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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Man Picked Up on Warrants

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

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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Friday, February 24, 2012

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

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

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Blackout at Zippo

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 and calling 368-5302.

Pirates First Full Workout is Saturday

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’

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, unless you want to do a historical recreation. You want to make the production living and exciting,” Simone said, referring to the unique concepts audiences can expect when they see an SBU Theater show. “One hundred percent of the language is Shakespeare’s; but it’s living language.”

Keegan said the unique set design and costumes, along with musical accompaniment, will help bring the play vividly to life.

“It’s all about making the language visible,” Keegan said.

Junior Emily West and Misenheimer, an assistant professor of theater, are planning a number of distinctive visual elements for the production.

West is the costume designer for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and her work is entered in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Region II for 2012-13.

The costumes are a mixture of classical and contemporary lines in no particular period. West has also designed large rod puppets to serve as three of the play’s fairies, adding to the play’s other-worldly atmosphere. West designed the costumes for SBU Theater’s 2011 production of “Dracula.”

Misenheimer’s set is a swirling open space of blacks and whites, with extensive use of light projections. The music for the play, devised especially for this production, is performed by SBU music faculty and students.

Simone said he chose “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in part because of the greatness of Shakespeare.

“Sometimes we rush to the latest thing. It’s in our natures. And that’s great — it keeps us fresh. But there’s only one playwright in English whose work is 450 years old and is still performed somewhere in the world every day,” Simone said. “He’s the greatest playwright in our language.”

He said he thinks it is important to expose students to Shakespeare’s universal relevancy. “It’s important for student actors and student audiences to experience those wonderfully timeless themes, the timeless romances, the timeless conflicts,” Simone said. “They remind us of who we are and where we’re going, and that is the beauty of theater.”

Members of the cast include sophomore history major Nicole Albright of Macedon, N.Y.; freshman modern languages major Sarah Baker of Spencerport, N.Y.; sophomore English major Hannah Chesley of Cuba, N.Y.; senior philosophy and pre-legal major and theater minor Corrie Damulis of Burlington Flats, N.Y.; senior English major and theater minor Mike Dlugosz of Orchard Park, N.Y.; freshman undecided arts and sciences major and theater minor Will Foust of Lower Burrell, Pa.; senior English major Terence Hartnett of Cazenovia, N.Y.; sophomore psychology major Brandon Kallen of Brockport, N.Y.; junior philosophy major Brett Keegan of Syracuse, N.Y.; freshman theater and journalism and mass communication major Tori Lanzillo of Victor, N.Y.;

Also sophomore journalism and mass communication major and theater minor Makeda Loney of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sophomore theater and journalism and mass communication major Brooke Perkins of Utica, Ohio; freshman theater major Ledonna Peters of New York, N.Y.; freshman journalism and mass communication major Sean O’Brien of Ilion, N.Y.; sophomore modern languages major Ian Rogers of Amherst, N.Y.; sophomore sociology major Molly Schaefer of Clay, N.Y.; junior theater major Lizzy Vivino of Rockaway, N.Y.; junior theater major Emily West of Vestal, N.Y.; and junior computer science major Josh Wingerter of Tacoma, Wash.

Members of the crew include sophomore theater and journalism and mass communication major Freddy Alvarez of Bronx, N.Y.; non-matriculating student Becky Hahn of Olean, N.Y.; junior physics major Mary Harner of Allen, Texas; senior psychology major Hannah Ochocki of Parma, Ohio; senior political science major Katie Reusch of Depew, N.Y.; and senior sociology major Catherine Turner of Centerville, Mass.

SBU Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed in the Rigas Family Theater at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m., March 21-24. Reserved seating is $8 for the public; $6 for St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff. A free student rush ticket is available to any student with a valid student ID, in-person only, beginning 6:30 p.m. at the Quick Center box office. For information and to purchase tickets, call the Quick Center Box Office at (716) 375-2494.

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New School Opening in Smethport

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

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

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

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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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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

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, and we need to pause and closely examine the process to make sure new wells do not place Pennsylvanians at risk or damage our infrastructure. Under this legislation, our job creators and energy producers will continue to recycle and treat wastewater, and will still have existing sites available for disposal activities. Furthermore, I believe that the future success of the industry will be dependent upon recycling and treatment of wastewater, rather than the deep injection of these fluids.”

More information on this or any other legislative topic may be obtained by contacting Gabler through his website,

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A Real Swinger

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

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Three to be Honored with Gaudete Award

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 or 716-375-4085. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the medal presentations. The public is invited.

Dr. Anthony Bannon is the seventh director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., and has served in that role longer than any previous director. George Eastman House was founded in 1947 and is the world’s oldest and largest independent museum of photography and motion pictures.

During his tenure, George Eastman House launched two world-renowned graduate photographic and film preservation schools and a post- graduate school with Rochester Institute of Technology. He directed alliances with museums and collectors in major U.S. cities, in addition to acquiring important collections from photographers and filmmakers. He is working to organize a satellite school in South Korea.

Bannon worked at the Buffalo News from 1969 to 1985 as a critic of art, theater, dance and later film, video and architecture.

Prior to his Eastman House appointment in 1996, Bannon was the director of Cultural Affairs at the State University of New York College at Buffalo and director of its Burchfield Penney Art Center. Bannon will step back into that role at Burchfield Penney in May, while holding the titles of senior scholar and director emeritus at Eastman House.

His book “Photo Pictorialists of Buffalo” won the American Photographic Historical Society’s merit award, and his writing on deafness won the Gallaudet University Award. Bannon’s recent publications include essays in the catalog on the photographers Steve McCurry, Diane Bush, Hiroshi Watanabe and Roger Eberhard.

Bannon has been recognized by the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and as CEO of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America, Rochester Chapter. He was named Outstanding Arts Administrator of the Year by Buffalo’s Chamber of Commerce and Arts Council.

In 2007, Bannon earned the Golden Career Award from the FOTOfusion Festival of Photography & Digital Imaging. He was recognized for his “far-reaching leadership and scholarship in the cultural community” and for having “given unstintingly of his time and effort” to his museum and as a board member for several organizations.

“Most important, he is one of the most efficient and effective museum directors today,” noted Arnold H. Drapkin, director of FOTOfusion and former Picture Editor for Time magazine, who presented the award.

Bannon is a board member for the Rochester School for the Deaf, the H.H. Richardson Restoration National Board, and the Rochester International Fringe Festival. Nationally, he served on the Smithsonian Secretary’s Council (Washington, D.C.), Santa Fe Center for the Visual Arts (New Mexico), New York Council on the Humanities (Board of Directors and Executive Committee), the Alliance of New York State Art Organizations (Executive Committee), Palm Springs Photo Festival, and the New York State Association of Museums.

Bannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Bonaventure University, and his master’s in media studies and his Ph.D. in cultural studies are from the English Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Thomas Ferraro founded Foodlink 34 years ago when, as an employee of Action for a Better Community, he appeared on a local television station to make a communitywide appeal for food donations to support the emergency food pantries in Rochester.

Ferraro was among the first “food bankers” in the nation. He served on the original Feeding America (known then as Second Harvest) board of directors, working with his peers to develop the concept of food banking nationally. He also assisted in the formation of the other seven New York state food banks, as well as in the creation of the state Department of Health’s Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), which provides millions of dollars to hunger relief, food safety and nutrition education programs each year.

Under his direction, Foodlink has grown into a 450-member organization, delivering more than 12 million pounds of food annually to area soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, group homes senior centers and other non-profit organizations in a 10-county area throughout Central and Western New York. Foodlink’s full-scale operation includes a 100,000-square-foot warehouse, an industrial kitchen, a fleet of refrigerated trucks, a computerized inventory system and a staff of more than 70 dedicated employees.

Over the past three decades, Ferraro has moved Foodlink’s focus beyond the symptom of hunger and toward its root causes by working to build community health and wealth while providing holistic services to those in need. Foodlink goes beyond food banking by focusing on workforce and economic development initiatives, conducting emergency and nonemergency provider trainings to build capacity and ensure safety, emphasizing child nutrition efforts, and offering nutrition, and culinary education throughout our region.

Ferraro has also been an entrepreneur in the nonprofit sector, creating two social enterprises and leading the way in innovative initiatives such as urban agriculture, local value-added processing and converting food waste into fuel and nutrient-rich soil.

He is the recipient of numerous community awards including the Mayor’s Charles S. Crimi Pax Humana Award from the City of Rochester in 2000, Rochester Urban League Community Leadership Award for Golden Service and the Greater Rochester Community of Churches Metropolitan Faith-In-Action Award. Foodlink was the recipient of the 2009 Ames-Amzalak Award for NonProfit Excellence (RACF), Heritage Christian’s Community Partner Award and edible Finger Lakes’ “Local Heroes” Award.

Ferraro and his wife, Regine Calvar, live in Pittsford with their twin 12-year-old sons, Philippe and John. Tom also has an older son, Michael, and two granddaughters.

James E. Hammer serves as president and CEO of Hammer Packaging, a fourth-generation family business founded in 1912. He began his career at then-Hammer Lithograph in 1969 in the sales and customer service department. He was promoted to vice president in 1975, and president and CEO in 1983.

Hammer has grown the company from a $4 million, 60-employee regional firm into a $100 million, 400-employee global organization. He built a culture based on a commitment to six shared values — integrity, respect, trust, passion, credibility and continuous improvement — and a business philosophy of “lead, don’t follow.”

Success has evolved from Hammer’s continued investment in leading-edge technology, hiring the right people and listening to the voice of the customer. The company has won many awards, most notably multiple Best Workplace in America and Rochester’s Business Ethics Awards. Hammer has been named to the Inc. 5000 and Rochester Top 100 list of fastest growing privately held companies.

With the exception of Wegmans, Hammer Packaging has been on the Rochester Top 100 listing more times than any other Rochester company. This year will mark the company’s 100-year anniversary.

In 2008, Hammer was the receipt of the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, Power of Communications Award and the Herbert Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from Rochester Institute of Technology. He was also inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame that same year. In 2007, he was inducted into the New York Business Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, he was awarded the Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Small Business Council.

Hammer is a member of the World Presidents Organization and has served as president of the National Label Printing Industries of America. He serves on the board of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester Business Alliance, and Doyle Security. He also serves as a member of the regional board of directors of JP Morgan Chase.

For more than 20 years, he was on the Board of Directors and served as chairperson of the Governance Committee for Mary Cariola Children’s Center.

Hammer actively supports a variety of local, state and national charitable organizations, including United Way of Greater Rochester, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Wilmot Cancer Center, Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, Catholic Family Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Good Days and Special Times, and Disabled Children of Monroe County.

Hammer received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Drake College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He and his wife, Donna, have three children: Lisa, Jason and Ashley.

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Car Hits Snow Plow on Route 59

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

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

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.

Trailing by one with seven minutes remaining, junior Jordan McGee found Dixon on the wing with a ball reversal to give the Bonnies their first lead, 39-37, since the 10-minute mark of the first half. Van Tatenhove followed Dixon's triple with a pull-up jumper and Jenkins capped the minute-and-a-half spurt with a pair of free throws to give SBU what was then its largest lead of the night.

Fordham (11-17, 2-11 A-10) used a 20-10 first-half rebounding edge and five 3-pointers to take a 27-21 halftime lead. The Rams – who entered as statistically the best defensive team in the league – took control of the game in the opening stanza by packing four defenders in the paint and smothering Jenkins on the perimeter save for a couple brief looks which the sharpshooter turned into two 3-pointers.

However, the second half was a different story as the Bonnies – who entered as statistically the second-best defensive team in the league – outscored the Rams, 31-18, in the final 20 minutes. The 18 points represents the fewest second-half points Bona has allowed all year.

After shooting 41 percent (11-27) from the floor in the first half, SBU limited Fordham to just 30 percent (7-23) in the second stanza. Meanwhile, the Bonnies shot a blistering 50 percent (10-20) in the second half after connecting at just a 36-percent clip (8-22) in the first 20 minutes.

Jenkins hit three 3-pointers and now ranks 16th on the NCAA all-time list with 321 for her career. The Ohio native also knocked down all four of her free throws to move her season percentage to .967 (59-61), including a perfect 38-38 in A-10 games.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thompson Nominates Ken Kane to Serve
on National Forest Advisory Committee

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 public interests, the committee will provide advice and recommendations on issues such as planning rule implementation, best practices, effective monitoring practices and ongoing collaboration efforts.

Thompson, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation, Energy, & Forestry Subcommittee, has actively engaged the Forest Service since the agency first released the final rule, emphasizing the need for greater focus on timber harvesting and multiple-use land management – especially the production of our energy resources such as oil and natural gas – and working to ensure that these interests be adequately represented on the newly-formed committee.

Outlining a broad professional background and knowledgebase, Thompson praised Kane’s expertise on forestry policy and his leadership in the industry. “He is very active within the community and is well known and respected throughout Central Pennsylvania, and the forestry industry at large,” the letter stated. “For these many reasons, I respectfully request that Mr. Ken Kane be provided your full and utmost consideration for an appointment to serve as a member of the National Advisory Committee.”

After receiving a Bachelor of Science from the School of Forest Resources at Penn State University in 1982, Kane began his career at the university’s Department of Land and Water Resources as a Research Technologist. Since 1983, Kane has served at Vice President of Keith Horn, Inc., advising foresters on all aspects of forest management and planning.

Kane has also served in a variety of positions for forestry organizations, including as Chairman of the Allegheny Society of American Foresters, Chairman of the Penn Chapter Association of Consulting Foresters, Northeast Regional Director of the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, and as an advisor to various state-level planning committees, including the Pennsylvania Joint Legislative Task Force Advisory Committee and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The committee nominating process was published in the Federal Register on January 5, 2012 and closed on February 21, 2012. USDA will announce the final committee members in the coming months.

Pictured, Ken Kane, left, speaks with state representatives Matt Gabler and Scott Hutchinson during a Forest Products Industry Event in May of 2010 in Elk County.
Photo from the state House GOP Policy Committee

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Walker Leads the Way at Pirate City

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 Greensburg.

“I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford,” Nordenberg said. “That’s what happens when you marry someone from that area.”

Nordenberg is married to Nikki Perillo.

As for Penn State’s branch campuses, President Rodney Erickson said his university is also committed to keeping its regional campuses open.

Nordenberg will speak in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee at 9:30 next Wednesday morning. Erickson will speak at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

Causer said last year the governor proposed a 50 percent cut for state-related universities, and lawmakers were able to pare that down to a 19 percent cut.

“So this year (Corbett has) proposed a 30 percent cut for the state relateds and we're certainly going to be taking a closer look at those numbers to see what we can do going forward,” Causer said.

Man Waives Hearing on Assault Charges

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

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 learning experience. “I was really surprised at the large amounts of food that could still be produced with a few workers and no hugefactory,” said Wozniak. “The whole trip was awesome.”

The St. Bonaventure students are spending a semester in Perugia through the university’s Franciscan Heritage Program, an undergraduate study abroad opportunity underwritten by St. Bonaventure University in association with the Umbra Institute, and serving students from Franciscan-affiliated campuses in the United States. The Franciscan Heritage Program is directed by Dr. Michael Chiariello, a professor of philosophy who has taught at St. Bonaventure since 1970.

Teixeira, a journalism and mass communication major from Mystic, Conn., and Wozniak, an accounting major from Tonawanda, N.Y., are taking classes in Umbra Institute’s new Food Studies Program.

“St. Bonaventure, through my efforts, is deeply engaged in the development of this cutting-edge program,” said Chiariello. “In addition to courses in the sociology, business and environmental aspects of food, I am working with Zachary Nowak, program coordinator, to develop and team-teach a course in food ethics.”

The course will have a decidedly Franciscan dimension, said Chiariello.

“It will cover such topics as the responsibilities of the food industry; the moral dimensions of diet choices: a meat-based vs. plant-based diet; the environmental aspects of food production; factory farming; genetically modified food production; and, of course, our responsibility to the hungry of the world,” he said.

The new program combines a rigorous classroom schedule with food workshops and field trips, said Nowak. “It encourages students to think about the fact that while we eat three times a day, we hardly ever stop to ask the basic questions about how or what we eat. Where does the food come from? Is it important that it be local or organic? What do the labels really mean? These questions are fundamental to life in our globalized world,” he said.

The visit with the parmesan maker was part of a weekend field trip that included a stop at a small prosciutto cooperative and at a family run balsamic vinegar shop.

“I really enjoyed the weekend,” said Teixeira. “It was cool to get an inside look at how some of my favorite Italian foods are made.”

Chiariello said the new Food Studies Program is developing a series of internships that will be modeled after those already in place for Franciscan Heritage Program students. “We have been placing interns with Olio Costa D’Oro, an olive oil producer based in Spoleto, since 2008,” he said.

For more information about the Franciscan Heritage Program, go to

For information about the Food Studies Program at Umbra Institute, go to or email program coordinator Nowak at

Pictured, top, Carrie Wozniak poses before wheels of cheese during a field trip as part of Umbra Institute’s Food Studies Program; Alex Teixeira demonstrates that not only do you learn about food in Umbra Institute’s Food Studies Program, you get to enjoy it too.

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Alleged Kwik Fill Robber Waives Hearings

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

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 are presumed liable for water contamination if the affected water supply is within 1,000 feet of the drilled oil or gas well and the pollution occurred within six months of the completion of drilling.

Catalyst installed water treatment systems and conducted cleanouts of some of the wells, restoring the water supplies, and returned other water supplies to pre-drill conditions through other work on the company’s wells. Catalyst now has 60 days to submit a remediation plan to address the eight remaining water supplies not yet restored or replaced.

Through the end of 2012, Catalyst must obtain DEP’s authorization before it can develop or drill new wells or hydraulically fracture existing wells. DEP will grant the authorization if its inspections verify the company is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at the site.

DEP inspections of well sites in Hickory and Kingsley townships, Forest County, found that Catalyst had not installed sufficient controls to prevent sediment runoff. A November 2011 inspection of the Warrant 5211 well site in Hickory Township found sediment being discharged into Lick Run, a nearby waterway.

DEP immediately issued a field order, requiring Catalyst to suspend construction activity at the site. A follow-up inspection performed the next day found the company had not complied with the order. Catalyst has since put in place the needed erosion and sedimentation controls and submitted the necessary changes to its control plans that are filed with DEP.

The penalty also settles violations resulting from spills and leaks of oil and fluids at well sites in Forest, Warren and McKean counties. The company has addressed and resolved these violations.

Catalyst also has two years to plug 13 abandoned wells left behind by an operator it acquired in 2007. To date, the company has plugged 103 wells abandoned by the former operator.

Catalyst’s actions in these cases constitute violations of the Clean Streams Law, the Oil and Gas Act and the Solid Waste Management Act.
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RPCI on List of Cancer Research Leaders

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 consistently well-above the national average. In the past 10 years, the center has added more than 1,000 new jobs, dedicated an entire hospital facility to Phase I cancer research and formed international strategic partnerships with researchers.”

Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2012 Great Oncology Programs list, including a longer profile of RPCI, can be found at:

RPCI has frequently been recognized for high-quality care and overall excellence. The Institute was again recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals list for Cancer Care; holds Magnet Recognition Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center; has been named one of the eight best hospitals in the nation for complex or “extremely difficult” cancer cases by AARP The Magazine; and has received other special commendations from BlueCross BlueShield, Optum Health, The Scientist magazine and others.

Becker’s Hospital Review is a bimonthly news publication with approximately 18,500 readers.
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One Book Bradford
Glass Heritage Luncheon Next Month

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. Walkers can then return to the First Presbyterian Church for a tour led by Rev. Lee Beckes.

An ongoing slide show will feature stained glass windows from churches throughout Bradford.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Grandma’s House Teas & Gifts from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Vreeland will be in Bradford for an author visit May 1 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. That event will be free and open to the public.

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Former Seneca President Passes Away

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

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 power of the winds that day in 2003 could not squelch the devotion people from all over have for the Kinzua Bridge State Park.”

The Kinzua Sky Walk opened in mid-September to record number crowds. In the last quarter of 2011, more than 167,000 people traveled to Mount Jewett to once again walk in the footsteps of history.

“The Kinzua Sky Walk is a testament of those who worked on its past creations,” Devlin said. “It is part of the spirit of those who worked 94 days to erect the first iron bridge; the same spirit of those who built the second steel structure in just four months.

“Today, that torch has been passed to a new set of hands which have taken it and ran – the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.”

The Sky Walk was built on the remaining six towers on the park side of the Kinzua Gorge and features a partial glass floor.

The award is designed to recognize a park for its exemplary or innovative work in customer service; education, programming or recreation; stewardship of the natural, cultural or historic assets; or accommodation of special needs of visitors.

“Like the phoenix column used in the construction of the first bridge, the Kinzua Bridge State Park has emerged from the ashes as a must-see attraction in Pennsylvania.”

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Super Duper, Jamesway Founder Dies

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 Sydney, Service Forces, Southwest Pacific. He completed his Naval Duty at the United States Naval Supply Annex, Rough and Ready Island, Stockton, California. He achieved the rank Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve.

Employed for 40 years by the S.M. Flickinger Company, a wholesale food distributor, he succeeded his father as the Resident Vice-President and General Manager. He retired in 1982 as President of the Jamestown Division. He also served 25 years as a director of the company. During his tenure with the grocery industry, he played an active role in the transition of grocery retailing from many neighborhood Red & White stores to large Super Duper stores in a tri-state area served by the Jamestown Division of Flickingers. He originated the name "Super Duper" and he built the chain's first store on Fluvanna Avenue. This store became the foundation of a new investment company named Fluvanna Realty Corporation adding an additional Super Duper on Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood. As an active real estate developer, he was also a partner in building the East Erie Super Duper in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Bargar's business career included being a Director of the Bank of Jamestown, Bankers Trust Company of WNY and Key Bank of WNY. He retired from his banking affiliations as Director Emeritus of Key Bank, N.A., headquartered in Albany, New York. He also served as a founder and Director of the Jamestown Morning Star Newspaper, a Director of Dahlstrom Manufacturing Company, Empire Worsted Mills, Toad Hollow Properties, Clark Laboratories, DeBell Vending Company and Jamestown Electroplating Company.

In 1961, Mr. Bargar built the first Jamesway Discount Department Store in Lakewood, New York, which later grew to be a chain of 10 stores in the Northeastern United States. He served as a Jamesway director for 20 years. Mr. Bargar was Chairman of the Board of the Fluvanna Realty Corporation, a partner in the JBC Company and partner in North Harmony Ventures, Inc.

Bargar was a Past President of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of the Southern Chautauqua County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also served as a Trustee of the Lake View Cemetery Association, Director of the Fenton Historical Society, a Director of the Chautauqua County Fair Association and a 23 year member of the Jamestown Rotary Club.

During the mayoral term of Carl F. Sanford in Jamestown, he was the first President of the Jamestown Civic Auto Ramps, a private not-for-profit organization which was organized by downtown Jamestown banks, business establishments and real estate owners to build three ramped parking facilities.

In 1979 he was named Man of the Year by the Jamestown Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

A summer resident of Chautauqua Institution, Mr. Bargar served eight years as a Chautauqua Trustee and for 18 years as a Director of the Chautauqua Foundation.
He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, an elder and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Bargar was a director and President of the Sportmen's Club, a director of the Town Club of Jamestown and a founder and past director of the Jamestown Skeet and Trap Club.

He balanced life by sharing his love of nature with family and friends. Family traditions included picnics and walks at the family farm Toadhollow and celebrating Opening Day of bass season followed by a Sportsmen's Club breakfast with close friends and relatives. For 45 years he enjoyed annual trips to unique fishing locations to sharpen his Pitch and Gin Rummy skills.

His survivors include his four children, Nancy Gay Bargar and David Griffin Bargar (Kellie) of Lakewood, NY; Alison Bargar Churchill (Jay) of Quigley Park, NY and Douglas Crawford Bargar of Jamestown; six grandchildren: John Robert Churchill (Susan), Charles David Churchill, Matthew William Churchill, Nathaniel Griffin Bargar, Kristen Elizabeth Bargar and William Elliott Bargar; and a great-granddaughter Caroline Churchill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Je'Anne Griffin Bargar in September 2006 and
a brother, Crawford "Billy" Sellstrom Bargar in February 1929.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012. Further details will be announced by the Lind Funeral Home. Additionally, a summer memorial service will be held at Chautauqua Institution, also to be announced by the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701; the First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, 509 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701; or to the charity of one's choice.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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

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 from St. Bonaventure in 1987, Meicke took an assistant coach position with the team while earning his MBA. He currently serves as a Commercial Lender at Amboy Bank in Old Bridge, N.J.

Telford, a Madison, Conn. native, guided the Bonnies to 201 victories – second only to men's coach Larry Weise in Bona basketball history - in her career on the sidelines. She developed a successful program that would move from DIII to DI status. A four-year starter from 1971 to 1975, she averaged 17 points per game. Telford was appointed head coach of the women's basketball team in July 1975, balancing those duties with her position as an admissions counselor for the University. Under her tutelage, partial scholarships were awarded for the first time in school history in 1977 when the team entered NCAA DII. The "Bonnettes," as they were called at the time, reached the Gannon College Women's Invitational Tournament in 1978, the program's first ever postseason appearance.

After taking a one-year break for the 1981-82 when she was promoted to Associate Director of Admissions, Telford returned to the sidelines for the 1982-83 campaign. Her 1980s her teams achieved Northeast regional rankings as she guided SBU to the 1986 Upstate Conference title and captured Coach of the Year honors.

In 1986, Telford was named the first full-time coach in St. Bonaventure history in any sport other than men's basketball and completed the transition to DI status in the highly-competitive Atlantic10 Conference. In only their second-ever Atlantic 10 game, the Bonnies knocked off Rhode Island 75-53 for the program's first A-10 conference victory in February 1987. Telford's squads won five of six Lady Bonnies Classic Tournament titles from 1988 to 1993. During her career, which concluded in 1993, Telford coached five Hall of Fame players and built the foundation for a successful women's basketball program.

Her post-coaching career included stints as a guidance counselor for Native Americans in the Salamanca school district, principal at Archbishop Walsh High School and director of constituent relations at St. Bonaventure. She is currently the Director of Volunteer Relations in the Admissions Office and in her 27th year at her alma mater.

Waltman, a Lancaster County, Pa. native, is the women's basketball program's all-time leading scorer with 2,106 career points and ranks at or near the top of nearly every category in the SBU record books. Former head coach Marti Whitmore considered Waltman "the most talented player I ever coached." Waltman is the only Bona player to be a two-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection, as she earned those citations in her final two seasons after a Second Team honor as a sophomore.

Waltman is one of two players to average more than 20 points per game twice in a season and owns the career records for field goal percentage, steals, free throw attempts and free throws made. Additionally, Waltman ranks fifth with 669 rebounds and ninth in both assists (302) and blocks (42).

Waltman, a 2002 graduate of West Chester University, is currently an assistant women's basketball coach at Division III Elizabethtown College.

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'Blackout' Friday in Bradford

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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