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Man Picked Up on Warrants

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A Delevan man is behind bars after failing to register as a sex offender and failure to pay child support.

24-year-old Mathew Fox was picked up on warrants earlier this week and was sent to jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

He was required to register as a sex offender after having sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2010.



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Olean Woman Hides Crack Pipe in Bra

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An Olean woman accused of bringing cocaine to a meeting with her parole officer in the Cattaraugus County office building is facing more charges for allegedly having a crack pipe in her bra while she was the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Sheriff's deputies say 30-year old Jennifer Heitzinger was found with the crack pipe Wednesday night. She’s in jail without bail on a parole violation following the incident at the county office building.

Earlier this month she allegedly had the cocaine in a small glass container in her pocket.


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UN-DE-FEAT-ED at 23-0

The Lady Owls remain undefeated after beating Punxsutawney 54-26 at the Lady Owls Nest in the District 9 Class AAA semi-final playoff game.

Their next game is March 3 against St. Marys in Clarion.

Alex Vinelli had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. She also had 3 assists and a steal. Kaserra Owens led the Lady Owls' scorers with 23 points. Ali Rinfette had 14 points.

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Marienville Bypass Connector Trail Closed

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Warren, Pa. – The Allegheny National Forest announced today the temporary closure of a specific connector trail to the Allegheny Snowmobile Loop.

Due to resource concerns in the area, snowmobile connector trail #12 located on Forest Road 226 in Forest County (the Marienville Bypass) will be closed effective immediately. Connector trail #11 does remain open and provides access to those same areas as the closed connector.

Additional information regarding trails can be obtained by contacting any Allegheny National Forest office or on our website at www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/allegheny.



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Blackout at Zippo

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These Zippo employees on Barbour Strett show their spirit by joining in the "blackout" to support the Lady Owls and Owls basketball teams as they start their playoff run tonight.

Photo provided by Zippo

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St. Bernard School Registration in March

St. Bernard Elementary/Middle School has scheduled registration for the 2012-2013 school years for the week of March 12th-16th from 8:30am – 3:30PM each day. Please contact the school at 368-5302 if an alternate time is necessary.

St. Bernard’s School has levels of instruction from Preschool through Eighth Grade. Pre and after school care programs are available for students.

Additional information can be found at www.stbernardschool.net and calling 368-5302.

Pirates First Full Workout is Saturday

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Joel Hanrahan gets in some pitches at Pirate City Friday. The Pirates first full spring training workout is Saturday in Bradenton, Florida.

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SBU Theater to Perform Shakespeare’s
Magical ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

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The St. Bonaventure University theater program is excited to present its spring production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” March 21-24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the SBU campus.

Professor of theater Dr. Ed. Simone directs a cast of 19 Bonaventure students in this comedic classic by William Shakespeare; a play Simone called “hysterical, moving and literally magical.”

“‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ is the story of many small characters caught up in a big mess: lovers ensnared by potions, an ignorant weaver affixed with a donkey’s head, and a powerful fairy duped into an impossible romance,” said junior Brett Keegan, who plays the role of Demetrius, one of four lovers caught in the play’s comic web.

Simone, the cast, and Prof. Rebecca Misenheimer and her technical/design crew are working to implement a few fresh updates in their production of this Shakespearean masterpiece.

“There’s no point to doing Shakespeare the way it was done in Shakespeare’s time…

New School Opening in Smethport

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A new Preschool through 12th grade Christian school will be opening in the Smethport area for the 2012-13 school year.

An informational meeting for prospective students and parents will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the East Smethport United Christian Church.

Call the church or 814-558-8900 with any questions. Anyone interested in Christian education is welcome to attend.

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Clams for CARE on Saturday

The “Clams for CARE” fundraiser to benefit CARE for Children’s building fund is taking place Saturday from 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Italian American Progressive Club (IAPC) on Festival Way in Bradford.

The clambake will feature raw, steamed and clams casino; beef on weck; various salads and sides; desserts and refreshments. The cost per person is $20. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and raffles for an additional donation.

The event has been organized by a group of community members, headed by co-chairs Tubby Maduri and Larry Woods.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets prior to Saturday can call 362-4621. Tickets will be available at the door, and the event is open to the public.

CARE for Children will break ground on a nearly-10,000-square foot Community Center for Children of All Abilities in April.

Man Dies While Ice Fishing

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A 64-year-old Ridgway man is dead after falling through the ice while fishing Thursday in the Ridgway Reservoir.

State Police say Leslie Haas couldn't free himself after he fell through the ice. Haas's body was found in the water at around midnight.

Family members contacted police when Haas didn’t return home after dark.

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NYSP: Inmate Tried to Hire Hitman

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An inmate at the Gowanda Correctional Facility is accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder the victim of the crime that put him behind bars.

27-year-old Brendon Berndt is charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Police say, while he was in prison Berndt tried to hire an undercover state police investigator posing as a hitman. Police have not said what the original crime was.

If convicted, Berndt could face up to 20 more years in prison.

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FCI-McKean Inmate Indicted for Murder

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A man who is in FCI-McKean on drug charges has been indicted for the 2004 murder of a West Virginia man who was a confidential police informant.

36-year-old Eric “Butter” Johnson is accused of killing 60-year-old Bart Gilbert Bannar Jr. Bannar was found dead in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck on September 14, 2004, with gunshot wounds to his chest and arms.

Berkeley County prosecutors believe Johnson killed Bannar because information he provided to police put someone close to Johnson in prison. They say they got a break in the case when people who knew what happened changed their lifestyles and came forward with information.

Johnson’s scheduled release date from FCI-McKean is September 15, 2018.



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Gabler Calls for Moratorium on Injection Wells; Asks for Further Examination

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State Representative Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) is backing legislation that would place a two-year moratorium on the drilling of any new wells used for disposal of oil and gas waste. He is also calling for the prevention of any new wells drilled after Jan. 1 of this year from accepting any oil or gas waste during the moratorium.

“My primary concern is the safety of our citizens, and in particular, the residents of Brady Township, where there is talk of constructing a new injection well.” Gabler said. “We need to make sure the Federal government and our state Department of Environmental Protection are ‘on the same page,’ in order to ensure that our citizens and our water supplies are protected.”

The bill would require new injection wells to maintain setbacks from private and public water supplies, trout streams and High Quality/Exceptional Value waterways.

“I believe this is a very responsible step to take,” added Gabler. “Recent cases in Ohio have provoked discussion on this topic, a…

A Real Swinger

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Nate McLouth takes a swing during batting practice today in Bradenton, Fla.

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Three to be Honored with Gaudete Award

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Three standout individuals who’ve made Rochester a better place to live will be honored April 26 at St. Bonaventure University’s Gaudete Medal and Awards Ceremony at the Riverside Convention Center.

Being awarded the university’s highest honor are Dr. Anthony Bannon, SBU class of 1964, director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; Thomas Ferraro, executive director of Foodlink; and James E. Hammer, president and CEO of Hammer Packaging.

St. Bonaventure’s Gaudete (gow-DAY-tay) Medal honors business and community leaders who exemplify the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi through their joy, hope, positive outlook on life, sincerely compassionate spirit and desire to serve humankind. Recipients of the Gaudete, which means “Rejoice!” in Latin, have inspired, encouraged and enlightened others through their personal and professional lives.

For more information on Gaudete event sponsorships and individual tickets, contact Anne Goergen at agoergen@sbu.edu or 716…

Car Hits Snow Plow on Route 59

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No one was hurt when a car hit a snow plow truck this morning on Route 59 in Lafayette Township.

Police say that at about 6 a.m. a car driven by Bonnie Lechiara of Cycone was following a snow plow when the plow slowed down to make a left turn. When the car passed truck it hit the plow.

The car was moderately damaged. Lechiara was cited for overtaking a vehicle to the left within 100 feet of an intersection.

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DA: Father Accidentally Killed Son

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Authorities believe the father of the Sheridan Fire Chief who died after being shot accidentally killed his son.

33-year-old Jeffrey Roberts died of a gunshot wound he received while hunting in the town of Stockton on December 3.

During a news conference this morning Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace and District Attorney David Foley said the shot was fired from a Winchester 7mm rifle that Roberts' 72-year-old father was carrying at the time. Gerace says Roberts was bent over dressing a deer and had removed his orange hunting apparel.

William Roberts, who is suffering from a terminal illness, says he has no memory of the incident. Foley says no charges will be filed.

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Bona Women Clinch A-10 Title

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Sophomore CeCe Dixon hit a 3-pointer to spearhead a late 7-0 run by No. 19/22 St. Bonaventure (26-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) as the Bonnies got past a defensive-minded Fordham squad, 52-45, to clinch at least a share of their first A-10 regular-season title.

With the win, St. Bonaventure clinched the No. 1 seed at next weekend's 2012 Buick A-10 Women's Basketball Championship. If the Bonnies defeat 1-27 Rhode Island in Providence on Saturday, they will earn the regular-season crown outright as Temple – even with a win Saturday – can get no better than 13-1 in A-10.

The women's basketball team becomes the first squad in school history to win a regular-season A-10 title as it ran its program-best winning streak to 15 straight.

Despite once again being blanketed by a defender, senior Jessica Jenkins led all scorers with 17 points. Classmate Megan Van Tatenhove added 14 points – 11 of which came in the second half – to help SBU erase a six-point halftime deficit.

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Thompson Nominates Ken Kane to Serve
on National Forest Advisory Committee

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson has nominated Ken Kane, a native of McKean County, Pa., to serve as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced its new forest planning rule in January, which included the formation of the committee to advise the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the USFS on implementation of the final rule.

“I write today to nominate Mr. Ken Kane of Pennsylvania, to be a member of the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule,” wrote Thompson in a letter nominating Kane. “Living in a small town located within the boundaries of the Allegheny National Forest, Mr. Kane has a unique perspective of forestry and understands our nation’s need for healthy, well-managed forests.”

Comprised of up to 21 members from across the country representing a range of p…

Walker Leads the Way at Pirate City

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Neil Walker leads the way for his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates during sprints at spring training Wednesday.

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Nordenberg Says Pitt Committed to
Keeping Branch Campuses Viable

Representatives of the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State and Temple are asking the state House Appropriations Committee to reject Governor Tom Corbett's proposal to cut state aid for the universities.

Corbett's $27.1 billion plan would cut state funding by about 30 per cent – about $150 million – from the three schools.

State Representative Marty Causer, who is a member of the Appropriations Committee, asked Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg today about what funding cuts would mean to the branch campuses.

“There are going to be particular challenges attracting and supporting students who really need those educational programs on the campuses that are not located at the center of the university,” Nordenberg said.

“I pledge to you that we’re not looking to do anything to those regional campuses,” he added. “We love all four of them.”

Just moments before saying that, he jokingly indicated that he may love Pitt-Bradford just a little bit more than Titusville, Johnstown and Greensbur…

Man Waives Hearing on Assault Charges

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A Bradford man accused of choking another man until he appeared to be unconscious has waived his preliminary hearing.

39-year-old David Kelsey was allegedly on top of another man, choking him from behind, when police arrived at a Kiwanis Court apartment in the early morning hours of December 28.

Police say the other man had several injuries to his head and face, including contusions on his eye and neck, and his breathing was labored. The man was taken to BRMC for treatment of his injuries, and for memory loss and confusion, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Kelsey is charged with assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He’s free on unsecured bail.


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Study Abroad Students Enrolled in New
Program at Umbra Institute in Italy

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St. Bonaventure University juniors Alex Teixeira and Carrie Wozniak were among the attentive students taking photos and asking questions as the maestro casaro (master cheese-maker) at a small cooperative in the fields outside Parma, Italy, talked while stirring huge copper kettles with his hands.

“This is a painstaking process, an art,” Antonio Parentelli told the students. “Making perfect parmigiano means hands-on work, not punching buttons on a machine.”

It also requires dedication, the students learned. Parentelli had just returned to work from vacation, only the second one he’d taken in his 35 years of making 200-pound wheels of parmesan cheese. The owners of the cooperative – 12 dairy farmers who own the small cheese factory – are pretty demanding, he said.

For Teixeira, Wozniak and their fellow students at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, a central Italian city known for its chocolate and its 35,000 university students, the trip to the cheese cooperative was a once-in-a-lifetime lea…

Alleged Kwik Fill Robber Waives Hearings

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One of the teenagers accused of robbing the East Main Street Kwik Fill in November has waived his preliminary hearing on those charges, as well as charges in a case where he’s a accused of stealing a crossbow that was found near the Kwik Fill crime scene.

18-year-old Alexander Hayes and one of his co-defendants, 16-year-old Nathan Harvey, allegedly threatened the Kwik Fill cashier with a knife while demanding money from the cash register, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Hayes is also accused of stealing the crossbow and more than $1,300 worth of other property from a pickup truck on Barbour Street.

He’s in jail on $100,000 bail.



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Catalyst Energy Fined for Violations in
McKean, Forest, Warren Counties

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The Department of Environmental Protection today announced it has fined Catalyst Energy Inc. $185,000 for a number of violations at its non-Marcellus oil and gas well operations in Forest, McKean and Warren counties.

In addition to paying a fine and taking corrective actions at their well sites, Catalyst faces restrictions on drilling, hydraulically fracturing or developing new or existing well sites.

“Catalyst has paid the penalty and is working under a negotiated timetable to rectify these violations,” DEP Northwest Regional Director Kelly Burch said. “The company must also demonstrate it is in total compliance before drilling or completing more wells.”

Catalyst’s drilling activities in an area of Hickory Township, Forest County, contaminated 14 water supplies. Samples showed that the water contained iron, manganese and methane at higher levels than existed prior to drilling. In Pennsylvania, unless operators can prove their drilling activities did not cause the contamination, they ar…

RPCI on List of Cancer Research Leaders

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BUFFALO, NY — Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has once again been included on Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of centers that serve as leaders in cancer research, prevention, treatment and education. In selecting facilities for its “Great Oncology Programs” feature, the Becker’s editorial team analyzed data from such sources as U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, the National Cancer Institute, the American College of Surgeons and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

RPCI is one of 70 hospitals and health systems recognized this year for providing full-spectrum care and support services, access to clinical trials, cutting-edge oncology treatment and groundbreaking research.

“Roswell Park was the country’s first cancer center and remains the first and only facility in upstate New York designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute,” Becker’s notes in its description of RPCI. “Its patient satisfaction scores are consis…

One Book Bradford
Glass Heritage Luncheon Next Month

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The next event for One Book Bradford is sure to be a “glass act.”

Tickets are now on sale for the Glass Heritage Luncheon, which is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford. This is the second event in this year’s One Book Bradford season, a community-wide reading initiative. This year’s selection is “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland.

The day, which will consist of a buffet-style lunch of chili, cornbread, dessert, coffee and tea, will also include displays of glass art, including sculptures, panels, mosaics, lamps and tools.

Diane Arnett will give a presentation showcasing examples of stained glass and methods of production. The exhibitors are James C. Zetts, Kathleen Karrasch, Gina Zetts, Cheryl Thomas and Arnett.

Those interested can also take optional walking tours of churches in the immediate area. Tim Roff will conduct a tour of the First United Methodist Church; Francie Long will do a tour of St. Bernard Catholic Church. Wa…

Former Seneca President Passes Away

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Former Seneca Nation President Calvin Lay died Sunday in the Gowanda Nursing Home.

He was 86.

Lay was involved in Seneca Nation politics throughout his life, serving four terms on the Tribal Council, one as nation treasurer and two as president of the Seneca Nation, in 1976 and 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Corinne Parker; a son, Douglas; a daughter, Eileen Marx; and a sister, June Heron.

Friends may call Wednesday-Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the WENTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 10634 Main St., (Route 62), North Collins, NY. A service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church, Route 438, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.


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Kinzua Bridge State Park
Voted Park of the Year

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By Sandra Rhodes
Visitor & Member Services
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau


The Kinzua Sky Walk was only open for three months in 2011, and that was enough for the Kinzua Bridge State Park to be voted Park of the Year.

The Kinzua Bridge State Park, home of the Kinzua Sky Walk, was selected as Park of the Year by the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation. Park officials will receive the award during a banquet May 1 at the Harrisburg Country Club.

When submitting the nomination, Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, expounded on the importance of McKean County’s only state park, which was the home of the historic Kinzua Viaduct from 1882 until the viaduct was destroyed by a tornado in 2003.

“The state park officials realized that this viaduct was an important asset to not only Pennsylvania’s history, but also to the birth of aviation engineering and seized the opportunity to bring the park back to life,” Devlin said. “The powe…

Super Duper, Jamesway Founder Dies

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Robert Sellstrom Bargar of 14 Owana Way, Lakewood, NY, formerly of 304 Arlington Avenue, Jamestown, NY died February 15, 2012 at his home in Naples, Florida. He was 92.

Robert Bargar was born on August 8, 1919 in Jamestown, the son of Crawford Nathaniel and May Sellstrom Bargar. Mr. Bargar was married to the former Je'Anne Griffin of Kings Mountain, NC on April 9, 1949. In 2006, Bob and Je'Anne celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.

A graduate of Jamestown High School, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, graduating in 1941. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Engineering School and received a post-graduate certificate in Production Engineering under the sponsorship of the United States office of Production Engineering.

In World War II, Mr. Bargar served on the submarine tender U.S.S. Fulton in the Pacific Theater and then spent two years in Sydney, Australia as the Communications Officer on the United States Naval Base …

St. Bona's to Induct 3 Into Hall of Fame

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The St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics announced that men's soccer great Jim Meicke '87, women's basketball coach Mary Jane Telford '75 and women's basketball standout Hilary Waltman will be inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame in June.

Meicke, a Colts Neck, N.J. native, is arguably the best goalkeeper in program history, holding career the career records for wins (41) and saves (743). His 11 victories in both the 1984 and 1985 campaigns are tied for second most in the record books, while Meicke's 10-win season in 1986 ranks fourth. He turned aside 192 shots in both the 1985 and 1986 seasons to rank second in program history, while his 1.92 goals-against average is third-best in the career books.

Had St. Bonaventure fielded an NCAA Division I team for Meicke's entire four-year run as a member of the Brown and White – the Bonnies joined Division I in 1986 – his 743 saves would rank as the top mark in NCAA history. After graduating fro…

'Blackout' Friday in Bradford

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As part of its girls/boys District 9 AAA playoff basketball doubleheader Friday night at Bradford High the school is asking for a blackout and sponsoring a canned food drive.

Bradford basketball fans are encouraged to wear all black to work and to the game in support of the teams.

Also Bradford Area High School Principal Ken Coffman is asking every fan to bring a canned food item. All the food collected will be given to the Salvation Army food pantry.

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