the Kinzua Valley Rail Trail in Hamilton Township to include the construction of about 2.4 miles of trail from the existing trail at Whiting Run to the Red Bridge Campground.

The West Creek Recreational Trail Association will receive $280,800 for development of about 5.5 miles the West Creek Recreational Trail from the eastern boundary of Emporium Borough to the village of Howard Siding in Shippen Township.

The DCNR-Bureau of Forestry-Moshannon State Forest will receive $27,800 for the purchase of trail maintenance equipment to construct and maintain about 200 miles of trails.

The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission will receive $150,000 to provide mini grants to implement the North Central Greenways and Open Space Plan in Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

Governor Tom Corbett today announced an investment of $31.5 million for 218 conservation and recreation projects designed to protect natural resources and revitalize communities across the state.

Pictured, Corbett, joined by Rep. Mike Vereb and DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan today announced the grants.
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Thompson Bill Included in Final National Defense Policy Agreement

Washington, D.C. – Today, the full U.S. House of Representatives passed the final House-Senate agreement on H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, which included the Servicemembers’ Telemedicine and E-Health Portability (STEP) Act, legislation Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson introduced in May, 2011.

Following today’s passage, General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, specifically praised inclusion of the STEP Act provisions, before the full measure was sent to the Senate for consideration.

"I am very appreciative of the strong support of Congress on this issue, and particularly the efforts of Representative Glenn Thompson and his staff,” said General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. “This legislation is important in that it will enhance Service member and Veteran access to behavioral health care at a time when the Nation and our military services are faced with a significant shortage of behavioral health care providers, especially in remote, rural areas. This legislation is a positive step in mitigating that problem and will be particularly helpful in reaching our Guard and Reserve Soldiers in areas with limited resources and support services."

Under current law, Department of Defense (DoD) healthcare professionals must be licensed in the state where the servicemember is treated in order to offer services. The Step Act provides this needed flexibility by removing the state licensure burden. This will enable qualified and credentialed DoD healthcare professionals to use cutting edge telemedicine and e-health applications to treat servicemembers, regardless of their physical proximity.

“The STEP Act is a fundamentally important improvement to our national defense policy and will dramatically enhance how our nation’s warriors, especially rural servicemembers, access care,” said Representative Thompson. “Passage of this legislation will enable our National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, retirees, and their families quicker and more efficient access to the care they need and deserve, and open the door to allow for modernization of healthcare delivery in the Department of Defense. The STEP Act also expands the definition of health care professional to allow licensed and credentialed civilians and contractors to use this new freedom from bureaucracy to fill vital shortages in key areas of military health.”

Representative Thompson began working on this issue out of concern for the rise in suicide rates among servicemembers returning from war. After working with DoD officials and staff to identify obstacles to behavioral care that servicemembers encounter, it was apparent these obstacles impacted servicemembers in numerous areas of healthcare, and most especially those in rural and remote areas. The STEP Act will enhance access for both behavioral and physical health services.

On May 11, 20111, Thompson introduced the STEP Act, which quickly garnered the support of 20 bipartisan cosponsors and 12 of the major veteran and military groups before being including it in the FY2012 National Defense Authorization. Several of the groups supporting the legislation include:

Air Force Association

American Legion

American Occupational Therapy Association

Association of the United States Navy

Enlisted Association of the National Guard

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mental Health America

Military Officers Association of America

National Guard Association of the United States

National Military Family Association

Reserve Enlisted Association

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The National Defense Authorization governs the U.S. Department of Defense and related budget and policy decisions. The FY 2012 NDAA agreement today passed the House by a vote of 283-136 and is expected to be considered by the Senate later this week.

Two Hurt in Fox Township Crash

Two people suffered minor injuries in an accident at 2 o’clock this afternoon on Bennett Road in Fox Township.

Police say 34-year-old Ann Kesten of St. Marys experienced a medial emergency and her van traveled off the road and hit a tree.

She and her passenger, 42-year-old Roger Pressler of Kersey were taken to Elk Regional Health Center.

No charges have been filed.

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Endeavor Cancels Marcellus Shale Sale

Endeavor International Corp. announced today that it has ended its purchase and sale agreement with SM Energy Corp. for a leasehold, pipeline and other items in McKean and Potter counties.

The $80 million agreement would have included all of SM Energy’s Marcellus Shale assets, including 42,000 acres of leasehold plus wells and pipelines.

The sale was announced in July and today was the deadline to finalize it. Endeavor did not give a reason for termination of the agreement.

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'I Love NY Brew' Campaign Underway

Four breweries in Western New York brewed more than 31,000 barrels of beer last year, and Senator Chuck Schumer is promoting a campaign to expand the market share beyond regional boundaries.

And it’s not just for Western New York. Schumer’s “I Love NY Brew” campaign aims to place more craft brews from all across New York in restaurants, bars and on convenience store shelves.

As part of the campaign, Schumer called on the New York State Restaurant Association and National Association of Convenience Stores and Fuel Retailing to encourage its members to carry locally brewed beers.

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Adam Walsh Legislation Passes Senate,
Goes to Governor for Signature

HARRISBURG - Legislation intended to improve the state's efforts to track and prosecute sex offenders and include Pennsylvania in a national sex offender registry received final approval in the Senate and is now headed to the governor for his signature, according to Senator Jane Orie (R-Allegheny), the bill's sponsor.

Orie said the bill brings the Commonwealth in compliance with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Pennsylvania will become part of coordinated and comprehensive national sex offender registry and will be required to meet strict standards for posting offender information on a centralized Internet data base. The Act was named for Adam Walsh who was abducted from a Florida shopping mall and later found murdered.

Senate Bill 1183 also closes loopholes in Megan's Law regarding homeless offenders and out-of-state offenders to ensure that they register under Megan's Law and more carefully track their whereabouts.

"This legislation will help us join other states in a national effort to monitor offenders, better enforce our child protection laws and, most importantly, keep children safe," Orie said. "Rather than having a patchwork of state laws and reporting requirements, we will be sharing information and resources that could help to save lives and ensure that predators are apprehended and prosecuted."

The legislation also:

Increases the amount of information collected from each offender and requires Pennsylvania to include more information on its Megan's Law website. In addition, Pennsylvania State Police would be required to communicate registration information with federal, state and local police departments more quickly than they currently do.
Extends the registration requirement to juvenile offenders who commit rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit these offenses.
Expands the list of sexually violent offenses subject to the law and groups offenders into multiple classifications, depending on the severity of the offense.
Orie thanked Governor Tom Corbett, Senate Judiciary Chairman Stewart Greenleaf and Senator John Rafferty and House Judiciary Chairmen Ron Marsico and Thomas Caltagirone for their work on the bill and for ensuring that the bill was adopted by the General Assembly prior to the end of the year.

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MBA Candidate to Address
December Graduates at SBU

MBA candidate Natalie Scarcello will address her classmates as the student speaker at St. Bonaventure University’s December Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The ceremony, recognizing those who will complete undergraduate and graduate degree requirements this semester, begins at 6 p.m. in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall.

Scarcello is chief financial officer at Affival, Inc. She earned a bachelor’s degree in management science with a concentration in international labor relations from SUNY Geneseo in 1988 and she is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

She and her husband, Darren, live in Clarence.

St. Bonaventure President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., will welcome the graduates and their families.

Also at the recognition ceremony, Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M., associate professor of journalism/mass communication and director of the Integrated Marketing Communications master’s degree program, will give the faculty address.

Dr. Michael J. Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Dr. Peggy Y. Burke, associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, will present the graduate students. Dr. Joseph Zimmer, dean of the School of Education, will present the undergraduate students.

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