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Saturday, May 5, 2012

CARE Kicks Off Building Campaign

CARE for Children’s Building Campaign for the Future of Children of all Abilities kicked off with a bang with a lead gift from Zippo Manufacturing of $1,000,000 with naming rights for the building.

Deborah Price and Karen Gelston will serve as co-chairs for the campaign, to support the construction and operation of the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center, to be located at 723 East Main Street in Bradford.

The fundraising campaign is the largest in CARE’s history and has so far been in a quiet phase, bringing in more than $1,225,000 since December 2011. The agency is kicking of the public phase Monday, May 7th which includes an estimated goal of $1,500,000 for construction and related costs which CARE is optimistic of raising over the next year.

After the construction phase is completed, the organization will work to raise an additional $500,000 over the next five years to pay back the $175,000 expended for the property purchase and $250,000 for additional parking, and playground and equipment. The remainder of any funds raised will be used for an endowment for future building improvements and repairs.

“Throughout the planning phase of the building project the leadership team’s goal was to have a new facility that would strengthen the identity of the organization, and enable CARE to meet the health, therapy and developmental needs of local children for years to come,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, Development & Marketing Coordinator.

Architect Rick Larson of R.W. Larson & Associates began the design phase of the nearly-10,000 square foot building in 2011. The facility will house the administrative offices, early learning center, space for health clinics and therapy sessions. The project is currently out to bid with the groundbreaking scheduled to take place next month.

Gelston has been a member of the CARE board since 1999, serving one term as President. She holds a Masters in Social Work and has spent her career as health and human service professional, retiring from Bradford Regional Medical Center in 2011 as the Director of Social Services/Case Management/Patient Representative.

Price has been a member of the CARE for Children Board of Directors since 2004, serving one term as secretary of the board. After more than 40 years in health care, she retired in 2011 as the Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

“We are confident that Debbie and Karen’s extensive knowledge, and commitment to CARE for Children and our mission, will ensure success,” said Davis. “Both women are exemplary leaders and we are confident we will reach our goals with their support and guidance.”

In a joint statement, Price and Gelston said, “It is an honor and a privilege for us to serve as co-chairs of this campaign, and we are committed to doing so in a way that honors the organization’s mission.

“We are coming to the community and asking them to ‘Help Us Grow’ as this incredible organization has helped thousands local children grow.”

For more information on CARE for Children’s Building Campaign for the Future of Children of All Abilities, please visit

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Tornado Confirmed in Potter County

The National Weather Service in State College has confirmed that a small tornado touched down near Ayers Hill in Potter County on Wednesday.

A team from the National Weather Service and Potter County Emergency Management Agency surveyed the wind damage in the Ayers Hill area on Friday.

The tornado, an EF0, began near the intersection of Cherry Tree Lane and First Fork Road just west of Ayers Hill. The tornado then moved east northeast intermittently touching down for about a half mile before lifting near Gates Hill Road.

A large trailer was turned over by the wind, damaging two vehicles. Four homes had minor roof damage, with two of those roofs partially torn off. About 30 trees were downed or damaged.

Several witnesses saw a funnel cloud prior to the tornado and there was report of a vehicle blown off the road.

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Lewis Run Borough Council President
Frank Langianese Has Passed Away

Lewis Run Borough Council President Frank Langianese has passed away.

He was 90 years old.

Langianese and Lewis Run Mayor Albert “Abbie” Montecalvo made news last year as the longest serving political team in the country, having held their positions for more than 50 years. Langianese was in his 56th year as council president.

Langianese died Friday, May 4, 2012, in The Pavilion at BRMC.

He was born on December 10, 1921, in Lewis Run, a son of Michael and Josephine Benedict Langianese.

On June 1, 1946 in Lewis Run he married Esther M. Doriguzzi who preceded him in death on March 12, 2003.

He was a 1940 graduate of St. Bernard School where he played for the school football team.

He was a United States Army Air Corps. Veteran of World War II; having served in the European Theater.

Langianese was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run where he was on the financial board. He had also worked on the books for the former Italian Mutual Aid Society. He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #403 as well as their financial officer.

“Lefty” (as he known) was heavily involved in sports. He played for and managed the Lewis Run team in the McKean-Elk baseball league and officiated high school football games and retired after sixty one years as an umpire. He also had the honor of working 24 of the first 25 Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic games and was instrumental in arranging the officiating crew for the first game.

He is survived by one son, Rick (Roxanne) Langianese, Lewis Run, three brothers, Matt Langianese, Beaumont, TX, Sam (Florence) Langianese, Lewis Run, Mike Langianese, Jr., Bradford, one sister, Jeanne (Mike) Senuta, Olean, NY, two grandsons, Jason (Ciss) Langianese, Bedford, NH, Colton Langianese, Nashville, TN, one granddaughter, Daniella (Rick) Griesbaum, Lewis Run, three great grandchildren, Brooke, Colin and Aisley, one sister-in-law, Betty Langianese, Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Tony Langianese.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen L. Collins as celebrant.

Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Men Charged with Trafficking Cocaine

One of the largest drug seizures in Warren County has led to charges against three men are accused of conspiring to distribute and sell cocaine in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Linda Kelly says the arrests of 54-year-old Richard Cieslak Sr. of Pittsfield (pictured); along with 42-year-old Timothy Soliwoda and 56-year-old Thomas Lindstrom Sr., both of Spartansburg, are the result of an extensive grand jury investigation focusing on drug trafficking in the region.

According to the criminal charges, Cieslak coordinated the sale of large quantities of cocaine to drug dealers and users throughout the region, including sales to Soliwoda and Lindstrom - who allegedly resold smaller quantities to other users.

An August 2011 search of Cieslak's home, authorized by the grand jury, resulted in the seizure of about one kilo of cocaine - one of the largest drug seizures in Warren County. Agents also seized real estate belonging to Cieslak along with more than $8,000 in cash, three Harley Davidson motorcycles, an enclosed motorcycle hauling trailer and another vehicle.

Cieslak is in Warren County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. Soliwoda and Lindstrom were each released on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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Zippo Donates $1 Million for New Facility

Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center to be established

When Ashley Booth Griffin died in a tragic car accident nearly four years ago, out of the grief, shock, and utter devastation that followed came the hope that she would not be forgotten. Her parents, Greg and Cherie Booth, wanted to keep her memory alive for her two young daughters and all whose lives she had touched.

George Duke, owner and chairman of Zippo Manufacturing Company, has secured that dream with a $1 million donation to CARE for Children to establish the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center.

“The generosity of Zippo, George Duke and the Blaisdell family is astounding. This donation is not just an investment in CARE for Children’s building project, but will ensure that CARE can continue to positively impact and change local children’s lives,” said Mick Marshall, president CARE for Children board of directors.

Since 1924 - first as the McKean County Society for Crippled Children, later as McKean County Easter Seals Society, and now as CARE for Children - the organization has expanded its core services of pediatric physical therapy and free orthopedic clinics to include pediatric occupational therapy; Early Intervention Birth to Three Services; a developmental, inclusive preschool program; a toddler playgroup; family support and therapeutic recreation for children with disabilities; a disability awareness education program; a pediatric equipment loan closet; therapeutic listening; and child safety and injury prevention initiatives through its leadership of Safe Kids McKean County.

“Due to the unprecedented growth, both in the number of employees, services and programs offered and delivered, and revenues generated, the board of directors and key staff set forth a strategic five year plan in 2006 to buy and renovate a property or construct a new facility,” said Joe Yaros, Building Committee Chair.

A presentation by CARE representatives, during which hard questions were asked and well-thought-out answers returned, convinced Mr. Duke of the need for a new facility.

“CARE for Children is a high-visibility organization that provides much-needed services for children all over McKean County,” Duke explained. “Their current building, the old Case Cutlery factory on Russell Boulevard, is outdated and outgrown. This modern, professional new facility will add credibility to the works of the organization, bring focus to the organization, and help it remain self-sustaining over long term.”

Duke couldn’t stop thinking about the donation he had decided to make on Zippo’s behalf. “It was like divine inspiration. I decided to double the donation and give it in Ashley’s memory. This would be the perfect opportunity to memorialize Ashley – she loved children and worked with them through the YMCA daycare. I can’t think of a better name and connection for the new facility.”

“We thank Zippo for taking the lead, and recognizing how this project will make CARE a stronger organization and our community better by ensuring children have access to services,” said Tina Martin, executive director. “We are proud that the building will carry Ashley Booth Griffin’s name. Many of us at CARE had a personal connection with Ashley; and the facility will ensure that her memory lives on in a way that honors her and her family. I can think of no greater or more meaningful gift.”

Greg Booth is “floored, thrilled, blessed beyond comprehension that something like this would come out of the tragedy of losing my beautiful Ashley.” He and Cherie take great comfort in knowing that Ashley’s daughters Jaden, 8, and Tayga, 4, will proudly remember their “mommy” through the facility that bears her name and serves children such as themselves.

"Cherie and I - and Ashley's entire family - are touched beyond belief to have George Duke honor the memory of our beloved Ashley with his incredibly generous gift for the CARE for Children Center here in Bradford. Ashley loved children and enjoyed working with them at her grandparent's skating rink, her Foursquare Church and of course the YMCA. Ashley had also taken a missions trip to help the children of Ecuador in 2004.

“What a beautiful memorial for her two daughters, Jaden and Tayga Griffin, to see the wonderful work being done at the CARE for Children Center with their mommy's name on it.

“We will forever cherish and be eternally grateful to George Duke for what he has done not only for our family but for all the precious children who visit the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center. From the bottom of our hearts . . . God bless you, George Duke!"

Pictured, (top) from left, Joseph Yaros, CARE Building Committee Chair: Greg Booth, President and CEO of Zippo Manufacturing; his wife Cherie Booth; Tina Martin, Executive Director at CARE; Mick Marshall, President of the Board, CARE for Children; Zippo Owner and Chairman of the Board, George B. Duke, announces the company’s gift of $1,000,000 to the CARE for Children Building Campaign in memory of Ashley Booth Griffin, daughter of Zippo President Greg Booth and his wife Cherie. Ashley tragically passed away in a car accident leaving a husband and two small daughters. Mock ups of the proposed facility are pictured behind Mr. Duke. Mr. and Mrs. Booth are also pictured.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Inmate Facing More Charges

A 17-year-old inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail is facing more charges after being found with marijuana in his cell this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies say the pot was found in Kyle Senear’s cell at just after 8 o’clock this morning. He’s charged with promoting prison contraband, unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.

He was originally put behind bars on charges of burglary, menacing, resisting arrest and criminal possession of stolen property for an incident in Jamestown.

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PSP Says Lost Bus Wheel Incident was
Mechanical Failure, Not Criminal Act

A mechanical failure, and not a criminal act, appears to the be the reason a set of rear wheels fell off a Johnsonburg school bus Thursday as it was taking students on a field trip to Pittsburgh.

In a news release this morning state police say that, from the beginning, they treated the incident as a criminal investigation and had the bus analyzed by their motor carrier safety assistance program, and by forensic service unit troopers.

Public Information Officer Trooper Bruce Morris says, “At this point in the investigation the cause of the wheel loss does not appear to be related to a criminal act and may be the result of a mechanical failure.”

A review of the remaining fleet of buses by the bus contractor showed no other problems or damages. The investigation is continuing.

About 25 elementary school students were on board the bus when the set of wheels fell off, but no one was hurt.

After the bus lost the wheels, the driver lost control, but did manage to pull the bus over. Traffic in the area of Route 28 was backed up while crews worked to remove the bus from the road.

The students were transferred to another bus and continued on their way to the Carnegie Science Center.

Morris noted that other media outlets indicated that there have been several incidents of vandalism in the Johnsonburg Area School District bus fleet, but Ridgway-based state police have received no recent reports of criminal mischief from the bus contractor.
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OGH Dedicates Higgins Family Memorial

Olean, NY — Olean General Hospital and the family of the late Frank W. Higgins, former Governor of New York State joined in a ceremony today to recognize the philanthropy of Higgins family on the one-hundred year anniversary of family’s original land and financial donation to the hospital.

“At a time when building a hospital in a rural community seemed a daunting undertaking, community leaders rose to the challenge and expanded the hospital for Olean, so that it would adequately meet the healthcare needs of the community. The Higgins family philanthropy helped make this dream come true”, said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Olean General Hospital.

Frank Wayland Higgins, born August 18, 1856, in Rushford, NY was the 35th Governor of New York State. A delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention, and a member of the New York State Senate from 1894 to 1902, Higgins was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1903 to 1904, elected in 1902; and Governor of New York from 1905 to 1906, elected in 1904. Higgins grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated from the Riverview Military Academy in 1873. He moved to Michigan in 1875 and started a successful mercantile business, but returned home in 1879 to join his father’s company in Olean, which ran small grocery stores in central New York State. By 1884 Higgins was running the entire business and speculating in western iron and timberlands. Higgins was interred at the Mount View Cemetery, in Olean, NY upon his passing in 1907.

A land donation in 1912 by Governor Higgins’ sister, Clara A. Smith, in addition to a later gift of $36,000 by the Governor’s wife, Kate C. Higgins, in memory of their son, Orin; served as the foundation for the new Olean General/Higgins Memorial Hospital, which included a 28-bed residence for nurses of the hospital.

A plaque unveiled during the ceremony, inscribed with the following: Higgins Family Memorial, In grateful recognition of Governor Frank W. Higgins, Kate C Higgins & Clara Higgins Smith, Whose transformational philanthropy funded the construction of Olean General Hospital/Higgins Memorial, 1912-1999, “Its one purpose was to heal the sick, and thus serve the community and humanity”; was placed at the entrance of Olean General Hospital.

“We at Olean General Hospital are pleased to erect this monument to honor the Higgins family legacy in perpetuity” said Finan.

Pictured, Frank Higgins, great-grandson of Governor Frank W. Higgins, and Tracy Higgins Spears, great-granddaughter are shown with the newly dedicated Higgins Family Memorial
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SBU Athletics Holds Senior Banquet

The St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics held its annual senior banquet on Wednesday evening to celebrate and honor all of its graduating student-athletes and support staff.

Each year, four awards are presented: Service Award, Ray Dee Leadership Award, Merit Award (male and female) and Letterwinner Award (male and female). Below is a description of each award and the winner(s) for this year.

Service Award – Matt Moretti
The Service Award is presented annually to a graduating senior for outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the Department of Athletics. It may go to either a student-athlete or to a non-athlete.

Moretti made an impact in the Athletics Department although he was not a student-athlete. He interned in the Sports Information Office while also working as a manager for the women’s basketball team, attending all practices and games. He served as the event coordinator for Brown and White Night in October to kick off the basketball seasons, and also was responsible for editing a majority of the women’s basketball video highlight packages for, being a key player in the promotion of the team throughout the season.

Ray Dee Leadership Award – Jessica Jenkins
The Ray Dee Leadership Award is named for the 1964 Bona’s graduate who has served on the Board of Trustees for many years and is a tremendous supporter of, and donor to, the athletic programs. The award is presented to the senior who, through his or her leadership skills, sets a positive example for others to follow and builds pride for St. Bonaventure Athletics. The person will have maintained the highest standards of performance, integrity, sportsmanship and respect.

Jenkins earned the respect of her teammates, coaches and the entire Department for her work ethic and determination. Her impact on the women’s basketball program was evidenced in her conviction to set one goal for this season – the NCAA Tournament – and then help lead her team not just into the tournament, but into the Sweet 16. In addition to her many basketball accomplishments, she is also a certified personal trainer and has trained fellow students and staff members, even during her season. A marketing major, she also earned Academic All-Conference honors this season.

Merit Award – Manuela Marin-Salcedo & Hannah Lapp (Co-Female Winners) / Peter Koenig (Male)
The Merit Award is presented every year to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete for outstanding academic achievement, significant athletic achievement, and meaningful contribution to the St. Bonaventure community.

Marin-Salcedo played the No. 1 position on the tennis team since her freshman year, leading the team as captain this season. This year she posted 23 wins, including a team-best 14 doubles victories. She was named an Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Earlier this spring, she was named the winner of the Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise Award, given to the top graduating female journalism and mass communication student.

Lapp served as one of the women’s soccer team captains this past season. Over her career, she led the Bonnies to an unprecedented four straight trips to the Atlantic 10 Championship, started 81 of her 82 career games and led the team in minutes played each of her four seasons. A Dean’s List member, A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll student and a Presidential Scholar, she will earn a degree in psychology.

Koenig is the varsity record holder in the 100 backstroke as well as a Dean’s List and A-10 Academic All-Conference student. He has posted top-eight finishes in the Atlantic 10 Championships six times over his career. He was also a member of the 2009 Atlantic 10 record-setting 200 medley relay team. That team also posted the third-fastest time in the 200-relay in St. Bonaventure history. Next week he will graduate with a degree in accounting and next year he will remain at Bona’s to work on his MBA and assist the swim program.

Letterwinner Award – Jessica Jenkins & Megan Van Tatenhove (Co-Female Winners) / Andrew Nicholson (Male)
The Letterwinner Award is presented every year to one senior male and one senior female student-athlete who have assembled outstanding records of athletic accomplishments over their careers and have proven instrumental to their teams’ success.

Van Tatenhove ranks sixth all-time in scoring at Bona’s with 1,453 points, and she stands eighth all-time in rebounding with 624. She was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference this year, and was on the All-Conference Second Team last season as junior. An education major, she also was selected to the Academic All-Conference Team twice.

Jenkins was named to the A-10 First Team All-Conference and was a finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year award this season. She broke the A-10’s all-time record for 3-pointers, ending her career with 338 – 12th all-time in NCAA history. She scored 1,441 points over her career to rank seventh in school history.

Nicholson was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, leading the Bonnies to the school’s first-ever A-10 Championship title and sixth NCAA Tournament appearance. Additionally, he was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. He was also named the Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. He is the second-leading scorer in St. Bonaventure history with 2,103 points, stands fourth in school history in rebounds and second in career blocks, and he earned All-Conference honors each of his four seasons.

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Bus Loses Wheels on Road

State police are trying to determine whether someone loosened lug nuts on a Johnsonburg school bus that lost its back wheels as it was taking students on a field trip to Pittsburgh Thursday morning.

About 25 elementary school students were on board the bus, but no one was hurt.

After the bus lost the wheels, the drive lost control, but did manage to pull the bus over. Traffic in the area of Route 28 was backed up while crews worked to remove the bus from the road.

The students were transferred to another bus and continued on their way to the Carnegie Science Center.

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Man Allegedly Punched Police Officer

A Bradford man is accused of assaulting a police officer who found him hiding in a church following an alleged robbery.

Police got a called about a robbery and were flagged down on Festival Way by a person who said a man dressed in black and wearing sunglasses robbed him and then ran into St. Bernard Church.

When police went into the church they found 45-year-old Michael Campbell sitting in a pew. When they started to arrest him, he allegedly punched a police officer in the face.

Campbell is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He’s in jail on $25,000 bail.

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Lois Morehouse

Lois B. Morehouse, 84, devoted wife, and loving mother and grandmother of 33 Walker Ave, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at her residence.

Born in Shawnee, OK, on July 11, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Clara (Sicart) and Edgar Burger.

In Ellicottville, NY, she married Lee D. Morehouse, who survives.

Mrs. Morehouse graduated from high school in Memphis, TN.

She was a longtime and active member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Morehouse was a secretary for State Representative William Mackowski for many years as well as working for the McKean County Board of Elections for numerous years.

She was known for her birthday and wedding cakes and also belonged to many bridge clubs and bowling leagues in the Bradford community.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons Gary (Laurie) Morehouse, of Charlotte, NC, Mark (Midge) Morehouse, of Brewer, ME, and Craig (Cindy) Morehouse, of Houston, TX; two daughters, Amy (Lynn) Neely, of Olean, NY and Laura (Mark) Shade, of Hawaii; two brothers, Robert Burger, of Florida; Edgar Burger, of Philadelphia;a sister, Dorothy Plotz, of West Valley, NY; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathaniel Shade on March 6, 2002.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, May 7, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00PM in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street, and again on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 10-11AM, in the Grace Lutheran Church, where funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, with Rev. Patrick Cox, Pastor, officiating. Committal and brial services will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Salvation Army, Grace Lutheran Church, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Company Fined for Dumping Drilling Mud

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined RW Products LLC of Wheeling, W. Va., $21,029 for the illegal disposal of a reported 800 gallons of waste drilling mud on State Game Lands 219 in Warren Township, Bradford County, in December 2011.

“A driver for RW Products admitted that he intentionally dumped a load of oil-based waste drilling mud onto the ground,” North-central Waste Management Program Manager Patrick Brennan said. “This violated the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act and the department’s penalty reflects this blatant disregard for the environment.”

The drilling mud was transported about 2.3 miles from Talisman Energy USA’s Strope gas well pad to Reagan Hill Road, where it was illegally dumped. Talisman conducted the cleanup of the mud and contaminated soil, which was properly disposed at the Hyland Landfill in Angelica, New York.

The fine has been paid to the state’s Solid Waste Abatement Fund.

The driver was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police shortly after the dumping and has pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Bradford County Court on May 17.

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Man Drives into Chautauqua Lake, Dies

One man is dead after driving his vehicle into Chautauqua Lake this morning.

Sheriff’s deputies got a call at around 5:45 a.m. reporting the vehicle in the lake. They found it about 40 feet beyond the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry Launch submerged in about 4 feet of water.

The driver, 64-year-old Mark Swanson of Stow was removed from the vehicle and taken to WCA Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. They say it appears Swanson may have suffered from a medical condition prior to the accident, which is still under investigation.

Ashville FD, Bemus Point FD and the county's Water Emergency Team also responded to the scene.
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Northwest Earns Third JD Power Award

Warren -- For the third consecutive year, Northwest Savings Bank ranks highest in customer satisfaction in the Mid-Atlantic Region, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction Study.

The study, conducted in January, analyzes the overall satisfaction customers have with their retail banking experience based on account activities, account information, facility, fees, problem resolution, and product offering. Northwest received the highest satisfaction score in the Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

“Earning our third consecutive award from J.D. Power and Associates for being highest ranked in our six-state region is an amazing honor,” said Steven G. Fisher, Executive Vice President, Banking Services of Northwest Savings Bank. “It is both humbling and exhilarating. This award comes from the people we serve, the people who are the reason our company exists. Everything we do, all aspects of our banking service delivery, we do for them, through a dedicated, continuous improvement program designed to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction.”

William J. Wagner, President and CEO of Northwest Savings Bank, added, “Northwest Savings Bank has served its customers for over 115 years. In addition to the recognition by J.D. Power, Keefe, Bruyette and Woods recently named Northwest Savings Bank to their “Bank Honor Roll,” which consists of the forty top-performing banks in the country over the last ten years, and Forbes included Northwest on its list of “The 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” based upon the transparency of our financial reporting and our strong governance practices. We are pleased with the significant recognition Northwest has received in 2012, and we thank our employees for their dedication and our customers for their support.”

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Horse Race, Hat Parade, Zippo Auction
Highlight Saturday's Derby Gala


Given its track record, odds are the Derby Gala will deliver a night of fun for a great cause.

This year's gala is set to start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pennhills Club. The Derby Gala, set to coincide with the running of the Kentucky Derby, benefits the Endowment Fund for the Bradford Area Public Library.

"You will enjoy an evening of great food, wonderful company and exciting fun, said Karen Pecht, co-chairwoman of the event. This includes watching the Kentucky Derby on large-screen TVs, a hat parade and the auction of an exclusive Zippo lighter, which is actually a set of four lighters set together as a puzzle to depict a horse race scene.

"Once again Zippo has gone above and beyond to support the BAPL Endowment Fund and this fund raiser ... every part of these lighters screams Kentucky Derby," Pecht said.

Bides for the lighter set, which includes a framed autographed photograph of George Duke, owner of Zippo and chairman of the board, with the lighter set has started. Those interested can e-mail Ron Orris, executive director of the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce at

With prior arrangement, bids can be accepted by phone on Saturday, and of course, in person.

Gala-goers can also bid on other prizes using funny money. With the purchase of Gala ticket for $50 people also receive $500 in funny money that they can gamble in the casino. The casino includes Black Jack, Texas Hold 'Em, Roulette, Chuck-a-Luck and slot machines. Several local men will be volunteering their time in manning the tables.

It is also possible to win up to $4,000 at the gala. Tickets for that prize are still available at the library and will be available Saturday at the event.

And to top it off, it would not be a Derby event without a hat parade.

Mary Ann Satterwhite, honorary chairperson, will lead the hat parade, the first activity at the gala.

"Mary Ann is a big supporter of the library and the community and we will like to take this opportunity to recognize her for all that she does," Pecht said

This final chapter of derby events benefits to the BAPL Endowment Fund.

"Keep in mind this is the hub for education, entertainment and community activities. We need to do all we can to support this facility and keep the doors open."

Tickets for the Gala are still available at the library. As Pecht noted, the event continues to grow each year, and encourages people to buy their tickets now and not wait until Saturday.

"We have already exceeded last year's ticket purchases."

Pictured, top, the package being auctioned; middle, Ginny Venezia, Marty Montecalvo Second row: Ron Zydonik, Mike Kervin, Dave Dalton, the team at Zippo who worked on the one-of-a-kind lighters.

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Scarnati Pans New Legislative Maps

One of the top-ranking lawmakers in Harrisburg is panning the newly proposed redistricting maps. Radio PA's Matt Paul reported on Wednesday's hearing:

"Few lawmakers are as powerful as the four legislative leaders who sit on the redistricting panel... but Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati is. He complains the new plan would emphasize members' retirements over population shifts in the west.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission is working to approve new boundaries for Pennsylvania's House and Senate districts, after their previous effort was thrown out by the state Supreme Court in January. The public hearing will spill over into a second session on Monday."

During his testimony, State Representative John Maher told the commission they should know something is wrong when Scarnati and Senator Daylin Leach -- who are on opposite ends of the political spectrum idealogically -- agree that the district maps are not right.

You can read Scarnati's remarks here. PDF

Watch the video here.

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Special Athletes Compete in Kane

More than 220 Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County met at Kane Area High School on Wed., May 2, to compete in the 37th annual Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.

Seven athletes, whose names will be released soon, qualified to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 7-9.

First place winners were:

Standing Jump: Taryn Thomas, Shauna Bailey, Julia Coy, Kayla Furman, Selena Wackwitz, Jaime Leonhart, Loretta Esh, Zara Ellis, Kim Langworthy, Judy Yerger, Dylan Haskins, John Hilyer, Aaron Mathewson, Tristan Carney, Devon Smith, Elton Courson, Nakoa Walker, Derek Hottel, Harry Gardner, Calvin Teeter, Mike Stine, Nathanyeal Akers, Eric Baxter, Dustin Tinblin, Jay Furman, Ryan Ogata,

Long Jump: Douglas McIntyre, Issiah Mathewson, Keith App, Cletis Kusnierz, Alex Quintero, Mitchell Ostrander, Robert Crowl, Jon Bardo., Bryan Williams, Matt Bond, Andrew Anderson, Joe Lee, Kayla Grimm, Sierra Jackson, Sierra Saltsgiver, Kate Mathewson, Johna Hart, Selena Wackwitz, Kasey Fox, Kaci Weaver, Karen Smith

Softball Throw: Ashton Rethmel, Joe Riveria, Travis Walker, Aaron Mathewson, Jordan Cooper, Tristan Carney, Keith App, Cletis Kusnierz, Shawn Fleming, Alex Quintero, Parker Triplett, Jacob Walker, Chris Evingham, Bailey Arthurs, Zack Koch, Cameron Maines, Bretton Harris, Kody Mountain, Tim Kinney, Robert McAlpine, Jay Furman, Chuck Taylor, Jeff Hurd, Eric Baxter, Terry Short, Sakira Yoder, Shania Carney, Ireland Brusso, Morgan Slater, Trinity Evens, Angel Hooftallen, Leah Plummer, Stephanie Tyler, Jordan Kloss, Karen Smith, Zara Ellis, Renee Chittester, Rebecca Buccolini, Susan Parkes, Michelle Shaffer

High Jump: Devin Guras, Tim Kinney, Chuck Taylor, Andrew Anderson, Brittany Bailey, Christian Stone

Wheelchair Races: Christofer Swedenhjelm, Kyle Robison, Rodney Jones

50M: Sakira Yoder, Ireland Brusso, Sierra Jackson, Sierra Saltsgiver, Kathleen Kontz, Jaime Leonhart, Tanaya Bair, Susan Parkes, Patty Price, Rebecca Eddey, Dylan Haskins, Devon Dowell, Aaron Mathewson, Issiah Mathewson, Keith App, Parker Triplett, Dylan Woods, Nakoa Walker, Zack Koch, Gage Gore, Bretton Harris, Ryan Ogata, Robert McAlpine, Chuck Taylor, Jeff Hurd, Alex Pearson, Michael Davis

100M: Dylan Ellison, Douglas McIntyre, Shawn Fleming, Dustin Scott, Dylan Woods, Devin Guras, Christgin Spade, Robert McAlpine, Andrew Anderson, Joe Lee, Kia Jo Jefferds, Sierra Jackson, Kayla Lupole, Stephanie Tyler, Courtney Ginkel, Susan Parkes

200M:Kate Mathewson, Karen Smith, Dustin Scott, Kody Mountain, Joe Lee

400M: Shania Carney, Stephanie Tyler, Robert Crowl, Sheridan Phillips

1500M: Johna Hart

Pentathlon: Keith Mountain

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Panoramicos to Perform at Quick Center

The Friends of Good Music concert season at St. Bonaventure University closes Friday, May 11, with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the chamber music ensemble Panoramicos at the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Panoramicos is a prize-winning, internationally acclaimed mixed chamber music ensemble whose innovative programs feature commissions and collaborations with composers from the worlds of theater, jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. The ensemble is in residence at the historic St. Peter Church in Cleveland. The group’s latest CD was praised by Gramophone magazine, which described it as “eclectic in the best sense of the word ... a top North American pick.” This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. For tickets and information, call the Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
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Safe Kids McKean Promotes Youth Safety

Representatives from Safe Kids McKean County are promoting youth safety and injury prevention with presentations to more than 200 sixth- and seventh-grade students in the Health and Wellness classes at Fretz Middle School.

"Our students had the wonderful opportunity to have a great presentation on many imperative safety topics,” said Health and Physical Education Educator Judy Abbey, B.S. M.Ed. “It is important to use our community resources to help explain the importance of safety and awareness to all youth in our school district.

CARE for Children staff spoke to students about bike safety and the importance of wearing a helmet, demonstrating through the use of a coconut crusher the potential damage that could be sustained in the case of an accident without the use of a helmet; youth sports safety including concussions, hydration and proper rest and training techniques. The students played a Safe Kids Sports Safety bean bag toss game, which the McKean County chapter received through a grant from Safe Kids USA through founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson.

“The students were actively engaged and utilized their own experiences to encourage safe and healthy choices,” said Abbey. “The Safe Kids of McKean County program is trying to impart skills that may save a child’s life, while providing them with important skills toward a lifetime of fitness and enjoyment in a safe manner." Mrs. Tina Slaven, M.Ed., Fretz Middle School Principal, was excited to bring this wonderful community program, CARE for Children, into Fretz Middle School. “It is always an integral component of our student’s education to have them be a part of community educational programs.”

Safe Kids McKean County is a collaboration of community organizations, business and individuals dedicated to promoting child safety and injury prevention through education, collaboration and advocacy. CARE for Children is the lead agency for Safe Kids McKean.

Pictured, sixth-grade student, Brent Kennedy, takes a shot at the Safe Kids Youth Sports Safety bean bag toss game Wednesday during the Safe Kids McKean County presentation in the Health and Wellness class. CARE for Children staff Mandi Wilton Davis (l), Kim Murphey (r) and Tina Martin (not pictured) spoke to the students about the importance of bike and wheel safety and youth sport safety.
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UPMC, Highmark Reach Agreement

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have reached an agreement through the end of 2014, promising continuity of coverage for patients and their families throughout western Pennsylvania. The agreement will provide in-network access to all UPMC hospitals and physicians for Highmark Commercial and Medicare Advantage members. Provided by Commonwealth Media Services

Junior Seau Dead at Age 43

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau has died, according to the San Diego Chargers website.

He was 43.

"Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now," the team's statement said. "We ask everyone to stop what they're doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family."

Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL from 1990-2009, the first 13 with the Chargers. He was selected to 12 consecutive Pro Bowls.

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Alleged Wheelchair Thief Waives Hearing

A woman is accused of stealing property from Bradford Regional Medical Center and then, apparently, abandoning the plan when her getaway vehicle got stuck in the road.

The stolen property and the getaway vehicle are one and the same – a wheelchair.

27-year-old Mikki Stuckey waived her preliminary hearing today on charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.

At around 5:30 a.m. on March 3 Stuckey was discharged from the emergency room after being evaluated for a shoulder injury and allegedly left with the wheelchair, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

She “began wheeling herself south on Interstate Parkway” until the wheelchair got stuck in a patch of gravel in the road in front of the hospital. She left the wheelchair in the road and started to walk home.

Stuckey is free on unsecured bail.

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Louis Vigliotta

Louis Vigliotta, 75, of 247 East Main Street, passed away Wednesday, May 2nd, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Cervino, Italy on May 14, 1936, he was a son of the late Pasquale and Margaret (Pascarella) Vigliotta.

On August 26, 1973, in Cerino, Italy, he married Rosa Campognuplo who survives.

Mr. Vigliotta attended schools in Italy. He had worked as a machine operator at W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery for many years.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, the International Association of Machinist & Aerospace, Workers, a member of the Italian Club, the LaStella Lodge, a longtime dedicated volunteer for the Italian Festival and a member of the Eagles Club. For many years he enjoyed bowling in the Friday Night Men's League.

In addition to his wife Rosa he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Vigliotta of Pittsburgh, a sister, Mary Telese, of Bradford, a brother, Michael (Teresa) Vigliotta, of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother James P. Vigliotta and a great nephew Zachary Vigliotta.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 4, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where a prayer service will be held on Saturday, May 5th, at 1:30pm in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00pm in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant.

A Christian Wake service will be held on Friday at 4:45pm in the funeral home.

Committal Service and mausoleum entombment will follow in St Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to Zachary P. Vigliotta Memorial Scholarship Fund PO Box 434 Bradford, PA 16701 or St. Bernard Church PO Box 2394 Bradford, PA 16701 or St. Bernard Church School, PO Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701.

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Pitt-Bradford to Host Dozens of Camps, Events

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will play host to two dozen camps, gatherings and other events this summer.

The camps and other events take place in May through August and are open to the public.

Events are sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development unless otherwise noted. Contact the division at (814)362-5078 or for more information or reservations.

Outdoor adventures begin with Kinzua Fly Fishing School May 5 and 6 and May 18 to 20. The two-day school is taught by the staff of the Kinzua Fly Fishing School. The three-day school includes two days of instruction by master angler Joe Humphreys.

Class begins at 7:30 a.m. and dismisses the last day at 7 p.m. Both resident and commuter rates are available. The price for the two-day camp is $305 for residents and $285 for commuters; the price for the three-day camp is $445 for residents and $420 for commuters.

For more information or to register, contact Steve Skvarka at

Also in May, a new event, the Allegheny National Forest Photo Trek is a three-day weekend photography workshop May 18 to 20 in the ANF with Forest Press photographer Ed Bernik.

The trek is for ages 18 and older and is $625 per person with accommodations and $425 per person without. Attendees will also receive a copy of “Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest.”

The inaugural Miles for Smiles 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids run to benefit McKean County Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society will take place May 20 starting at 9 a.m. on Campus Drive. The $15 registration fee includes a T-shirt. Participants can pre-register by May 6 by visiting

Starting May 21, Pitt-Bradford will begin the first of two six-week water aerobics sessions in the Paul C. Duke Aquatic Center. Both sessions take place from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, the first running from May 21 to July 2 and the second session from July 9 through Aug. 15. The cost is $40 per session or $70 for both.

Beginning May 29, budding writers can learn about the art of personal narrative from Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor of writing. Writing Personal Narratives will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays May 29 through June 19 in the Seneca Building. The cost is $79.

Classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will take place on Friday nights from June 1 through Aug. 24 in the Sport and Fitness Center. Students can attend from 5 to 6 or 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $90.

The first in a new series of summer enrichment courses for high school students (those who have completed grades 9-12) will take place June 11 to 13. Crime Solving 101 will run from 9 a.m. to noon with Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor of criminal justice and director of the criminal justice program at Pitt-Bradford. Students will learn basic forensics and interview and interrogation skills used by investigators to solve crimes. The cost is $89.

Also June 11 to 13, Adventure Camp for students who have completed ninth, 10th and 11th grades will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The same camp will be offered for students who’ve completed sixth through eighth grades from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 through 27. The cost of the camp is $199 and includes use of equipment, transportation to and from Warren, a T-shirt, water and snacks.

Making Your Own Website for high school students will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. June 12 and 13 with Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology. Students in this course will learn to use web-development tools to build their own website. They will learn how to determine the layout, style and content of the site.

Just in time for graduation parties and weddings, Shawn Murray will offer a class in Family and Portrait Photography Basics from 6 to 8 p.m. June 12 and 14 in the Seneca Building. Cost is $59.

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Camp is for students 13 to 18 and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 through 22. The cost is $129, which includes program materials, T-shirt and snacks.

Also the week of June 18 through 23, the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center brings the Missoula Children’s Theatre workshop to Blaisdell Hall where children who are entering first through 12th grades rehearse and put on a play in the space of a week. This year’s show is “Cinderella.” For more information and an application, visit

From 10 a.m. to noon June 19 through 21, Dr. Lauren Yaich will tackle Medical Mysteries – Solved, a look at unusual and puzzling medical conditions and recent advances in biology that have begun to solve these medical mysteries as part of the high school enrichment series.

The Penn’s Woods Jeep Jamboree rolls onto campus for its 15th year on June 21 for a long weekend of trail drives through forests in the area. For more information, visit

The 2012 Relay for Life of Bradford will take place on campus from noon June 22 through noon June 23. The annual event raises thousands of dollars for the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society and features a food court, live music and entertainment.

Pitt-Bradford head men’s basketball coach Britt Moore will offer two basketball camps this summer for children in kindergarten through 11th grade. Camps run from 9 a.m. to noon for children in kindergarten through second grade, which costs $75.

Camp for children in grades 3 through 11 runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a swimming period. The cost for that camp is $125. A second child may be added to either camp for $75.

Camp dates are June 25 through 28 and Aug. 6 through 9. For more information or to register, contact Moore at (814)362-5276 or

Also from June 25 through 29, X-Treme Science Camp, for students who have completed grades 1 through 6, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The cost of the camp is $85 for the first camper and $75 for additional campers in the same family. The fee includes T-shirt, program materials, snacks and drinks.

A healthy cooking class will be offered during two sessions, the first from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 and the second from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7. Participants will learn how to adjust recipes to make them healthier and how to shop for healthy items. Cost is $59, which includes all food items and materials.

College: What to Expect – and Not! with Margot Myers will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 27 and 28. Myers, who is the program manager for TRiO Student Support Services at Pitt-Bradford, will help students learn about ways to make college work, what to expect from college and what college expects from students. Issues such as academic-social life balance, syllabi, what college assignments are like, what clubs to join and living with a roommate will be explored. Cost is $59.

Embraceable Ewe Knitting Camp returns to Pitt-Bradford July 13 through 17. Beginners, intermediates and experts are welcome to work on a knitting project, learn techniques and share ideas and tips with other knitters. For more information or to register, call (716) 646-6674.

High school students who are aspiring broadcasters can explore Television Studio Production with Jeff Guterman, associate professor of communications, from 9 a.m. to noon July 16 and 17. Students will learn how to create television news broadcasts, interviews and other types of programs in a real-life, multi-camera digital studio environment. Cost is $59.

For younger students, Pets ’n’ Vets will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 16 through 18 for children who have completed first, second or third grade, and 1:30 to 5 p.m. July 16 through 18 for children who have completed fourth, fifth or sixth grade. The cost is $69 per camper, which includes program materials, snacks and a T-shirt.

In July, a new camp comes to Pitt-Bradford, Throw Down Percussion Camp for marching percussion training for college, high school and middle school students. The camp will be held July 18 through 20. Fees are $110 for participants registered by June 1 and $150 after that. Fees include tuition, snack and lunch at camp, T-shirt, camp rehearsal packet and professional instruction. Instruments are not provided. For more information or to register, visit

Live While You’re Dying: The Ways we Deal (and Don’t Deal) with Death will be held for high school students from 10 a.m. to noon July 24-26 and taught by Stephanie Eckstrom, coordinator of the Master of Social Work program offered at Pitt-Bradford. The class will explore the different issues related to death and dying, using a sociological lens. Cost is $59.

The first of two sessions on Introduction to GPS and Geocaching will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28 in Kinzua Bridge State Park. Cost is $20 per participant. The first session is for children age 7 through 12 when registered with an adult. A second session for adults 16 years and older will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25. Other events taking place on campus in August are Pennsylvania Rep. Marty Causer’s Senior Expo Aug. 3 and Pitt Band Camp Aug. 17 through 21. Details on those events will be available at a later time.

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Boy Scouts Help Rescue Trapped Men

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One Book Bradford:
Author Susan Vreeland Speaks About Her Book

Fran Runyon (standing) chats with author Susan Vreeland during the finale of the One Book Bradford season of events. Vreeland spoke about her book "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" and presented a slide show featuring pictures of Tiffany Studios and several of Clara Driscoll's Tiffany lamps. She also talked about how the lamps were made, her inspiration for writing the book and Clara Driscoll herself. Other One Book Bradford events related to "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" included a public book club discussion, a Glass Heritage Luncheon and tours of stained glass windows at three local churches, and a bus trip to Buffalo and East Aurora to see real Tiffany windows. Nearly 200 people attended Tuesday's author visit at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

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Info About Blocked Road Near Limestone

Sheriff’s deputies have released more information about the tractor-trailer accident that blocked both lanes of Route 219 near Limestone Tuesday morning.

At just before 6 a.m. a semi hauling a full load of mulch left the northbound lane of 219 and the trailer went down over an embankment.

Traffic was rerouted for several hours while the scene was cleaned up and the tractor-trailer was removed.

The driver, 35-year-old Michael Dreiger of St. Marys, was cited for failure to maintain his lane.

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Catt County Man Charged with Sex Abuse

A 65-year-old Otto, New York, man is accused of having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl.

Sheriff’s deputies say Harold Snay Jr. had contact with the child once during the week of August 22.

Snay is charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He has been issued an appearance ticket for Town of Otto Court.

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Benson Gets 10 to 20 Years in Prison

A 16-year-old Coudersport girl has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the killing of an Eldred teenager last June.

Kaylynn Benson helped lure 18-year-old Samuel Miller to a secluded area, and then held a spotlight while 20-year-old Jonothan Prather and 26-year-old Avery Buckingham dumped his body into Prouty Creek after Prather shot him eight times in the head and chest.

Prosecutors believe Prather shot Miller because he believed Miller was going to tell police about his involvement in a burglary.

Prather has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Buckingham will be sentenced May 22, and could get up to 40 years in prison.

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