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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ridgway Woman Dies in House Fire

An 89-year-old Ridgway woman died in a fire in her home early this morning.

Elizabeth Verbeck was trapped in the fire that was reported at about 2:15 a.m. The blaze did $150,000 to the two-story house.

A cause for the fire has not been determined yet but State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti stressed that it is not believed to be arson. The investigation is continuing.

Two fires earlier within the last month are believed to be arson.

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Relay Surpasses Goal
By More Than $6,000!

The 2012 McKean County Relay for Life not only met its goal -- it went over it by $6,250.

At the end of today's relay co-chair Brian Abers told the teams they raised $91,000. The goal set by the regional office was $84,750.

"We blew that total away," Abers said.

Oh, and by the way, they did it with eight fewer active teams than they had last year when they raised $75,000.

“You guys did it because your hearts are in the right places,” Abers said. “We are here to find a cure for cancer. You guys keep working hard like that, keep raising money like that – that cure’s coming. We’re just a few steps away.”

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Man Allegedly Spit Blood at Deputy, EMS

A Bemus Point man is accused of intentionally spitting blood at EMS personnel who were trying to help him after an accident this morning and, later, spitting blood on a deputy sheriff.

Deputies say they got a call about a crash at just before 3 a.m. and found 22-year-old Scott Oram and his vehicle in the woods off Hannum Road in the Town of Chautauqua. Oram sustained facial injuries in the crash and while being treated by EMS personnel started swinging in an attempt to punch them. While being transported to the hospital he allegedly spit blood on the EMS providers, and also tried to hit one of them and a sheriff’s deputy. He also allegedly spit blood on the deputy.

At the hospital he had to be restrained so he could be treated. When he was discharged from the hospital he was sent to jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Oram is charged with obstruction of EMS and obstruction of governmental administration as well as driving while intoxicated and a number of traffic violations.

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Bolivar Veteran Gets Medal, Reconition

BOLIVAR, NY – Specialist 5 Thomas Jordan had no idea he deserved medals for his service in the Army until he spoke with long-time friend and recent medal recipient Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Third Class Daniel Little.

“Dan Little, who already received medals from Senator Young, was in the Navy and said something about the Korean Defense Medal. He thought I might be eligible to receive it, told me to send my DD-214 to the Senator’s office and they would research it. That’s how it all began,” Spec. 5 Jordan said.

“I would have never pursued the medal if it hadn’t been for Dan. He started it, and that’s how this all took place,” he added.

During a ceremony at the Kenyon Andrus American Legion Post on Friday, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Spec. 5 Jordan with the Korean Defense Service Medal and a Cold War Recognition Certificate.

“Spec. 5 Jordan committed a total of three years, eight months, and 21 days of active service in the United States Army, and it is a incredible privilege for me to present this medal and certificate to him. Our veterans deserve the utmost respect and I am grateful for the opportunity to thank Spec. 5 Jordan for his courage, drive and dedication,” Senator Young said.

Petty Officer Little added, “I know Tom sacrificed a lot, and I’m proud of him, and the fact he’s willing to be at this ceremony. Since my ceremony, people have mentioned the impact they saw it had on my grandchildren. I think it will be the same with Tom. I’ve known him for so long, and he’s a good fella. We’ve kept our noses clean, and I’m glad for him. This is well-deserved.”

Spec. 5 Jordan enlisted in the Army on April 14, 1967, just two months before his graduation from Portville Central School. He said he joined the Army because he wanted to be in the same branch in which his father served.

“My grandparents had 13 children, and nine were in the military,” Spec. 5 Jordan said. “My father and his brothers were in the service. It’s a military family and I wanted to be a part of that. That’s it in a nutshell. We’re die-hard military.”

After completing basic training in Fort Dix, N.J., Thomas Jordan traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia to study engineering. He then became a combat engineer and a heavy equipment engine mechanic.

Spec. 5 Jordan’s unit originally had orders to go to Vietnam. However, Korean capture of the U.S.S. Pueblo on January 23, 1968 changed the course of action. The Army split the unit, deployed half of the group to Vietnam, and sent the other section to Korea to respond to the ship’s capture.

After spending over three years in the Army, Spec. 5 Jordan and his wife Susan returned to Western New York where they raised three children, Jeff, Heidi and Kimberly. They also have two grandchildren, Emma and Chloe.

In June of 1971, Spec. 5 Jordan accepted employment with American Olean Tile, where he worked for 35 years. He then became a substitute teacher at Bolivar-Richburg Central School, which led to his current position in special education, where he has been for five years.

During the ceremony, Spec. 5 Jordan received the federal Cold War Recognition Certificate that is given to members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States any time during the Cold War, which is defined as a period lasting from September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.

Senator Young also presented Spec. 5 Jordan with a Korean Defense Service Medal, which is given as recognition for military service in the Republic of Korea and the surrounding waters after July 28, 1954 and ending on such a future date as determined by the Secretary of Defense

For Spec. 5 Jordan, Petty Officer Little, and Commander Gerald Bonney, the medal ceremony is significant for them, as well as all other veterans.

“It means a lot to me, being in a commander’s position in the Legion, to be able to honor Tom in this way and to have the service here so the Legion and community can see what’s going on,” Commander Bonney said. “It’s really great to see they’re still alive and are able to be honored like that. I’m really happy that Senator Young is involved with the needs of veterans. That’s a plus to me too.”

Petty Officer Little said, “I think this medal presentation is great because it’s well-deserved. It’s nice that someone listens, and I hope this ceremony an encouragement to others and that they check into their medal eligibility.”

Spec. 5 Jordan added, “A veteran is a veteran no matter where you serve. I don’t want to be in the limelight and have others not in the limelight. Everyone is equal, whether you served in Vietnam or Afghanistan. You are all equal, and I try to stress that with all my friends, regardless of whether they were in combat.”

“I don’t know how to express myself because this is all new to me. I would have never pursued the medal if it hadn’t been for Dan. I just want to say ‘thank you,’” he said.

Veterans with questions about medals or other issues should call Senator Young’s office at (800) 707-0058 or email

Pictured, Senator Young presents Thomas Jordan with the Korean Defense Service Medal and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

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Bradford Relay for Life 2012

Relay for Life co-chair Brian Abers and his wife Val walk the Survivors Lap hand-in-hand Friday during the annual American Cancer Society event. Later today Abers, a cancer survivor, will announce the grand total raised for this year's relay. (We have it on good authority that they will surpass their goal. We'll let you know.)

"Michelle" Walter, a Miss Relay contestant, checks out the motorcycle being raffled off by Kids and Cancer. The bike winner will be announced after the annual Kids and Cancer Motorcyle Run next month.

A couple more Miss Relay contestants, along with Scooby Doo, walk the loop at Pitt-Bradford.

Allegany Old Home Week

A large crowd enjoys Allegany Old Home Week activities on the penultimate day of the event. 100.1 The Hero's Scott Douglas was there for a live broadcast from 6 to 8 p.m.

The festivities continue today with the kids carnival from noon to midnight and the Firemen's Annual Grand Parade at 6:30 p.m. starting at the intersection of Seventh and Main streets and ending at the intersection of First and Main. Prizes will be awarded at Pavilion area at Firemen's Park.

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Corbett Comments on Sandusky Verdict

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today released the following statement on the conviction of Jerry Sandusky in Centre County Court:

“First, I want to thank the jury for their willingness to serve on such a difficult case,’’ Corbett said.

“I also want to commend the multiple victims in this case who had the courage to come forward and testify in court, confronting Sandusky, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these reprehensible crimes,’’ Corbett said.

“The agents and prosecutors of the Attorney General’s Office, as well as the Pennsylvania State Police, also deserve a great deal of credit for today’s verdict. They pursued every lead, gathering evidence from multiple victims, in order to bring this man to justice,’’ Corbett said.

Sandusky was convited on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abuse 10 boys over a 15-year period while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State. The scandal led to the firing of university president Graham Spanier and legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky's bail immediately following the verdict and was sent to jail. He is expected to be sentenced in about three months and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Man Sets Fire to Tree Stand While He's
In It After Being Accused of Bath Salt Use

A Warren County man accused of using bath salts allegedly set items in a house on fire, ran from police and then set a tree stand on fire while he was in it.

Police say the incident started on Tuesday evening when 31-year-old Jacob Richards was inside in house on Pineville Road in Southwest Township pounding on the floors, walls and ceiling of his bedroom. After the 51-year-old female victim confronted him about using bath salts, he barricaded himself inside his room and fired a shot from a shotgun. The victim left the house and contacted police.

When state police, sheriff’s deputies, and adult probation officers arrived on the scene Richards would not answer the phone or the public address system used to contact him inside the house. He eventually set fire to items inside the house. Smoke started coming from the eaves of the house and he crawled out through a hole he cut in the floor and ran into the woods.

Several members of the sheriff’s department tried to apprehend him with no success. Two deputies were hurt during the pursuit.

Several hours later police found Richards in a tree stand in a wooded area in Pleasantville. He refused to come out of the tree stand, and set fire to it while he was still in it.

Richards was eventually taken into custody and taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained during the pursuit. He was then taken to jail on charges of arson, flight to avoid apprehension, persons not to possess firearm, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest. Police say further court action is pending.

During a search of the house after the fire was put out, police found a rifle and a 12-guage shotgun with 5 live shells in it. They also found several live rounds near the rifle.

Franklin-based state police and Forest County sheriff's deputies assisted.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Strengthens Witness Protection

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is allowing indicting grand juries to be used statewide in certain cases to enhance safeguards against witness intimidation.

Under a new set of Rules of Criminal Procedure, an indicting grand jury would be permitted in lieu of preliminary hearings in cases in which witness intimidation has occurred, is occurring or is likely to occur. Judicial districts abandoned the use of indicting grand juries nearly 20 years ago in favor of other procedural options authorized under an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. The new rules permit their resumption.

Any of Pennsylvania’s 60 judicial districts could petition the Supreme Court for approval to use the new procedures under the rules that take effect in 180 days. Once Supreme Court approval is given to a district, a prosecutor could seek approval of the president judge on a case-by-case basis to use an indicting grand jury, but only in cases involving witness intimidation.

“The intimidation of witnesses in criminal proceedings threatens the integrity of the criminal justice system and puts justice at risk,” Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Ronald D. Castille said in announcing the new rules. “Providing more flexibility to ensure the safety of witnesses who come forward to testify in cases involving violent acts recognizes their personal safety and promotes greater trust and confidence in the judicial system.”

A “grand” jury is so named because 23 jurors and up to 15 alternates would serve on the panel, rather than the standard 12-member trial jury. An indicting grand jury determines whether to indict the defendant, so that the defendant would face trial in the Court of Common Pleas. The new rules do not impact the defendant’s constitutional right to confrontation since the defendant is still entitled to confront his or her accusers at trial. Indicting grand juries are used in a number of other states and federal courts.

The effort to curtail witness intimidation came from a panel of legal experts the Supreme Court appointed to address issues challenging the Philadelphia criminal court system. The commission of judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers, led by Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, recommended re-instituting the indicting grand jury in Pennsylvania as a way to address the problem of witness intimidation.

The comprehensive set of new rules and related rules changes incorporating the recommended procedures was developed by the Supreme Court’s advisory Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.

For a copy of the new rules:

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Police Looking for Missing Jamestown Girl

UPDATE: She's been found, and is safe.

Jamestown police are asking for help in locating a teenager who has been missing for more than a month.

16-year-old Natasha M. Correa left her home on May 11 and has not been seen since. She is described as a Hispanic female, 5-foot-4 and 127 pounds. She has long brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing dark jeans, dark shoes with red stripes and a gray T-shirt.

Police are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 716-483-8477.

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Program Note:

Frank Williams will be talking with Bradford Little League Commissioner Barry Bacha on today's Sports Forum -- the Twin Tiers' longest-running local sports talk show -- at 12:35 p.m. on 1490 WESB and

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Quick Center to Send Artmobile to
17 Public Libraries This Summer

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University has again drawn itself into summer reading programs at public libraries across the Twin Tiers.

And taking a cue from this year’s program theme, “Dream Big,” the Quick Center has nearly doubled the number of library stops scheduled by the ArtMobile and its driver/educator Miranda Earley, museum educator at The Quick Center.

“We’ll visit 17 libraries this summer, which is up from about 10 or 11 stops last year,” said Earley. “We’re all over the place – five counties in two states, from Jamestown to Alfred to Port Allegany.”

This is the fourth year that The Quick Center has been invited by local libraries to inject a dose of art into the unified, themed summer reading program held by public libraries across the country.

Earley will load up the ArtMobile with supplies and make two trips to each of the 17 participating libraries. Each hour-long visit will present a lesson and activity aligned with the “Dream Big” theme of the summer reading program.

In Session I, participants will view prints of artwork created by the late Marc Chagall, a Russian artist known for his dreamlike paintings that reflect his favorite childhood memories. Participants will then use a variety of materials to create their own dreamlike mobiles.

In Session II, participants will view photos from The Quick Center’s Native American collection and explore the history of the dream catcher, an object consisting of a web woven around a circular or tear-shaped frame. Hung over the bed of sleeping children, it is said to “catch” bad dreams while letting good dreams through. Participants will build their own dream catcher from materials found in the home.

Earley will be assisted by two students: Patrick Alfonso from Tampa, Fla., a senior at St. Bonaventure majoring in finance and philosophy; and Brooke Skroback, who will be a senior next year at Portville Central School. A budding photographer, Skroback will keep a visual journal of the summer sessions.

Each library hosting the ArtMobile will announce the dates for those visits, the age range of the intended audience, and the procedure for signing up. Those interested are encouraged to contact their library for details.

There is no cost to participants, thanks to support from The Ink Well, an art supply, design, instruction and framing center in Allegany.

“This is really a nice opportunity,” said Earley. “We supply all the materials; all the participants have to do is show up.”

And show up they do, said Tom Sharbaugh, director of Salamanca Public Library. “Our youngsters look forward to the ArtMobile visits each year. The Quick Center does a fantastic job and the kids just love it,” he said.

Evelyn Sabina, curator of education at The Quick Center, said she looks forward each year to expanding the reach of St. Bonaventure’s arts center. “Not everybody can get to this incredible resource, so this allows us to bring The Quick Center to them,” she said. “We’re excited that so many libraries in our area appreciate the connections between literature and art. And we’re also grateful to The Ink Well for sponsoring this summer’s program.”

Participating libraries in New York include those in Alfred, Allegany, Belfast, Canaseraga, Cuba, Ellicottville, Franklinville, Jamestown, Olean, Portville, Randolph, Salamanca, Scio and Whitesville. Participating Pennsylvania libraries include those in Coudersport, Duke Center and Port Allegany.

St. Bonaventure’s Artmobile was purchased and equipped with a $50,000 grant secured in 2009 with the assistance of Sen. Catharine Young of Olean.

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Pitt-Bradford Names
Additional Students to Dean's List

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has announced additional students to its spring dean’s list.

The additional students were not on the original list because they will be attending a different University of Pittsburgh campus for the fall semester and their records were moved to their new Pitt campus before information for the dean’s list was collected.

Dean’s list status is awarded to full-time students who have earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average during the Spring 2012 semester.

Earning a 4.0 was Ryan K. Ferguson, a sophomore civil engineering major from Kirkwood.

Other additional students added to the dean’s list were, from Bradford, Shroy S. Mukerjee, a freshman mechanical engineering major; Rachel L. Dennis, a Bridges student; Jing Dong, a sophomore business management major; and Amina Sosic, a Bridges student.

Other students named to the dean’s list were Douglas Chaffee, a sophomore business management major from Erie; Christopher T. Birdsell, a sophomore computer information systems and technology major from New Castle; Joseph T. Grunklee, a junior engineering major from North Wales; Brianna R. Pinckney, a sophomore civil engineering major from Mount Laurel, N.J.; and Jun G. Chang, a sophomore pre-medicine major from Junction City, Kan.

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Bona Great Stef Collins to Represent
Great Britain at Olympics in London

LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND – Former St. Bonaventure women's basketball star Stef Collins will participate in the 2012 Olympic Games in London as a member of Great Britain's women's basketball team as announced Friday morning by Tom Maher, GB's senior women's head coach.

Collins, a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure, scored 1,421 points in her career which now ranks ninth all-time in program history. She also sits third all-time in 3-pointers made with 288, behind only Suzie Dailer (291) and Jessica Jenkins (338).

"Stef is certainly a great player, but we're also very proud of the person she is and the way she carries herself," St. Bonaventure head coach Jim Crowley said. "It's going to be a great experience for her and we know she will represent St. Bonaventure well."

Collins is tied for third in the women's basketball record book with three, 30-point games. Her 36 points against Stony Brook in 2003 is still tied for third-most in a single game in program history. Collins's eight 3-pointers in a single game, which she accomplished on two separate occasions, was a program record until Jenkins topped it with nine 3-pointers on two occasions last year.

Collins was named the 2001-02 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after leading all A-10 first-year players with 11.1 points per game. In her junior season she was named to the A-10 Third Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. She followed that up with an A-10 Honorable Mention selection in her senior campaign.

Her professional career has been based entirely in the UK, playing for two Welsh clubs in the English Basketball League. She first played with the Rhondda Rebels during the 2006-07 season and has since been with the UWIC Archers.

Collins is one of just three remaining players from the first Great Britain women's basketball team that took the court in 2006. She has made 75 appearances with the national team which ranks first among any GB player (male or female). She scored an international career-high 25 points against Ukraine in 2007. This will be the first time that Great Britain has been represented in women's basketball at the Olympics.

Collins may not be the lone former St. Bonaventure basketball player participating for Great Britain in this summer's Olympic Games. 2011 graduate Ogo Adegboye is one of 16 players on a roster which will be trimmed to 12 prior to the Olympics beginning.

The 2012 Olympic Games begin on Friday, July 27, with Great Britain scheduled to play its first preliminary game against Australia the following day, Saturday, July 28. Complete information on the Games can be found on the official website here.

To keep up with both Collins' and Adegboye's Olympic journeys, check out the Great Britain Basketball website here. More information on both players will be posted on leading up to the beginning of the Olympics and throughout its conclusion.

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Beating the Heat

These kids were among the dozens of youngsters keeping cool Thursday night at Callahan Park's splash pad. The Barcroft Pool was packed, too, with kids of all ages.

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Cross Dressing for a Cure

This lovely "lady" is just one of the "gals" that will be competing for the title of Miss Relay tonight during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Frank Williams will be broadcasting live from the relay on 100.1 The Hero from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Fighting Back Against Cancer

Thursday night Stefan Arlington and Anne Holliday brought you the sounds of the American Cancer Society's Fight Back Parade on 1490 WESB. Now here are some sights. The annual Relay for Life starts at noon today at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Frank Williams will be broadcasting live from the Relay on 100.1 The HERO from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thompson Lauds Senate Passage of
Farm Bill Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act.

“I commend the U.S. Senate and the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Roberts on passage of S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act,” said Rep. Thompson. “Senate passage of the farm bill is a positive step in completing this reauthorization process, before its expiration this fall.”

Every five years, Congress passes legislation, commonly known as the "farm bill" that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy. The last farm bill was passed in 2008, and expires in 2012.

“The Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry has held multiple hearings in anticipation of moving forward with a full reauthorization of the farm bill in early July,” Rep. Thompson added. “I look forward to continuing the reauthorization process to ensure that any new legislation meets the needs of producers and farming communities across the country.”

The House Agriculture Committee recently completed its third and final round of farm bill oversight hearings, and is scheduled to markup its version of the reauthorization on July 11, 2012.

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First Lady Susan Corbett Announces
'Opening Doors' Initiative

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett on Wednesday announced her "Opening Doors" dropout prevention initiative, which will focus on reaching at-risk students during their critical middle school years.

Mrs. Corbett, a former high school English teacher, brought together state and national leaders in education and dropout prevention for a forum at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg. The group stressed the importance of identifying at-risk students early and providing the proper interventions to keep them on-track to graduate.

Pictured, Corbett talks with Hannah Penn Middle School 7th-grader Elizabeth Ruiz, after Elizabeth told her story during a forum of State and national education leaders, addressing the importance of identifying at-risk students early and providing the proper interventions to help them graduate.

Photo provided by Commonwealth Media Services

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Orak Grotto Making Camp Possible
For Kids of All Abilities

The Orak Grotto’s annual Tag Days recently raised $1,300 that supported scholarships for CARE for Children’s day camp (which was held the 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st of this month), as well as scholarships for specialty camps, all for children with developmental and physical disabilities.

During the day camp, held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, CARE kids took part in inclusive activities such as open gym, crafts, adaptive swimming, gross motor sessions and field trips; as well as a day at Pine Acres Country Club for adaptive golf with PGA Pro Kirk Stauffer.

The donation will also enable 10 children to attend camps, including Camp JJ and Woodlands Youth and Teen Sports Camp.

Pictured in the front row are: Mike Matto, Orak Grotto Treasurer; Gabe McAvoy; and Zethan Brougham. In the back row are: Kim Murphey, CARE for Children community relations specialist; Ron Thomspon, Orak Grotto Monarch; and Kim Miller, OTR/L, CARE for Children occupational therapist. McAvoy, 10, is the son of AJ and Shelly McAvoy of Bradford. Brougham, 14, is the son of Steve and Ann Brougham of Bradford.

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High School Students Study
'Medical Mysteries' at Pitt-Bradford

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

Werewolves and vampires are real – or at least based on real medical phenomenon.

Area students learned that and other Medical Mysteries during a high school enrichment course held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this week by Dr. Lauren Yaich, associate professor of biology.

Yaich’s course, “Medical Mysteries—Solved,” wrapped up Thursday and is the first of three enrichment courses being offered for high school students this summer.

Yaich covered six major topics in relation to the biology of the human body and treating diseases: myths such as werewolves and vampires, disorders of bones and muscles, disorders related to aging, cancer, neurological disorders, and careers in the medical field and medical research.

“I don’t have to stick to a strict curriculum” Yaich said of the course, which gives her a chance to talk about topics of special interest to her that she doesn’t always get to cover in regular university courses.

While the topics are fun, Yaich fills her lecture with plenty of real science. In the midst of teaching students all about various bone disorders and types of dwarfism, she reminded the students that the most important thing to take away from the course is the importance of the signaling pathways that cells in the human body use to communicate with each other. She explained that the key to a properly functioning human body is clear communication between all cells, and many disorders that cause problems like fragile bones occur when that communication breaks down.

One student, Leah Caminite of Smethport said, “Whether you want to be a doctor or not, this is definitely really interesting.”

Taylor Roggenbaum of Bradford was surprised to learn that myths of creatures like werewolves actually arose from real medical disorders.

High school graduate John Golden said this course helped “better prepare me for college classes.” Golden plans to attend Pitt-Bradford and major in biology and hopes to go on to medical school.

Still to come this summer, Margot Myers will teach “College: What to Expect—and Not!” from 1 to 4 p.m. June 27 and 28. Myers, the program manager for TRiO Student Support Services at Pitt-Bradford, will cover such issues as living with a roommate, what college assignments are like, time management, syllabuses, and what clubs to join.

From 9 a.m. to noon July 16 and 17, Jeff Guterman, associate professor of communications, will hold “Television Studio Production.” Students will learn about the roles both behind and in front of the camera in a real-life, multi-camera digital studio as they create news broadcasts, interviews and other types of programs.

“These courses were initiated partly as a response to cuts in state funding for high school enrichment programs such as the Seneca Highlands Summer Academy and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools,” Yaich said. “Some of the topics are not necessarily covered in a typical high school curriculum, so it offers a chance for students to explore new areas of study.”

Students who have completed grade 9 through grade 12 may still register for the upcoming courses. The cost for each course is $59. Class sizes are limited. For more information or to register, contact Pitt-Bradford continuing education at (814)362-5078 or For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Pictured, Dr. Lauren Yaich showing students breast cancer cells during the high school enrichment class “Medical Mysteries – Solved” at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; and Taylor Roggenbaum of Bradford taking a look at the cells through the microscope.

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Wellness Fair at Chapel Ridge

Peggy Cramer of DaVita Dialysis takes Henry Pruch's blood pressure during the 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair at Chapel Ridge today. She explained that high blood pressure can lead to diabetes, which can lead to kidney disease and possibly dialysis. More than 30 health- and wellness-related organizations along with the ATA and Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the event.

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Man Charged for University Threats

An Ohio man has been charged with making Internet threats against the University of Pittsburgh, but not specifically with the bomb threats that had the campus on edge for months.

24-year-old Alexander Waterland of Loveland, Ohio, is accused of posting a YouTube video on April 26 that claimed the group known as "Anonymous" had hacked into the university’s computer system and stolen records related to students, faculty and alumni. Part of the video contained a demand that University ChancellorMarck Nordenberg issue a public apology for not safeguarding students' welfare or the stolen information would be publicly released.

US Attorney David Hickton says the charges pertain to specific cyberthreats in April and May, and were part of the series of threats received since February. Hickton added that the investigation is comprehensive and ongoing.

Waterland told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper today he has "no idea" why the FBI charged him.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.

Nordenberg issued a statement saying Waterland's arrest marks "significant progress" as federal authorities continue to investigate the bomb and Internet threats. Pitt-Bradford received one of the bomb threats in April.

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Jack Schoonover

John F. "Jack" Schoonover, Jr., 61, of 6260 Limestone Run, Limestone, NY, passed away, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Born September 15, 1950, in Cuba NY he was the son of John F. and Dorothy (Clayson) Schoonover, Sr. of Allegany , NY.

On October 21, 1971 in Limestone, he married Edwardene J. "Eddie" (Tingley) Schoonover who survives.

Mr. Schoonover was a 1968 graduate of Allegany High School. On October 24, 1968 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. on October 20, 1972.

He had worked as a truck driver most of his life and then as a cement truck driver for Bisett Building Center. He had also worked for the Town of Carrollton Police Department for eight years and as a judge for the Village of Limestone for two years.

He was a member of and Chief 4 at the Limestone Fire Department as well as a EMT and a member of the Limestone Sportsman Club.

In addition to his wife of 40 years Eddie and his parents he is survived by three daughters, Kari Schoonover, of Limestone, Keli (Jim) Rounsville, of Limestone, and Kasi (Scott) Salerno, of Bradford, two sisters, Patricia (Todd) Smith, of Indiana, and Denise (Don) Caulkins, of Allegany, nine grandchildren, Quinton, Hannah, Lacey, Maddison, Collin, Rylee, Kyle, Ianna and MiaLynn and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Diane Smathers and Cheryl Champagne.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, June 23rd, with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, 616 Main Street Limestone, NY 14753 or Kids and Cancer, PO Box 1299, Bradford, Pa 16701

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Sullivan Road Bridge Temporarily Closed

PennDOT closed a bridge near Bradford on Wednesday and a short detour is in place.

The bridge spans Bennett Brook just northwest Sullivan Road. The detour uses Route Interstate Parkway and is less than a mile long.

On Monday, June 25, PennDOT McKean County Maintenance will begin work to repair the steel beams of the bridge. Repairs are expected to be finished July 6, weather permitting.

The decision to close the bridge was the result of a recent inspection. The Bennett Brook Bridge was built in 1940, is 31 feet long and carries an average of 420 vehicles per day.

PennDOT reminds motorists to follow detour signs, obey speed limits and always buckle up.

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Sandusky Jury Begins Deliberations

The child sex abuse case of Jerry Sandusky is now in the hands of the jury.

Jurors began their deliberations this afternoon following closing arguments. The jurors will be sequestered until they reach verdicts on the 48 counts against the former Penn State assistant football coach.

If convicted Sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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