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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Motorcyle Show to Benefit CARE for
Children Coming to Bradford in July

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Create Special Memories with Dad in the Allegheny National Forest Region

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

It’s been 40 years since Father’s Day was named a federal holiday so it’s the perfect time to explore the Allegheny National Forest Region, located in northwestern Pennsylvania with dad. Surprise dad by building an adventure that will allow the both of you to share the forest by air, on land, or by water.

Vintage Biplane Rides, operated by experienced pilot Bruce Klein, allows you to soar over the amazing Kinzua Sky Walk and the Allegheny National Forest in a beautifully restored 1943 Boeing Stearman. Featuring an open cockpit, a biplane offers a safe, enjoyable and memorable opportunity to fly with some wind in your hair, a little sun warming your face and a lot of joy in your heart.

Flights take off from the Bradford Regional Airport, 212 Airport Road, Lewis Run, Pa., located along Route 59 just southeast of the City of Bradford. Rides are $80 per person; group rates and gift certificates are available. Reservations, which need to be made in advance, may be made by calling 814-642-9486 or 814-558-5376.

If dad’s more of a water guy, then contact Brian Pfister at B’s Canoeing Guide Service for a guided canoe journey on the Tunungwant Creek. Flowing north into the Allegheny River, the “Tuna” as locals call the Tunungwant, is a seven mile scenic water trail that is always smooth and floatable. There’s no need to walk this trail. Adults and children, at least 8 years of age, are welcome. Groups from 2 to 10 can be accommodated per trip. Your canoe trip will include a lunch of sandwiches, potato chips and a white cake made with homemade maple syrup. Guests are asked to bring their own beverages; alcohol is prohibited. To book your trip at $50 per person, call B’s Canoeing Guide Service at 814-598-7348 or e-mail

The Gateway Lodge in Cooksburg is brewing up something special for dad – or anyone who likes a little beer. The Bed & Brew Weekend will be held June 15-17 this year. The package includes two nights in a luxury suite with breakfasts, a home brewing workshop by Porterhouse Brewshop on Friday; an amazing five-course dinner on Saturday with live music and optional Great Lakes beer pairings. The cost is $499 per couple plus $20 per person for beer pairings. Call 814-744-8017 or visit for more details.

There are plenty of things to spark dad’s interest at the Zippo/Case Museum, located at 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, including a newly expanded line of outdoor items. Besides Zippo lighters and Case knives, emergency fire starter kits, flex neck utility lighters, water resistant flashlights and a variety of campfire starters are offered in the newly remodeled gift store located within the museum. The museum and store are open seven days a week; admission is free. To create a customized Zippo windproof lighter for dad, go online at You simply upload your own photo or use an image from the Zippo Image Library, add your own text and then in just three easy steps have a one-of-a-kind Zippo lighter made just for your dad.

Sportsman’s Outlet located at 500 Chestnut Street, Bradford, is the place to shop for outdoor gear for dad at discounted prices. Surprise dad, with a stop at the store to purchase an Old Town Canoe or kayak in just the right size and color, and then drive just eight miles to the Allegheny Reservoir to launch your vessel on its maiden voyage. Willow Bay, along the Allegheny Reservoir, offers both cabins and campsites for rent. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at If you don’t have a tent, Sportsman’s Outlet sells those, too!

If dad likes to stay on land, we have him covered there, too, as he can enjoy playing the links on the golf courses on the FORE! Golf Cattaraugus-McKean County Golf Trail. A dozen golf courses within a two- county area in northwestern Pennsylvania and southwestern New York have joined together to provide a visiting golfer with a wide variety of 18-hole and nine-hole golf experiences.

One you will want to try for sure is the Kane Country Club, located at 6654 Route 6, Kane. On Wednesday’s, this course offers the “Steak Special”, where you get 18 holes of golf, a cart and a steak dinner for just $35. Call to reserve your tee time at 814-837-9491 or check out the website at If you want to bring the family or enjoy a guy’s getaway group, Pennhills Country Club offers a package deal that includes golf, dinner and overnight at Heritage Suites in Bradford. Reservations may be made by calling 814-368-6159 or e-mailing For a full range of courses offered, visit

To see the area by foot, plan a day or weekend trek on one of the trails within the Allegheny National Forest Region. Downloadable maps of the trails are available at You may also request a free travel guide and map, full of other ideas of things to do, food and beverage stops and overnight accommodations at 800-473-9370.

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Ceglia Expert: Contract is Authentic

Paul Ceglia has received some of the news he’s been waiting for.

The Wellsville man claims he owns part of Facebook, but lawyers for the multi-billion company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg claim Ceglia doctored a contract he and Zuckerberg signed in 2003.

Earlier this week a forensic document examiner filed a 99-page declaration in federal court in Buffalo saying the contract is authentic.

James Blanco says experts for Facebook were wrong when they said evidence proves Ceglia forged the contract.

Facebook attorney Orin Snyder still contends Ceglia is a fraud.

Zuckerberg has said that he and Ceglia did sign a contract, but it was to work on another project that had nothing to do with Facebook.

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SBU's Katie Krisko Signs Pro Contract

Former St. Bonaventure women's soccer defensive standout Katie Krisko has signed a professional contract to join Gustafs GoIF in Sweden's Second Division.

Krisko, who graduated in May, was a four-year starter for the Bonnies, anchoring the defensive backline for the Brown and White each season. She will join her new team in Sweden on Friday.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to continue my soccer career in Sweden," Krisko said. "I'm anxious to get back on the field and make an impact. I can't thank my family, coaches and friends enough for all their support and encouragement in helping me do what I love."

A native of Ashland, Ohio, Krisko made an immediate impact for SBU in her first season, being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Krisko started 17 of 19 games, helping lead the Bonnies to five shutouts and also chipped in with two game-winning goals and 10 points on the campaign (4 G, 2 A).

Krisko played every minute of every A-10 game at center back during her freshman season, helping the Bonnies hold their final eight regular-season opponents to just eight total goals en route to a berth in the A-10 Tournament.

The postseason – which the program had reached only once prior to Krisko's freshman year – became the norm by her senior season as she helped guide Bonaventure to four consecutive A-10 Tournament appearances.

"This is a great opportunity for Katie," head coach Manoj Khettry said. "I couldn't be happier that she gets to continue playing beyond college, and hopefully she can continue to play for as long as she wishes.

"She had opportunities to play in other countries, but this is the best and highest level for her right now. I have no doubt Katie will take full advantage of this, and hopefully this will lead to other opportunities for our players in the coming years."

Krisko was one of just three players to start all 20 games this past season and aided in the Bonnies picking up seven shutouts on the campaign. She also contributed two assists – one coming in the A-10 Tournament – and a game-winning goal.

All told, Krisko helped backstop 24 shutouts over her four-year career. Out of the backfield she tallied 17 points in her career on six goals and five assists and was part of 42 victories. Krisko is a member of the first Bona senior class in program history to have graduated with a double-digit win average each of the four seasons.

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Pitt-Bradford Students Donate
Time, Money to Community

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Over the past year, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students have contributed 7,771 community service hours and $10,337 in donations to various causes locally and globally.

The hours and donations were compiled by Tonya Ackley, coordinator of community engagement, a position created a year ago at Pitt-Bradford to match Pitt-Bradford students with opportunities for service in the Bradford community and beyond.

Alpha Phi Omega, a co-educational service fraternity, provided the most hours of service with 1,444. APO worked with Red Cross and Community Blood Bank Blood Drives, Adopt-a-Highway, Empty Bowls project to benefit the Friendship Table, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Friendship Table, George G. Blaisdell Elementary School and Special Olympics.

Students in Free Enterprise provided 827 hours of service teaching at the Federal Correctional Institution McKean, assisting local entrepreneurs, helping out with a Future Business Leaders of America high school and at the every Woman Opportunity Center as well as encouraging environmental awareness on campus.

Kappa Sigma fraternity provided 548 hours of service with the Adopt-a-Highway program, Bradford Gun Club, Bradford Ecumenical Home, Masonic Temple and SPCA.

Several student groups also received recognition for their community service efforts at the annual Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony. In addition to Alpha Phi Omega, those included the African American Student Union, Asian Student Alliance, Christ In Action, Habitat for Humanity, LGBTS Alliance, Panthers Against Tobacco, Pitt Improvers, SIFE, Men’s Soccer Team, and Theta Sigma Delta. Individual students who received recognition for their community service efforts were Danielle Erdley, Samantha McGriff, Vanessa Olivio, James Segee, Courtney Shroyer, Antony Summers and Natalie Weiss.

The Student Nurse Organization received special recognition for its commitment to service for projects such as Grandparent’s Day, Pumpkin Festival, the Annual SNO Food Drive, and the Valentine’s Day SNO-ball. SNO also had given the most in charitable donations from a student organization, having raised $1,375 and donated to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, a health mission in Africa and a clean water project and the Mental Health Awareness Walk.

In addition to matching those in need of help with those who can provide it, Ackley helps students gain real-world experience through service-learning in their courses. Her first such endeavor involved helping Dr. Reece Wilson, assistant professor of education, by connecting 14 students in his Family and Community Relations class with organizations in the community. Pairs of students volunteered with various community partners such as CARE for Children, the Compassion Project, Head Start, the Bradford Family YMCA and the Bradford Area Public Library. Each student performed approximately ten hours of service, resulting in 170 total hours of service.

Ackley said many of the organizations and events that the campus contributes to, such as Relay for Life, have been university staples for years.

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America's Most Wanted to Air
Update on Joseph Chapman

Former fugitive Joseph Chapman is back in jail, but he will be on America’s Most Wanted again on Friday.

The show will feature an update on Chapman, who was captured because a Stockton, New York, woman saw him on America’s Most Wanted and called police.

Chapman escaped from the McKean County Jail in 2007, where he was being held after violating his probation in Cameron County. He is still facing charges related to the rape of an 8-year-old girl in Cameron County.

Since his escape, he lived in East Amherst, Depew and Gasport before moving to Chautauqua County last fall’ He had been using the name Joshua Tompkins, and had been working as a construction worker, handy man and security officer.

The update on America's Most Wanted airs on the Lifetime Network at 9 p.m. on Friday.

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Bradford Woman Arrested in Allegany

A Bradford woman is facing charges after allegedly going through a drive-through at an Allegany fast food restaurant repeatedly.

Sheriff’s deputies say they stopped 35-year-old Jessica Danielson of Garlock Hollow at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday after getting reports that she had gone through the drive-through at Burger King a number of times.

Danielson was charged with three felony counts of driving while intoxicated and set to jail on $1,500 bail.
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One More from Zippo ...

I thought I lost this picture, but this morning I found it on my other camera. (Yes, I had two cameras, a video recorder and a sound recorder. And yes, I'm a mulit-tasker.) Pictured are WKBW-TV's Keith Radford, WICU-TV's Paul Wagner, two members of the international media (The woman on the right is from the UK.) and Zippo's Kathy Jones waiting for the 500 millionth lighter to make its way to the engraving station.
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At Fretz Middle School ....

Yesterday four of our resident St. Francis Drive ducks checked out the grounds of Fretz Middle School.

Today ...

...Fretz students are holding their third annual Mini Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Wednesday Rainbow

After Wednesday's early evening downpour we spotted a rainbow on St. Francis Drive. There's a 50-50 chance of seeing rainbows today. The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and, other than that, we'll see partly sunny skies.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wedding Belle Winner

This year’s Wedding Belle’s contest winner was announced earlier today on The Morning Buzz.

Amber Bacha (pictured with fiance Randy Confer) is the winning bride-to-be and will receive $1,000. You can see a list of the runners-up and their prizes here.

This year’s contest pumped $1.94 million into the local economy.

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ARC Taking Strawberry Shortcake Orders

The McKean-Potter Counties American Red Cross is still taking orders for its Strawberry Shortcakes fundraiser to support Red Cross programs.

The shortcakes feature a full southern style biscuit smothered with fresh sweetened strawberries and topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream, served in a sealed 16oz container and is delivered to your business or location. Spoons and napkins are provided also and shortcakes will be delivered on Thursday, June 14th.

Anyone interested in ordering should contact the Red Cross office by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 12th to place their order. Information and order forms are also available on the chapter website at There is a minimum order of 4 shortcakes for delivery. Anyone interested in placing an order or with questions can contact the Red Cross at 368-6197. Delivery area limited to Bradford and the surrounding townships and the Smethport area.

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Ray Bradbury Dies at Age 91

Ray Bradbury, the author of classics such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “Something Wicked this Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Tuesday night in Los Angeles at the age of 91.


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UPB Summer Plantings Inspired by Artists

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Artists Monet, Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe were inspired by flowers, but Bob Harris, facilities worker and gardener at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, is inspired by the artists.

This year, Harris has designed the flower beds at Pitt-Bradford with an artistic influence in mind. Each major planting is inspired by the work of an artist: Monet, Van Gogh, Titian (he wanted to throw in a Renaissance painter), Georgia O’Keeffe and Picasso.

It’s not the first year his beds have had a scholarly theme. They’ve been based on the colors of ancient Egypt (complete with plexiglass pyramid), mimicked Victorian carpet patterns and reproduced the Minotaur’s Labyrinth on the Greek island of Crete.

This theme, he said, reflects his interest in and envy of painters. Plus, he’s got art in the family – a wife who loves art history and a daughter who’s a mixed media artist in New Mexico.

The Monet bed will be the campus’s largest in front of the Hanley Library and reflect a period at the end of the artist’s life when he was going blind and planted a large numbers of white flowers at his own home in Givenchy France.

The white bed will use angelonia, lantana and snow princess studded with spots of indigo blue. The campus fountain will have white water lilies, of course.

In front of Swarts Hall will be Harris’s tribute to Van Gogh, using red and golden shades. Miniature sunflowers will evoke the painter’s famous subject while frustrating the campus’s many chipmunks. Other flowers include tiger eye – a type of black-eyed Susan – and gold lantana.

Along the edges will be columns of Mexican burning bush that will turn red in the fall. Harris said his daughter reminded him that Van Gogh always painted tall, columnar plants in his own paintings.

Traveling in time across the Bromeley Quadrangle, the bed in front of Fisher Hall will be filled with Titian reds such as red salvia, verbena and amaranthus, which he said looks like a tall poinsettia.

In front of the Frame-Westerberg Commons, Harris will plant calla lilies like those famously painted by O’Keeffe, tall, bright canna lilies and miniature hibiscus.

Plantings near the Harriett B. Wick Chapel will reflect Picasso’s blue period with black and blue salvia, blue heliotrope and blue verbena. Harris tried to incorporate the planes of Picasso’s work by using different heights of plantings.

He said the beds should be in full bloom by July.

Pictured, Bob Harris, facilities worker and gardener at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, planting a bed of flowers inspired by the works of Vincent VanGogh.
Photo by Alan Hancock

Remember, you can listen to "Around the Home" with Bob Harris at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays on 1490 WESB.

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Lots of Award Winners

WESB and The Hero's Create-a-Commercial winners for this year were recognized this morning during an assembly at the school.
Nate Franco came in first with his ad for W.R. Case & Sons.

Second place went to Chris Eaton for 100.1 the; third place went to George Hocker for Kathy Obermeyer/Real Living Avista Properties and Casey Warner for Signature Smile. An honorable mention went to Linsy Simanowski for Northwest Savings.

The annual Awards Assembly for seniors was held last night at the school.

Bethany Swan performs "Sonata" during Tuesday's assembly. Swan, who served as a drum major for the Marching Owls, was presented with several awards and scholarships.

Jon Hannon (purple shirt) hugs one of the recipients of the first Bryan Hannon Memorial Scholarship. Bryan Hannon, Jon's brother, died in August of last year in an automobile accident at the age of 21. Bryan was a 2008 graduate of Bradford Area High School. The scholarship recipients are Paul DePalma, Kayla Hayden, Colton Holzworth and Emily Marshall. Also pictured is Bryan and Jon's mother, Tammie.

Jamie Teribery hugs Pat Vigliotta, who awarded several students with Zachary P. Vigliotta Memorial scholarships. Also pictured is Ann Keane.

US Air Force Major Jean Kirst officially announces the appointment of Ryan VanGuilder to the Air Force Academy in Colorado, Springs. VanGuilder's classmates gave him a standing ovation.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

George Duke: GGB Would Not Believe It

Zippo owner and Chairman of the Board George Duke places the 500 millionth lighter in its permament spot in the Zippo/Case Museum. He said his grandfather, founder George G. Blaisdell, would not have believed the company would reach this milestone.

Listen here.

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The -- Almost -- Finishing Touches

Zippo employees watch as the 500 millionth lighter is engraved. Ruth Wagner oversees the engraving process.

The -- almost -- finished product at 10:51 a.m. The case is finished, but the "insides" have not been added yet.

In the following videos Jim McDonough, Zippo's vice president of operations, explains to the media where the 500 millionth has been, and what's happening next. McDonough guided the lighter through each step of the production process.

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The New Zippo's Journey

Each and every Zippo employee got a chance to touch the 500 millionth lighter, which was manufactured today -- the birthday of founder George G. Blaisdell.

Barb Reid hands part of the "insides" of the lighter to CEO Greg Booth. On September 21 Reid will celebrate her 47th year with the company. The rest of the "insides" were presented by A.J. Comilla, who has been with Zippo since 1989 but has had perfect attendance since 1994

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Crash at Foster Brook Intersection

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a three-vehicle crash at East Main Street and Derrick Road at just before 2 o'clock this afternoon. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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The Click Heard 'Round the World

Zippo owner and Chairman of the Board George Duke lights the 500 millionth Zippo lighter this morning, about an hour after it came off the assembly line and was engraved. As Duke lit the milestone lighter, all the Zippo employees and guests held their lighters high. As the wind started blowing Duke quipped, "It's a good thing they're windproof."

More photos and information will be coming later today.

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