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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Man Cited for Crash That
Blocked I-86 for Several Hours on Friday

A Brooklyn, New York, man has been cited for causing an accident that dumped 40,000 pounds of shaved metal onto his car Friday afternoon on I-86 between Salamanca and Red House.

Sheriff’s deputies say 29-year-old Ricardo Roman Jr. moved from the driving lane to the passing lane and hit the front end of a tractor-trailer driven by 47-year-old Robert Winchell of Wellsville, causing the truck to go out of control and flip over onto the car.

The tractor-trailer landed on its side and blocked the entire eastbound lane of traffic, and spilled the load of metal shavings onto the road.

Roman and Winchell were both taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Portville Truck led the cleanup effort. The Seneca Nation Hazmat/Spill Response Team along with several police and fire departments were on the scene.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

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When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!”

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Task Force: Man Had 74 Pot Plants

A Chautauqua County man is accused of having 74 marijuana plants in his house, as well as more than a pound of processed and packaged pot.

Earlier this month members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force searched the Sheridan home of 50-year-old Jeffrey Bacho and seized the plants.

He was charged with unlawfully growing marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

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Crash Backs Up Traffic on I-86

UPDATE: 6:35 p.m. --

A tractor-trailer tipped over, spilling its load of shaved steel onto a car on I-86 this afternoon.

Both the driver of the car and the truck were taken to area hospitals. State police say their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

Troopers say the accident happened between Red House and Salamanca (Exits 19 and 20) when the car made an abrupt lane change. The tractor-trailer driver tried to avoid hitting the car but flipped over onto its side.

At one point, traffic was backed up for about two miles while crews try to clean up the 40,000 pounds of shaved steel. Emergency and cleanup crews are still on the scene at this hour.


An accident on I-86 near Exit 19 in the Town of Red House has traffic backed up for about two miles.

The accident reportedly involved a tractor-trailer that tipped over and a car.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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Dog Who Saved Family of Five from Fire
Will be Honored Monday in Ashville

A 6-year-old girl and a 2-year-old St. Bernard will be honored Monday for saving a family from a fire earlier this year.

At 12:30 a.m. back on January 17, Menash Petscher was awakened by his dog Nana relentlessly licking his face, something he said she had never done before. As he quickly learned, Nana was letting him know there was a fire in the family’s two-story home in Kiantone.

Petscher managed to get his wife and three young daughters out of the house, thanks to his daughter Madelyn, who was 5 years old at the time, and who insisted her family have a fire escape plan. Petschers other daughters were 3 years old and 6 months old at the time.

It wasn’t until after the fire that Petscher learned Madelyn had gone on a field trip three months early to the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village, where she learned about making and practicing a fire escape plan.

Nana, however, died in the fire. The Petscher family believes she was either trying to find her feline companion, "Gracie," or she got confused with all of the smoke in the house and died from smoke inhalation. Her body was found when the house was torn down.

During a program at 11 a.m. Monday the Children’s Education Village in Ashville will unveil a plaque with Nana’s picture and the title “A True Fire Hero.” They will also display a picture of Madelyn and her family to commemorate Madelyn’s diligent efforts, which helped save the lives of her family.

The Board of Children’s Safety Village says the Petschers are the first example of their teachings at work.

Also Monday, the Invisible Fence Company of Erie will donate a pet resuscitation kit in Nana’s honor to one of the fire departments that responded to the fire.

Photos and info provided by Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village

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Couple Treated for Injuries After Fire

Two people were treated for fire-related injuries after a blaze at their home early this morning.

Jack and Margaret Archer of 6 West End Drive have been released from Bradford Regional Center.

The fire started at 1:10 a.m. and did $300,000 worth of damage to the single story house.

A state police fire marshal has ruled the fire accidental.

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Haley receives Chairs' Faculty
Teaching Award at Pitt-Bradford

Dr. Tammy Haley, assistant professor of nursing, has received the 2012 Chairs’ Faculty Teaching award for excellence in teaching at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Tammy stands out for her high teaching scores, her leadership in a campus outreach project to help a struggling clinic in Cameroon, Africa, and in the way she brings an analytical, evidence-based nursing approach to Pitt-Bradford students,” said Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology and chairwoman of the Division of Biological and Health Sciences, who nominated Haley.

Haley was chosen for the award by the chairmen and chairwomen of Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions.

In choosing an award recipient, the chairpersons reviewed letters of recommendation, student evaluations of teaching, syllabi and grade distribution. They also considered the teachers’ knowledge of subject matter and their advising and dedication in working with students beyond the classroom in such activities as internships and research projects.

The award, which is now in its 11th year, is open to any full-time faculty member who has taught at Pitt-Bradford for at least three consecutive academic years.

In June 2011, Haley and nursing student Amy Silvis traveled together to Cameroon to help bring money and medical supplies to the Good Samaritan Clinic in the town of Ekona. Although everyone in the nursing program helped to raise the money and gather the supplies for the effort, Haley was one of the leaders of this effort and worked with students across campus to coordinate the distribution and transport of the supplies.

“Dr. Haley has an impressive active research program and recent publication,” Mulcahy said, “including a 2011 publication in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.”

Mulcahy said that Haley is also an exceptional classroom teacher. “She has used the audience response system to her courses, where student responses to questions are recorded electronically during a lecture. She integrated a ‘food day’ across the entire nursing curriculum as a way of instructing students about the importance of food in societal issues.”

In her observations of Haley in the classroom, Mulcahy said, “I was impressed by her calm, interactive and very collegial approach to teaching. Tammy is an instructor who is moving around the room all the time, even in a large class, asking questions and leading the students in discussion. I do not recall ever having been in a class that involved instruction of math where students appeared so attentive to the instructor.”

Haley is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Pitt-Bradford. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing and recently completed her doctorate in nursing from the Pitt School of Nursing.

Before coming to Pitt-Bradford in 2003, she worked for the Family Health Council Inc. of Bradford, where she was the primary provider in the Family Planning office. She lives in Bradford.

Past recipients of the Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award are Isabelle Champlin, Dr. Hashim Yousif, Dr. Jean Truman, Andrea Robbins, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Joanne Burgert, Dr. Nancy McCabe, Donald Lewicki, Dr. Donald Ulin and Dr. Lauren Yaich.

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Temporary Traffic Signals on Route 6

Coudersport – A roadway improvement project on Route 6 in Potter County will enter a new phase next week, as temporary traffic signals are turned on mid-week.

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

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 be placed on flash mode Wednesday, May 16. The signals will be activated on Tuesday, May 22, enforcing 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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PA 2011 Child Abuse Report Released

Harrisburg – The Department of Public Welfare today released the 2011 Annual Child Abuse Report, which offers statistics on child abuse cases in Pennsylvania and on continued efforts to better protect children from abuse and neglect.

“All children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect,” said Public Welfare Secretary Gary D. Alexander. “This report serves as a tremendous resource in measuring prevention efforts, as well as identifying and creating better strategies to further prevent abuse and neglect.”

This year’s report includes completed child abuse case data collected during the 2011 calendar year. Some of the findings included in the report are:

· Thirty-four child fatalities occurred in 2011, one more than the previous year;

· The total number of reports of suspected child abuse received was 24,378, a decline of 237 reports from 2010;

· A total of 3,408 substantiated reports, a decrease of 248 from 2010;

· Of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, 31 received more reports in 2011 compared to 2010; and

· Approximately one out of every 1,000 children living in Pennsylvania was found to be a victim of abuse in 2011.

In light of recent national attention paid to Pennsylvania’s child abuse laws, the annual report will serve as an excellent resource for Pennsylvania citizens and for the Task Force on Child Protection. The task force was formed in January to review all aspects of child abuse reporting, including a sharp focus on mandated reporting. Mandated reporters are those whose occupations bring them in contact with children. In 2011, mandated reporters referred 78 percent of all suspected abuse reports.

This report also includes the efforts of the Pennsylvania Citizen Review Panels. Broken into regions around the state, the panels have been working with the Department of Public Welfare for two years to find innovative and practical ways to build on the current systems and efforts in place to protect children.

“Even though we have made great strides in preventing child abuse, there is still much work to be done,” said Alexander. “It is my hope that the department, legislators, child welfare advocates and the community can work together and ultimately end child abuse in Pennsylvania.”

The department maintains a central registry for abuse reports and operates ChildLine, a toll-free, 24-hour hotline that allows anyone to anonymously report suspected abuse. The number is 1-800-932-0313 (TDD 1-866-872-1677). To read the full report or to find more information on child abuse awareness and prevention, visit the Department of Public Welfare online at .The report can be found under the “Publications” section.

Pennsylvanians who suspect welfare fraud should call 1-800-932-0582.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Corbett Comments on ESPN Article

Governor Tom Corbett has made his most extensive comments yet about a scathing ESPN The Magazine article that criticized his role in the firing of Joe Paterno.

Radio PA's Brad Christman has the exclusive details at

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Toughter Penalties in PA for
Drunk Drivers Who Have Kids in Car

Harrisburg -- Legislation sponsored by Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) to crack down on drunk drivers who put minors at risk has been signed into law.

Act 39 of 2012 increases penalties for drunk drivers who have a minor in the vehicle with them when the violation occurs. The maximum fine for a first offense will be $1,000 and 100 hours of community service. A second offense will carry a maximum fine of $2,500 and imprisonment of up to six months. Drivers convicted of subsequent offenses can be jailed for up to two years.

Fines and imprisonment required under the new law will apply on top of previously enacted penalties.

"It's bad enough that drunk drivers endanger themselves and others on the road. Enactment of this law sends that message that putting a child at risk through such reckless behavior is unconscionable and will not be tolerated," said Rafferty.

New York already has similar legislation called Leandra’s Law.

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Doling Out Donations

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford resident assistants Jahlil Davis-Green, a sports medicine major from Philadelphia, left, and Christopher Barr, a criminal justice major from Bradford, deliver donations to SACKS, a resale shop that benefits the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary. The items were donated by students who were moving out of campus housing at the end of the semester. Donations included laundry detergent and non-perishable food items to the YWCA food pantry, six bags of clothes to SACKS and shelving units, lamps, bedding and kitchenware to the Goodwill Store.

Photo by Alan Hancock

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Garnet Andrews

Garnet D. Andrews, 83, a loving wife and devoted mother, formerly of Minard Run Rd., has gone to be with the Lord, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born in Bradford on January 4, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Harold Pratt and Clara (Caswell) Stickney.

On February 25, 1949 at DeGolia United Brethern Church, she married William E. Andrews who survives.

Garnet was a member and had a prayer ministry at the Evans Memorial United Methodist Church and always sent the right card or flowers to those hurting or in need and sang in the choir. Many were touched by her unfailing kindness. She was also known for her love of baking and was famous for her fudge, pies and cinnamon rolls.

Surviving in addition to her husband Bill of 63 years are two sons, Daniel (Lori) Andrews of Charlottesville, Va., Jeff (Sara) Andrews and two daughters Bonnie (Tom) Groce and Linda Jane (Dave) Farrell all of Bradford. She was involved and interested in the lives of her seven grandchildren, Jeremiah Andrews, Rachel Andrews, Andrew (Brandy) Groce, Elizabeth Groce, Raleigh Farrell, Robbie Farrell and Abigail Andrews and was recently blessed with her first great granddaughter, Delaney Groce. Two sisters, Mary Lou Lockhart of Kendall, NY and Marion Shinners of Killbuck, NY., and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two infant sons, two sisters, Shirley Lewis and Doris Wirges; and two brothers, Hugh Pratt and Bob Stickney.

Friends may call on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 3-5 & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home, Inc. 33 South Avenue, Bradford where Funeral Services will be held Saturday May 12, 2012 at 10:00am. with the Rev. Edward Hillard officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in McKean Memorial Park.
Memorial contibutions, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

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Lewis Run Bridge Work Starts Monday

Work to replace a structurally deficient bridge in Lewis Run will get underway next week.

The bridge spans Lewis Run on Lafayette Avenue/Big Shanty Road in the borough of Lewis Run. Replacing the bridge with a new concrete arch structure will shorten the list of structurally deficient bridges in McKean County by one.

Work that is scheduled to start Monday, May 14 includes waterline relocation, storm sewer and inlet placements, and roadwork and drainage improvements on Big Shanty Road. This work will be done with little or no traffic impacts.

Once initial work is complete, a detour will be in effect so that the current bridge can be removed and the new one built. The detour is expected to begin on June 11 and last through late August. The detour route will use Route 4001, Route 59, and Route 219. PennDOT will issue an updated release before the detour goes into effect.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $1.3 million project. Work is scheduled to be finished in late September.

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And the Winner Is ...

Tina Wood shows off the one-of-a-kind Case knife she won in WESB's 65th Anniversary Celebration Contest. Pictured with Tina is WESB General Manager Don Fredeen. The knife -- the 47 Model -- is engraved with the current WESB logo on one blade, the original logo on another blade, and "65" on the third. Congratulations to Tina and thank you to W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. for the beautiful knife!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Man, Woman Charged for
Burglaries at Chautauqua Institution

Two people are in jail after being accused of burglarizing homes inside the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.

22-year-old William Sloan Jr. of Sherman is charged with seven counts of burglary. 23-year-old Stephanie Textor of Mayville is charged with four counts.

Sheriff’s deputies say in December and January the Chautauqua Institution Police Department received complaints about the burglaries. The sheriff’s department, Jamestown Police and the county Forensic Investigation Team assisted Chautauqua Police with processing the crime scenes.

Sloan and Textor were developed as suspects during a lengthy investigation and were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury. They were arrested at their homes without incident.

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Priceless Ways to Spend Mother's Day

By Sandra Rhodes
Visitor & Member Services
Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau

There are plenty of opportunities to show some appreciation to your mother this Mother’s Day in the Allegheny National Forest Region, whether it’s creating a craft together, shopping for some bling or sipping some wine.

Mark off the weekend of May 12 and May 13 for mom and treat her to something special here at Trail Central, located in northwestern Pennsylvania, just 90 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y.

You won’t need to needle mom into going to this great little store. Keeping Ewe in Stitches, at 10 Chestnut Street in Bradford, is a wonderful place to pick up your knitting and crocheting supplies and you can even start a project to take home with you.

Call Doris at 814-331-4860 for details.

Another crafty place is Paper to Pages at 20 Congress Street, Bradford. This unique craft store also has classes that can help you create memories that last a lifetime, as well as a place to keep those memories.

Here, you can learn about scrapbooking – including getting all the supplies for it – and can also create a photo scrapbook. Call 814-368-2530 if you’d like to take a class.

And what mom would not want a treat from Miss Maggies, a great place to pick up jewelry, purses and scarves at reasonable prices.

Miss Maggies, located at 241 East Main Street, Bradford, is a one-of-a-kind place where you can find a one-of-a-kind accessory. New shipments come in from Los Angeles and New York weekly. Call Bonnie at 814-362-4277 to find out what’s in store.

After working up an appetite, treat mom to a burger and a shake – and a step back in time – at Burgers & BBQ. Here, poodle skirts are not mandatory, but you wouldn’t exactly look out of place with one on either.

Located at 1020 E. Main St., in Bradford, Burgers & BBQ is the home of the pulled pork burger and serves fresh cut chips with each sandwich. This 50s-style restaurant offers the ambience Betty Boop and Elvis as well as curbside service.

After a morning in Bradford, travel to nearby Kane, about a 30-minute drive, to indulge in herbs, art and wine.

ArtWorks at the Depot at 1 South Fraley Street, conveniently located at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 66, is an artisan cooperative set in a restored 1873 railroad depot.

Enjoy, and possibly buy, some artwork made at the hands of local artisans. Be sure to check out the selection of Holgate Toys, which were once manufactured in Kane. The regular season starts Memorial Day weekend so call ahead at 814-837-8752 for an appointment.

Enjoy a tranquil experience at Edgewood Herbs, at 89 School St. in Kane. Indulge in some specialty made herbal vinegars and handmade soaps after a garden walk here. This is a truly wonderful experience for all of your senses.

Call ahead at 814-837-4832 to see about the gardening and herb classes offered.

After a full day shopping and crafting with mom, “wine” down a little bit by stopping at the Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge. Located at 309 Flickerwood Road in Kane, Flickerwood Wine Cellars offers award-winning wines that will please a variety of pallets whether it is white or red, sweet or dry.

An annual event in the area is a perfect place to take mom to enjoy the great outdoors and do some shopping, too.

Check out the 2012 Arts and Crafts Show at Rock City Park, located at 505 Route 16 South, just outside of Olean, N.Y. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, and will be packed with a variety of items for you to purchase for mom. Go on Mother’s Day and mom gets in for free. Call Cindy at 716-372-7790 for more information.

You can also put your best foot forward with mom by taking a stroll in the Mansion District in Smethport.

Take a leisure journey back in time when the lumber barons lived in the town of Smethport, the home of the famed Bucktail Regiment of the U.S. Civil War. Some of the buildings highlighted in this tour are the home of Henry Hamlin, who was once the wealthiest private banker in the United States, the Melbury House, once the stopover for slaves escaping north via the Underground railroad and the home of noted Civil War surgeon Dr. S.D. Freeman.

Brochures of the walking tour are available at the kiosk in front of the McKean County Courthouse, 500 West Main Street, Smethport.

You can also request a Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour Brochure, as well as other attractions in the Allegheny National Forest Region, by calling the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370. Information is also available on the region at

It's National Tourism Week

In recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week we spoke with Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, about the importance of tourism to McKean County and the forest region.

You can listen here.

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Art Competition Winner Announced

St. Marys student places third

Washington, D.C. — Kristen Henderlong of Clearfield Area High School, Clearfield, Pa., has won the Fifth Congressional District’s 2012 High School Art Competition, which was sponsored by U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard. Henderlong won the contest with her work, “The Essence of Light,” an acrylic-on-canvas painting of a classroom in Haiti where she had traveled to on a humanitarian mission.

“Kristen is a tremendously talented artist and I look forward to showcasing her work in the halls of Congress before the hundreds of daily visitors to the U.S. Capitol,” said Representative Thompson. “I want to thank each of the winners and all of the participants for their hard work, as well as their friends, teachers and families for supporting these young artists and making this another successful competition.”

The contestants and winning entries were recognized Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Winkler Gallery in DuBois, Pa. The 2012 competition received 17 entries from all across the Fifth District. The entries were judged by an independent panel of local artists.

“I am proud to sponsor this art competition that showcases the talents from our area schools. Elementary and High School Art programs promote creativity and innovation which are fundamental to problem-solving,” added Representative Thompson. “While some students competing today may find a future career using their skills to produce artwork professionally, all of these students will find creativity and innovation skills instrumental to their future success.”

A reception will be held for winners from each district on June 20 in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., before the artworks are hung in the U.S. Capitol Complex for the next year.

Additional Fifth District Awards:

-2nd Place: Katie Beard of Rockton, DuBois Area High School
Artwork: “Soul in Phthalo” (A relief painting of acrylic and plaster on canvas)

-3rd place: Joshua Floravit of St. Marys, St. Marys Area High School
Artwork: “A Pair of Parrots” (a collage of gum wrappers)

-Honorable Mention: Kelsey Karpinski of Ridgway, Elk County Catholic High School
Artwork: “M&M” (photography)

RPCI’s Dr. Alex Adjei Receives
Drug Development Professorship

BUFFALO, NY — Alex Adjei, MD, PhD, FACP, Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Katherine Anne Gioia Chair in Cancer Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), has received the inaugural Drug Development Research Professorship Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The funded professorship will support Dr. Adjei’s efforts to mentor junior colleagues in the areas of drug development, clinical trial design and regulatory science. Dr. Adjei’s current research on the anticancer effects of CBLB502, a toll-like receptor 5 agonist, will be the primary vehicle for his mentoring activities.

“CBLB502 is an agent developed by my Roswell Park colleague Dr. Andrei Gudkov and his company Cleveland BioLabs Inc.,” said Dr. Adjei. “We’ve begun a phase I clinical research study to assess its effectiveness in preventing and controlling growth of cancer cells, looking at all solid tumors. In their preclinical studies, Dr. Gudkov and his team made key findings about the structure of the target receptor, and now we’re applying the insights from those studies in the clinical setting.”

The Drug Development Research Professorship (DDRP) is designed to provide flexible funding to outstanding researchers who have made, and are continuing to make, significant contributions that have changed the direction of cancer research. The award supports researchers in exploring new and promising therapeutic compounds that will lead to improved treatments and mentoring young researchers in the scientific and regulatory aspects of drug development. The $500,000 award is supported by Sanofi Oncology.

“Many physicians become better clinicians because of their research or better researchers because of their clinical practice, but few incorporate these separate functions as fully and effectively as Alex,” said RPCI President & CEO Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP. “He deeply understands the realities of the drug-development arena — the possibilities and the limitations — and for all these reasons is uniquely qualified to mentor young researchers."

“The Conquer Cancer Foundation is dedicated to advancing care of cancer patients by supporting vital cancer research and investigator career development,” said Martin J. Murphy, DMedSc, PhD, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Research conducted by this year’s honorees will improve the lives of cancer patients as it draws us closer to creating a world free from the fear of cancer.”

In all, more than 200 cancer researchers will collectively receive more than $5 million in Conquer Cancer Foundation grants at ASCO’s 48th Annual Meeting, to be held June 1–5 in Chicago. For more information about him and the other award recipients, go to

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Man Gets 50 Years on Child Porn Charges

A 35-year-old Titusville man has been sentenced to 50 years in a federal prison without parole for trafficking in child pornography on his personal computer in 2010.

Craig Finley was convicted in January after he was found with 30,000 images of child pornography, mostly involving young boys. One of the images he distributed over the Internet showed him fondling a sleeping 10-year-old boy.

Assistant US Attorney Christian Trabold says Finley is a sexual predator and “every parent’s worst nightmare.”

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Pair Charged with More Burglaries

A 19-year-old and 16-year-old from Coudersport, who are already charged with several counts of burglary in connection to a three-county crime spree, are facing even more charges.

Aaron Trowbridge and a 16-year-old boy who police did not name allegedly broke into seven camps on Cherry Springs Road and East Fork Road in Potter County back in January. The value of the stolen items is more than $1,700. Damage is estimated at more than $1,500.

The 16-year-old is in a juvenile detention center. Trowbridge was arraigned for the camp burglaries, then sent back to McKean County Jail, where he has been since last month after being charged in connection to several burglaries in Port Allegany back in March.

Police arrested Trowbridge after a police chase that started in Olean.

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PSP: School Bus Wheel Incident
Was Not Criminal Act

State police say no evidence has been found to suggest the incident involving rear wheels falling off Johnsonburg school bus was a criminal act.

Last Thursday morning a set of wheels fell off the Johsonburg Area School District bus as it was taking 25 elementary school students to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The bus driver was able to bring the bus to a safe stop and no one was hurt.

The incident happened on Route 28 in Allegheny County.

Trooper Bruce Morris says state police treated the incident as a criminal investigation, and had the bus analyzed by forensic unit troopers and the state police motor carrier safety assistance program. They also reviewed the remaining fleet of buses and found no other problems or damage.

State police in Ridgway and Kittanning said they would like to thank the school district and the bus contractor for their assistance in the investigation.
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CO Allegedly Assaulted Girlfriend

A New York state corrections officer is accused of assaulting and choking his live-in girlfriend.

52-year-old William Prost allegedly hit his girlfriend in the face then covered her mouth and nose with his hand, keeping her from breathing.

The alleged incident happened at around 9:30 Sunday night in Fredonia

Prost was arraigned on charges of third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing and then released. An order of protection was issued for the victim.

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Man Pleads to Robbing Cab Driver

An Olean man has pleaded guilty to robbing a cab driver last summer.

26-year-old Stephen Schindlbeck was originally charged with first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery.

On August 15 on North Union Street in Olean he robbed a cab driver at gunpoint and got $106.

He is scheduled for sentencing on July 30.

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State Senate Passes Budget

Money restored for Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln

Better than anticipated revenues over the past few months enabled the Senate to pass a General Fund budget bill for Fiscal Year 2012-13 on Wednesday that makes significant restorations without raising taxes, according to Senator Jake Corman, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Senate Bill 1466 will provide substantial restorations to certain areas of the Governor’s proposed budget that reflect the fiscal realities that we have today. Increased revenues over the past few months allowed us to alter what the Governor had initially proposed back in February, including significant restorations to higher education, basic education, early childhood funding, and social service funding,” Senator Corman said.

General Fund spending for Fiscal Year 2012-13, as proposed in SB 1466, is $27.656 billion, $517.2 million, or 1.9 percent more than the Governor’s budget request in February.

“This budget, which is sustainable and balanced, reflects less than a 2 percent increase over last year, and is still less than the budget passed in 2008,” said Corman. “The budget reaffirms our commitment to keeping spending in line with revenues, and continues to acknowledge that we cannot increase the burden on taxpayers.”

SB 1466 reaffirms Senate Republican’s commitment to providing Pennsylvania’s young people with a quality education from the youngest ages through their college years, Corman stressed. SB 1466 maintains state support for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities, State System of Higher Education schools and community colleges at their current levels.

“The significant restorations to higher education get funding back to last year’s level,” Senator Corman said. “With our commitment to higher education, we have received commitments from the three presidents of Penn State, Pitt and Temple, as well as the chancellor of the State System of Higher Education, that the full restoration will give them the ability to keep tuition increases to a minimum, at most no higher than the Consumer Price Index. That will be significant to the families and students around Pennsylvania and a refreshing change for them to see a smaller tuition increase.”

The budget bill also includes additional support for local school districts over what the Governor proposed in February. SB 1466 adds more than $132 million in support for basic education, Accountability Block Grants and early childhood education programs over the February proposal.

Senate Bill 1466 also reinvests significant funding to help counties and local agencies provide essential social and health services to Pennsylvanians with physical and mental disabilities, senior citizens and families.

The bill restores $84 million in funding for the various programs that would be bundled under the Governor’s proposed Human Services Development Block Grant. Under his proposal, funding for multiple county administered programs would be consolidated into a single block grant.

SB 1466 restores $20 million in funding for vital Community Mental Retardation and Intellectual Disability programs that assist thousands of Pennsylvanians and their families on a daily basis.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. The current fiscal year ends on June 30.

SBU's Schmidt Inks Long-Term Contract

Men's basketball head coach Mark Schmidt has signed a long-term extension with St. Bonaventure University, director of athletics Steve Watson announced on Wednesday.

Schmidt, now under contract through the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign, inked a five-year extension following a season that culminated with the program's first Atlantic 10 Championship title and first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000. No further details of the contract will be announced.

"I'm happy we were able to reach a long-term agreement and give men's basketball at St. Bonaventure the security and continuity it deserves," Watson said. "Mark and his staff have done a terrific job with the program on the court, in the classroom, on campus and in the community. We look forward to their continued success."

The Sporting News Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year guided the Bonnies to 20 wins in 2011-12, the most in a season since 2000, while posting a 10-6 A-10 mark that earned a bye into the A-10 Championship in Atlantic City.

"I'm pleased and honored by the commitment the University made to me and my staff," Schmidt said. "The players that my staff has successfully recruited the previous five years have brought our program back to prominence. We fully expect to continue building on the tradition of excellence and doing it the right way in years to come."

SBU defeated three 20-win teams in as many days, highlighted by a 67-56 triumph of Xavier in the title game to advance to the NCAAs for the sixth time in school history.

The Bonnies received one vote in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll and have increased their league-win total in each of Schmidt's five seasons, while simultaneously improving the strength of schedule and Rating Percentage Index (RPI) metrics.

Additionally, the North Attleboro, Mass. native was instrumental in the development of A-10 Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-American Andrew Nicholson, who ended his career ranked second in school history in scoring (2,103 points) and fourth in rebounds (887).

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First of the Season

The Downtown Bradford Business District Authority held its first Lunch in the Square for this season today. Pictured above, a gentleman buys his lunch from John Williams European Pastry Shop, just one of the local restaurants that participated in the event. Pictured below, Cole Vecchio and Mike Silvis & Kaitlin Hallock perform on the gazebo "stage." Members of the Bradford Area High School Music Department, under the direction of Chad Young, provided entertainment.

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News coming a little later today regarding men's head coach Mark Schmidt and his status with the #Bonnies.

We'll pass the news along as soon as we get it.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sanitary Authority Hires Consultant

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The Bradford Sanitary Authority has decided to hire a consultant to help their engineers get through the upgrade to the sewage treatment plant.

Authority member Lee Ann Doynow updated Bradford City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night. She said the board looked at several consultants after council expressed concerns about the project. They decided to go with Tighe & Bond of Massachusetts because, Doynow said, they have the most experience with the broadest base.

According to the company’s website, Tighe & Bond “has a long history of designing efficient, cost-effective wastewater collection and treatment systems to achieve compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

Projects range from small industrial pretreatment systems to large regional treatment facilities. Designs may include features to conserve and/or reuse water, facilitate advanced nutrient removal or incorporate innovative residuals management processes where appropriate.”

Doynow also addressed the nearly $19 million PENNVEST loan and grant package the authority received two weeks ago. She said the authority will be acting on that during its meeting next Tuesday.

She also addressed concerns council had with the authority’s engineer working with the state Department of Environment Protection and other agencies.

“We do not have concerns about Pennsylvania regulatory agencies because they have had a good working relationship with Gannett Fleming, and they have been as cooperative they could be with us with our process,” she said.

“We really have full confidence in Gannett Fleming,” she added.

In other matters, council authorized a $53,000 Economic Development Loan to Protocol 80 – Jeremy Callinan, Josh Curcio and Don Kemick – to buy and renovate property on North Kendall Avenue.

Kemick explained that the men have been running their web marketing and development company out of home offices, for the most part, since 2002 and now they are ready to have their own building.

He said the property at 9-11 and 15 North Kendall is structurally sound but needs to be improved aesthetically, and that’s what they will be doing with the money.

The term of the loan is not to exceed 10 years and has an interest rate of 4 percent.

Council also approved a payment of $3,462 to Chase Card Services for a new directional sign for the Elm Street exit of the city’s Downtown Bradford Gateway Improvement project. They also approved a payment of $5,700 to Runyan Masonry to reconstruct a garage wall adjacent to the planned construction of a new parking lot facility on Pine Street.

Also Tuesday, Mayor Tom Riel read a thank-you note from Pitt-Bradford student Liz Tillman whose internship included learning more about city and state government.

Riel opened the meeting by asking for a moment of silence to honor Lewis Run Borough Council President Frank Langianese who passed away last week. Langianese had served on council for 56 years.

“It’s going to be a hard set of shoes to replace
,” Riel said.

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Flickerwood's New Wine Creation to Help
Support Tourism in McKean County

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Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau

Tourism in McKean County uncorks many possibilities for business here so it only seems fitting that a new wine was unveiled Tuesday night during Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s Spring Fling to celebrate National Tourism Week.

Kinzua Journey, a new wine developed by Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge in Kane, is now for sale with part of the proceeds to be donated to the ANFVB to help support tourism in McKean County. Tourism is the second largest industry in Pennsylvania.

Flickerwood co-owner Sue Zampogna said the tribute to the new Sky Walk is as much a celebration of the rebirth of this amazing attraction as it is a resurgence of their business from tourists.

“When the Sky Walk opened last September, we were amazed at the business we had at the winery from folks who had gone to the Sky Walk,” she said. “After nine years of little to no business from tourists going to the Kinzua Bridge State Park, we had kind of forgotten how such an amazing attraction would mean to local businesses.”

The opening of the Sky Walk has increased overnight stays in the area by more than 20 percent, bringing business to McKean County businesses.

Flickerwood’s customer base grows each year through tourists.

“Tourists are our largest block of customers. When a ‘tourist’ stops at the winery because he enjoys wine, it is our job to turn that tourist into a ‘customer’ who will come back, order wine online, tell their friends about us.”

Many tourists find out about Flickerwood and other businesses in McKean County and the surrounding area through the efforts of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, led by Executive Director Linda Devlin.

“Being a member of the ANFVB since we opened in 2000 has been very beneficial to the growth of our business,” Zampogna said. “This organization works tirelessly promoting their members and our region. The benefits members receive far outweigh the minimal membership fee. This is one way for us to give a little back for all the help, guidance, and promotion they have given us over the years.”

Devlin said that the work the ANFVB does it out of love for the region.

“Our job is really a great one – to promote a region we love, to talk to visitors who want to come and see what great attractions we have,” Devlin said. “When you look at it, it’s not really a job, but a passion.”

Then, when Zampogna found out that the ANFVB received zero funding from the state for 2012, she decided to help out there, too.

“Devlin discussed the situation with us and together we decided to craft a new wine to celebrate the Sky Walk and to donate proceeds from the sale of the wine to the ANFVB,” Zampogna said. “Linda, staff, and the board work tirelessly promoting our region and this is our attempt to help this organization stay in business.”

Devlin said that in McKean County alone, 758 jobs are directly supported by tourism, which generates $176 million dollars annually into our local economy.

“When Flickerwood decided to develop this new wine and donate some of the proceeds to the ANFVB, I was very excited,” Devlin said. “Tourism is so important to our area and it is partners like these that make our jobs wonderful.”

Devlin added there are many other exciting things happening in the region, including the expansion of the Penn Brad Oil Museum, the renovation of the store at the Zippo/Case Museum, the Lodge at Glendorn receiving its outfitting permit from the Allegheny National Forest, to name a few. There are also start-up businesses like B’s Canoeing Guide Service.

“The combination of all this, as well as the improvements at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, has increased the number of tourists that visit our region.”

“Our goal is to make this region the premier outdoor tourism destination for the East Coast of the United States,” Devlin said, adding that this is very much an attainable goal with 15 million people residing within a six-hour drive of the ANF Region.

A new outreach effort the ANFVB started this year is an e-newsletter that is sent to travelers interested in coming here. The newsletter features upcoming events and attractions. To receive the newsletter, go to the ANFVB website at

The Kinzua Sky Walk has been just one of the attractions featured in the past few months of the newsletter.

Zampogna’s daughter, Julie Zampogna-Wehner, who came up with the label idea and design, felt the name of the wine, Kinzua Journey, should be reflected in the label, which depicts the many phases of life of the bridge.”

Winemaker Ron Zampogna, Sue Zampogna’s partner in life and in the business, came up with the blend for Kinzua Journey.

“Because we wanted to release it at FlickerFest 2012, May 26, 27 and 28, the wine was started from the 2011 harvest. Mother Nature has been working its magic along with our winemakers ever since. It is just now ready in time for our anniversary weekend.”

The first vintage, which is priced at $14.95 per bottle, is in limited supply.

“When a new wine is crafted, especially a blend, we begin with a limited amount to see how popular it will be. If Kinzua Journey is a success, as we are sure it will be, we will be making it again from the 2012 harvest and will continue to make it and donate proceeds from the sales to the ANFVB,” Zampogna said.

Zampogna described the wine as a blend of three different white grapes. This unique blend brings out a smooth tropical flavor with a hint of grapefruit. It is a semi-sweet wine with a crisp ending and a wonderful fruity bouquet.

The wine is only available through Flickerwood Wine Cellars at 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane.

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Causer Continues Push for Efficient
Removal of Small Stream Flood Hazards

HARRISBURG – Citing the inefficient and cumbersome process communities must endure when trying to remove potential flood hazards from small streams, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced legislation to force the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to streamline its process.

“Stream obstructions, such as gravel bars, are serious flood hazards and can threaten the lives and property of people living nearby,” Causer said. “This is a serious problem, and we need a clear, efficient and effective process to deal with it – now.”

During state House budget hearings earlier this year, Causer and several other lawmakers questioned DEP Secretary Michael Krancer extensively about the issue of gravel bars and the difficulty communities and property owners have when trying to address the hazard they create. Causer cited a situation in Emporium, Cameron County, where officials have been working for more than five years to gain approval to remove a gravel bar. The situation is still not resolved.

“The folks in Emporium just keep hitting one roadblock after another, and this is not an isolated case,” Causer said. “This is a frustrating situation for everyone involved, and we need to find a solution.”

The goal of House Bill 2359 is to create a clear and effective process to better manage stream obstruction problems without an unnecessary, complicated and expensive permitting process. The bill also includes measures to further expedite stream clearings when such activities are deemed to be an emergency by local, county or state authorities.

The bill is expected to be referred to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

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Zippo Heating Things Up at BRMC

By Stephanie Timblin
Senior Communications Specialist
Upper Allegheny Health System

Zippo has been heating things up for 80 years. Now they’re doing it large-scale, with a $750,000 donation to Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to modernize the hospital's boiler plant.

"We are extremely grateful to George Duke and Zippo for this very significant gift to our community hospital," said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center and its parent company, Upper Allegheny Health System.

"Zippo and members of the Blaisdell family have a long history of tremendous generosity to BRMC and the community. Their notable giving over the decades has made so many things possible at BRMC,” Finan said. “Zippo’s faith and confidence in the hospital means so much to all of us. It is both motivational and inspirational in terms of our desire to work even harder to provide our community with high quality and personalized health care."

George Duke, Zippo owner and chairman, is encouraged by recent information coming from the Bradford hospital. “The news that BRMC operated in the black last year is a strong testament to the job Tim and his staff are doing. Their commitment to upgrading the facility is a direct result of getting the organization on a firmer footing."

“In addition,” Duke said, “several people who have received services at BRMC recently have expressed to me very positive comments about the quality of their experience when they were at the hospital - further endorsement of the fine job Tim and staff are doing to provide our area with a first-class medical facility.”

The hospital's current boiler plant is nearly 60 years old. "It's a part of the hospital that patients never see but having a modern, efficient, and state-of-the-art boiler plant is essential to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all we serve,” Finan explained. “This gift will provide a very significant and positive impact to our facility and fills a critical need at BRMC. The plant is currently well beyond its useful life and its replacement is essential.”

Duke noted the irony of the current situation. “In 1954, my grandfather, Zippo founder George G. Blaisdell, provided an air conditioner for every room in the then newly-remodeled hospital. Now, nearly 60 years later, we’re going to heat it up rather than cool it down.”

“On behalf of all the patients and community members that we serve, BRMC is tremendously grateful to Zippo for its continued generosity to our hospital,” Finan said.

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Update on Power Outages

Power outages have been affecting the Bradford area for most of the day.

Penelec’s Linda Routzhan says equipment problems caused outages that affected upwards of 2,000 people a couple of times today. The first was at about 4 a.m.

The outages forced W.R. Case to cancel its second shift.

The last outage was a “forced outage” crews had to start in order to replace a piece of wire that burned up, Routzhan said. She said crews would continue working until all power is restored, which it was before 6 p.m. according to the company's outage map.

A power surge to a transformer at Bradford Regional Medical Center caused the hospital to temporarily close Upbeat, Smart and Foothills Medical Group offices in the Interstate Parkway facility.

Patient care was not affected, according to Stephanie Timblin of Upper Allegheny Health System.

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GGB Community Spirit Awards Presented

CARE for Children and Pat Ryan received the 2012 George G. Blaisdell YMCA Community Service Award this morning.

Ryan (right) is director of operations at Futures Rehabilitation Center and heads McKean County’s Special Olympics program.

CARE Executive Director Tina Martin and Board President Mick Marshall accepted the award for the agency, which is in the second phase of its fundraising drive to build a new facility on East Main Street.

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