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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sandy Baker

Sandra Mae Baker, 65, of 2 Bushnell Street, passed away Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie.

Born October 31, 1946, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of the late Paul F. and Alma E. (DeLisle) Miller.

Mrs. Baker was a 1964 graduate of Port Allegany High School. She had been formerly employed at AVX in Olean, NY, for several years. Her favorite pastime was painting and drawing

She is survived by her children: Cassandra Buck of Bradford, Tammy Schneider-Ordonez of Houston, TX, and Johnny Baker, of Tampa, FL, five grandchildren, a sister Lois Clark of Port Allegany and a brother Arden Miller of Erie

At the request of Mrs. Baker there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 or American Cancer Society 95 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Earth Day

In case you missed today's Weekend Wrap about the film festival -- and more -- you can listen here.

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Vehicle Crashes into Tree

At least one person was hurt in an accident at about 12:45 this morning at the intersection of Olean Road and Derrick Road when a vehicle crashed into a tree.

Mercy Flight was called in to transport a person to an out-of-town hospital.
Olean Road was closed during the investigation and cleanup.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud

Another Cattaraugus County resident has been charged with welfare fraud.

29-year-old Tara Link of Olean is accused of not reporting that she was receiving unemployment benefits from a job in Pennsylvania at the same time she was receiving benefits in New York.

From July to December of last year she received $4,800 in food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid she was not entitled to. She is scheduled to appear in court May 15.
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Foster Suffers Loss for Curve

A seesaw Friday night battle went the way of the Richmond Flying Squirrels who utilized nine runs over their final two offensive innings to turn a nailbiter into a 15-7 rout and even their four-game weekend series with the Curve at a win apiece at Peoples Natural Gas Field.

The Squirrels entered the eighth trailing 7-6, but sent ten men to the plate in the frame, getting the decisive blow on a two-out, two-run triple off the bat of top prospect Gary Brown. Daniel Mayora, Juan Perez, Eliezer Zambrano, and pitcher Brett Bochy each added an RBI in the six-run inning, as well. Richmond’s big frame victimized Bradford native reliever Zach Foster (0-1) who pitched well until the end of his outing and was saddled with the loss
The Squirrels added three more runs in the ninth, generating a franchise record-tying 22 hits in the win.
Shaky defense, a problem that has plagued Altoona throughout the first two weeks of the 2012 season, continued on Friday night. The Curve committed four errors but looked to be overcoming them midway through this night. After grabbing an early 2-0 lead in the first on RBI base hits from Adalberto Santos and Tony Sanchez, Altoona fell behind 6-2 by virtue of a two-run second and four-run third for the Squirrels, the latter frame highlighted by Tommy Joseph’s first homer of the year, a solo shot. The Curve, however, clawed back with a run of their own in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two more in the sixth to take the lead, the go-ahead run coming home on Sanchez’s second RBI single of the day to make it a 7-6 advantage.

The Curve’s rally got starter Aaron Pribanic off the hook. The big righty slogged through two and two-thirds, yielding six runs on nine hits and walking two before departing. Behind him, newcomer Jhonathan Ramos steadied things for Altoona over the next 2.1 innings.

Altoona’s bright spot at the dish was right fielder Santos who followed up his three-hit night on Thursday with a four-hit affair on Friday. Santos drove in four runs and scored two more. Facing their big deficit after the eighth, though, the Curve were unable to rally against Richmond’s Brett Bochy (1-0) and Tom Vessella who pitched the final 3.1 innings of the victory, allowing just two hits.

 On Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett will make his fourth minor league rehab start and first for the Curve since suffering a fractured orbital bone during a spring training bunting drill. Burnett will toe the rubber for a scheduled 6:00 p.m. first pitch on the second Curve, Pa. Blue Out Saturday of the season with Burnett and the Curve donning special blue jerseys in support of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania. Airtime on ESPN 1430 and the Curve Radio Network is set for 5:30 p.m.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Man Admits to Having Sex with Child

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse for engaging in two or more sex acts with a child younger than 11.

37-year-old Alex Belec had sex with the child between July of 1997 through 2002 in Olean.  

He will be sentenced September 10.

Three Wildfires in McKean County

Area firefighters are battling three wildfires this afternoon.

The first is at Niles Hollow and Songbird Road and was called in at around 2 p.m. The second fire was called in at about 3:15 and is in Lafayette Township near the airport. The third is in Otto Township near the Rew service road. It was called in at about 3:30 p.m.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Historical Society Endorses Citizens' WildernessProposal

The ETHS endorsed the Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal in full, though it is most acutely interested in the two proposed forest reserves within Elk Township. These are the 3,022-acre proposed Cornplanter Wilderness Area between the Webb’s Ferry boat launch and Camp Olmstead, and the 4,752-acre proposed Scandia National Recreation Area, covering most of the ANF land south of Camp Olmstead to the Kinzua Dam.

The group emphasizes that its efforts to have select areas of the ANF set aside should not be viewed as a referendum on the legitimacy of timber harvest or even oil and gas drilling throughout the entire federal forest. They seek only to leave certain special areas of woodland in their pristine condition by law for future generations.

“We have concerned ourselves, since our inception in 2001, with preserving our cultural heritage here in Elk Township, which is indeed important,” noted ETHS Board Member, Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer. “However, preserving our heritage goes beyond restoring historic buildings, such as the 1870s Scandia one-room school. Our forest and wildlife are vital components of Elk Township’s natural history and ecological heritage, as well,” she continued.

“Working with FAW on this effort for the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area and Cornplanter Wilderness dovetails nicely with our overall mission and goals,” concluded Boozer.

The group wants the U.S. Congress to act on the FAW proposal in order to leave the majority of the Allegheny Reservoir’s western shoreline in an undeveloped state in perpetuity – free from hotels, golf courses, resorts, and all other commercial development ideas that have been floated over the years. Low-impact, non-motorized forms of recreation such as hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other activities would be protected by these designations.

With the ETHS endorsement, to date nearly 50 local, regional, statewide, and national organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Americans have formally endorsed the Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal, which during the latest ANF Forest Plan revision received the enthusiastic support of more than 6,800 of 8,200 public comments, indicating support from more than 80 percent of respondents.

Pictured, members of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness hike through the wild interior of the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area during a backpacking trip into the North Hodge Run drainage in February of 2012.

Photo by Brent Silvis of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness.

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ASC Fraternity Suspended

A fraternity at Alfred State College has been suspended after its Greek letters were painted over a roadside mural dedicated to a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Kappa Sigma Epsilon has been temporarily suspended while the school investigates the matter.

Friends of Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of painted her image and an American flag on a large rock alongside Interstate 390 in Livingston County. She died last June during an attack that killed three other soldiers.

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High School Students Earning Credits for Less Through Pitt-Bradford Pprogram

A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford program that had been in hibernation during the fall semester due to funding limitations is back in business thanks to a gift from Pennsylvania General Energy of Warren, part of an educational tax credit program through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The $35,000 gift, along with funding from Pitt-Bradford and the Bradford Area School District, allows qualified high school students to take classes at Pitt-Bradford for free through the university’s Bridges program and therefore earn college credits.

The gift also helped reduce tuition for some students in another Pitt-Bradford program called College in the High School, in which qualified high school teachers teach Pitt-Bradford classes in their high schools.

An earlier incarnation of the Bridges program had students pay one third of the cost of a class at Pitt-Bradford, but the new funding formula allows students to be fully reimbursed for the class if they earn at least a B.

Thirty students from Bradford Area High School are enrolled now for the spring semester, said Vicky Pingie, associate director of admissions, and are taking history, composition, Introduction to Sociology, psychology, economics, writing and business management.

Abbey Newhouse and Jodi Wichensky both took classes in the fall semester (paying for a portion of the tuition themselves) and signed up for classes again this semester.

Newhouse chose to take Composition I, a freshman course required by most colleges, in the Fall and Composition II in the Spring.

Newhouse said she wanted to get those first-year courses out of the way before attending college. She also wanted to “get a better feel of being in a college classroom.”

“It’s different to adjust to,” she said. “(Students) have more freedom, and (professors) are not constantly bothering you about your work.”

Wichensky took Introduction to Psychology during the fall and is taking sociology this term.

“It’s definitely different than in high school,” she said. “You have to do the reading on your own. The tests are a lot longer and a little more challenging, and they expect you to have the homework in on time.”

Participating students have to be second-semester juniors or seniors with at least a 90 percent average to qualify, Pingie said. Faculty, she said, love Bridges students.

Dr. Helene Lawson, professor of sociology, does.

“They are motivated, concerned, hard-working students who are dedicated and serious about their education,” she said. “Their research projects and oral presentations are among the best in the class. I believe that taking a college class encourages them to want to continue on with their education when they graduate high school because they become aware of their outstanding capabilities and potential.”

PGE made its gift to Pitt-Bradford through a special Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development program that allows it to receive tax credits for its gift. Companies have to pre-qualify with the state on a strict schedule, as did Pitt-Bradford.

If more companies participate in the program, more students will be able to take the classes for free.

More students could also benefit from reduced tuition for College in the High School courses. Currently, there are more than 200 students enrolled in the CIHS program, which allows them to get college credit for college classes taught by their high school’s faculty in their school.

The PGE gift made possible a $25 reduction in the cost of tuition for some of those students last fall. Students in CIHS pay a greatly reduced cost of $125 per class.

Interested businesses that must pay certain types of taxes in the state of Pennsylvania may qualify to redirect up to $300,000 of their PA tax liability to an approved Educational Improvement Organization such as Pitt-Bradford. The taxes include Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Company Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax and some Subchapter S-corporations.

For more information whether a business may qualify for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, contact Rick Esch, vice president of business affairs at Pitt-Bradford, at (814)362-0992 or

Pictured, Bradford Area High School student Abbey Newhouse takes a composition class from Rekha Gajanan at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as part of the university’s Bridges program.
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Stroke Telemedicine Pilot Program Underway

A new and potentially life-saving technology is now being piloted at Kane Community Hospital’s Emergency Room. KCH’s affiliation with UPMC Hamot makes this pilot possible.

“It’s called the stroke telemedicine program,” stated KCH ER Nurse Manager Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, PHRN. “What that means is, when a patient comes to our ER with stroke-like symptoms, our ER doctor and nursing staff, and more importantly the patient, will be able to consult directly with a neurologist at UPMC Hamot in Erie."

"When an acute stroke patient arrives at the KCH ER, and the ER physician determines a call to UPMC Hamot is indicated, the call is made and a neurologist is dispatched to a specialized office to begin an assessment of the patient," Mary Parana, RN, ADON, Director of Outpatient Services at KCH noted. "This is possible because of mobile monitoring equipment that allows the stroke patient to be seen and be assessed by the neurologist with video camera and monitor at both Kane and Erie, so the ER physician, consulting neurologist and patient are able to see and hear each other."

A specialized stethoscope can be used on the patient, which allows the neurologist to hear the patient’s heartbeat from his office in Erie as well as if he or she were in the room.

"This type of assessment is important because with an acute stroke, time is critical. Patients need to be assessed by a specialist who has the expertise and who can help develop treatment options. Unlike when patients have a heart attack, and physicians in an ER can use an EKG machine to diagnose what is going on, diagnosing a stroke usually involves actually looking at the patient and talking to them. After the neurologist completes the examination, they consult with the ER physician and the patient’s primary care provider to decide the best course of action. In some cases, the patient can remain close to home and will receive treatment at KCH. Other times, it may be critical that the patient is transferred to UPMC Hamot for more specialized treatment," Salerno stated.

The telemedicine pilot program launched on Monday, April 16 and is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is the hope of both KCH and UPMC Hamot to eventually expand those services to be available 24/7.

Part of the pilot process involves the training of KCH ER nurses in the acute stroke evaluation process as well as building skills in the technology and equipment used in the exam to enhance the electronic exchange and ensure the consulting neurologist and patient have a full view of one another.

Who is at risk for Stroke?

There are a number of risk factors that could increase the likelihood of someone suffering from a stroke. Being 55 years or older, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or suffering from cardiovascular disease are all classic risk factors. You’re also a candidate for stroke if you smoke cigarettes or have diabetes. Being overweight puts you at risk, as does physical inactivity. Heavy or binge drinking or the use of illicit drugs—like cocaine or methamphetamines, increases your chances for a stroke.

The most common symptom is a sudden and severe headache, which comes out of the blue. Another sign you may be having a stroke includes trouble walking – usually this means stumbling or sudden dizziness or loss of balance. Trouble speaking – or understanding people talking – is another sign. Some patients find they’re unable to find the right word to explain what is happening to them. A good check is to try and repeat a simple sentence. If you can’t, you may be having a stroke.

Paralysis or numbness on just one side of your body or face may also develop. In these instances, try to lift both of your arms over your head. If you find that one arm begins to fall, seek medical attention. Additionally, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile. Some stroke patients complain about trouble seeing out of one or both eyes because of either blurred or blackened vision or seeing double.

If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.

The sooner a stroke patient seeks treatment, the better their outcome may be. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the risk for possible brain damage or disability. In some cases, symptoms fluctuate or disappear. This is NOT a sign that you’re okay and do not need to be seen by a doctor. You should still call 911 so you can be taken to the ER. A good rule of thumb is to get to the hospital within an hour of the appearance of your first symptoms.

"Now, through KCH’s affiliation with UPMC Hamot, patients fearing that they are suffering from a stroke can receive the specialized diagnosis of a UPMC Hamot neurologist consult and the care they need at the Kane Community Hospital ER," Parana said.

The Stroke Telemedicine program, now in pilot, follows successful use of Telemedicine for cardiology consults at KCH. Pictured, ER Nurse Manager Cindy Salerno (posing as stroke patient, seen on the monitor) with Dr. DeMatteis and ER nursing staff in training session. Here they walk through a stroke assessment of patient with Dr. Kinem (visible on screen upper right) in Erie and Dr. DeMatteis at the KCH ER.

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Home Delivery

This prefabricated house was delivered to, deposited on, the end of Melvin Avenue. That's why a temporary no parking order was in place.

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Primary Will be Test for Voter ID Law

Tuesday’s primary election will serve as a trial run for Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, but no one will be turned away for lacking an acceptable photo ID, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Pennsylvania voters will be asked to show photo ID at the polls for Tuesday’s primary election, but will not be required to produce a photo ID until November’s general election. Voters not having an acceptable ID on Tuesday will be given a handout by poll workers, listing the acceptable IDs and where to get more information.

“The primary election is basically a trial run for the new law,” Senator Scarnati said. “The intent this election cycle is to make sure voters know that the law is in place and to take steps to ensure that everyone has an acceptable ID in time for the November election.”

Voters without an acceptable photo ID in November will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot and then have six days to provide acceptable identification to the county election office.

Acceptable IDs include:

  • Photo IDs issued by the U.S. federal government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date);
  • Valid U.S. passport;
  • U.S. military ID - active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date;
  • Employee photo ID issued by federal, state, or a county or municipal government;
  • Photo ID cards from an accredited public or private Pennsylvania college or university; or
  • Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.

As part of the effort to make the transition as easy as possible for voters, Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele announced a simplified process for many voters, especially senior citizens with expired driver’s licenses, to obtain a non-driver license photo ID if they need one to vote under Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law.

Under the new policy, those who previously held a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a non-driver license photo ID will not be required to bring a birth certificate or any other proof of identification or residence to a PennDOT driver license center to request a new non-driver photo ID for voting purposes.

The process is intended to help senior citizens who no longer drive and whose licenses have expired. Those whose licenses expired prior to 1990 should call PENNDOT’s Customer Care Center, at (800) 932-4600, to verify that their information is still in the system.

More information on the Voter ID law is available at, or by calling toll-free 877-VOTESPA (877-868-3772).

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bill to Stop Asian Carp from Entering Great Lakes Introduced in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today joined Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in introducing bipartisan legislation to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes and destroying the Lakes' ecosystem. The Stop Invasive Species Act would require the speedy creation of an action plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through a number of rivers and tributaries across the Great Lakes region.

“We need to act now to prevent Asian Carp from infiltrating Lake Erie and threatening the fishing and boating industries that rely on a healthy lake,” said Senator Casey. “This bill would expedite the creation of an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes at 18 points of entry and protect the communities along Lake Erie that depend on the lake for recreation and commerce.”

The Stop Invasive Species Act requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to submit to Congress an expedited action plan with options for stopping Asian carp from penetrating the Great Lakes across 18 possible points of entry. The bill requires the Army Corps to submit a progress report to Congress and the President within 90 days of the law's enactment. The full plan would need to be completed within 18 months.

Under the Stop Invasive Species Act, the Army Corps would continue to examine modes of transportation across key waterways to ensure shipping could continue while mechanisms for preventing Asian carp from destroying the Great Lakes are implemented.

The bill is supported by the Great Lakes Commission, The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Healing our Waters Coalition, National Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.

In addition to Senator Casey, other original cosponsors include Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Al Franken (D-MN).

Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced companion legislation in the House

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Draught May Temporarily Hault Fracking

By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist for

Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania.

A lack of snowfall this winter and a lack of rain this spring were the major players in abnormally low stream flows, low ground water levels and depleted soil moisture.

According to a report published by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SBRC), 17 separate water withdrawals were temporarily suspended.

The suspension, initiated to mitigate plunging stream flows in the basin affects 10 companies in five Pennsylvania counties. Those counties are Bradford, Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Tioga.

Additional withdrawals may be suspended if rainfall continues to trend below normal.

According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for declaration of a drought.

The abnormally dry conditions have also resulted in an elevated and extended wildfire season this year.

While a storm is forecast to bring some rain to the region this weekend, more rain (not in excess) is needed on a regular basis to reverse the building drought conditions.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania ranks 15th in the nation among natural gas producing states.

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BASD Gets Grant Money

Six area school districts will share nearly $3 million in federal grants to promote literacy efforts.

In making the announcement, Senator Joe Scarnati say the grants will be used to help increase reading achievement, utilize technology to improve literacy and provide new resources to teachers and administrators. 

The school districts and they money they will receive are:

·        Port Allegany School District $452,548

·        Otto-Eldred School District $307,985

·        Bradford Area School District $879,250

·        Brookville Area School District $724,085

·        Clearfield Area School District $70,258

·        Austin Area School District $276,518

 “Improving reading and writing scores in our schools is one of the best ways we can help our kids succeed and be prepared for life after they graduate,” Scarnati said.

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Rehabilitated Eagles Released

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials on Wednesday proudly released two rehabilitated bald eagles at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area, State Game Land 213, in Crawford County, under the watchful eye of individuals from the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, who were responsible for caring for these majestic birds.

On April 16, 2011, an injured female bald eagle was captured near Union City by Erie County WCO Larry Smith. The injuries included problems with a wing and some missing tail feathers. The bird was emaciated and dehydrated and had suffered pellet wounds from a gunshot. Persistent infections resulted in a lengthy healing period. This mature bird was originally banded as a nestling near Vernon, Ohio, on May 11, 1992, making it 20 years old, and was an established breeder at the Union City dam nest for many years.

The second eagle, an immature female, also was picked up by WCO Smith, on July 17, 2011, from the Six Mile Creek area east of Erie. The bird is believed to have suffered from West Nile Virus, which caused its feathers to become deformed during development. As a result, this young bird could not fly. The rehabilitation effort involved waiting for all feathers to be naturally replaced during the molting process, and the new feathers came in normally.

These national symbols were cared for at the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Crawford County.

“Tamarack is an excellent facility that we have worked with on numerous occasions, and they have proven themselves to be especially skilled when dealing with raptors including bald eagles,” said Keith Harbaugh, Game Commission Northwest Region director. “Sue DeArmont and her team at Tamarack are to be commended for their caring and compassionate work rehabilitating these eagles. We would not be here today to return these birds back to the wild if it were not for their investment of time, skill, energy, and money.” Harbaugh noted that Tamarack, as well as other Pennsylvania licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities, do their work to benefit Pennsylvania’s wildlife without any direct funding from taxpayers.

Pymatuning was selected as the release site due to its abundant eagle habitat. The mature female eagle was not returned to the Union City area, because her mate successfully paired up with another eagle during her rehabilitation.

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Human Remains Identified

The humans remains discovered in Allegany State Park on Tuesday have been positively identified.

State Police say the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify 92-year-old Reverend Thomas Hamilton of Great Valley, who was reported missing on November 11, 2010.

A hiker discovered the remains and Hamilton’s personal effects near the Art Roscoe Ski Trails in the Red House area of the park. They were found near where Hamilton was reported missing.

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Zach Foster Called Up to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called Bradford's Zach Foster up to the Altoona Curve.

Foster had been with the Bradenton Marauders. The right-handed pitcher will be given a number once he joins the team in Altoona, according to the Curve's Director of Communications Mike Passanisi.

Foster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Betty Mongillo

Betty C. Mongillo, 98, passed away Sunday, April 1st, 2012 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
Born November 11, 1913, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Joseph J. and Theresa Marie (Luzzi) Varatta.

On October 5, 1953 in St. Bernard Church she married Nick A. Mongillo who died on July 20, 2001.

Mrs. Mongillo was a graduate of St. Bernard High School and a graduate of St. Mary's Business School in Buffalo, NY. She had been employed as a bookkeeper at Bradford National Bank for fourteen yeas and then as the assistant city clerk for the City of Bradford for several years prior to her retirement.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church and a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean, NY.

Mrs. Mongillo was a former judge of elections in 6th ward district, a former member of the St. Francis Church Alter Rosary Society, the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and the Olean Health Club.

Surviving is one nephew Joseph Varatta of Cincinnati, OH, two grand nephews, three grand nieces and 5 great grand nieces and nephews.

At the request of Mrs. Mongillo there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard Church at a later date and time to be announced with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Mausoleum entombment was in St. Bernard Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital.

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Man Says Break-In was 'Bad Decision'

A man told police he made a bad decision when he broke into the home of his fiancĂ©e’s ex-husband.

John Barber of Portville is charged with burglary, assault and several other offenses in connection to the March 3 incident on Pearl Street in Bradford.

Barber allegedly broke a front door window and kicked in the front door of the house. When police arrived, he told them to take him to jail because he broke into and entered the home, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

Police say Barber was crying because his fiancé got hurt when he smashed the window, and that he was very sorry. He said he had been drinking, and he was upset because the woman and her ex-husband are still friends, and he snapped.

Barber is Free on $10,000 bail.

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Fatal Crash in St. Marys

UPDATE: The man who died is 74-year-old Frederick Beck of Emporium. One man is dead following a collision between a Jeep and a box truck this morning on Route 255 in St. Marys.

Police say the Jeep crossed into the path of the truck and they collided head-on.
The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding the person’s name until family members are notified.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Michael Barr of Kersey, was not hurt.

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Dick Clark Dies at Age 82

Television personality Dick Clark, the longtime host of "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died, his publicist says.

For more on this breaking story go to

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Rape, Related Charges Bound to Court

Rape and related charges against a Bradford man have been bound to court.

Aaron Cobb is accused of raping a woman in his Congress Street apartment back in March. He and the woman agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Holiday Park Center in Olean and then he invited her back to his apartment, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

The pair started kissing in the kitchen of the apartment and then moved to the bedroom, where Cobb removed some of the woman’s clothes and then allegedly pushed her onto the bed on her stomach. He then allegedly removed his clothes, tied her hands behind her back with a rope and forced her to perform oral sex.

Cobb is free on $10,000 bail.

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Stay as Dead as You Are

If you missed today's LiveLine with some of the cast members and the director of Bradford Little Theatre's "Stay as Dead as You Are" you can listen here.

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St. Bonaventure University to Assemble
Eight-Foot-Tall Puzzle on De la Roche Lawn

An eight-foot-tall puzzle will be constructed Friday, April 20, to celebrate the uniqueness and unity of the St. Bonaventure University community. The Thisness Project, along with the Enough is Enough Campaign, will assemble an eight-foot-tall wooden puzzle at 12:20 p.m. Friday on the lawn near De la Roche Hall.

There are 53 pieces of the puzzle — which will spell out SBU — and each puzzle piece was decorated by members of a university club, organization or department on April 16 and 17 at the Merton Center using paint, decals, pictures and any other objects that portray the organization’s uniqueness. Friday’s ceremony will consist of building the puzzle, and comments made by members from various departments and organizations at St. Bonaventure.

“Each of us on campus, in our own uniqueness, forms a greater whole and each of us is important and worthy or respect. This event is tied to our Franciscan heritage and will help to show that we are all God’s creatures and no one should be treated without respect,” said friar Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M.

The Thisness Project was initially an anti-bullying campaign but ultimately turned into a project in which the university helps people to understand that everyone is a unique creation and discourages people from harming each other. The term “Thisness” was created in the 13th century by Franciscan philosopher John Duns Scouts, and it means uniqueness or distinctiveness of every person and thing.

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Fire Caused by Careless Smoking

Unattended smoking materials are believed to be the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Falconer apartment building early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters got the call at about 3:15 a.m. for 62 East Main Street. The blaze started in a first floor apartment.

The two residents of the apartment where the fire started were treated for smoke inhalation at WCA Hospital, and then released. Three other tenants were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Last Call for KARE for Kane Volunteers

The Kane Area Development Center and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE) would like remind those who are interested in volunteering for KARE for Kane that they should pre-register by Tuesday, April 24th if they would like to receive a complimentary t-shirt and join in on the KARE for Kane Luncheon.

KARE for Kane, scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2012 from 9AM-7PM will match volunteers with beautification, restoration and other community-based projects. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for a specific block of time during the day to work on projects that best suit individual needs and interests.

Some of the projects include Evergreen Park cleanup, painting, sidewalk sweeping, landscaping, window washing, and liter pick up along our community’s gateways. We are also in need of volunteers with pick-up trucks to assist with scrap metal and old appliance pick up.

Volunteer registration forms are available at the Kane Area Development Center, 54 Fraley Street in Kane. You can also download the form from the following website:

Forms can be mailed or hand delivered to 54 Fraley Street, Kane, PA 16735. You can also fax completed forms to 814-837-8257 or e-mail them to

Projects will also be available for walk-ins. T-shirts and lunch may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

KARE for Kane would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors and partners: ARG Resources, CNB Bank, Highlander Energy, It’s Judi’s Place, McKean County Conservation District, Kane Area Fire Department, Kane Borough, Kane Area School District, Kane Eagles, Kane Liquid Fuels, Kane Lumber & Fuel, Katy Realty, Kane Rotary, Keep PA Beautiful, Peterson Refrigeration, Printing Plus, Richgas, Segel & Son, SMP Pharmacy and Zook Motors. KADC and KARE would also like to extend a big thank you to Dan Dore, who repaired the blocks on the “wall” on Fraley Street. The wall will be primed and ready for paint on Friday, May 11th.

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Human Remains Found in State Park

A hiker discovered what he believes are human remains in Allegany State Park Tuesday afternoon.

The remains were found in the area where the Rev. Thomas Hamilton was reported missing a year and a half ago.

The hiker made the discovery near the Art Roscoe ski trails in the Red House area of the park, and reported it to New York State Police.

An autopsy is being conducted today.

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More Welfare Fraud Arrests in Catt County

Two more Cattaraugus County residents have been arrested for welfare fraud.

41-year-old Donna Cox of Olean is accused of not reporting her husband’s income, or that he was in the household, when she submitted applications to the county department of social services.

She received nearly $14,000 worth of food stamps she was not entitled to between April of 2010 and August of 2011. She’s scheduled to appear in court May 1.

34-year-old Tanya Palmeri of Salamanca is accused of not reporting that the father of her baby had wages, or that he lived in the household. Between September of 2011 and February of this year she received more than $7,000 worth of food stamps she was not entitled to. She’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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Kids Derby Day Saturday at BAPL


The Kids Derby at the Bradford Area Public Library is just a hop, skip and jump away – or in this case, a gallop.

This year’s Kids Derby is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the library.

The library, located at 67 W. Washington St., started the Kids Derby to add to the “Triple Crown” of events leading up to the Derby Gala, which is held the same day as the Kentucky Derby.

“We wanted to offer the same fun festivities to the children that the adults get to partake in at the Derby Gala,” said Stephanie Parsons, children’s program coordinator at the library. “The children get to come play, create and expand their minds in their Derby experience.”

And parents will not have to “pony up” for this event – it’s all free.

This includes the children making their own Derby hats, balloon animals, cookie decorating, play games, clown, only rides and, of course, a chance to get their own library card. As in the Derby Gala, there will be a hat parade and prizes awarded.

The event is open to all ages, Parsons said, adding, “It is truly a family program.” Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture those special moments.

The focus of the day is two-fold, Parsons said. First, officials hope that the children will broaden their general knowledge about the Kentucky Derby and its place in U.S. history and culture. Second, it also gives the kids and their parents a chance to learn what the library has to offer.

“It is very important that the kids be a part of the Triple Crown event because we as the library feel we need to offer as much culture and entertaining, educational experiences for the children and their families in the community,” Parsons said.

“The library is a fantastic resource for our community,” she said. “By getting a child to visit the library, you offer two things – expanding your child’s mind with knowledge and creativity with each book they read and the more familiar and comfortable a child becomes with their library, the more likely they will use their library throughout their entire life.”

The library also hosts events for children throughout the year, including Preschool Story Hour and a children’s program on Saturday mornings.

The Triple Crown of events that have become a staple in the Bradford community each spring were developed to raise awareness and money for the BAPL Endowment Fund, which was established in 1984.

The “mane” event - the Derby Gala - will be held Saturday, May 5, at the
Pennhills Club.

For more information on the Triple Crown of events, contact the Bradford Area Public Library.

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'No Parking' Order Issued

Bradford City Police are issuing an emergency “no parking” order for Melvin Avenue and Lorana Avenue, on the South Kendall Avenue side, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The order is being issued because a pre-fabricated home is being delivered to the neighborhood.

People violating the order may have their vehicles towed.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Child Killer Hearing Postponed

The parole hearing for convicted child killer Eric Smith has been postponed.

Smith, who is now 32 years old, was just 13 in 1994 when he killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Steuben County.

He was sentenced to nine years to life in prison. Today was supposed to be his sixth parole hearing, but officials say they are waiting for more records before going on with the hearing.

Smith lured Derrick into woods, hit him with a rock, stuffed paper in his mouth and crushed his skull with a 26-pound rock. He is in the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

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Depp, Temple in 'The Lone Ranger'

The last movie Johnny Depp and our buddy Lew Temple were in together was the Academy Award-winning "Rango." Now they're working on "The Lone Ranger." Lew sent us this picture from the set in Monument Valley, Utah.

He says the landscape on the Navajo reservation is amazing, and adds that this is the same place where John Ford shot "Stagecoach."

Johnny Depp plays "Tonto." Armie Hammer, probably best known for playing the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," plays The Lone Ranger. The movie is due out next year.

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Marcellus Shale Legislation Working
an Op-Ed by Senator Joe Scarnati

When Governor Corbett signed Act 13 into law on February 14th of this year, it marked the culmination of three years of work by the Legislature in crafting a comprehensive Marcellus Shale legislative package. The final legislation contained strong environmental safeguards, a mechanism for fair and predictable municipal regulation of the industry and a robust, yet competitive, impact fee.

Perhaps the most closely scrutinized aspect of the Marcellus Shale legislation was the establishment of a local impact fee. The Governor and legislative leaders, including myself, spent a great deal of time discussing and debating this critical topic. The outcome of this process was the creation of a local impact fee, with the amount set by the state and proceeds collected by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). Counties and municipalities where Marcellus Shale drilling is taking place would be given the option to adopt the fee or risk losing their share of the revenue generated by the fee statewide.

Many in the legislature and the media criticized the local impact fee at the time of its passage. Some doubted whether counties would ever impose a fee, labeling the legislation “the art of maybe” and questioning whether it would ever provide the necessary revenue to state and local governments. One member of the House Democratic leadership even went so far as to call the impact fee a “sham.” Thanks in part to the actions of County Commissioners all over the Marcellus Shale region, the past two months have proven those criticisms, and others like them, not only unfounded, but flat-out wrong.

The agreed-to compromise contained in Act 13 was a fair and effective method of enacting a significant but competitive impact fee, by which the Marcellus Shale industry would supply much needed revenue to local governments whose constituents have been affected by the growth of the industry while also addressing statewide environmental and infrastructure needs.

Following the Luzerne County Council’s approval of the local impact fee on April 16th, all 37 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that contain drilled Marcellus Shale wells have now enacted local impact fees. Although the legislation allows for a majority of municipalities in a county to adopt the impact fee if a county government fails to do so, that option will not be necessary as not a single county in the Marcellus Shale region has failed to adopt the ordinance in the allowable amount of time.

By September 1st of this year, hundreds of millions of dollars in impact fee revenue will have begun flowing into the PUC for disbursement to county and municipal governments and state agencies. These funds will support a wide range of important programs and positively affect all Pennsylvanians in some shape or form.

In areas affected by the Marcellus Shale play, counties and municipalities will receive an influx of revenue to be used for infrastructure improvements and environmental remediation projects. In addition, much-needed funding will also be available for law enforcement and judicial costs, as well as housing and rental assistance and vital social services programs.

Citizens across the state will also benefit. Businesses will save millions on fuel costs and improve the environment by converting vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas, a much cheaper and cleaner fueling option. Emergency responders will receive additional planning and training. Structurally deficient bridges will be repaired and replaced. Parks and greenways will be developed. Watershed and flood control projects will move forward. Acid mines will be remediated, abandoned wells plugged, and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund will again have a sustained revenue source.

Pennsylvanians will soon discover, what some originally doubted, that Act 13 is an incredibly positive step in the right direction for our Commonwealth’s energy independence, our environment and our future.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati is currently serving his 3rd term in the Pennsylvania Senate. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe holds the third-highest constitutional office in the State. He was born and raised in Brockway, Pennsylvania and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield and Warren Counties.

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