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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Reports: John Demjanjuk is Dead

By msnbc staff

Convicted Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk has died at the age of 91, German police said Saturday according to reports in the German media.

Demjanjuk was sentenced in May 2011 to five years in prison for his role in the killing of 28,060 Jews at the Sobibor Nazi camp in Poland during World War II. The German court released him pending appeal because of his advanced age.

German police said he died at a home for the elderly in southern Germany, according to The Associated Press.

During the trial Demjanjuk's family said he had been ill.

This is a breaking news story. Please check again for more updates.

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Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show Cruises
into Southern Tier March 29 Thru April 1

SALAMANCA, NY – As warmer weather arrives with spring, residents of Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania begin to think “road trips” and entertainment. Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will offer the best of both worlds from March 29 through April 1 with the Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show. The show is presented by Colton RV, “New York’s Premier RV Dealer,” now in its 50th year of business.

The free event takes places indoors and outdoors at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, NY, located off exit 20 of the Interstate 86 near U.S. Route 219. More than 100 RVs in all shapes and sizes will be available for purchase, with savings of 30 percent or more on many of the models. Show hours will be: 1 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, and; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

A two-night camping package at any New York State Park comes free with any RV purchase. RV brands are available from a variety of manufacturers, including Coachmen, Fleetwood RV, Keystone RV Company, KZ, Prime Time Manufacturing, Tiffin Motorhomes, Winnebago Industries and more. Parts and accessories will also be on sale at the show.

The Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show also features an RV towing seminar on Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. to educate show-goers about hitch equipment and setups to safely tow RVs. Seminar attendees can register to win a weight-distribution hitch.

Before and after the show, guests can enjoy 2,000 slot machines, 33 table games, seven dining locations and live entertainment inside Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. For more information, please contact the Seneca Allegany Casino RV Show hotline at 1-888-491-3388 or visit

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Bona Baseball Wins At Marshall

BECKLEY, W. Va. - Redshirt junior Eddie Gray pitched eight innings and allowed just one run leading the St. Bonaventure baseball team (6-5) to a 3-1 win over host Marshall Friday afternoon in the first of a three-game series.

The Bonnies opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Billy Urban, scoring junior outfielder Eric Jutca. Junior first baseman Austin Ingraham then doubled to left field, batting in senior left fielder Nick Brennen of St. Marys, Pa..

The Brown and White tacked on another run in the top of the fifth after Brennen singled to center field, scoring junior second baseman Jason Radwan.

The Thundering Herd scored a run in the bottom of the eighth, but ultimately couldn't rally in the bottom of the ninth to tie or win the game. Radwan closed out the game for the Bonnies, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out two batters.

Brennen went two for four with an RBI. Ingraham and Urban also batted runs in.

The Brown and White continue their series with Marshall Saturday at 4 p.m.

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PGC Finds Dens for Three Orphaned Cubs

HARRISBURG – After finding three black bear cubs stranded along a road near Troy, Bradford County earlier this week, Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today successfully completed a four-day race of locating and placing the two female cubs and one male cub in adoptive dens in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The clock started ticking on March 13, when Sullivan County Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Rick Finnegan responded to the Armenia Mountain area near Troy, to investigate reports from passing motorists that three bear cubs were at the base of a fence near a township road.

“The cubs all weighed less than 6.5 pounds and were unable to walk,” WCO Finnegan said. “The immediate and surrounding area was surveyed for several hours and no adult female bear was observed, and there was no evidence of a vehicle collision. This unusual set of circumstances seemed to indicate someone may have unlawfully handled the cubs and dropped them off at this location.”

Bear cubs in Pennsylvania are born in January, and weigh 12 to 14 ounces. Female bears generally give birth to cubs every other year, and the cubs are weaned in late spring or early summer.

“Cubs at this age are extremely vulnerable,” said William Williams, Game Commission Northeast Region Information and Education Supervisor. “The immediate concern was to get the bears warm and hydrated. Cubs nurse on milk that contains nearly 30 percent milk fat, which allows them to maintain body function while quickly gaining weight; it essentially is a fluid that has the caloric equivalent of whipped cream.”

WCO Finnegan took the two females and one male bear home, put ear tags on them and fed them evaporated milk from a baby bottle.

“The three slept a good portion of the evening, as they grunted and hummed and snorted and snored,” WCO Finnegan said.

The next step, Williams said, was to find adult females in the area that had cubs and would be receptive to having one of these three cubs placed with them.

“The Game Commission has had success transplanting orphan cubs to other nursing sows where they may be accepted and reared as one of their own,” Williams said. “It is the only real chance the cubs have at survival. However, trying to place three could be a challenge and timing is everything.”

Fortunately, Williams noted, now is the time of year that Game Commission biologists are visiting bear dens to study health and population trends of black bears by obtaining biological information from radio-collared sows with cubs. After locating a radio-collared sow, the adult bear is tranquilized and its general health status is evaluated. Any cubs are fitted with ear tags to identify each individual and aid biologists in studying black bear growth and dispersal trends.

It just so happened that these annual studies were scheduled to take place in Pike, Lackawanna, and Luzerne counties during the remainder of the week.

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, March 14, WCO Finnegan transported the cubs to Columbia County where he met Williams to complete the relay to the Pocono Mountains to begin the placement process.

By 9 a.m., a small crowd gathered in a Delaware State Forest parking lot in Porter Township, Pike County. Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission veterinarian, arrived shortly thereafter with Mark Ternent, Game Commission bear biologist. Pike County WCO Mark Kropa had located a radio-collared sow that was known to be denning nearby. The small processing team made its way to the den site and soon the adult bear was tranquilized while her three cubs remained at her side.

After obtaining measurements and collecting biological information, the three cubs were fitted with ear tags and unceremoniously rubbed with dirt (to diminish human scent) before being attached to the sow’s nipples. Joining three offspring was one of the adoptive female cubs from Bradford County.

The team then traveled to the den of a second sow, only a few miles away. This bear was tucked into a ground den with her four cubs. The entire process was repeated and a second of the Armenia Mountain bears was provided with a new parent and siblings.

At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, the lone male cub of the litter was placed on State Game Land 180, Blooming Grove Township, Pike County, with a sow and her two cubs.

“It’s great when a plan comes together,” Williams said.

Pictured, from top, three orphan bears await transport to Pike County; Dr. Walter Cottrell, Game Commission veterinarian, hands off cub to be processed; Dave Sittler, Game Commission biologist aide, places one of the bear cubs from Bradford County with three new siblings in Pike County.
Photos Courtesy of William Williams

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Crowley a Finalist for Naismith Award

ATLANTA – St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley was one of just four finalists named by Atlanta Tipoff Club members for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year on Friday, joining Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Baylor's Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw.

Crowley, who has already won Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year honors, has led the Bonnies to a program-record 29 wins against just three losses. Bonaventure, despite losing in the A-10 Championship final, earned a berth in its first NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and will face 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (approximately). The game can be seen on ESPN2.

A southern New York native, Crowley has guided SBU to four straight seasons of 20+ wins and postseason berths as it has qualified for the Women's National Invitation Tournament each of the previous three years.

The finalists were determined by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The academy based its criteria on coaching performances this season.

The Naismith Award is one of the most prestigious national awards presented annually to the women's college basketball coach of the year. The winner will be announced in early April.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

George, Nick Clooney Arrested

(CNN) -- The slaughter of civilians in Sudan goes on with too little attention.

But when George Clooney gets involved, the world takes notice. And that's at least a step in the right direction.

Clooney brought the media spotlight with him Friday, as he protested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington and was arrested alongside his father, longtime newsman Nick Clooney, who worked as an anchorman at WRGZ-TV in Buffalo.

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Bonnies Come Oh, So Close

The Bonnies were in control of their game against Florida St. until deep into the second half and appeared to be well on their way to an upset, but the Seminoles scrapped and clawed their way back into the game, and took their first lead with 5:19 remaining and never let go of it.

The final score was 66-63.

Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

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NASHVILLE - Andrew Nicholson hit 4-of-5 3-pointers in his final game, posting 20 points as St. Bonaventure (20-12) lost to Florida State (25-9) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

The senior powered the Bonnies one final time - adding seven rebounds and two blocks - to close out one of the best careers in St. Bonaventure basketball history. SBU led for all but the final 5:18 of the game to keep the reigning ACC Tournament champion on its heels.

Trailing 50-44 with 10 minutes to play, the Seminoles fought back to tie the game at 52 on Bernard Jame's dunk with 6:56 left. Ian Miller's 3-pointer two posessions later game FSU its first lead of the game, 55-52, to spark an 8-0 run that yielded a 60-52 advatage by the 2:36 mark.

Demitrius Conger trimmed the margin to six with a layup, before Nicholson cut the deficit in half with a trifecta with 1:45 to play. The Seminoles pumped the lead up to five on a pair of free throws before Conger's corner triple pulled SBU to within two, 65-63 at the 27-second mark.

FSU made one of two free throws from the line and Bona's attempt to draw and and-1 to tie was unsuccessful as time expired.

Nicholson finishes his career with 2,103 career points, good for second all-time at St. Bonaventure, while ranking second in blocked shots (244), second in field goal percentage (57.5) and fourth in rebounds (887).

Conger chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, with point guard Charlon Kloof distributing seven assists and scoring six points. Senior Da'Quan Cook tallied eight points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in his final contest.

NOTES: The Bonnies' last NCAA tournament win came in 1970 ... Nicholson's four 3-point makes were a career-high ... SBU outrebounded FSU 37-31 ... Bridgestone Arena was decidedly pro-Bona ... Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel had the call for CBS, with Lewis Johnson serving as sideline reporter ... SBU finishes with 20 wins in a season for the first time since 1999-2000.

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Body Found in Town of Kiantone

An air search for a missing Jamestown man led to the discovery of a body off Route 62 in the Town of Kiantone this morning.

Police had been searching for 48-year-old Michael Whitehill who was last seen leaving his home on January 22.

Shortly before 11 o’clock this morning investigators spotted a body in a gravel area off Riverside Road.

No one is saying if it is Whitehill. A positive identification is expected once the investigation is complete.

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Philip Pecora

Philip A. Pecora, 82, of 110 Fuller Rd., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, March 15,2012 at the Princeton Medical Center in Princeton NJ, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.

Born February 23, 1930 in Bradford he was a son of the late Stanley and Matilda (Caruso) Pecora.

He was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard High School where he was a proud member of the 1946-1947 football team which defeated, among many others, Canisius High School of Buffalo.

Mr. Pecora was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Military Police from 1953 to 1955 when he was honorably discharged.

He started P-V Paving Company, owned Lucky Dollar Market, Super Duper Supermarket and Plaza with his brother Richard. He developed the Chateau D'or Restaurant on East Main St. Mr. Pecora was also engaged in the oil and gas business for over 40 years.

He became a pilot at the age of 20 and was a long time member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He flew thousands of hours in his many single and twin engine airplanes .He loved to golf, especially with sons and friends. In 2002, he traveled to Rovito, Italy to visit the town where his father was born.

Mr. Pecora married Carol (Monti) Pecora on April 7, 1958, and had five children and eleven grandchildren; including son John (June) Pecora of Princeton NJ, and their three sons, Philip, Alex, and Tommy; son James (Susan) Pecora of Las Vegas and their son Trevor; daughter Anne (Joe) Grego of Centre Hall PA, and their son Joe and daugher Morgan, daughter Elizabeth (Keith) Koniares of Monmouth Beach NJ, and their daughters Kara and Kristen, and son Jay (Lisa) Pecora of Bradford, and their sons Evan and Jack, and daughter Erin, one brother Stanley E. (Patricia) Pecora of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by two sisters Rita Lonzi and Elizabeth Pecora and one brother Richard Pecora.

Friends will be received on Sunday March 18, 2012 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10:00am with the Rev. Raymond Gramata pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

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Juvenile with Airsoft Gun Prompted
Lockdowns in St. Marys Wendesday

A juvenile playing with a gun prompted a lockdown at St. Marys schools and Elk Regional Health Center on Wednesday.

St. Marys Police say the child was playing with an Airsoft gun while waiting for transportation to school at 8:20 a.m.

Police would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and information that led to the resolution of the case.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Send-Off Parade for Bona Women

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The campus and area communities are invited to another sendoff salute Friday morning, this time for the women's basketball team as they leave for Florida and their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Once again, the parking lot between Richter and Reilly centers will be closed off, with the team boarding the bus starting at 10 a.m. and departing campus at 10:15 a.m., led by a police and fire escort through the village of Allegany and down West State and North Union streets in Olean.

Well-wishers are asked to gather by 10 a.m. at the parking lot, and business owners and community members are encouraged to stand outside and salute the team as they head to the airport.

More than a thousand people saluted the men on campus and in town yesterday morning as they headed to their first-round game Friday afternoon vs. Florida State.

After you wish the women well, watch the games on campus! Here's the lineup of basketball viewing parties:

Men's basketball game viewing party in the 'Skeller at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, with free pizza! The food/bar will be open. Watch the game on the big screen! Open to SBU students, faculty and staff.

Men's basketball game viewing party in Dresser Auditorium of the Murphy Building at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, with free soda/popcorn! Open to the public.

Women's basketball game viewing party at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Skeller with free wings! Open to SBU students, faculty and staff.

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Shell Chooses PA for New Refinery

Shell Oil has chosen Pennsylvania for the site of its new multi-billion-dollar petrochemical refinery.

Dan Carlson, Shell's General Manager of New Business Development, said today the company signed a land option agreement with Horsehead Corp. to evaluate a site near Monaca, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania had all offered Shell major tax incentives in their quests for the plant.

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Let's Pick it Up, Bradford!

Mark your Calendar!
6th Annual Cleanup
April 21, 2012 10:00 AM – Noon

Cleanup Headquarters: Grace Lutheran 79 Mechanic St.
Join us to remove litter & trash from our Neighborhoods!
This is not a bulk homeowner or household waste clean up! Cleanup conducted in the City of Bradford!
New This Year, Comprehensive Electronics Recycling Event!
Items will be accepted at Grace Lutheran between 10AM-4PM
Contact: Lisa Keck
Elm Street Manager, City of Bradford
814-368-7170 ext 111 or 598-7098

Man Waives Hearing on Assault Charges

A Bradford man accused of pointing a loaded gun at people during a domestic incident on East Main Street a month ago has waived his preliminary hearing.

59-year-old Robert Rogowski allegedly had a .22-caliber rifle with one round in the chamber and 6 more in the clip during the incident in the apartments above The New Keystone on February 17. Witnesses told police he pointed the weapon at them, and they had to jump back into a room to take cover.

Rogowski is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats. Also today Rogowski requested a change in his bail. He’s now free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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Explaining March Madness

March Madness already came to Bona-Land, but in case you still don't get it here's an explanation:

Goose on the Loose

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Bucs Make Roster Moves

Pirates GM Neal Huntington talks about today’s roster moves:


Flood Advisory for Catt, Chautauqua Co.

A small stream flood advisory has been issued for Cattaraugus and western Chautauqua counties until 1:45 this afternoon.

At 10:42 a.m. the National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a cluster of slow moving thunderstorms with heavy rain over portions of Chautauqua, Southern Erie and western Cattaraugus counties.

Additional heavy rain over Lake Erie will move slowly east into these areas through midday, and another inch is possible.

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Voter ID Bill Signed into Law

Harrisburg - Governor Tom Corbett on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 934, also known as the Photo Voter ID bill, which will require Pennsylvanians to produce photo identification when they vote.

The law goes into effect immediately, but the photo ID will not be required for the primary election next month. However, voters will be reminded at that time that a photo ID will be required for November's general election.

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Meth Lab Raid in Port Allegany

Detectives from the McKean County District Attorney’s Office, McKean County Drug Task Force, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team raided a residence at 63 South Main Street in Port Allegany on the evening of March 14, 2012.

An active methamphetamine laboratory including precursor chemicals, pseudoephedrine, laboratory paraphernalia, and approximately two grams of finished crystal methamphetamine, was located inside and around the residence. Arrested was 23 year old Sara Jean Jones. Jones was charged by McKean County Detective Ryan Yingling with seven felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine and disposal of chemicals in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Jones was also charged with a felony count of risking a catastrophe and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and drug possession.

The manufacturing of methamphetamine is extremely dangerous and involves the use of several toxic and explosive chemicals. Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Response Team donned protective gear including respirators and chemical suits in order to serve the search warrant on the residence. Also assisting in the operation were Port Allegany Police, McKean County Sheriff’s Department, Star Hose Company, Fire Police, and PennDOT.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and destructive drug," said District Attorney Raymond R. Learn. "The manufacturing of methamphetamine is extremely dangerous and causes a public health and safety concern that must be addressed. We are focusing on methamphetamine laboratories and those who are purchasing the chemicals and over the counter medications necessary to manufacture methamphetamine. This stuff destroys lives and can kill innocent people and has to be stopped, and that is what we intend to do.”

Anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity is asked to call the McKean County Drug Task Force Confidential Tip-line at (814) 887-3232

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Senate Approves Equity in Athletics Bill

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-21) to help ensure that female students are offered athletic opportunities comparable to their male counterparts was unanimously approved today by the Senate.

Watch the video here.

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McCord Offers Additional Reforms to
Improve PA's "Broken" Capital Budget

Harrisburg - With the General Assembly now considering legislation to revamp the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, State Treasurer Rob McCord today offered additional reforms which he said would increase the accountability, efficiency, and transparency of the entire capital budget process.

Treasurer McCord said the answer is not simply to focus on the state's debt ceiling.


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Pirates Beat Orioles 11-5

NOTES: Game time temperature was 82 degrees under mostly sunny skies...Alex Presley had two hits and two RBI and has now hit safely in six of his eight games this spring (9-for-23, .391)...Clint Barmes went 1-for-2 with a walk and has six hits in 17 at bats this spring (.353)...Neil Walker had two hits and scored two runs while batting in the cleanup spot...Garrett Jones went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI...Josh Harrison played the final four innings at shortstop and went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI; Harrison has gone 6-for-10 in his first six games this spring.

TOMORROW: The Pirates are scheduled to play the Twins in Fort Myers at 1:05...Jo-Jo Reyes is expected to start for the Bucs against Minnesota’s Terry Doyle (RH)...Chris Leroux, Juan Cruz, Daniel Cabrera, Shairon Martis and Doug Slaten are also slated to pitch for Pittsburgh.

Pictured, Garrett Jones leaps high in the air to get a runner out; Josh Harrison drives in two runs with a triple.

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Jamie Williams Chosen As
New Wilderness Society President

The Wilderness Society (TWS) announced today that it has chosen western conservation leader Jamie Williams, who comes to TWS from The Nature Conservancy, as its new president. At The Nature Conservancy Williams served as Director of Landscape Conservation for North America, where he led that organization’s effort to protect large landscapes, primarily in the western United States.

“In our search for a new president, Jamie Williams was far and away the best candidate, with a track record of outstanding achievement and a well-earned reputation for succeeding in every endeavor,” said TWS Governing Council Chair Doug Walker. “Jamie is a high-impact leader who has a deep understanding of our issues and who knows how to get exceptional results.”

Williams brings a wealth of experience to TWS. At the Nature Conservancy, Williams helped develop the large landscape focus within the Obama administration’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, and spearheaded critical efforts to secure conservation funding in Congress, among many other accomplishments.

"Jamie has been a great colleague and a great conservation leader at The Nature Conservancy,” said Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We will miss him but of course look forward to working closely with him in his new role at The Wilderness Society as we tackle important conservation opportunities together."

Williams has held numerous leadership positions over his 20 years at The Nature Conservancy, including Northern Rockies Initiative Director and Montana State Director. He also has been recognized for his outstanding work with awards from the Land Trust Alliance and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among many others.

“I am thrilled to be chosen to head this organization, which has been the leader in public lands conservation for more than 75 years,” said Williams.

“I am a strong believer in a collaborative, community-based approach to conservation, and that’s one of the many areas where The Wilderness Society has been a true innovator. This is a tremendous opportunity to protect the majestic wild places that help define us as a nation.”

In addition to his work at The Nature Conservancy, Williams is a founder of The Montana Association of Land Trusts, a founder of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, and has served on the Board of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and as Co-Chair of the Yampa River System Legacy Project.

"Jamie has been a huge help to our community's effort to conserve the Blackfoot Valley because he took the time to listen and work with us on a common vision for landscape conservation,” said Jim Stone of Blackfoot Challenge in Montana. “I have full confidence that he will lead The Wilderness Society with the same kind of collaborative spirit to help local communities like ours sustain special places through strong partnerships."

Williams received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Yale University and a Masters of Environmental Studies from The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was also a wilderness instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.

“Jamie Williams has an extraordinary combination of inspiring leadership and a relentless focus on protecting our nation’s wild places,” said Bill Meadows, who announced that he would be stepping down as president of TWS in October 2011. “I am so pleased that Jamie will be at the helm as The Wilderness Society continues its outstanding work to protect our nation’s public lands.”

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Antonia P. Polucci

Antonia P. Polucci, 88, formerly of 108 Irving Lane, passed away, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born October 16, 1923, in Sarnano, Province of Macerata, Italy, she was a daughter of the late Nazzareno and Maria (Rascioni) Pennesi.

On October 11, 1947 in St. Bernard Church she married Albeno J. Polucci who passed away, December 2, 1995.

Mrs. Polucci was a 1942 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church, The Catholic Women's Club and the Maceratese Ladies Auxiliary.

She was employed as a secretary for Kendall Refining Company and The Bradford Area School District, retiring in 1985.

She is survived by two daughters, Elisa (Thomas) Tessena and Mary Anne Polucci (Mark) Sherman, both of Bradford; two grandchildren, Dr. Matthew (Jacqui) Tessena of Rochester, NY and Jennifer Tessena of Bradford; three great grandchildren, Lukan Tessena, Braeleigh Tessena and Kadyn Tessena; two granddogs, Chloe and Thomas and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carmina Gentile.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM, in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM, Saturday, March 17, 2012, followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to St. Bernard Church Building Fund, Future’s Rehabilitation Center, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Senior Thesis Exhibition Part of
An Evening With The Arts at SBU

Works by seven student artists at St. Bonaventure University will be featured in the 2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition opening Friday, March 23, at the University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The exhibition opens with a welcoming reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the artists will offer brief comments about their work.

The reception and exhibition opening are part of a broader celebration, An Evening With The Arts, sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and The Quick Center. Here’s a complete schedule of the evening’s events, all taking place at The Quick Center:

· 4:30-5 p.m.: tour of the Asian art collection with Chisato Dubreuil, assistant professor of art history.

· 5-7 p.m.: Senior Thesis Exhibition opening and reception.

· 5:30-6:30 p.m.: gallery talks by exhibiting student artists.

· 5-7 p.m.: music to view art by, featuring music program students.

· 7:30-9:45 p.m.: SBU Theater presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Rigas Family Theater, with an audience talk-back after the show.

Refreshments will be served on The Quick Center’s mezzanine. All events, other than the play, are open to the public at no charge. Tickets for the play may be purchased by calling The Quick Center Box Office at (716) 375-2494.

The evening’s showcase event, the exhibition by graduating visual arts majors, will be one of the largest in recent years, and the first exhibited at the university’s world-renowned arts center in some time, said Constance Pierce, associate professor of visual arts at St. Bonaventure.

“The exhibition features challenging and intriguing work by seven young artists,” said Pierce, who directed the exhibition project. “They offer a wide range of styles, concepts and mediums including work in drawing, painting, visual journals, watercolors, sculpture, and sketchbooks.”

Students participating in the exhibition include:

· Emily Buccilla from Pickerington, Ohio, whose experience as a student-athlete inspired her series of works based on female athletes, particularly people she has looked up to.

· Tess Hanna, from Rochester, N.Y., who uses colored pencils and watercolors to express her imagery in a poetic and evocative stream-of-consciousness manner.

· Kellyn Kautz, from Williamsville, N.Y., who will exhibit a series of large-scale wash drawings inspired and informed by 18th century mystic artist William Blake, as well as a unique series of explorations expressing an array of zombie imagery.

· Neil Durkin of Caldwell, N.J., who explores the existential loneness of post-modern man through a series of unusual works on paper and canvas that are rough, challenging, and contemporary with an urban flavor.

· Sara Regal, of Beachwood, Ohio, who will exhibit a series of eclectic works inspired by dreams, yet unified through her affinity for rich deep color.

· Matthew Ryan, of New York, N.Y., who grew up in the heart of Manhattan and whose work is inspired by contemporary street art and graffiti imagery. He offers a breadth of expressive approaches from detailed portraits of African-American artists and writers, to expressive drip-paintings that depict rappers and urban legends.

· Alexandria Stephan, of Kenmore, N.Y., who says her experience as an award-winning skater and dancer give her a sense of lyrical flow and movement that she incorporates into her art. Her goal is to inspire others to appreciate the beauty and elegance of nature.

The 2012 Senior Thesis Exhibition also provides some special features, said Pierce. Artists Ryan and Durkin will collaborate on a large-scale graffiti wall that will be created outdoors and then wheeled into the gallery for the exhibition’s opening reception.

Also, several artists will share intimate views of their creative process by displaying mixed-media art journals and sketchbooks. These will be shown in glass cases within the gallery, so visitors are able to view the young artists’ preparatory studies and imaginative concepts along with their completed major series of works on the gallery walls.

The exhibition runs through April 14.

Galleries at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts are open to the public at no charge year round. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to

Pictured, Emily Buccilla and Matthew Ryan

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NY Fugitive Picked Up in Texas

Austin, Texas – David Robert Wampler, 40, whose last known address was Livonia, New York, was arrested today by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in downtown Austin.

Wampler was arrested without incident near the 6th Street entertainment district. Task force officers received critical information from the United States Marshals Service in Rochester, New York, this morning after local interviews determined Wampler fled from upstate New York and recently arrived in Austin.

Wampler was indicted in January of this year by a Livingston County Grand Jury in Geneseo, New York, with a twenty-one (21) county indictment alleging criminal acts involving rape, injury to a child, and providing dangerous drugs to children. Prosecutors further allege Wampler provided LSD to two-14 year-old girls, as well as Cocaine, Nitrous Oxide, Oxycontin, Ambien and Adderall to other teens. It further alleges Wampler sexually assaulted a minor after providing the teen with Ambien and LSD in Livonia, NY, located south of Rochester in upstate NY. Wampler has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1993 from several states. In addition to the instant charges, Wampler faces an additional charge of failing to appear.

Wampler will remain in the Travis County Jail pending extradition to Livingston County, New York.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “The importance of removing David Wampler from the streets of Austin as quickly as we learned of his arrival is a testament to the cooperative spirit the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force embraces with our law enforcement partners.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin:

Austin Police Department-Criminal Apprehension Team
Buda Police Department
Kyle Police Department
San Marcos Police Department
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
Williamson County DA’s Office, Constable’s Office
Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Rangers

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Man Keeps Food Bank Items for Himself

A Johnsonburg man is accused of not delivering food to a food bank.

Police did not release the man’s name, but say the 38-year-old picked up food items at the Johnsonburg Bi-Lo Supermarket that were donated to the Northern Food Bank. He then took the items home and did not attempt to deliver them to the food bank.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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St. Marys Schools, ERHC Locked Down

St. Marys schools and Elk Regional Health Center were on lockdown this morning after police got a report of a suspicious person who might have a gun.

Police got the call at 8:20 this morning saying the person was near Kerner Avenue and Louis Street.

Area law enforcement officials conducted an investigation while the schools and hospital were on lockdown. St. Marys City, Ridgway and Johnsonburg police, along with Elk County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in the search.

City police are continuing their investigation.

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Casey Legislation to Help PA Counties
Repair Bridges Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today secured passage of his bipartisan amendment to ensure that Pennsylvania’s counties are not left bearing the brunt of the cost for repairs to bridges that do not receive federal aid. The amendment passed as part of a bill to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure and create jobs.

“Far too many bridges in Pennsylvania and across the country are structurally deficient,” Senator Casey said. “My amendment will improve safety and keep our communities connected, which creates and sustains economic growth.”

Senator Casey’s amendment to the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act would establish a dedicated revenue stream through the Off-System Bridge Program for bridges that are not on federal-aid or the National Highway System.

More than one out of every four off-system bridges across the country is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Of those, thirty-five percent are functionally obsolete.

Senator Casey’s amendment ensures that counties are not left bearing the full responsibility of the cost of their off-system bridge needs. It gives states and counties the proper tools and the assurance of a steady flow of funding needed to maintain our nation’s bridges.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act would direct nearly $3.3 billion to Pennsylvania over the next two years. A U.S. Department of Transportation study shows that for every $1 billion invested in transportation, between 27,000 to 37,000 jobs are created.

A county-by-county list of the number of off-system bridges in Pennsylvania is below:

































































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Thinking About Going to Nashville?

About 25 seats remained as of 4:30

In support of Western New York and St. Bonaventure University, Delta Airlines has added a special one-way, non-stop flight to Nashville Thursday for $99 ($109.80 including taxes). Go to, select one-way flights, and enter BUF and BNA in the airport code boxes, and March 15 for the date.

The flight departs from Buffalo at 6 p.m. and arrives in Nashville in about two hours (7:05 p.m. CST). Due to the uncertainty of when the Bonnies will be done playing there, the flight is one-way only, but Delta officials are working to increase their seating over the course of the weekend from Nashville to Buffalo.

Thanks to Delta President Edward H. Bastian, SBU Class of 1979!

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Send-Off Parade for The Bonnies

The Bona Wolf waves to Bonnies fans in downtown Olean this morning as the men's basketball team leaves for the NCAA tournament.
Provided by St. Bonaventure University

This video is by Shannon Sheppard for GoBonniesTV:

The campus and Greater Olean communities are invited to a another sendoff salute Friday morning, this time for the women's basketball team as they leave for Florida and their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Once again, the parking lot between Richter and Reilly centers will be closed off, with the team boarding the bus starting at 10 a.m. and departing campus at 10:15 a.m., led by a police and fire escort through the village of Allegany and down West State and North Union streets in Olean.

Well-wishers are asked to gather by 10 a.m. at the parking lot, and business owners and community members are encouraged to stand outside and salute the team as they head to the airport.

More than a thousand people saluted the men on campus and in town this morning as they headed to their first-round game Friday afternoon vs. Florida State.

The women play Florida Gulf Coast at 2:30 p.m. Sunday; the game is on ESPN2.

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Bridge Work in McKean, Potter Counties

Work to repair and preserve two bridges – one in McKean County, one in Potter County - will get underway Monday, March 19. The preservation work will extend the serviceable life of each bridge for decades. The McKean County bridge is located on Route 6 in Liberty Township and spans Sartwell Creek. The Potter County bridge is located on Route 49 in Harrison Township and spans the north branch of Cowanesque Creek.

Crews will replace the deck on the Sartwell Creek Bridge. The Cowanesque Creek bridge will see replacement of the super-structure. Overall work includes concrete repairs, paving, guide rail updates, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction. PennDOT expects work to be complete by November.

Each project will feature temporary traffic signals to control an alternating traffic pattern through the work zone.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. L.C. Whitford Company, Inc., of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.1 million project. Drivers are reminded to be cautious in all work zones, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Pitt-Bradford Students, President Join
Lobbying Effort to 'Keep Pitt Public'

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen students, staff and alumni from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford joined Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, and 500 supporters of the University of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg Tuesday to lobby against cuts proposed to Pitt’s state appropriation by Gov. Tom Corbett.

Leaving before daybreak, the group traveled 400 miles to meet face-to-face with legislators throughout the day.

Members of the group said that legislators were largely sympathetic to their request to keep the appropriation for Pitt and other state-related schools at the same level as this fiscal year, which was already a 20 percent reduction from the previous year’s levels.

In February, Corbett unveiled his proposed 2012-13 budget, which included a $42 million cut to Pitt’s state appropriation. The cut would come on top of a $67 million cut for the current fiscal year from 2011-12 funding levels.

A large group of Pitt and Pitt-Bradford advocates met with Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, chairman of the Republican appropriations committee whose district includes the University Park campus of Penn State. Penn State faces the same proposed 30 percent reduction in state funding.

“We’re very encouraged by your comments about higher education,” Alexander told Corman.

Paula Haag, a freshman nontraditional student from Bradford, took the opportunity to tell Corman her unique story as a mother paying tuition not only for herself, but also for her three children, all of whom are also Pitt-Bradford students.

Haag, who began college this semester after she became unemployed, said that she is afraid cuts will lead to tuition increases that are unsustainable for her family.

“If they cut this funding, I won’t be able to go to college, but I’ll still be responsible for my loans,” she said.

Corman was sympathetic, saying, “I don’t agree with this proposal, but I don’t want to say that the governor doesn’t care about higher education.”

Later in the day Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg spoke to a full gathering of Pitt advocates in the Capitol rotunda.

Nordenberg emphasized the roll that Pitt has played in helping Western Pennsylvania develop new biotech industries that have helped the region weather the current recession.

“We have always stood ready to do our part, but we really need to object when the cuts that are proposed are deep and … disproportionate,” Nordenberg said.

If the budget were to be passed as proposed, “This would take us to the lowest level of support …. since 1986,” he said, without adjusting for inflation. If adjusted for inflation, he added, the proposed budget would provide the least amount of support to Pitt since it became a state-related institution in 1967.

Throughout the day, students visited their representatives or their staff members to tell them how the proposed cut in Pitt’s state appropriation could affect them.

“I don’t have any parents helping me with school,” Brittany Scruggs, a junior public relations major from Collingdale told a representative of Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, adding that she works two jobs to pay for school.

Alexander, along with staff members and alumni, called on several legislators and led a delegation that met with Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, senator pro tempore whose legislative district includes Pitt-Bradford.

“We have support with the legislators, especially our local legislators,” Alexander said afterward. “It looks promising.”

Rep. Marty Causer, R-McKean, who represents Pitt-Bradford in the House of Representatives, said it is a matter of finding where else money for the state-related universities can come from.

“There are a lot of people who want to restore our funding, but the question is where we get it from,” Causer said.

Between sessions, students had a chance to admire the handsome 106-year-old capitol building, taking photos of each other on the grand marble staircase and attending a House session.

Several students will be on 1490 WESB's LiveLine at 12:35 p.m. Thursday. The show can also be heard live at, and will be archived so people can listen later.

Pictured, Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, left, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford alumnus George Repchick and Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. Shown with Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean, are, from left, Sara Bova of Roulette, Sarah Bush of Turin, N.Y., Melissa Callahan of York Haven, Anthony Summer of Springboro and Paula Haag of Bradford.
Courtesy of Pitt-Bradford

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