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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Men Charged for Potter County Burglary

Two 20-year-old Coudersport men are in jail for allegedly breaking into two buildings last summer.
Christopher Bailey was arrested Friday at his home. Joshua Silsby was arrested Friday at his home. They were each charged with two felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, as well as criminal mischief.
State police say they pair entered and damaged two properties on Summit Road in Hebron Township last July.

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Man Threatens Deputies with Baton

A Randolph man is accused of threatening police with what they are calling a large baton-like stick.

41-year-old Wayne Wright Jr. is charged with menacing, obstruction of governmental administration and making false reports to law enforcement.

Sheriff’s deputies say Wright called in a false report of an assault with a weapon and when they responded to the call he threatened them with the baton.

Wright was arraigned and released, and will appear in court again at a later date.

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60 Animals Rescued from East Otto Farm

60 animals – including horses, sheep, cows and rabbits – have been rescued from a makeshift barn in East Otto, New York.

The Cattaraugus County SPCA says Jay Williams already has two previous animal cruelty convictions, and spent time in jail. Back in 2000, more than 100 malnourished animals were removed from his farm.

This time he is charged with failure to provide food and water to the animals. The US Department of Agriculture is also looking into reports that Williams sold meat from sheep and goats he butchered at the farm.

The Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen took most of the animals. The SPCA is looking for people to adopt seven horses that were at the farm.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

AG: Subpoenas Issued Improperly

The state attorney general’s offices says Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers have been improperly issuing subpoenas and using them for a fishing expedition to help mount a defense in his child sex abuse case.

The AG’s office today asked Judge John Cleland to have the subpoenas withdrawn and to force Sandusky’s lawyers to show how the information they want is relevant to the case.

The motion filed in Centre County Court claims Sandusky’s lawyers sent subpoenas that improperly revealed the names of alleged victims. Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan wrote that treating secret information that way shows “spectacular irresponsibility.”

Cleland issued a gag order on April 9 so Sandusky’s lead counsel Joe Amendola could not speak to the media about today’s motion.

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Jury Has Wellsville Manslaughter Case

The case of a Wellsville woman accused of being under the influence of prescription medication during a fatal crash is in the hands of a jury.

The jury got the case of 56-year-old Robin Drouin this morning.

Drouin was driving a pickup truck on Route 417 in Wellsville in November of 2010 when it rear-ended a van. 11-year-old Cheyenne Wolfer of Rushford was a passenger in the van, and later died at Jones Memorial Hospital.

Drouin has admitted to taking some of her husband’s oxycodone on the day of the crash. She is charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

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Guilty Plea to Child Sex Charges

A former Rixford man pleaded guilty Thursday in Federal court in Erie to the sexual exploitation of children.

45-year-old Jack Lee Johnson is charged with receiving and distributing computer images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Police found a laptop computer and 16 discs with child porn on them at Johnson's home.

Johnson will be sentenced on September 10.

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Man Allegedly Misused Food Stamps

The latest person arrested in Cattaraugus County’s continuing crackdown on welfare fraud is also charged with criminal trespass and criminal possession of stolen property.

52-year-old Roger Canute of Olean is accused of taking a food stamp benefit card that was issued to someone else, and then spending and selling more than $2,300 worth of food stamps. Sheriff’s deputies say the incidents happened from March 15 to April 2.

Canute is free on his own recognizance.

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Praise for Withdrawal of Family Farm Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today praised the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw its proposed labor rule that would prevent youth from working on their families’ farms.

To put this rule in context, 99 percent of Pennsylvania’s farms are family owned and operated, and this new rule would impede their ability to operate. Sen. Toomey highlighted the impact this onerous rule would have on families during a press conference at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January and in an Ag Day op-ed in the Patriot-News.

“We can all agree to disagree on the degree to which the federal government chooses to regulate our roads and waterways, but the federal government has no business dictating to parents how to raise their children. It belies an ideology that not only believes in an ever larger government, but an ideology that says government always knows best – even when it comes to our own families. I am glad the agency is withdrawing its proposed regulation amid this bipartisan uproar,” Sen. Toomey said.

Last year, U.S. Labor Department Secretary Hilda Solis proposed a rule that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting children and teens younger than 18 from participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating, branding and shoeing. It would also ban children and teens from handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes.

Sen. Toomey is a co-sponsor of S. 2221, the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, which would prevent this onerous rule from being implemented. The Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), has 43 additional co-sponsors, including five Democrats.

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Work on Tally Ho Bridge Starts Tuesday

Work will begin Tuesday, May 1 on a Route 219 bridge in Lafayette Township, McKean County.

Since Route 219 is wide in this area, no lane restrictions will be necessary. Barriers will be in place on the bridge but two-way traffic will be maintained as crews work to replace the expansion dams of the bridge. The bridge spans Kinzua Creek at Tally Ho, about two miles south of the Route 59 intersection. The expansion dam work should be complete in early August.

Work on the Tally Ho Bridge is part of a contract to preserve three bridges in Elk and McKean counties. Along with the Tally Ho Bridge, the contract includes:

• A bridge on Route 969 over Toby Creek near Portland Mills in Elk County
• A bridge on Route 969 over the railroad near Portland Mills in Elk County

Deck replacements are underway on both Elk County bridges. The bridges are about 500 feet apart and traffic is controlled by signals at each end.

Work on all three bridges is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this $2.4 million job. All work should be complete before November of this year.

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Funding for SUNY Fredonia Incubator Tenant

Dunkirk, NY – Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards has announced approval of seed funding in the amount of $20,000 to Henlie, Inc., headquartered in the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator at 214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk. Henlie, Inc. is a developer of social networking applications, mobile applications, and educational software. Founded by Craig Rittling, President, the company recently wrapped up development of its first application called “PettyCourtTM” which will launch end of April.

PettyCourtTM is a first-of-its-kind social networking application that will launch simultaneously as a stand-alone website and also a Facebook application with exposure to approximately 170 million U.S. members. PettyCourtTM will target various market segments including reality TV viewers, social network members, and online gamers. With the tagline “Resolve the debate… litigate- PettyCourt awaits,” PettyCourtTM will provide an online solution for members to resolve disputes that are either too small in value or too trivial for small claims court. PettyCourtTM will fill the void between doing nothing and filing a lawsuit in small claims court. Edwards congratulated Rittling on the product launch and thanked him for locating his corporate headquarters in Chautauqua County.

Edwards, who conceived the idea of the Chautauqua Seed Fund, said, "Since taking office six years ago, a key initiative of my administration has been fostering entrepreneurship and supporting small businesses in Chautauqua County. Recognizing a gap in funding availability, we created the 'Chautauqua Seed Fund' to provide businesses located in the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator with greater access to capital during the time when they typically need it the most- the start-up stage." Edwards went on to explain that funding small business growth and development can be challenging. Often considered too new or too risky to qualify for traditional bank financing, entrepreneurial capital needs are also often too small to attract venture capital or, in some cases, even angel funding. Seed funding can be used to bridge the gap.

The Chautauqua Seed Fund is a collaboration among Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards, the Chautauqua Region Industrial Development Corporation (CRIDC), the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator and the City of Dunkirk. Created in 2009 with an economic development grant from the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA), the fund provides early-stage capital investments from CRIDC with strategic guidance from the incubator's management to its entrepreneurial clients. A committee comprised of representatives from each entity and a local certified public accountant chooses companies to receive funds. Investments typically range from $15,000-$30,000 with a minimum 30% equity investment required of the business. In most cases the investment will take the form of a convertible note that converts into stock, usually at the time of the next round of funding. This is the sixth Seed Fund note approved by CRIDC with $145,000 distributed to date.

The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is a university-sponsored economic development initiative that supports entrepreneurs and business start-ups in the technology sector and related industries. The Chautauqua Region Industrial Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 organization and an economic development arm of the CCIDA with the same officers and Board of Directors as the CCIDA.

Pictured, William Daly- CCIDA Admin. Director/CEO, Craig Rittling- Henlie, Inc. President, Gregory Edwards- Chautauqua County Executive

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Futures Celebrates Named Fund

The inaugural named fund at Futures Rehabilitation Center was the highlight of the Donor Recognition Event Thursday night at the Center.

The Mary M. Rae Fund was established by Bill Rae to honor and recognize his mother’s life work and to continue his mother’s legacy for years to come within Futures Endowment Trust.

Mary Rae was instrumental in the establishment of the Futures Endowment Trust and was present to accept the honor.

Futures President/CEO Bill Leven said “The response to the Mary M. Rae fund has been overwhelming. I am pleased to announce that the fund has grown to over $35,000.”

Proceeds from the Mary M. Rae Fund support Futures’ services to over 200 adults and students with disabilities. Vocational training, activity services, extended employment and school-to-work transition services are offered at Futures facilities and at community-based sites.

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PA Wilds Presents Awards, Update


Great Places, Great Design, Inspiring Youth and Government Leadership Awards were presented to McKean County entities Wednesday evening at the Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Update hosted by the PA Wilds Planning Team on Wednesday, April 26.

Rick Allan, Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and Carolyn Newhouse, Dep. Sec. for Innovation & Investment at the Department of Community & Economic Development, Tourism & Film both presented on current efforts of their agencies in support of the great work being done in our region in developing heritage and nature tourism.

Keynote speaker was Ted Eubanks of Fermata Inc. who has assisted Pennsylvania in planning for long term sustainable tourism development, first with the development of the Elk Scenic Drive and then the creation of the Pennsylvania Wilds marketing brand which is based on the footprint of the Lumber Heritage Region’s 12 counties.

“I was very pleased to be a part of the award ceremony” stated Linda Devlin, Exec. Director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau “our agency has worked to promote heritage and geotourism development within the region and it was very exciting to see four of our local entities receive statewide recognition for their outstanding achievements.”

The Great Places Award was presented to Kinzua Bridge State Park-Jason Heasley, Park Manager and Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources staff for their innovative reinvention of the remaining towers of the historic Kinzua Viaduct as the Kinzua Sky Walk. Opened to the public in 2011, visitation at the park skyrocketed to over 160,000 visitors last year. This increase in visitation has had an economic impact to the region of over 5 million dollars in new net revenue from visitors in the first year.

“Our Conservation Landscape Initiatives, such as the one in the Pennsylvania Wilds, focus DCNR efforts on the highest value natural areas in Pennsylvania, connecting communities to rivers, trails, and open space and strengthen economies through strategic public-private partnerships,” Allan said. “We are proud to receive the PA Wilds Great Places Award for the Kinzua Bridge State Park, which is a great example of one of the key investments DCNR has made in our many facilities in the region.”

Accepting the Inspiring Youth Award was Dr. William Schumann, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and his students. Dr. Schuman with a group of eight students undertook a research project of gauging public interest in “Trail Central” the tourism development and marketing brand for McKean County. This project consisted of conducting Town Hall meeting in four towns and research on the best practices in successful Trail Towns in America. His students presented their research to the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C.

In addition, students, under his direction worked with the Tuna Valley Trail Association and the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau to develop trail apps and a tutorial on how to develop future trail apps. Students involved in the project were Ernest Benkovski, Jennifer Crowley, Ryan Crowley, Mara Kloss, Desiree Lamer, Lauren Marshall, Michael Morrison, Jenna Oyler and Elizabeth Tillman.

Jerry Clark of Sign Design of Westline received the Great Design Award. His hand carved and conventional signs for business are located throughout the region. A juried artisan of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail, Jerry’s sign designs incorporate wood, stone, and a sense of place with each creation unique to the business it promotes.

McKean County Commissioners and the Smethport Borough were awarded the Government Leadership Award for their integrated planning to preserve and improve several historic buildings on county land and the McKean County Fairgrounds. The “Smethport Trail Study and County Park Master Plan” outlines a plan to link these entities to Smethport and beyond with the development of a community trail system. This planning document provides a strong vision for preservation, interpretation and recreational development that will benefit both visitors and residents.

The Annual Update was hosted by the PA Wilds Planning Team, which is comprised of the region’s 12 county governments and other local, state and federal stakeholders. The awards are given to recognize individuals, groups, organizations, communities and businesses that have done outstanding work related to the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative of growing the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve the quality of life.

Planning Team officials said major accomplishments over the last year included the opening of two key destination conservation facilities in the region – the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park and the skywalk at Kinzua Bridge State Park – with the resulting growth of small business around these and other nature tourism assets.

Also in the last year, the PA Wilds Planning Team was able to leverage its regional partnership to secure a $100,000 Preserve America grant from the National Park Service – monies that were then pushed out into communities in the form of grants to businesses, local governments and non-profits for community welcome signage, business signage and design assistance. All three grant programs promote use of the PA Wilds Design Guide, a voluntary planning document to help communities be good stewards of their rural characteristics as they grow, officials said.

Matt Quesenberry, Elk County Planning received the Member of the Year Award. Outstanding Leader Awards were presented to: Ron Steffy, Exec. Director, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, Wes Ramsey, Exec. Director Penn Soil RC & D, David Brooks, Director Potter County Visitors Association and the Tionesta Valley Snowmobile Club.

Other award winners included: Business of the Year-Benezette Hotel, Brian Kunes and Matt Castle, Artisan of the Year and Doug Firestone of Firestone Forge. Conservation Stewardship Awards were presented to: Ken Rowe, President-Bennett Branch Watershed Association, Allegheny River Clean-up-John Beard, Nate Welker and Piper VanOrd, and to Trout Unlimited-Eastern Abandoned Mine Program.

For additional information on Pennsylvania Wilds and the 2012 award winners please visit

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Toomey to Head Steering Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was selected today to be the next chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators that includes the majority of the Republican Conference. He will take this post in early September.

“Sen. Pat Toomey is a proven and trusted conservative, and I'm very glad he's taking on this new role,” said outgoing Steering Chairman Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C). “I've fought hard over the last few years to help elect new conservatives to the Senate, and it's very rewarding to see them step into positions of leadership. I’ve enjoyed chairing this group for the past five years, and I look forward to working closely with Pat and the other Steering members to advance conservative principles at this critical time when our country needs them most.”

“I’m honored to lead the historic Steering Committee,” Sen. Toomey said. “It is a privilege to be entrusted with this position. Sen. DeMint has been a courageous leader, and I look forward to building on the great work he has done. The Steering Committee will continue to provide conservative solutions, especially to limit government overreach, restore fiscal responsibility, reinvigorate free enterprise and maintain a strong national defense.”

Established in 1974, the nonpartisan committee provides a forum where senators can work together to discuss and promote conservative legislation and policies.

Past Senate Steering Committee chairmen include Phil Gramm (R-Texas), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
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Physician Assistants Provide Primary Care
at UPMC Hamot Medical Park - Mt. Jewett

With the opening of UPMC Hamot Medical Park - Mt. Jewett (at 18 W. Main Street), a service of Kane Community Hospital, now two physician assistants are providing primary care in addition to Linda Rettger, MD, family medicine and Mohammed Suddle, MD, internal medicine.

Eric Asp, PA-C has worked with Dr. Rettger at KCH’s community clinic in Mt. Jewett for four years. "The move to the new facility on Main Street," Eric noted "will offer the same high quality, caring staff who have served the community for three decades, while giving us room to add care and services."

Eric works fulltime at FCI McKean and one day a week at the Mt. Jewett Family Practice. His specialties are family medicine, men’s health, infectious diseases (like Hepatitis C and HIV).

He will also provide care for Walk-In Saturdays to begin at the new facility on May 12. Walk-In Saturdays offer care 9 a.m. to 12 noon for routine clinic visits and minor problems. This is a new service at the new Mt. Jewett facility. No appointment needed.

Eric is a nationally certified Physician Assistant (PA-C). A native of Kane, Eric has a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University. In 2002 he received his Master of Health Science from Lock Haven University in Physician Assistant studies with emphasis in Rural Primary Care.

Since 2003 Eric has worked for the Bureau of Prisons, FCI McKean in Bradford. Prior to that he worked for Prison Health Services for the State prison system at SCI Forest in Marienville. From 1995 until 2000 Eric was an EMT-B for Kane Ambulance/Emergycare.

Eric lives in Kane and enjoys hunting and spending time with family and friends.

Allison Wolfe, PA-C recently joined the KCH Clinics staff. She will see Dr. Rettger's patients at Summit Medical Park in Kane and share Walk-In Saturday Primary Care Clinic duties.

She is supporting several doctors in areas of primary care -- family and internal medicine, women's health -- as she builds her own practice.

Allison received both her B.S and Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) degrees from Gannon University. She is a nationally certified Physician Assistant (PA-C).

Allison also lives in Kane. She enjoys reading, running/hiking and other outdoor activities, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine under physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, and write prescriptions.

Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Because of the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a re-certification every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.

PA-C means that the person who holds the title has met the defined course of study and has undergone testing by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The NCCPA is an independent organization, and the commissioners represent a number of different medical professions. It is not a part of the PA professional organization, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Physician Assistants are found in all areas of medicine. At KCH Eric Asp and Allison Wolfe practice in the area of primary care that includes family and internal medicine.

UPMC Hamot Medical Park - Mt. Jewett opens to patients on Monday, April 30. The grand opening celebration is Thursday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. KCH invites all the celebration.

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DC Hearing Focuses on Gas Prices

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after he chaired the JEC hearing which he called on gas prices.

“With gas prices nearing $4 a gallon, it is important to that we take a close look at how these refinery closures will affect Pennsylvanians and consumers across the nation”, said Senator Casey. “With limited pipeline capacity to import from the Gulf Coast, this loss of refining activity in the Northeast will increase the region’s dependence on foreign fuel and lead to higher prices for consumers.”

The hearing was entitled “Gas Prices in the Northeast: Potential Impact on the American Consumer Due to Loss of Refining Capacity.” The hearing focused on the impact potential closures of petroleum refineries serving the Northeast could have on prices at the pump in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Senator Casey has also recommended some common-sense steps that Congress can take help address the problem.

Expand Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania and Throughout the Country- Casey outlined a bill which he will introduce in the coming weeks that will fund natural gas development on the state level. Casey’s bill will provide increased funding for states to promote natural gas development and allow states to decide how best to deploy those resources- not the federal government.

Crack Down on Speculation in the Oil Market- Casey called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to use its authority to limit speculation in the oil market so that investors on Wall Street cannot continue to drive up the price at the pump.

Take on OPEC’s Collusive Practices- Casey called on Congress to pass the bipartisan NOPEC (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels) Act. The bill would close a loophole in current law that prevents the Department of Justice (DOJ) from bring suit against members of the OPEC cartel for collusive practices. The Casey-supported bill would close the loophole and give the DOJ the tools it needs.

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PUC Delays Action on Impact Fee Order

A Commonwealth Court judge’s injunction in a lawsuit challenging a portion of the impact fee law has prompted the state Public Utility Commission to delay action on a final implementation order.

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Pitt-Bradford to Graduate its Largest Class Sunday

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will graduate its largest class – 342 students – during commencement exercises Sunday, April 29.

John Schlimm, internationally award-winning author of 12 books on cooking/entertaining, history, how-to and fiction, will speak to the graduating class.

The commencement will also be broadcast live at

Those graduates from Bradford expected to receive an Associate of Science degree are Andrew M. Flynn, Samantha McGriff, Nathan M. O’Lay and Nathan Alan Rees, all nursing majors, and Beth Christman and Burton Markert, both petroleum technology majors.

Other students from McKean County expected to receive associate degrees are Richard Edward Castina, a liberal studies major, and Stephanie Denise Hungiville, a nursing major, both of Mount Jewett; Marklyn Dawn Simms, a liberal studies major from Smethport; Steven Paul Kriner and Hazen E. Robson, both nursing majors from Eldred; Sara Hyde and Kelly Elizabeth McKinney, both nursing majors, and Kyle A. Engelken, a petroleum technology major, all from Kane; Kabel Kellogg, an information systems major, and James Lyon Anderson, a nursing major, both from Port Allegany.

Students from Elk County expected to receive associate degrees are Heather Rose Wendel, a liberal studies major from St. Marys; Diane M. Baumgratz, Anne Marie Jackson, Deanna Denio, Mark Joseph Schaut and Karen A. Squires, all nursing majors from St. Marys; Rachel M. Pavlock and Leah Marie Sample, both nursing majors from Johnsonburg; Kristie Marie Beaver and Jennifer R. Wonderly, both nursing majors, and Cody J. Sheasley, a petroleum technology major, all of Ridgway; and Edward J. Murray, a nursing major from Wilcox.

Students from Warren County expected to receive associate degrees are Jon Nagurney, a petroleum technology major from North Warren; Teddy R. Babcock, a petroleum technology major from Russell; Nancy S. Scott, a nursing major, and Ronald E. Peat and Jonathan Charles Welch, both petroleum technology majors, all from Warren.

Other students expected to receive associate degrees are Heidi Heatherdale, a liberal studies major from Brockway; Emmitt N. McNaughton, a liberal studies major from Mount Joy; Ian Kolb, a nursing major from Pittsburgh; Karen L. McManigle, an information systems major from Emporium; Kyle James Baker, a petroleum technology major from Titusville; Gary W. Hyde, an information systems major from East Springfield; Link R. Green, a nursing major from Coudersport; Brandon Meacham, a petroleum technology major from Shinglehouse; Dakota Z. Roller, a petroleum technology major from Clintonville; Brenda Stover, a nursing major from New Kensington; Lauren Moss, a nursing student from York; and Emmanuel I. Eboweme, a petroleum technology major from Washington, D.C.

Students from Bradford expected to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree are Stefan Arlington, a broadcast communications major; Jacob M. Karrasch and Danielle Lynn Persing, both criminal justice majors; Amanda Allison Caldwell, an English major; Maddi Shea Smith, an English and English education 7-12 major; Joshua Nathaniel Poorman, Sameer Neil Pradhan, Jack Arthur Spring and Katie S. Vecellio, all environmental studies majors; Ryan Matthew Crowley and Andrea Marie Herzog, both history-political science majors; Kimberly Dianne Lindquist and Kaitlin Marie Zapel, both human relations majors; Cara Danielle Huff, Corey Meyer and Edmund David Thornton, all social sciences majors; Sarah Marie Randolph, a sociology major; and Andrew Michael Cauley and Bethany Lynn Kapp, both writing majors.

Students from Bradford expected to receive a Bachelor of Science degree are Bryan Thomas Deloe, an applied mathematics major; Michael Thomas DeCasper and Arpad N. Hervanek, both biology majors; Valerie K. Couch, a biology education 7-12 major; Jake Colosimo, Dianna M. Lewis, James Robert Stevens, Thomas Robert Taylor and Matthew A. Teribery, all business management majors; Robert Colts, a chemistry major; Lewis Pon Keller Jr., a computer information systems and technology major; Shea Ann Miller and Krista Perkins, both elementary education and sociology majors; Richille Vela Denora, Diana Lyn Lawton, Tarah Marie Lipps, Samantha Pascarella, Christy Sherk, Lindsay M. Sherman and Stephanie L. Smith, all elementary education majors; Jordan V. Huestis, an entrepreneurship major; Steven E. Butler, a hospitality management major; Emily J. Wilton and Echo R. Zandy, both psychology majors; Zachary D. Foster, a sport and recreation management major; Brittany Danielle Gilmore, Sarah Ann Lonzi and Katelyn N. Sherwin, all sports medicine majors; and Brandon Matthew Wyche, a nursing major.

Students from McKean County expected to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree are Jeremy Scott Freer, a broadcast communications major from Cyclone; Kelly O’Brien, a broadcast communications, Melissa Ann Hickey, a history-political science major and Cassandra Ludwig, a social sciences major, all from Derrick City; Erik Austin, a broadcast communications major from Duke Center; Heather Kathleen Aul, a broadcast communications major, Kalli Rae Baker, Katelyn E. Forquer and Jennifer Lynn Moore, all criminal justice majors, Keith Anderson, a history-political science and social studies education 7-12 major, Jenna D. Oyler and Sherri L. Sweeney, both human relations majors, and Jessica Adamski, a social sciences major, all from Kane; Cheyenne Autumn Vecellio, a communications major from Lewis Run; Cynthia Remington, a criminal justice major, and Jeffrey S. Pinchock, an environmental studies major, both from Port Allegany; Jeremy Bennett, a criminal justice major, and Samantha L. Aaron, a social sciences major, both from Rixford; Charles E. Vandever, an environmental studies major, and Megan Danielle Woods, a social sciences major, both from Smethport; and Philip Causer, a criminal justice major from Turtlepoint.

Students from McKean County expected to receive a Bachelor of Science degree are Brian C. Schneider, an accounting and business management major, and Stevy Crawford, a health and physical education major, both from Eldred; Tyler Labesky, a business management major, and Jodie L. Nelson, a chemistry major, both of Kane; Kayla D. Swartz, a radiological science major, and Diana Rankin, a computer information systems and technology major, both from Mount Jewett; and Lauren E. Kinniburgh, an athletic training major, Kathy Lynn Donovan and Ronald C. Tanner Jr., both business management majors, Russell Nelson Tanner, a computer information systems and technology major, and Kristine Noel Ball, a nursing major, all of Smethport.

Students from Elk County expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Nicholas Tyler, a computer information systems and technology major from Brockport; Zachary A. Karenchak, a history-political science major, Kathryn Theresa Cherry, a sociology major, Rebecca Marie Mahoney, an English education 7-12 major, Alida I. Leslie, a hospitality management major, and Andrew James Leslie, a nursing major, all of Johnsonburg; Kaylee Rae Mitcheltree, an applied mathematics major from Kersey; John Michael Urmann III, a criminal justice major, Katherine M. Gerber, a human relations major, Meghan Gabrielle Rutigliano, a business management major, Chang Ping Jiang, a computer information systems and technology major, Shea Ann McKnight, an elementary education major, Kendall Klawuhn, a health and physical education major, Kelsey Klawuhn and Kara Lynn Morelli, both mathematics education 7-12 majors, and Megan L. Delhunty, a nursing major, all of Ridgway; Francis X. Straub IV, a history-political science major, Scott R. Neil and Kimberly Saline, both accounting majors, and Jessica R. Catalano, a nursing major, all from St. Marys; and Jesica E. Brendel, a hospitality management major from Wilcox.

Students from Warren County expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Christina Briggs, a business management and computer information systems and technology major from Bear Lake; Kayloni Leigh Smith, a broadcast communications major, and Harmonie J. Kibbey, an English and English education 7-12 major, both from Clarendon; Tawny Lee Crocker, a broadcast communications major, and Laura Lee Long, a sports medicine major, both from Pittsfield; Dane Kinsman, a history-political science major, Nichole Neall, a psychology major, and Kristina Lyn Fithian, a radiological science major, all from Russell; Kamie Laih, a human relations major, Ryan Michael Rizzardi, a public relations major, Kimberly Truhlik, an accounting major, Courtney M. Baughman, an athletic training major, Mitchell Ellsworth Boston, Samantha Jo Harris and Regina Marie Ransom, all business management majors, Matthew James Abplanalp, a chemistry major, Jason M. Halle, John David Lewis and Devin R. Ruhlman, all elementary education majors, Joshua Shepherd, a psychology major, and Ashley D. Zaffino, a sports medicine major, all from Warren; and Kevin James Blackwell, a criminal justice major, and Danielle Kenney, a sociology major, both from Youngsville.

Students from Allegheny County expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Stephen Michael Hornyak Jr., a history-political science major from Brentwood; Kevin M. Erdelack, a public relations major from Cheswick; Brigit Elizabeth Kelly, an environmental studies major, and Vaughn R. Maraccini, a sports medicine major, both from Imperial; Clarice D. Rutledge, a public relations and writing major from Monroeville; Maria Grace Costanza and Kaizhi Jason Chen, both public relations majors, Tyler P. Collins, a criminal justice major, Gavin Byrum, a psychology major, Sean Michael Eiszler, an accounting and business management major, Aaron Joseph Smigielski, a business management major, and Morgan Rhianna Locher, an athletic training major, all from Pittsburgh; Bradley C. Reed, an environmental studies major from Turtle Creek; John Bevan and Ashley Marie Cooper, both criminal justice majors from Wexford; Caitlin E. Jordan, a sports medicine major from Gibsonia; and Nicholas William Eckhardt, a mathematics education 7-12 major from Springdale.

Students from Crawford County expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Robbie Watson, a human relations major, and Aaron Bryant, a computer information systems and technology major, both from Centerville; Mathew P. Molke, a business management major from Conneaut Lake; Stephanie Nicole Vetterly, a chemistry major from Guys Mills; Cory Hochschild, a business management major from Linesville; Amanda Leigh Cribbs, a business management major, Paul Bourgeois, a computer information systems and technology major, and Jared Scott Olsen, a health and physical education major, all from Meadville; Todd Smith, a business management major from Saegertown; Heather Capela, an elementary education major from Spartansburg; and Patricia Klock, a human relations major, and Krysty Ann Bunce, Nathan M. Lytle, Kimberly Anne Salvatore, David T. Stewart and Tia Weagraff, all business management majors from Titusville.

Other students from Pennsylvania expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Kenneth Daniel Berkopec, a history-political science major from Mars; Lesley A. Bickford, a public relations major from Emporium; Joselynn Ann Hackman, an English and English education 7-12 major from Lehighton; Emily Maciag, a history-political science major from Landenberg; Brittany N. Thomas, a public relations and writing major from Parkesburg; Katherine Yeagle, a broadcast communications major from Newville; Carnell Lawson, a broadcast communications major from Trainer; Thomas Raymond Skelton, an economics major, and Jada Kelsey Swart, a social sciences and sociology major, both from Corry; Erika Louise Braeger, a broadcast communications major from Harborcreek; Erin Joy Lynn, an English major, and Kyle Allen Lewis, a history-political science major, both from North East;

Sarah Margaret Johnson, a biology major, and Ashley A. Bissell, a business management major, both from Erie; Seth Jacob Everett, an economics major from Marienville; Joseph John DeVito, an environmental studies major, Brittney Nicole Wagner, a sociology major, and Bethany Ann Beichner, a radiological science major, all from Tionesta; Ankush Verma, a biology major from Archbald; Tina Lee, an accounting major from Ephrata; Ashley M. Wenger, an athletic training major, Audrey J. Wenger, a radiological science major, and Lee T. Atkins, an English major, all from Lancaster; Scott J. Burton, a criminal justice major from Ellwood City; Matthew Ryan Houp, a history-political science major from Emmaus; Cassandra Jaillet, a sociology major from Grove City; Jasmine Rebecca Iddings, a broadcast communications major from Locust Gap; Sara Ann Gligora, a sociology major from Milton;

John R. Olearnick Jr., a history-political science major from Mount Carmel; John Garvin Jr., a criminal justice major, and Intisar E. Wilson, a biology major, both from Philadelphia; Desiree Lamer, a criminal justice major from Austin; Michael J. Spong, a radiological science major from Coudersport; Joanne Bokan, a social sciences major, and Scott Andrew Luce, a business management major, both from Genesee; Melinda Becker, a public relations major, and Shadow L. Kirkman, an accounting major, both from Roulette; Courtney Ann Shroyer, a human relations major from Berlin; Christie Lee Marcho, a human relations major from Clifford; Megan Elizabeth Hall, a radiological science major from Franklin; Matthew Lawrence Daugherty, a human relations major, and Karl Gesing, an elementary education major, both from Oil City; Christine Maria Presto, a business management major from Pleasantville;

David James Kunkle, a criminal justice major from Lower Burrell; Emily Lyon Angel, a social sciences major from Stewartstown; Mary Gross, a sports medicine major from Ford City; Rebecca Helen Carlson, an elementary education major from Kittanning; Kaylynne Piper, a psychology major from Sinking Spring; Brian C. Roberts, an athletic training major from New Albany; Jeremy C. Grove, a sport and recreation management major from Sayre; Thomas LaLicata, a business management major from Doylestown; Kyle E. Lange, a psychology major from Pipersville; Rahul Jangiti, a chemistry major from Quakertown; Charles Everett Holjencin, a biology and chemistry major from Emporium; Casey Jay Hoffman, a radiological science major from Frenchville; Kelly Lynel DeRolf, a biology major from Carlisle; Patrick Fegan, an applied mathematics and engineering science major from Harrisburg;

Avinash Shrikantia, a biology major from Hummelstown; Holly Harris, a biology major from Huntingdon; Tess L. Domaracki, an elementary education major from Indiana; Jill K. Northey, a health and physical education major from Brookville; Sara Jean McFadden, a radiological science major from Falls Creek; AnnaMarie DeFrank, a biology major, and Rebecca Alborn, a sports medicine major, both from New Castle; Ashley Marie DeLong, an accounting and business management major from Allentown; Cory Malantonio, a computer science major from Fogelsville; Thang Tran, a biology major from Northampton; Nicole Povilitus, a sport and recreation management major from Wilkes-Barre; John Donald Setzer, an accounting and business management major from Hughesville; Thomas Dekmar, a sport and recreation management major from Effort; Tracy Le, a biology major from Bethlehem;

Emily Lewellin, a business management and economics major from Northampton; and Chisé Catherine Diacik, a sports medicine major from Wind Gap; Kyle Robert Gleockler, a sport and recreation management major from Dushore; Amanda Kessler, a psychology and social sciences major from Millerton; Gabrielle Ann Stephens, a psychology major from Westfield; Sadler Wesley Rogers, a sports medicine major from Lewisburg; Joshua Wade Flowers, a chemistry and chemistry education 7-12 major, and Ashleigh Mae Permar Hauck, both of New Columbia; Sierra June Kelly, a psychology major from Claystown; Rebecca Marie Thorpe, a chemistry major from Lake Ariel; Elizabeth R. Dick, a psychology major from Latrobe; Ashley L. Seidenstricker, a sports medicine major from York; Kristine Nicole Zubler, a nursing major from Churchville; and Christopher Bruce Finke, a nursing major from Prospect.

Students from New York expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are, from Cattaraugus County, Charles Fitzpatrick, a criminal justice major from Ellicottville; Jennifer Crowley, a history-political science major, and Erika Jean Davis, an elementary education major, both from Great Valley; Kylie Alexa Luzier, a hospitality management major from Kill Buck; Ashley L. Andrews, a business management and computer information systems and technology major from Little Valley; Joshua Jay Brooks, a health and physical education major from Machias; Matthew R. Flick, a criminal justice major, Brody J. Childs, a history-political science major, Deborah Easley, a human relations major, Ryan Andrew Marzec, a business management major, Trisha Fridman, an elementary education major, Melissa Moore, a radiological science major, and Hannah E. Penman, a sport and recreation management major, all from Olean; Paul Anthony Wallace, an applied mathematics and mathematics education 7-12 major from Portville; Emma A. Roosa, a human relations major, and Erica E. Adams, an elementary education major, both from Randolph; Marnie J. Lounsbury-Bill, a social sciences major from Salamanca; Jacob Lincoln Woodarek, a health and physical education major from Allegany; and Kyle N. Sutton, a sport and recreation management major from West Valley.

Other students from New York expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Beverly A. Auerbach, a human relations major from Montgomery; Morgan Kinville, a sociology major from Fulton; Kyle J. Renwick, a public relations major from Mount Vernon; Mackenzie Miller, an English and writing major from Attica; Caitlin Maria Garcia Cutting, a hospitality management major from Fillmore; Megan Carpenter, an elementary education major from Wellsville; Margaret Elizabeth Dalton, a health and physical education major from Jamestown; Samantha R. Marsh, a biology major from Kennedy; Taylor Grey Lubi, a health and physical education major from Panama; Cameron Lee Lanich, a health and physical education major, and Michael Benjamin Teresi, a hospitality management major, both from Batavia; Sarah Bush, an elementary education major from Turin; Amanda Jean Pfeil, a business management and hospitality management major, and Jess Daniel Holtje, a sports medicine major, both from Lima; Kimberly G. Jackson, a biology major from Henrietta; and Alex VanDeusen, an athletic training major from Oneonta.

Other students expected to receive a bachelor’s degree are Javier Nicholas Patino, a history-political science major from Rio Rico, Ariz.; Marisha C. McCormick, a broadcast communications major from Naples, Fla.; Joshua Gray, a broadcast communications major from St. Charles, Ill.; Thomas Gibbons, an economics major from Basking Ridge, N.J.; Michael J. Morrison, a history-political science major from Plainfield, N.J.; John F. Palus, a broadcast communications major from Great Falls, Va.; Nuwangi Dias, a biology major from Kanata, Ont., Canada; Marco Manansala Dominguez, a sports medicine major from Norwalk, Calif.; Kristin Fiore, a biology major from Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; Amirah Naja Sabir, a sports medicine major, and Alicia J. Hooks, a business management major, both from Washington, D.C.; Donald Chester Cox, a sport and recreation management major from Bear, Del.; Clay Halpin, a business management major from Key West, Fla.; Ahmed Shalom Hooper Jr., a sport and recreation management major from Baltimore, Md.; Stephanie Pico Anzola, an accounting and business management major from Brandywine, Md.; Christina Marie McClarren, a psychology major from Ocean City, Md.; Jasmine Alexandria Grace McEwen, a psychology major from Lawrenceville, N.J.; Joseph F. Kelly, a computer information systems and technology major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Roland B. Cross III, a computer information systems and technology major from South Euclid, Ohio; and Jordan Matthew Wilhite, a business management major from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

In addition to the students who will receive degrees, a posthumous bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications will be awarded to Natasha Mattis, formerly of Kane, who died in November.

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Two Hurt in Eldred Crash

Two people were hurt in a two-car crash Wednesday night at the intersection of Main Street and Cris Drive in Eldred.

State police say at about 9:10 p.m. 27-year-old Jessica Green was stopped on Cris Drive while a car driven by 60-year-old Craig Switzer of Rixford was on Main Street. Green did not see the other car and pulled into the intersection where her car was hit by Switzer’s.

Green and Switzer were both taken to BRMC for treatment of minor injuries. Both cars had to be towed from the scene.

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Scarnati Praises Area Code Decision

HARRISBURG –Today’s decision by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to dismiss a scheduled geographic split for the 814 area code is good news for area residents and local businesses, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), who has been working to find a solution to the proposed change.

“This is a real victory for the many residents who came to public hearings to offer their opinions and express their concerns about dividing communities into 582 and 814 area codes,” Scarnati said in a news release. “I would like to thank the PUC for giving consideration to the businesses and citizens in this area that would have been placed into a new area code before rendering its decision.”

In 2010, the PUC approved a plan to split the 814 area code along geographic boundaries to avoid running out of phone numbers. That plan would have created a new area code for many customers.

But after hearing public input and reviewing more than 40 petitions for reconsideration, the PUC determined that the projected exhaust date for the 814 area code has been extended five years, or until the second quarter of 2018.

“This ongoing issue has been one of great concern to many constituents in my district, and I am very pleased that the scheduled implementation has been dismissed,” Scarnati said. “I would also like to thank all the people who contacted my office on the matter and came out to public forums and made their voices heard.”

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Company Fined for Illegal Transfer Station

A Wellsboro company has been fined for operating an illegal transfer station at a well pad in Potter County.

DEP fined Ultra Resources $40,000 for having storage tanks that were holding more than 760,000 gallons of raw flowback fluid that was being used for fracking at other sites, which requires a permit.

Other violations included flowback fluids around wheelie tanks and on the containment liner; failure to properly stabilize several areas of the well pad and access road; and improper construction of a sediment basin. Also, Ultra did not post well permit numbers at the site.

DEP says all the violations have been corrected.

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Men Stole Metal While Victim Watched

Two Elk County men will be facing charges after a man watched them steal scrap metal from his property Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Donald Herbstritt was on the back porch of his Kersey home at 4:30 when he saw the two men remove some scrap metal and leave. He watched their truck drive away, and then called police.

The thieves are a 47-year-old from Weedville and a 35-year-old from Kersey. Police haven’t released their names yet, but say theft charges are pending.

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Cause of Fire Undetermined

A state police fire marshal says a Cameron County house was so badly damaged by fire that he will not be able to determine the cause of the blaze.

The fire destroyed the home of Richard Johnson of Mechanicsburg. His son, John Johnson, lived in the house but was not home at the time of the fire on Monday.

Damage is estimated at $200,000.

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Area Code Plan Put On Hold

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted to put the 814 area code relief plan on hold at least until 2018.

The commission voted 5-0 this morning to dismiss the petition filed by North American Number Planning Administrator that said numbers in the area code would be running out this month and they needed to do something about it.

New studies show numbers won’t run out for six more years.

“This is certainly great news, as I recognize that any form of area code relief has an impact on industry and the public. Today’s action certainly helps minimize that impact,” said PUC Vice Chairman John F. Coleman Jr. in a news release.

The PUC had originally said the 814 area code region would be cut in half, with people in the western half of the region getting a new area code.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Suddle to Extend Practice to Mount Jewett

J. Gary Rhodes, Vice President, UPMC Hamot and CEO of Kane Community Hospital, has announced that "Mohammed Nawaz Suddle, MD, physician of internal medicine, will extend his internal medicine practice to patients in Mt. Jewett at UPMC Hamot Medical Park, 18 W. Main Street. He will begin to see patients there in mid-May."

"To KCH, Dr. Suddle brings a wide range of medical skills that include internal medicine, emergency medicine, noninvasive cardiology and occupational health. One of the benefits of practicing in a small community hospital is the opportunity it affords physicians to use their full complement of skills, as Dr. Suddle does so well," Rhodes said.

"Dr. Suddle joined the medical staff at KCH in January of 2002 as an Emergency Room Physician. At the end of 2002, when Renato Ocampo, MD retired his general medicine practice, and several years later when Bruno Sicher, MD retired his family practice, Dr. Suddle assumed these practices while establishing and growing his practice in internal medicine at Summit Medical Park in Kane," Rhodes stated.

He received his medical education from King Edward Medical School in Pakistan with degrees in medicine and surgery. His Internal Medicine internship was completed at Punjab Medical College, Pakistan. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at UPMC McKeesport.

Dr. Suddle is American Board certified in Internal Medicine. He received a postgraduate diploma in clinical and noninvasive cardiology from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Suddle is a Cardiac Lab physician where he conducts stress tests and interprets echocardiograms.

Dr. Suddle continues to serve in rotation at the KCH ER and is certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

He is a certified medical review officer (MRO) for KCH’s Employee Health and is one of two Medical Review Officers for KCH's Occupational Medicine Program.

Dr. Suddle and his family live in Kane.

"We are very pleased to add internal medicine to the care and services available to patients at UPMC Medical Park - Mt. Jewett," said Rhodes. To make an appointment to see Dr. Suddle in Mt. Jewett, call 778-2298. For an appointment in Kane, call 837-9350.

UPMC Medical Park - Mt. Jewett, a service of Kane Community Hospital, opens to patients on April 30. The public grand opening is set for Thursday, May 10 from 5-7 p.m. KCH invites all to attend the celebration.

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Sanitary Authority Gets $18.7 Million

The Bradford Sanitary Authority has been awarded a state grant and a low-interest loan totaling more than $18.7 million to complete the second phase of upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, according to Senator Joe Scarnati.

Scarnati said the loan of $15.59 million and grant of $3.14 million were awarded through the state’s PENNVEST Program and announced today.

He said the funding is vital to protecting the environment, providing clean water to area residents and encouraging economic development.

“This funding is crucial to protecting our local water supplies and public health and ensuring that our streams are not polluted,” Scarnati said. “Because we will have new, upgraded water and sewer infrastructure, we can promote growth in our area, create new jobs and encourage economic development.”

New construction projects have been all but stymied because of DEP restrictions on EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) due to wet weather overloading of the plant as well as discharges of partially treated sewage into the Tuna Creek.

A news release from Governor Tom Corbett's office said the project is expected to create 60 new jobs in the area.

The state’s PENNVEST Program provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.

The Sanitary Authority must now decide on a design for the upgrades to the plant, and an engineering firm to do the work. Authority members are leaning toward longtime engineeres Gannett Fleming, while others municipal officials in the Tuna Valley are asking that the authority go with Buchart Horn, which has experience with the new, and less expensive, BioMag option.

The deadline to have the upgrades finished, or possibly face hefty fines, is December 31, 2013.

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Route 6 Work in Potter Co. Ramping Up

Coudersport – A roadway improvement project on Route 6 in Potter County will bring short travel delays, starting next week.

The four-mile work zone stretches from the Potato City Inn to about one mile east of the Denton Hill Ski area. This betterment work will extend the useful life of the roadway and bridges and result in a smoother, safer ride for motorists.

Temporary traffic signals are located on the bridge at the Denton Hill Ski area and on the bridge about one mile east of the ski area. The signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern so that crews can work in the closed lane of each bridge. For roadwork, daylight, alternating traffic patterns will be in place and drivers can expect to encounter flaggers on the roadway and short travel delays. Motorists need to be alert for sudden stops.

Project work includes roadway and bridge repairs, roadway resurfacing, drainage improvements, guiderail updates, line painting, and miscellaneous construction. All work is weather dependent. A.L. Blades & Sons, Inc. of Hornell, New York is the contractor on this $4.2 million project. Work will be complete in late November.

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Rainbow Corner Preschool Celebrates
Week of the Young Child

Rainbow Corner Preschool students are marking the Week of the Young Child with several activities this week. On Tuesday, Safe Kids McKean visited the preschool to talk about riding in car seats. Children were measured and weighed, and then completed an activity sheet that shows the correct car seat for their size.

On Wednesday, students were visited by Bradford Area School Board members Carla Manion and Paul Ridley, who read aloud Stop Snoring, Bernard!, which is the selection for the seventh annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program. PA One Book highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages three to six.

On Thursday, the students will be focusing on the outdoors with a playground activity, nature craft and picnic. The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. This year’s theme for the Week of the Young Child is Early Years Are Learning Years.

Rainbow Corner Preschool is part of CARE for Children. For more information on Rainbow Corner or CARE for Children, visit

Pictured Bradford Area School Board President, Paul Ridley, reads Stop Snoring, Bernard! to Rainbow Corner Preschool students Wednesday, as part of the Week of the Young Child celebrations. Stop Snoring, Bernard!, written and illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora, follows the adventures of loveable sea otter Bernard as he tries to find a place in the zoo where his loud snoring won’t disturb the other animals. Each student was given a copy of the book to take home. Getting a closer look are Andrew McCormick, Jr., Asa Walt, Shaine Croker and Arianna Hale. McCormick, age 3, is the son of Alyssa Hawk and Andrew McCormick; Walt, age 5, is the son of Dr. Michael and Mrs. Deb Walt; Croker, age 3, is the son of Shawna Reese and Darryl Croker; Hale, age 4, is the daughter of Megan Forquer and Steve Hale.

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Special Athletes to Compete in Kane

Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County will travel to Kane Area High School on Wednesday, May 2, to compete in the annual Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.

Over 220 special athletes, ranging from 5 to 66 years of age, are registered to participate at the 37th annual event. Starting time is 10:00 a.m. In case of rain, the meet will be postponed to May 3. Ashley Komidar, teacher at Kane Middle School, will serve as event director.

Up to six athletes can qualify to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 7-9.

McKean Special Olympics coordinator Pat Ryan noted, “The track meet is our biggest event of the year. Our numbers are up and our athletes have been working hard in preparation.”

Volunteers are needed to help with the meet. They should call 368-9310 or register at the concession stand on Wednesday morning.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to track and field, programs are offered in softball, swimming, basketball, golf, bowling and skiing.

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Horsing Around at the Library

Kids of all ages and their parents enjoyed Kids Derby Day activities at the Bradford Area Public Library Saturday afternoon. By answering questions and finishing projects throughout the building, kids earned a chance to ride a a real horse.

Kids Derby Day is the second "jewel" the Triple Crown of events aimed at raising money and awareness for the library. (Kdis Derby events are free). The final jewel is the Derby Gala, being held May 5 at the Pennhills Club. Tickets are still available.

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DCNR Invites Residents, Visitors to Enjoy
Clarion River Corridor in PA Wilds

Sky Walk to Receive 'Great Places Award'

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today stopped at the Millstone Township Canoe Access Area during a tour of the Clarion River corridor, where he highlighted the partnerships that have improved recreational opportunities on the river in Clarion, Elk, Forest and Jefferson counties.

"The Clarion River was once one of the most-polluted waterways in Pennsylvania, but today through hard work, partnerships and investments it offers residents and visitors alike tremendous opportunities for river-based recreation," Allan said. "We are here to celebrate the success that can be achieved when some start-up dollars, local commitment and a wide range of partners work together."

In addition to canoeing and kayaking, the corridor offers opportunities for picnicking, sightseeing, camping, watching wildlife, birding, fishing and hiking. The corridor is the southwestern gateway to 12 1/2-county Pennsylvania Wilds region.

Overcoming some initial local reservations, the cooperation among various groups working in the corridor paved the way for 10 municipalities to create the Clarion River Municipal Partnership.

"The Pennsylvania Wilds initiative has provided a common focus that has brought a wide range of federal, state and local agencies together to work on mutual issues," said Millstone Township Supervisor Eric Patton, partnership chairman. "It certainly helped spark the municipal partnership, whose work is important not only to help attract visitors to the region but also to foster pride in our local communities among residents."

DCNR has invested heavily in the Clarion River corridor through its Pennsylvania Wilds initiative, which focuses on developing sustainable nature and heritage tourism in the area.

The department has provided more than $307,000 in grants through its Community Conservation Partnership Program for new visitor amenities like restrooms near river access points such as the one in Millstone Township; better signage and maps; additional fishing access; improvements to boat launches; and feasibility studies for communities like Ridgway and Johnsonburg to make closer connections to the river.

These investments have helped to leverage more than $2 million in other federal, state and private funding for the corridor.

More than 51 miles of the Clarion River are free-flowing and contain outstandingly remarkable scenic and recreational values. Since 1980, water quality in the Clarion River has steadily improved.

Much of the land in this part of the Pennsylvania Wilds is privately owned or a part of the Allegheny National Forest.

"The collaboration that is encouraged under the Pennsylvania Wilds effort has enabled staff at the Allegheny National Forest to get much more work done on the ground, providing diverse recreational opportunities, than we could ever have accomplished alone," said ANF Supervisor Erin Connelly. "It has helped tremendously as we work to protect and improve the assets along the Clarion, which is a designated National Wild and Scenic River."

Clear Creek and Cook Forest state parks are within the Clarion River corridor. The old-growth forest in Cook Forest State Park is a registered National Natural Landmark and adds significantly to the visual quality of the river corridor.

During his visit to the region, Allan also had a chance to tour and stay at the newly re-opened Inn at Cook Forest in the state park. Built around 1870, the inn was the home of the Cook family, whose long-term vision preserved the natural areas of Cook Forest State Park for future generations. The inn is now owned by DCNR and is being operated as a public-private partnership.

The nine-room inn is once again open for overnight stays. It features furniture from the Cook family collection. A full breakfast is provided. For more information or a reservation, call the inn at 814-744-8590.

This evening, Allan will attend the annual dinner of the Pennsylvania Wilds Planning Team. The event will feature an update on the regional initiative as well as the presentation of the Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds Awards.

This year's Great Places Award is being presented to Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County and park manager Jason Heasley for the recently-completed glass floor observation deck as an outstanding example of how partners can create a major new tourism destination while honoring the region's history.

The Kinzua Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers to view the Kinzua Gorge as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Wilds, go to and choose "PA Wilds" under Quick Links.

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Woman Writes About Her Time as
Personal Assistant, Confidant to JFK Jr.


John Kennedy Jr. has been described in many ways. Privileged. Handsome. Son of Camelot.

But RoseMarie Terenzio did not skip a beat when describing her former boss.

"Smart," she said. "People overlooked how very smart and thoughtful he was."

Terenzio's insight into JFK Jr. is something no one else can offer. For the last five years of his life, she was his personal assistant, publicist and confidante.

Terenzio, author of "Fairy Tale Interrupted," will talk about her experiences with JFK Jr. Friday at St. Marys Public Library. The event will start with refreshments from 7 to 7:30 p.m.; author question-and-answer period from 7:30 to 8 p.m., at which time Terenzio will be available to sign books. Books will be available for purchase.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the library and St. Marys author John Schlimm.

Terenzio envisions the event as a "great conversation" led by questions from the audience.

"We are honored that Ms. Terenzio is taking the time to visit our library. It is a thrill to give our patrons a chance to meet a best-selling author and listen first-hand about the experiences that put this book together," said Scarlette Corbin, library director. "I can't express how grateful we are to be able to offer a program of this caliber."

Terenzio spent five years with Kennedy and learned much about and from a man people knew so little about.

Terenzio explained that Kennedy knew he grew up in a unique situation. He understood people were drawn to him, regardless of the reason and when he walked into a room, all eyes would be on him.

"There was a sense of ownership with John. The world owned him."

That ownership extended to who he chose as his bride, which turned out to be Carolyn Bessette, a woman Terenzio refers to as her "fairy godmother."

“She was really warm, generous and gregarious. She was a girl's girl. She was inclusive. There was no jealousy."

With Kennedy, Terenzio learned that things changed, nothing is forever.

"That is not necessarily a bad thing. This has made me more thoughtful, patient. To wait and see a situation play out before making a judgment."

If Kennedy were alive today Terenzio believes he could've run for office, but back in 1999, his priority was this magazine "George." He wanted to make it a success.

And for Terenzio? Regardless of where he was, "I hope I would be there as well."

Terenzio's favorite memory of Kennedy is dancing with them at the last Christmas party at George.

"It was a very touching moment. I felt like I was important to him."

Now, it is almost 13 years later and Terenzio, the head of her own public relations firm, is alone to tell the story.

The book's success, including being on the New York Times bestseller list for five weeks, was a surprise for Terenzio.

"I was absolutely flabbergasted. I thought initially some people would be interested. I hoped some people would be interested. I did not see myself as newsworthy."

Terenzio, who grew up in the Bronx, decided to write the book at the urging of her agent, Steve Troha from St. Marys. In fact, she wrote the last chapter of the book at his St. Marys home.

"He had a different idea of what I should write. My story, not the JFK Jr. story."

And if people think that this is a tell-all book about Kennedy, it is not. Even the title is self-reflective on her life before, during and after her time with Kennedy.

"The story is mine."

Austin Man Dies in Crash

An Austin man is dead following a crash Tuesday afternoon on Route 872 in Cameron County about a mile south of the Potter County line.

75-year-old Dean Long was driving his pickup truck south when it went onto the shoulder of the road, hit a culvert, went airborne and hit a concrete drainage barrier, according to state police.

Cameron County Coroner Ted Walters pronounced Long dead at the scene.
An investigation into the crash is continuing, and police are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Voter Turnout in McKean County Low

You don’t need an expert to tell you less than 18 percent voter turnout is pitiful.

Only 17.7 percent of registered voters in McKean County went to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election. Republicans cast 3,072 ballots while Democrats cast 900.

Republican State Senator Joe Scarnati and state representatives Marty Causer and Kathy Rapp ran unopposed, and no Democrats ran so they will be unopposed in the fall as well.

Republican US Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson ran unopposed and received 1,308 votes in McKean County. His challenger in November, Charles Dumas, garnered 202 votes in McKean County.

Democratic US Senator Bob Casey handily won his race in McKean County, and the rest of the state, and will go up against Republican Tom Smith in the general election.

McKean County’s results will not be official until the board of elections meets to certify them on Friday.

For other statewide results you can go here.

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Engineering, Other Issues Discussed

UPDATE Bradford Sanitary Authority will receive a PENNVEST $15,598,357 loan and a $3,146,643 grant to upgrade and expand its sewage treatment plant in order to eliminate wet weather overloading of the plant and discharges of partially treated sewage into Tunungwant Creek.

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The Bradford Sanitary Authority and Bradford City Council can agree on one thing: Whatever is going to be done about upgrading the wastewater treatment plant has to be done as soon as possible.

The two groups held a work session Tuesday to discuss plans for the plant. Bradford Township supervisor Gayle Bauer and Foster Township supervisor John Sullivan also attended.

At issue is the best way to upgrade the plant, at the lowest cost. Another issue is which engineering firm would be best for the job. Buchart Horn first brought up the new BioMag technology for the plant, which would save money. Gannett Fleming has been the Sanitary Authority’s engineer for years. Buchart Horn has worked on a BioMag system before, while Gannett Fleming has not. But Jack Rae, a Bradford native and engineer with Gannett Fleming, says his company has worked with other cutting-edge technologies and he believes they would have no problem with BioMag. Sanitary Authority members seem adamant in their support of Gannett Fleming, while some council members seem to believe going with Buchart Horn would be the best bet.

Mayor Tom Riel wanted to clear up a rumor that’s been spreading about his support of Buchart Horn. He said he’s heard people saying he’s supporting them because he’s been offered a job with the company.

“That’s total and complete bull----,” Riel said. “Anybody that’s heard that story has heard it from the lips of a liar.”

He said nothing could be further from the truth and the story is despicable.

Sanitary Authority Chairman Dan Hartle said he was asked about the rumor by a member of the media (who was not at Tuesday’s work session), and said he was surprised to hear that because there was nothing to it to his knowledge.

At any rate, Councilman Fred Proper said a decision needs to be made soon.

“We need to clear up any kind of engineering concerns we have rather quickly,” he said. “Everyone needs to feel confident with the engineers going into this project.”

Councilman Jim Evans added, “We don’t have money to play with … or much time either. We have to know that what we’re going to do is going to work.”

“This can’t be an experiment. … We can’t be playing around with this. It has to be a sure thing,” Evans said.

Besides engineering, the other issues are the headworks, plant capacity expansion and inflow & infiltration. Hartle said the best way to deal with all the issues would be to form a regional authority with the municipalities served by the system.

Riel agreed, but said while the concept is good the municipalities “need to come up with a formula that’s fair” for everyone.

Time is not their side to work out all the issues, however. The deadline to be in compliance with the Act 537 Plan is December 31, 2013.

Hartle said DEP would possibly grant them an extension for work on the plant if they go with the BioMag option. But, he said, if they ask DEP for an extension to continue working on I&I removal “they’re going to laugh. We’ve been saying that since 1998.”

Hartle added that DEP has “no desire to shove something down our throats that’s going to cost us more money than necessary.”

The Sanitary Authority expects to learn Wednesday if they will get a PENNVEST loan, and how much it will be.

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New Battle Plan in City's Blight Fight

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The City of Bradford has come up with a new battle plan in its fight against blight.

Instead of demolishing only a handful of properties this year, they’re going to go after many more by, as OECD director Sara Andrews said, getting more bang for their buck.

She explained that every year $30,000 of Community Development Block Grant money is set aside for demolition. But this year, they are going take out a loan for $150,000 and pay back the loan with the CDBG money.

Andrews said she checked with the state Department of Community and Economic Development and they said using the money that way would be fine. City Council on Tuesday authorized OECD to send letters to lending institutions in an effort to secure the loan.

She said Councilman Rhett Kennedy has complied of list of 56 properties that need to be demolished, and that list is growing. She added that they are in the process of getting the “legal end of things” tied up so they can secure the first batch of properties that can be put out to bid for demolition.

Mayor Tom Riel added that blight is not a problem unique to Bradford.

“It’s very common,” he said.

In fact, a year ago the Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act went into effect in Pennsylvania in an effort to help communities throughout the state fight blight and repair or demolish dilapidated properties.

Senator David Argall of Schuylkill County championed the legislation and said, “From Philadelphia to Hamburg, Pittsburgh to Blandon, no community is immune to blight. “

Riel added, “We gratefully accept donations from some of the people who like to complain about the blight all the time in this town. You don’t have to pay for the whole house, but even if it’s a hundred bucks we’ll take it. Quit bitchin’ and start givin’.”

In other matters, council approved the reconstruction of the Pine Street pedestrian bridge that will connect East Washington and Pine streets.

On April 16 the Historical Architectural Review Board approved the application but recommended eliminating timber entrances on both sides of the bridge because it detracts from the pergola and overall sense of the historic district.

Council also approved a building permit for Jeremy Callinan and the OECD, owners of 109 Main Street, for façade improvements.

Callinan is changing the name of the restaurant – and therefore, the sign – from Tortuga’s to TB Brown’s. Andrews said Callinan is naming the restaurant after the original owner of the building.

She explained that the restaurant will be more family-style now, adding that Callinan was having difficulty finding chefs experienced in cooking Mexican food.

Andrews and Riel both said the restaurant will still serve margaritas, though.

Also Tuesday, council reappointed John Peterson city clerk, Mark Hollenbeck city solicitor and Roy Pedersen city engineer. All of the appointments are effective from May 7 through the first Monday in May of 2016.

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