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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lady Panters Collaborate with CARE

For the eleventh year, the Pitt-Bradford Lady Panthers basketball team has collaborated with CARE for Children to provide the opportunity for both boys and girls with motor and learning deficiencies to learn to play basketball.

The annual camp began in 2001, and has remained one of the most popular of CARE’s therapeutic recreation events. Each year, between 40 and 60 children throughout McKean County participate. The event remains unique in that it focuses on basketball skills that campers may not have experienced because of perceived limitations. CARE’s physical and occupational therapists are on hand to help the Lady Panthers players adapt components of the game and to work with the kids as an extension of traditional school based therapy.

In 2011, the University’s athletic department received the Jostens Community Service Overall Winner Award from the National Association of Division III Athletics, in part for its long-standing relationship with CARE for Children. Since the inception of the basketball camp, numerous other Pitt Bradford athletic teams have worked with the organization, offering adaptive soccer, volleyball and baseball camps throughout the year.

The basketball camp is sponsored annually by the Bradford Rotary Club, which provides each child in attendance with a t-shirt and a basketball.

Saturday’s event also gave participants and their families the chance to get a sneak-peek at the building plans for the CARE for Children Community Center for Children of All Abilities. CARE is promoting the project and campaign through existing programs, with the public fundraising efforts to kick-off in early May.

CARE for Children has been providing services to children of all abilities since 1924. For more information, visit the organization’s website at

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More Important Than Basketball

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If you watch the St. Bonaventure women take on Notre Dame in Sunday’s Sweet 16 basketball match-up you might hear commentators make some comparisons between the two Catholic universities.

You’ll probably hear about their connections to 9/11, too.

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw had been planning to take United Flight 175 out of Boston on September 11, 2001, but one of her assistants insisted that she take another flight that day, out of Providence. At the Providence airport, she saw and heard the TVs that told her about United Flight 175 crashing into the World Trade Center.

St. Bonaventure graduate Father Mychal Judge has been called “The Saint of 9/11” and was also designated as "Victim 0001," recognized as the first official victim of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

He was in the North Tower offering aid and prayers for the rescuers, the injured and dead when, at 9:59 a.m., the South Tower collapsed sending debris to the other tower and killing many inside, including Judge. At the moment he was hit in the head and killed, Judge was repeatedly praying out loud, "Jesus, please end this right now! God, please end this!” according to his biographer.

Other 9/11 connections exist for both universities and other comparisons can be made between the two, but these stick out more than any other.

They also serve as a reminder that – although basketball is in the forefront of the minds of students, alumni and fans this weekend – some things are more important than the final score of a game.

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Bonaventure, Notre Dame Meet Sunday

Making its first Sweet 16 appearance in its NCAA Tournament debut, the fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure women's basketball team faces top-seeded Notre Dame in the Raleigh Regional Semifinal Sunday afternoon.

The Bonnies and Irish are meeting for the first time. SBU advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tourney by virtue of wins over Florida Gulf Coast (72-65 OT) and Marist (66-63) in the opening rounds in Florida, while ND remained at home to defeat Liberty (74-43) and California (73-62). The winner advances to the Elite 8 with a trip to the Final Four on the line Tuesday night at 9 against either second-seeded Maryland or third-seeded – and reigning national champion – Texas A&M.

With an enrollment of just 2,000, St. Bonaventure is the smallest school in Division I women's basketball history to advance to the Sweet 16. Outside of Gonzaga, the Bonnies are the only team left in the tournament that is not a member of a BCS conference.

St. Bonaventure also has the youngest coaching staff left in the tournament, combining to average just 29 years and 6 months of age. Jim Crowley (41 years, 5 months, 21 days) is one of the youngest head coaches remaining in the field, while all three of his assistants are under the age of 26 (Kate Achter: 25 years, 10 months, 25 days; Priscilla Edwards: 25 years, 6 months, 11 days; Ryan Gensler: 24 years, 11 months, 12 days).

Bona is grouped in the Raleigh Region with three former national champions. Notre Dame won the title in 2001, while Marlyand claimed the 2006 crown and Texas A&M emerged victorious last year against Notre Dame in the championship game.

Bonaventure is just the third Atlantic 10 school to advance to the Sweet 16, joining George Washington (four appearances) and Xavier (two appearances). The Bonnies are the lone A-10 women's team still playing as Temple fell to Syracuse in the WNIT Thursday night.

Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure share three common opponents this year (Villanova, St. John's, West Virginia). The Irish defeated Villanova and St. John's, while the Bonnies split with those two – winning at St. John's. Bonaventure defeated West Virginia, 56-48, on the road in November, while the Mountaineers handed Notre Dame its lone Big East loss, 65-63, at home last month.

The Fighting Irish average 79.2 points per game – second-best in the nation – while the Bonnies enter with the country's 22nd-best defense (53.7 points per game). Bonaventure has not allowed a team to score 70 points in a game all season (season high is 69 by George Washington), while ND has cracked the 70-point threshold 27 times, including 120- and 128-point games.

Redshirt senior Armelia Horton is saving some of her best offensive games donning the Brown and White when they matter most. Over the tournament's first two games, Horton has gone a collective 11-18 from the field. The 11 makes are the most over a two-game stretch of her career. The Harlem native went 6-12 en route to a 17-point performance in the First Round against Florida Gulf Coast before following that up with a 5-6 showing and 10-point effort versus Marist.

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Welfare Fraud Crackdown Continues

Cattaraugus County continues its crackdown on welfare fraud.

51-year-old Rhonda Fuller of Bolivar is charged with grand larceny and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing as well as welfare fraud.

Sheriff’s deputies say she submitted Child Care Attendance Sheets to the county Department of Social Services that included hours she was not working. Between January of 2007 and December of 2010 she received more than $6,500 in day care assistance she was not entitled to.

Fuller is scheduled to appear in City of Olean Court on April 10.

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Dolphins Still Sick from BP Oil Spill

Scientists say the dolphin population in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, one of the areas hit hardest and longest by the BP oil spill, are severely ill. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports:

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St. Bonaventure Formalizes Relationship
With Friars of Holy Name Province

St. Bonaventure University and the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province formalized their historic relationship on Friday by signing their first-ever memorandum of understanding.

Holy Name Province traces its roots to Franciscan missionaries who came to America mid-1800s to minister to a flood of European immigrants. It was one of those missionaries, Fr. Pamfilo da Magliano, O.F.M., who was instrumental in the founding of St. Bonaventure in 1858.

The memorandum of understanding specifies the mutual desire of the university and the province to advance the educational mission of the university in a manner that respects and preserves its Catholic-Franciscan character.

While the relationship between the two has endured for more than 150 years, it was never defined in writing.

“This formalizes what has always been our understanding,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “It’s a commitment by the University Board of Trustees and the Holy Name Province to continue that relationship.”

Also Friday, university and province officials participated in a ceremony to rename an addition to Friedsam Memorial Library that holds the rare book collection of the Franciscan Institute. The addition, which opened in 2008, is now known as Holy Name Library for the Franciscan Institute.

St. Bonaventure is home to the Franciscan Institute, the pre-eminent center in North America of teaching, research and publication on the history, spirituality and intellectual life of the Franciscan movement. Its collection of rare books has been described by the National Endowment for the Humanities as “a unique national asset of great value to American humanistic scholarship.”

Fr. John O’Connor, O.F.M., provincial minister of Holy Name Province, blessed the addition.

“An important part of our tradition as Franciscans is the intellectual tradition, so it is appropriate that we come together today to celebrate the blessing of this library, which in so many ways stands for the excellence that is the education endeavor that Franciscans have been about for over 800 years,” he said.

The university’s Board of Trustees agreed to rename the addition in recognition of Holy Name Province’s longstanding support of the Franciscan Institute’s scholarship and service.

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Propane Grill Causes Clermont Fire

A faulty propane grill caused a fire at a Clermont house late Thursday afternoon.

State police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the fire damaged the two-story wood home of Patricia Miller.

The fire started on the front porch and did about $100,000 worth of damage.

No one was hurt.

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Principal Found Guilty of Harassment;
Says He'll Appeal the Decision

The Allegany-Limestone Middle School principal has been found guilty of harassment, but is appealing the verdict.

Tim McMullen has been ordered to pay a fine for stalking a woman.

He released a statement saying the judge made numerous mistakes in the non-criminal trial and says he has already started the appeal process regarding what he called an erroneous and ludicrous decision.

McMullen remains on paid leave from the school district.

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Arson Fire in Emporium

Someone started a fire that damaged the inside of the Prospect Park Playground recreation building in Emporium Friday evening.

State police fire marshal David Surra says the fire was intentionally set by someone igniting combustible materials inside a cabinet.

Emporium firefighters put out of the fire, which was contained to the area of the cabinet. The rest of the inside of the building was damaged by heat and smoke.

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St. Bonaventure Officials Break Ground on
William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center

On a warm spring afternoon, St. Bonaventure University officials broke ground on the William E. & Ann L. Swan Business Center, a new home for the School of Business that’s expected to open in the fall of 2013.

Ann Swan donated $3 million to the building campaign in honor of her late husband, William E. Swan, ’69, a longtime Western New York business leader and philanthropist, and a dedicated university alumnus and Board of Trustees chair.

Making note of the “magical run we’ve had at St. Bonaventure the last few weeks” in basketball, Robert Daugherty, ’77, trustee and chair of the building campaign, talked about the coaches (campaign steering committee), team (fundraising staff) and fans (donors) who were critical to fulfilling the dream of the Swan Business Center.

Daugherty also spoke about inspiration and luck, ingredients often vital in sports.

“Our inspiration came from a very good friend, John Watson,” Daugherty said, fighting back tears. “He soldiered with me every step of the way on this. Thank you, John.”

Watson, who spent 35 years at the university, was just weeks from retiring as School of Business dean when he collapsed and died of a heart attack last April while attending a reunion in York, Pa.

Daugherty said luck came in the form of Ann Swan.

“She was looking for a meaningful way to honor her husband, so we got very lucky,” he said. “Her contribution gave us life, gave us the wind behind our sails to make this happen.”

The 26,000-square-foot Swan Business Center will feature a financial services lab with electronic ticker tape, a corporate boardroom, state-of-the-art classrooms, break-out areas, spaces for student collaboration, team building, and faculty research, a dean’s suite, innovative technology uses, and a serious commitment to sustainability.

“With sustainable design elements and environmentally friendly features, the new building will fully embrace our Franciscan heritage in honoring our environment and will be the most ‘green’ building on the St. Bonaventure campus,” said Brenda McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at St. Bonaventure.

The center will be built south of Friedsam Library, between Reilly Center and Plassmann Hall, and will create a new quad to promote further development of community within the campus. Project bids were delivered Thursday, and “digging will begin in a couple of weeks,” well ahead of schedule, McGee said.

“This is just one more in a string of great occasions that’s brought us together to celebrate over the last month,” said Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “What a great day for us.”

The university is in the midst of a $15 million campaign for the creation of the new building: $10 million for the construction of the business center; $4 million in endowments for faculty and programmatic support; and $1 million in endowment for building sustainability. To date, more than $13 million has been raised.

St. Bonaventure University is one of the smallest institutions accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction only 5 percent of business schools have achieved worldwide.

A 1969 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Mr. Swan served as chair, president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group and First Niagara Bank, which he joined in 1987 after 18 years with M&T Bank. He died in 2003.

Donations to the campaign may be made by visiting or by calling (800) 664-1273.

Pitt-Bradford Launches Campaign to
Benefit Scholarships, Energy Institute

Marilyn Horne Archive Part of Plans

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford launched a fundraising campaign Friday to raise $17.5 million by the end of its 50th anniversary year in 2014.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, announced that 60 percent of the goal, which will benefit scholarships, academics, technology, capital projects and athletics, has already been raised.

The event included a brief program to introduce the campaign’s goals, which includes $6.5 million for scholarships and $1.25 million for the emerging American Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran Jr. Energy Institute.

“There is a great deal at stake,” Alexander said in his remarks to those gathered for the launch celebration in Blaisdell Hall. “We have come a long way and achieved a position of prominence in the northeast. We envision that Pitt-Bradford will become a top-of-mind institution among high school students. … Students will benefit from these … gifts for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Other priorities of the campaign are to raise $6.5 million for capital projects, including a Marilyn Horne Archive; $600,000 for an arts endowment; $550,000 for a technology endowment; $500,000 for a hospitality management test kitchen; $250,000 for high-definition equipment for the broadcast communications program; and $25,000 for an athletics endowment.

Campaign co-chairman Greg Booth, president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing Co., said in an interview after his speech that for the members of the Institutional Advancement Council, which helped determine the campaign priorities, scholarships are always at the forefront of their minds.

In his remarks, Booth sounded like the marketer he is at heart, touting the product Pitt-Bradford has made available to the community.

“We have a great education at an affordable price in an attractive environment,” he said, adding that investment in scholarships and academic and technology upgrades are needed to make sure that remains true.

Campaign co-chairman Harvey Golubock, president of ARG Resources, emphasized the need to support public higher education, citing his own experiences and saying that without public higher education, he would not have succeeded to the extent that he has.

He also emphasized the importance of scholarships as government support evaporates not only for public higher education, but also for student loan programs.

Golubock also pointed to new programs Pitt-Bradford has started to help students find success in the world of work, criminal justice, hospitality management and petroleum technology.

“My own priorities lie in the energy field,” said Golubock, who is the former president and CEO of American Refining Group. He touted the petroleum technology program, saying, “Virtually every graduate of that program has found employment.”

The $1.25 million to be set aside for the Energy Institute will be used to create a laboratory space where Dr. Matt Kropf, director, can teach students about producing biodiesel fuel by converting waste fryer oil from the campus into fuel for campus trucks and equipment. The space and equipment will be a vital part of a new four-year energy science and technology degree that Kropf is developing.

The technology endowment will support not only wireless infrastructure on campus, but also classrooms designed to simulate a business environment where students will work in groups monitored by a professor.

Bernie Picklo, academic technology integrator at Pitt-Bradford, made presentations in the lobby to show off this futuristic classroom, which he said would enhance collaboration and give students more individual attention from faculty members.

Another campaign priority is a test kitchen for the students of the hospitality management program, which will allow students to receive more experience in food service and enable them to gain a range of skills to enhance their professionalism.

Campaign priorities were chosen to dovetail with the goals of the campus’s five-year strategic plan, enhance the student experience and keep Pitt-Bradford competitive.

For more information on the campaign, contact Jill Ballard at (814)362-5091 or

Pictured, one of the sidewalks on campus decorated by student Dan Robinson; Judge John Cleland and President Emeritus Dick McDowell are among the people chatting in the KOA Speer Lobby of Blaisdell Hall prior to the presentation.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin

From CNN:

President Barack Obama waded into the growing national controversy of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, saying Trayvon Martin's death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.

"If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

Obama said the nation should do some "soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens."

"I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened," Obama said.

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Sandusky Asks for Dismissal of Charges

A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky is asking Judge John Cleland to dismiss child sex abuse charges against his client.

Joe Amendola says that some charges against Sandusky aren't specific enough, and that in other cases the statute of limitations has run out.

The 95-page pretrial motion comes less than two months before Sandusky is due to go on trial for 52 criminal counts that allege sexual abuse of 10 boys over a period of 15 years.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office says they expect to file their response to the motion next week. Cleland may then schedule a hearing on the arguments.

The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach denies the allegations. Jury selection in the trial is scheduled for May 14.

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Northwest Savings on 'Bank Honor Roll'

Northwest Bancorp Inc., (Nasdaq Global Select Market NWBI), parent company of Northwest Savings Bank, has been named to the “Bank Honor Roll” of superior performers by KBW, Inc. (NYSE: KBW), a full-service investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector. Northwest is one of 45 U.S. banking institutions to be named to the list; KBW Screened nearly 400 companies.

Companies named to the Honor Roll hold more than $500 million in total assets and are publicly traded banking institutions that meet three conditions.

1) They cannot have reported any annual loss in net income per share before extraordinary items over the past 10 years;

2) their 2011 annual reported net income per share before extraordinary items must be equal to or greater than their peak net income per share over the past 10 years; and

3) they must show consecutive increases in net income per share before extraordinary items since 2009.

This is the second consecutive year that KBW has selected Northwest Bancorp, Inc. to be on the Bank Honor Roll.

Northwest’s President and CEO, William J. Wagner, noted “Given the challenges the banking industry has faced over the past four years, our Directors, officers and employees are proud to be recognized for the strong operating performance we achieved during such a tumultuous time. We thank KBW for this honor and we remain committed to improving our value proposition for employees, customers, communities and shareholders.”

Northwest Bancorp, Inc. posted record earnings in 2011, and holds capital well in excess of that required by its regulators. The company operates Northwest Savings Bank, a community bank with assets of $8 billion and a network of 168 banking locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Maryland.

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B-52s Coming to Seneca Allegany Casino

With hits like “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster” and “Roam,” The B-52s are a rock group that enduringly transcends all social categories. They consider themselves to be the “World’s Greatest Party Band” and continue to sell out venues with the same founding members from 1976: Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson. The B-52s will deliver a party-like atmosphere inside Seneca Allegany Events Center on Sunday, May 27, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Monday, March 26, at noon.

Critically-acclaimed jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli comes to Niagara Falls USA to play the Bear’s Den Showroom inside Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel on Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Pizzarelli gained recent fame playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra and has appeared on more than 140 albums throughout his career – including guest performances with legendary artists such as James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Rosemary Clooney. Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now.

Vocal Group Hall of Fame members The Original Drifters deliver classic R&B hits inside the Bear’s Den Showroom on Saturday, May 19, for two performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Rolling Stone magazine hails The Original Drifters as one of its “Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” and songs such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “Up on the Roof” continue to be instantly-recognizable after 50 years. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now.

The Bear’s Den Showroom turns into a comedy venue on Memorial Day weekend as impressionist and voice-actor Rich Little delivers the laughs twice on Saturday, May 26. Tickets start at $40 for shows at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and go on sale Monday, April 2, at noon. Rich Little is called “The Man of a Thousand Voices” with his spot-on personas of Johnny Carson, Clint Eastwood, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Kermit the Frog and numerous other celebrity-icons and politicians.

Seneca Casinos will announce its “Summer Rush” lineup of world-class entertainment, exciting promotions and special events in mid-April. The summer series includes events between June and early September.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bona Women Leave Campus Friday

The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will leave campus at 2:30 p.m. Friday for their third-round NCAA Tournament game Sunday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C. The team is flying out of the Buffalo International Airport on this trip.

Fans wishing to cheer the team as they depart campus can gather near the new access road next to the Reilly Center, where the team was dropped off Wednesday afternoon following their victories in Florida.

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BAHS Drama Club to Present
'Kill Me Deadly,' A Noir Comedy

Bradford Area High School Drama Club will present “Kill Me Deadly" (A Noir Comedy) by Bill Robens on March 29 and 30 at the school auditorium.

“This show takes film noir, puts it on stage, and adds an element of humor. It is such a fun piece," said club advisor and show director Melissa Krepp.

Curtain will rise at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets at $2 for students and $5 for adults are available from cast and crew, at the door, at the school office and at Tina’s Hallmark.

The cast includes Lexie Thurston as Mona Livingston, the steamy jazz singer; Cole Vecchio as Charlie Nickels, the Dick Tracy-like detective, Leah Krainz as Veronica Clairmont, the sexy heiress, Nick Forquer as Clive Clairmont, the "idiot savant," as well as many other quirky and entertaining characters of 1947 Hollywood played by Michael McLanahan, Ariel Defrank, Mike Smith, Angela Barger, DeeJay Rickman, Hannah Leposa, and Georgie Auteri.

The running crew includes Sarah Howard, Victoria Robinson, Brooke Bailey, and Isaac Krepp, with help from Chad Young, Bradford High School's Stage Craft class, and Ron Johnson.

Refreshment will be sold at intermission with proceeds to benefit Bradford Area High School's Drama Club.

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A Movie About 'The Hinsdale House?'

We can expect it this summer according to this:

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Zelko Completes Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Devin Zelko, son of Tammi C. Vennard of Derrick City, Pa. and Ted D. Zelko, of Bradford, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Zelko completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Zelko is a 2011 graduate of Bradford Area High School of Bradford, Pa.

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Man Charged After Bar Fight

A South Dayton, New York, man is charged with assault following a bar fight on St. Patrick’s Day.

Sheriff’s deputies say 31-year-old Jeremy Sanders was involved in an incident at Rough Kutts bar.

He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $200 bail, and is due back in court at a later date.

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DWI Charges Filed After Crash

A Great Valley man is facing charges following a crash on the Brewer Cross Road in the Town of Great Valley Saturday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say 25-year-old Brian Earley crashed at around 11:45 p.m.
He was charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content higher than .18 percent.

He’ll appear in court at a later date.

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Toddler Drowning Still Under Investigation

Police are continuing to investigate the drowning of a 2-year-old Allegany County boy behind his home Tuesday afternoon.

Cameron Fenti of Richburg was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville after his father pulled him out of the creek at around 4:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 5:08 p.m.

An autopsy was performed in Rochester to determine if drowning was the actual cause of death.

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FooteRest Campground Has New Owners

The new owners of the FooteRest Campground & Cabins in Lantz Corners are ready to open their doors.

Tom and Ellen Paladini take over today as owners of the campground, which is conveniently located on Route 219 near the intersection with scenic Pennsylvania Route 6.

The campground features a total of 192 sites, including 158 camper sites, 30 tent and four cabins. Paladini plans to focus on enticing families and outdoor recreational enthusiasts to visit the region. One of his first projects at the campground will be expanding the playground and adding new fun activities for children.

“We are ready to open our doors and welcome hikers, bikers and families,” Paladini said. “All are welcome.” Both Tom and his wife Ellen enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, kayaking and hiking. They especially enjoy flat water kayaking in remote areas.

Paladini is no stranger to running campgrounds. He has been in the business for about 25 years and has managed campgrounds in the foothills of the Adirondacks plus Florida and New Jersey. He said he would like to promote the FooteRest as a regional hub for those visiting the region, building on the success of the previous owners Jim and Bev Tarbox and Bonnie Stake.

“I just met Tom and Ellen on Monday and I can tell from their enthusiasm for the area that they are going to be a great asset to our region,” stated Linda Devlin, director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. “With the opening of the Kinzua Sky Walk last fall and the excellent spring weather, we are expecting a record number of visitors into the region this year.”

Tom Paladini is currently working on setting up a new office at the campground complex to handle daily and annual site rentals. An onsite store will offer camping needs and conveniences for campers. For additional information and or to make reservations at the FooteRest Campground, call Paladini at 814-778-5336.

Pictured, Tom and Ellen Paladini

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Poet Marie Howe to Read at Pitt-Bradford

Poet Marie Howe, whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic and O magazine, will read from her work next week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Howe will read at noon Thursday, March 29, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. A luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and reading are both free and open to the public. The event is part of the university’s Spectrum series.

Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, “The Kingdom of Ordinary Time,” “The Good Thief” and “What the Living Do,” written after the loss of her brother John to AIDS. She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, “In the Company of my Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic.”

She has been selected for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets and Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. Her poems have also appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Harvard Review and The Partisan Review. Last fall, she was featured in an interview by Terry Gross on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.”

Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia and New York University. She lives in New York with her daughter.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

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DEP Invites Students, Teachers to
Peregrine Falcon Workshop on April 3

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection invites teachers, non-formal educators, homeschooled students, youth groups and scout leaders to attend a Peregrine Falcon Educators’ Workshop, “WILD in the City,” on April 3 in Harrisburg.

The workshop is sponsored by DEP and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) in cooperation with ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park. It will be held in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Since 1997, countless Peregrine falcons have made their home on a ledge off the 15th floor of the Rachel Carson State Office Building. Peregrine falcons, which are an endangered species in Pennsylvania, were extremely rare in the state for many years. Through reintroduction programs, they have adapted to life in urban environments like Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Williamsport. Each year, DEP and PGC track the birds’ activities and share educational information through, among other things, the popular online Falcon Cam. The Rachel Carson nest site has been active and reproducing young Peregrine falcons for the past 12 years.

Workshop participants will explore the successes of Peregrine falcon reintroduction in Pennsylvania, examine falcon specifics, learn about endangered species and observe falcons in Harrisburg. Several Peregrine falcon experts will speak to the group, including Dan Brauning, Chief of PGC’s Wildlife Diversity program; ZOOAMERICA education coordinator Elaine Gruin; DEP environmental educators Jack Farster and Ann Devine; and Project WILD coordinator Theresa Alberici.

To register for the free workshop, call DEP’s Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1644 or email by March 27. Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who have not attended the workshop in the past will be given first consideration, while others will be placed on a waiting list. Participating teachers are eligible for 5.0 Act 48 credit hours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about this and other environmental education opportunities through DEP, visit and click on the “PA Falcon Cam” button on the homepage.

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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Advocacy Panel

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

“TAP members give the IRS insights from every corner of our nation, helping the agency in its continuous effort to improve tax administration,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent organization within the IRS, provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This will help the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, current with your federal tax obligations, able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year and able to pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2012. If you’re chosen as an alternate member, you’ll be considered to fill any vacancies that open in your area during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The panel needs alternates for Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 27, 2012. Applications are available online at For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call toll-free 888-912-1227.

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'The Tipsy Vegan' Cookbook
Offers Recipes for Good, Fun Food


You may ask, “What do alcohol and vegetables have in common?” The answer is simple – John Schlimm.

The St. Marys author, who is known for his cookbooks involving beer - such as “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook” – has penned a new cookbook called “The Tipsy Vegan.”

“This book grew out of ‘The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook,’” Schlimm said. “After I wrote that, I thought it would actually be cool to do something vegetarian or vegan.” A vegetarian does not eat any meat. A vegan eats no part of any animal, including dairy.

Schlimm himself made the transition to a plant-based lifestyle about two years ago. It seemed like a natural progression to evolve recipes that include vegetables and alcohol – and not just beer.

“I wanted to give equal time to all other rock stars which I also love,” said Schlimm, a descendent of Peter Straub, founder of Straub Brewery, of the other types of alcohol. The book is described as “Boozy recipes to turn every bite into happy hour.”

Schlimm noted that being vegan in a rural area is not all that hard.

“It is much easier than one would think,” he said. “This book is very small-town friendly. You can find all the ingredients in a local grocery store – or liquor store.”

Schlimm also wanted to take the stigma out of the vegan lifestyle for people.

“I wanted to show that there is nothing strange about this. It’s quite simple and quite good for you.”

And, he adds, it’s actually quite fun, too.

“Especially when you add the alcohol … this is good party food, good fun food.”

The fact that he is uniting two things that general don’t go together added to the excitement for Schlimm.

“This is the first cookbook to do that in both a serious and playful way,” he said. “When I write a book, I always want to contribute something new to the conversation. Ii am so excited about this. It breaks new ground. I don’t think a lot of people lead plant-based lives and haven’t thought about adding alcohol to food.”

Schlimm credits his success in the cookbook genre with his team who also helps him develop the best recipes he can.

“I am not a chef. My cookbooks are really approached by the eater, which I certainly am.

For those who may not want to include alcohol in the recipes, Schlimm said that is a personal choice, but may take away from some of the “zip and zest” the alcohol adds to the dishes.

The book has been embraced by the vegan community, including “The San Francisco Bay Guardian” which called the pictures in the book “food porn” as it listed the book as one of the top 25 books to check out in 2011.

“I love it. The term ‘food porn’ has come to represent really great decadent food,” Schlimm said. “Anything with tipsy in it you can’t take too seriously. Have fun with it.”

The cookbook, in a soft-cover style, has a more manageable size and a more intimate feel to it, much like the parties Schlimm envisions being born from this book, which can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble plus his website

“Whether you are vegan or just hungry – it’s great to share with friends and neighbors who are not vegan, but can realize how great it can be. That, and redefining what vegan is to the world, make it less frightening.”

And besides, as Schlimm said, “it’s delicious food. Period.”

Schlimm’s next book, “Grilling Vegan Style,” is set to be released in May.

Carousing Cucumber Rounds With Rummy Hummus

1 (14-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce, stemmed, plus 1 tsp. sauce
1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. tahini (mix well before measuring)
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. white rum, or to taste
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
1 large English (seedless) cucumber
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet until just golden

· In a medium bowl, place the chickpeas, chipotles with reserved sauce, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, rum, cumin, and salt. Purée with an immersion or a standing blender*—scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary—about 2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

· With a vegetable peeler, peel the cucumber skin lengthwise at 1/4-inch intervals to create a striped pattern around the circumference and slice it crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds. (If the cucumber skin is tough, peel it entirely.) Arrange the rounds on a platter.

· Lightly salt the rounds. Top each with a generous teaspoonful of hummus. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Makes approximately 35 hors d'œuvres

*Note: Don't use a food processor. You won't get a perfectly smooth texture.

GT Thompson Announces 2012
Congressional High School Art Competition

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson today announced details for the 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition. The annual nationwide competition, which is sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus and coordinated by individual Members of Congress, is open to all high school students who reside in Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District.

"The 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition gives Members of Congress and the public an opportunity to foster and encourage the artistic talents of young Americans," said Representative Thompson.

All entries for the 2012 competition must be received by Friday, April 27th at 5:00 PM. The judging will take place thereafter at the Winkler Gallery of Fine Art in DuBois, Pa. The winning entry will be announced, along with all art displayed, at the Winkler Gallery on Thursday, May 3rd from 4 to 6 P.M. The winning entries will be exhibited for the next year in a display at the United States Capitol Complex in Washington, D.C.

"This competition affords young artists from around the country the opportunity to showcase their talents along with students from other Congressional Districts from around the nation," Representative Thompson added.

For additional information, please contact Rick Sollman in Thompson’s Bellefonte office via phone (814-353-0215) or via email ( Information can also be accessed by visiting the U.S. House of Representatives website (

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Pitt-Bradford Launches
Chinese Language Microblogging Feed

The more than 1.3 billion Chinese living in China, where social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are blocked, still have access to a social network that can quickly and easily answer their questions about the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Pitt-Bradford has launched its own page on Weibo, a Chinese language microblogging site that is allowed in China.

The page is administered by Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology and a Chinese native.

Wang translates information from the Pitt-Bradford website to post on the page, which currently has 80 followers, and answers questions from prospective students.

Wang began the page late in 2011 and said that it has steadily added followers without promotion.

Most, he said, have questions about the university. Many are students who have been admitted through the University of Pittsburgh’s Options program, which gives students the option of enrolling at a regional campus. They have questions about a Pitt-Bradford degree (the same as a Pitt degree) and what programs are available on the Bradford campus. The most popular areas they’re interested in, Wang said, are engineering and business, both of which are offered by Pitt-Bradford. Other concerns are scholarships and transportation.

Wang works closely on the site with the Pitt-Bradford Admissions Office, which has actively been working to increase diversity on campus.

Director of Admissions Alex Nazemetz said that Pitt-Bradford has more than doubled the population of foreign and domestic Asian students in the last few years.

“Five or six years ago, they represented less than 1 percent of our overall population,” he said. “This past fall, 2.4 percent of our population was of Asian heritage, which is a significant increase for a campus this size.”

Wang said, “I think Weibo can be a window for us to a growing market.”

Nazemetz added, “Dr. Wang has created this microblog to help bring our message to China, where it might not be easily or readily available to the population, especially since some social networking sites are not available.

“Weibo will help get our information out to students and provide answers to questions they may have after they have been admitted or even if they are thinking about applying.”

To check out the page, visit

Pictured, a screen capture of what Pitt-Bradford’s Weibo page looks like. Weibo is a Chinese-language microblogging site similar to Twitter, but permitted in China.
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Campus Welcome Bona Women Home

Let's Go Bona's!

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Three Men in Court for Domestic Violence

Three men accused of seriously injuring women in separate domestic violence incidents were in district court today.

Joseph Henton and Joseph Weaver waived their preliminary hearings, while charges against Johnathon "Juice" Johnson were bound to court.

Henton is accused of punching and kicking his girlfriend and injuring her to the point where she thought her ribs and jaw were broken. When she was able to get up off the floor she smashed his fish tank with a glass which made him “extremely irate,” according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office. Henton then allegedly threw the woman back onto the floor, jumped on her and punched her in the head and face.

Weaver is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face. When police arrived at the home, blood was coming from her nose and mouth.

Weaver refused to let police officers into the home and started to block the door. When police told him he was under arrest he allegedly started punching one officer. After police got him on the ground, he continued to struggle.

Johnson is accused of telling his on-and-off girlfriend that he controls everything she does before punching her face and head, as well as other parts of her body. He also allegedly had her pinned against a wall while holding a knife to her throat.

The woman said she was afraid to call police because of Johnson’s known gang affiliation and her fear of retaliation.

Henton and Weaver are free on bail. Johnson is jailed on $50,000 bail.

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Hawbaker Fined for Air Quality Violations

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of Bellefonte, Centre County, $16,500 for air quality violations documented in October 2011 at its quarry in Burlington Township, Bradford County.

“Twice last October, following numerous complaints from area residents, our inspectors found dust coming from operations at the site and from dirt that had been dragged onto Route 6 by quarry traffic,” DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber said.

DEP inspectors also discovered that a water spray system was not being used while the crusher was in operation, which further contributed to the amount of dust leaving the site.

The department sent a notice of violation to the company that required Hawbaker to make the necessary changes to keep dust from escaping the property.

In response, the company resumed operation of the water spray system as required by its permit; paved areas of heavy truck traffic; and constructed a truck wash station to remove any dirt or mud from the vehicles before they left the quarry and entered Route 6.

DEP Air Quality staff later documented that all violations had been corrected.

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Girl Faces Child Porn Charges

A Cameron County girl is facing child pornography charges for allegedly sending obscene pictures of herself on her cell phone.

State police say the girl sent the pictures to several people.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact Emporium-based state police.

Police did not say how old the girl is.

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Hear What A.J. Burnett Has to Say

A.J. Burnett following his bullpen this morning at McKechnie Field:


Video provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates

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Kane Schools are All 'Smiles'


If these three women have their way, there will be a “smile” on everyone’s face in Kane.

Kathleen Prosperi, Kathy Long and Ashley Mix all are part of the Keystone SMILES Americorps program, which helps students in the Kane Area School District reach their full potential inside and outside of the classroom. Prosperi has been working with high school students, Kathy Long with middle and elementary school students and Mix in the elementary school.

Since this program is new to the area – Kane district is the first one to implement it -an informational forum will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the middle school auditorium in Kane.

“We want to tell people what the benefits are and how to get involved,” Mix said of the program which involves both tutoring and volunteering.

Keystone SMILES originated as a service-learning project in the Keystone School District in 1990 and became an AmeriCorps*State program in October 1994. It is considered one of the most innovative service-learning programs across the nation. SMILES (Students Modeling Ideal Life Experience)believes in combining education with community service as a teaching methodology for all generations. Special emphasis has been placed on school readiness and school success initiatives. SMILES implements over 20 different programs addressing child development, at-risk youth, school support, service learning, fitness and recreation, human needs, environment, senior citizens and adult education.

For Mix, it has been tutoring students in kindergarten through fifth grade in math and reading. These students are referred to Mix by a teacher or guidance counselor. She has also had students volunteer to make thank-you cards for veterans and then delivered them to the Lutheran Home of Kane on Veterans Day.

“They were so excited,” Mix said of the veterans. “Some shared their stories (of war).

“It opened their eyes,” she added, referring to the students.

Mix also spends time in the Mount Jewett Library to tutor any child in that area.

Long helps out in both the middle and elementary schools by being in the classroom and giving assistance to a child who may need it.

Both Long and Mix also help with a new reading program. Each student is supposed to read 20 minutes a day, but some cannot get it done. That’s where the “Book Buddies” – sixth grade volunteers – listen to the younger students read.

At the high school, Prosperi keeps her students on track in finishing assignments and offering assistance.

“I make them feel like they have somebody” they can go to, she said.

She also helps the students achieve the eight hours of community service they have to perform in each grade in the high school. That’s 32 hours by the time they graduate.

“I funnel their energy into a project and make them aware of what they can do,” she said.

For instance, more students are becoming involved in KARE for Kane, a community-wide clean-up project that will be held for the second time this year.

She has also helped students become more comfortable going to the Lutheran Home to volunteer by taking them over first to get their bearings and understand how things work. Other students have gone to Headstart to read to the children there.

Another project Prosperi heads involves the students learning about area agencies and how they work. For instance, the students are told to write down what they know about an area agency, such as the Kane Area Development Center. They then meet with Director Melanie Clabaugh who answers any questions they may have and fill them in on what her office actually does.

Then together, the students, director and Prosperi think of a project the students can do to help the agency. For instance, they collected books for the public library.

“We get them to do something,” Prosperi said. “They don’t have to get paid for doing something good.”

“We can’t take the place of a teacher,” Long said. “But we are allowed to do anything extra.”

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NFL Suspends Williams, Payton

The NFL is suspending former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely and Saints head coach Sean Payton for one year because of the team's bounty program, the league said Wednesday.

The league also is suspending Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis for the 2012 season's first eight regular-season games, and Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt for the first six regular-season games, the NFL said in a news release.

In addition, the Saints will be fined $500,000 and forfeit their second-round selections in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts, the league said.

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Olean School District to Elminate 48 Jobs

Forty-eight employees of the Olean City School District may lose their jobs.

The school board voted for the job cuts last night, and had already suggested closing four schools in a cost-cutting measure.

The board had a $3.4 million budget gap going into this school year and is trying to bridge that gap.

The 48 jobs that will be eliminated are a combination of administrative, teacher and support staff positions and will result from both retirements and layoffs, and the number of jobs being eliminated may change.

Last month, the board decided that two elementary schools will close permanently at the end of this school year. By the 2015-16 school year, all students will be attending one elementary school.
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