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Friday, July 6, 2012

Vintage Snowmobile Bill Becomes Law

DUBOIS – Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law House Bill 2151, legislation authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) which amends Pennsylvania’s Vehicle Code to create a reduced-cost permit for the limited use of vintage snowmobiles.

“The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association has pursued this legislation for a number of years, and I’m glad to finally be able to get this accomplished for them,” Gabler said. “This will be a great benefit to the many long-time outdoor enthusiasts around the state who have enjoyed this sport for many years.”

House Bill 2151 authorizes the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to issue $20 permits for vintage snowmobiles, vehicles which are at least 25 years old and are operated only while participating in a “vintage snowmobile event.” Once the permit is issued, the owner of the vintage snowmobile is exempt from registration and liability insurance requirements.

“Many people own vintage snowmobiles and rarely run them, and I didn’t feel it is necessary to register them annually,” added Gabler. “This legislation enables them to briefly operate the vehicles during designated vintage events with a reduced, one-time fee.”

The bill also opens DCNR’s snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle safety education and training program to anyone, not simply “youthful operators” under the age of 16 and previously restricted.

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Road Work Starts Monday on Route 62

Intersection improvement work on portions of State Route 62 in Conewango and Pine Grove townships in Warren County is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 9.

The project will widen, add turn lanes, pave and make minor upgrades to traffic signals on State Route 62 near intersections at Jackson Run Road, the Warren Mall, Woodland Drive, the Pine Grove Ambulatory Surgical Center and Akeley Road.

Work is scheduled to be completed by the middle of October.

The contractor is Glenn O. Hawbaker of State College, Pa. The contract cost is $2,082,000. Eighty percent of the cost will be paid with federal funds, and 20 percent with state funds.

Traffic Impact: Traffic will be reduced to one lane in work areas and be controlled by flaggers during construction. PennDOT urges motorists to obey speed limits, stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers in work zones. We ask motorists to avoid distractions and give their full attention to the road.

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Man Arrested for Having Fireworks

A Lakeview, New York, man who was stopped for speeding in Chautauqua County was charged with having more than $600 worth of fireworks in his vehicle.

State troopers stopped 26-year-old Dustin Krull on Route 20 in the Town of Sheridan and learned that he had just returned from Pennsylvania, where he bought the assorted fireworks.

Krull was charged with unlawfully dealing with fireworks and will appear in court at a later date.

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Maine Fugitive Arrested in Catt County

A man arrested in Cattaraugus County for passing bad checks turned out to be a fugitive from justice, wanted in Maine on assault charges.

33-year-old Guy Ricketts was charged with issuing more than a dozen bad checks in May and June at the Super Duper in South Dayton. When state troopers did a computer check on Ricketts they learned he was wanted by Portland, Maine, police and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Ricketts is in the Cattaraugus County Jail on $10,000 bail and is awaiting extradition to Maine

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Jailed Man Facing More Charges

An Emporium man already in jail for an alleged sexual assault on a woman last month is now charged with indecent assault of a teenager.

32-year-old Adam Eckert is accused of furnishing alcohol to an 18-year-old girl from Kane and a 16-year-old girl from Emporium and then assaulting the 18-year-old between 10 o’clock on the night of June 26 and 2 a.m. on June 27.

Eckert is charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors, simple assault, furnishing liquor to minors and harassment. His bail is set at $25,000.

At about 2:30 on the morning of June 27 Eckert allegedly broke into a woman’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. She chased him from her bedroom with a nearby hatchet.

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Grant Will Help Clean Up Chautauqua Lake

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) announced they have secured another $50,000 state grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake.

The funding doubles the $50,000 the lawmakers obtained in the state budget that was passed in March, totaling $100,000 for this fiscal year that will be used by the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) to harvest invasive weeds.

“This situation has reached a high point of urgency, and Assemblyman Goodell and I were able to convince Albany of the immediate and dire need. You can’t have part of the CLA’s weed harvesting fleet sitting idle and areas not being tackled. Our goal is to get operations humming again to have maximum impact against the weeds this year, while looking at the future and long term management of aquatic invasive species,” Senator Young said.

“Our local economy and tax base depends heavily on having a clean and healthy lake. It brings in millions of tourism dollars, is the economic engine behind many of our small businesses, generates tax revenues, and enhances our quality of life,” she said.

Assemblyman Goodell noted that visitors to Chautauqua County spent about $171 million last year, which directly translated into thousands of local jobs. The economic impact of Chautauqua Lake was also reflected in the fact that 26% of all property tax revenues are generated by properties near the Lake, even though these properties account for only 1% of the total number of homes in the county.

The state money adds to an $80,000 allocation recently approved by the Chautauqua County Legislature for lake clean up as a challenge grant. The CLA is required to match the funds with another $20,000, which it is actively raising. Senator Young said that those contributions still are necessary for the battle against the weeds.

“I can’t stress strongly enough that every penny is needed, and the state funding enhances what already has been approved. Everyone has been pitching together to help, including the Rotary Club’s adopt-a-shoreline project, and all of those efforts are greatly appreciated because they will make a difference,” she said.

Senator Young said that securing the state funds was not an easy task, especially since the state had grappled this year with a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall due the national economy that had to be resolved.

“Assemblyman Goodell and I were resolute, and went into battle during the budget negotiations to have Chautauqua Lake put in the budget as a $50,000 line item. Out of the more than 3,300 lakes in New York State, Chautauqua Lake is the only one specifically included in the budget, but we feel it is appropriate since the state owns the lake bottom,” she said.

For decades, Chautauqua Lake received an annual $50,000 member item grant through the state Senate that was started by the late Senator Jess Present. It was continued through the efforts of Senator Patricia McGee, and by Senator Young after she was elected to the Senate in 2005.

“Unfortunately, the support for Chautauqua Lake was eliminated in 2009 and 2010 after Democrats who are controlled by New York City seized power in the state Senate. They diverted state resources that traditionally went upstate to downstate, which had devastating consequences, not only for the lake, but across the board. Since we regained the Senate Majority in 2011, we have been working hard to fix the damage that was done, and we are making great progress,” Senator Young said.

Senator Young said that she and Assemblyman Goodell not only have boosted state funding, but they have worked to carry on a steady revenue source that is designated to support all of the county’s waterways.

Chautauqua County’s occupancy tax was authorized by the state Legislature in 2003 at three percent to enhance the county’s tourism. In 2007, the state allowed it to be increased to five percent, with the two percent expressly being earmarked for improving the county’s waterways. The increased percentage brings in about $500,000 to the county annually. The occupancy tax was renewed in 2011 through the efforts of Senator Young and Assemblyman Goodell.

The lawmakers also worked with the county to establish a Welfare to Work program, with welfare recipients providing manpower to clean up lake weeds. Recently, one of the participants was hired as a regular employee by the CLA, putting that individual into the workforce and off public assistance, Senator Young said.

“I commend everyone, including the county, private donors and volunteers, and the CLA for pulling together on this issue. We have to work together to get positive results, and we are on both counts,” she said.

Pictured, Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell announced that they secured another $50,000 grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake. Also in attendance were (left to right behind Senator Young and Assemblyman Goodell): Chautauqua Lake Association President Chris Yates, Chautauqua County Legislator PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Legislator Fred Croscut, Chautauqua County Legislator Vince Horrigan, and Chautauqua Lake Association General Manager Paul Swanson.

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Eight Players Added to Big 30 Rosters

Dalton Maze
Youngsville High School

Off: wide receiver Def: safety
Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.

Dalton received his schools’ Athlete/Scholar Award, The Iron Eagle Award and varsity letters in all of his four years at Youngsville. He was a 1st team, All-Region wide receiver, and a 2nd team, All-Region strong safety. Dalton ranks an undefeated senior season, (10-0), and beating Mercyhurst Prep, among his greatest thrills in sports. He plans to attend a, yet to be decided, four year college with the goal of becoming an accountant. He is excited to be a part of the Raabe Classic’ “…..just to be able to play one last football game”! Dalton is an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns.

Zanaid Marra
Olean High School

Off: tackle Def: end
Height: 6’2” Weight: 210 lbs.

Zanaid will attend Niagara University in the fall and study hospitality and tourism. While in high school he was a member of D.E.C.A. and was twice chosen to represent Olean High School at the annual state convention. Zanaid was part of a game his senior season that had the Huskies coming back from a 21 point deficit to beat Dunkirk and keep their playoff hopes alive. That experience, he says, was his most thrilling moment in sports. He is excited to play in the Big 30 Game because he has been told it is a great time and he will get to play one more time. Playing baseball, slow pitch softball, fishing and just about any outdoor activity are Zanaid’s favorite things to do. He is a Dallas Cowboys fan and Cam Newton is his favorite player.

Trevor Neal
Port Allegany High School

Off: Wide Receiver Def: Safety
Height: 6’5’ Weight: 220 lbs.

Trevor will be continuing his football career and running track at Alfred State this fall. He was All-State honorable mention last season and was selected to play in Australia for International Sports this summer. His biggest thrill was, “… a being part of a little high school team that did big things!” The Gators won the District IX championship for the first time in the school’s history. Trevor enjoys his friends and loves to record music in his free time. He wants to play one more game with high school teammates before a high school crowd. He is a Philadelphia Eagles fan and admires the exploits of the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson.

Thad Johnson
Frewsburg High School

Off: Quarterback Def: Cornerback
Height: 5’9” Weight: 170 lbs.

Thad Plans to attend St. Bonaventure University in September on a baseball scholarship. He was Frewsburg’s baseball player of the year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In football, he currently holds the school’s rushing record with 1,745 yards. Playing Maple Grove in the playoffs at Ralph Wilson Stadium was his biggest sports thrill. Thad is a Buffalo Bills and C.J. Spiller fan who wants to play in the Raabe Classic for the chance to play one more football game before turning his focus completely to college baseball.

Chad Quail
Ridgway High School

Off: guard Def: end
Height: 6’0” Weight: 240 lbs.

Chad plans to attend Lock Haven University and study biology and chemistry. He ultimately hopes to be accepted into medical school and become an anesthesiologist. He was the recipient of a Jamestown Scholar Athlete Award, the Elkers’ football sportsmanship award and a member of the Scholar/Athlete Hall of Fame at Ridgway. Chad is a member of the National Honor Society and the Gold Club high honor roll. When asked why he wants to play in the Raabe Classic he says, “ The Big 30 Game is a chance of a lifetime to throw the pads on just one more time and it will also be a memory never forgotten.” The “big smack-down”, the pre-game butterflies and winning afforded Chad his biggest sports thrills. He lists his hobbies as show choir, Drama club, Ski Club, talent shows and daring to be different. Chad is a fan of Penn State football, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Hines Ward.

Hayden Senn
Randolph Central School

Off: N/A Def: Safety
Height: 5’8” Weight: 170 lbs.

Hayden Plans to attend Canisius College in September and major in biology. He wants to play in the Raabe Classic to have the chance to play with the most outstanding seniors in the Big 30 Area. He also wants to enjoy the fun of one last high school game. His biggest thrill was winning the 2009 New York State Class D Championship. Being a starter on that team and being named a team captain for the 2010 District Championship team were his biggest accomplishments. Hayden lists his hobbies as baseball and golf and his favorite NFL team as the Miami Dolphins and his favorite player as Dan Marino.

Ike Nearing
Sheffield Area High School

Off: Quarterback Def: Linebacker
Height: 6’1” Weight: 170 lbs.

Ike plans to attend Edinboro University in the fall with an undecided major. He was a two year letter winner in football at Sheffield and a four year letter winner in basketball. Having to make quick decisions playing quarterback was the thing Ike found to be the most thrilling part of football.

Andrew Myers
Allegany-Limestone Central School

Off: lineman Def: tackle
Height: 6’2” Weight: 270 lbs.

Andrew will study pharmaceutical sciences at Ohio State University in September. A member of the National Honor Society, he was named the Gators’ offensive lineman of the year for the 2012 and 2011 seasons. When asked why he wants to play in the Raabe Classic Andrew responded, “Growing up, I have always played football. In recent years, I have attended the Big 30 Game and hoped to be there some day. My senior year did not go the way I had hoped and going to a big Division 1 school, O.S.U., it would be nearly impossible to play again. This game gives me one more chance to play the sport I Love.” Andrew’s leisure time is spent watching football and hockey, playing the saxophone and going to concerts. His NFL favorites are the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning.

The game is at 7 p.m. August 4 at Parkway Field and on 1490 WESB, 100.1 The Hero and

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Ground Broken on Route 417 Project

The City of Olean and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council on Thursday announced that the first stage of construction of the East State Street Reconstruction project in Olean has begun on the strength of the $1 million award it received as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative.

This project will reconstruct East State Street (NY Route 417) from Front Street to King Street, and will support 67 jobs with a total project cost of $2.45 million. City of Olean Mayor Linda L. Witte welcomed state representatives to the city today for a ceremony at the construction site.

“I am proud to see Olean is front and center with a shovel in the ground today,” said Mayor Witte. “East State Street, with its potholes the result of deferred maintenance and lack of funds, will once again provide smooth passage for the 13,000 vehicles that travel this road daily. It will be a stunning gateway for workers, visitors, shoppers and business owners. The neighborhood residents and commercial concerns will especially benefit from updated infrastructure. This is exactly the kind of infrastructure project that the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council called for in 2011. Additionally, I’m pleased my Engineering Department staff met the design challenge and exceeded expectations, saving the City of Olean $200,000.”

“East State Street is home to several of the city’s largest companies, including locally owned Cutco Cutlery, a major employer within the community,” said Howard A. Zemsky, Managing Partner at Larkin Development Group and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council co-chair. “This project makes the road safer, as well as improves access to jobs, services and the downtown corridor.”

“The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council views the reconstruction of East State Street as an investment strategy that not only addresses a public safety concern, but also increases capacity, spurring development in the city and bringing jobs to the neighborhood,” said Satish K. Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo and Western New York Regional Economic Development Council co-chair. “The road is a major arterial and I am pleased that the council could partner with the City of Olean, ESD and DOT to move this project forward.”

The East State Street (NY Route 417) reconstruction will consist of a complete highway and utility remake of this important gateway corridor to downtown Olean. The project will include the replacement of water and sanitary sewer lines, a new storm sewer and gutter system, a new road bed, sidewalks and curbs. It will address severe pavement deterioration, as well as public safety concerns, and provide more infrastructure capacity to support future development and bring jobs to a distressed neighborhood. The project is a part of the East End Corridor Management Strategy, as identified in the City’s 2025 Comprehensive Plan. The reconstruction will also support tourism. Since 1997, East State Street has served as NY Bicycle Route 17, a conduit for statewide touring bicyclists, and a part of a comprehensive network of signed, on-road, long distance bike routes.

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, the East State Street Reconstruction project was awarded $500,000 from the New York State Department of Transportation, and an additional $500,000 from Empire State Development. The partnership between DOT and ESD to support this project will leverage an additional $1.45 million in city funds. The project will benefit the surrounding communities by creating jobs and providing a much needed economic boost to the area.

City of Olean Councilmember Ann McLaughlin, Ward 2, lauded the patience of her constituents who have waited 15 years for a resolution of the sewer and water problems.

“Since I joined the Council in 2010, we have worked extremely hard to see this project to fruition,” said Councilmember McLaughlin. “With hard work, dedication and persistence, today East Olean will finally begin its transformation. We couldn’t have done this without the Mayor’s administration, the engineers and the city employees, as well as the support of the businesses along this corridor, and finally, the Governor’s Office, Empire State Development and the Department of Transportation. The money was provided in December 2011 and six months later I am proud to say that we are here with shovels in the ground.”

Groundwork for the project has begun. The construction contract was awarded to Mark Cerrone Inc. of Niagara Falls, New York.

“East State Street is a heavily traversed gateway corridor into the City of Olean and its reconstruction will drive downtown revitalization,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “It will improve the infrastructure of East State Street in a permanent manner, instead of using a band-aid approach as in the past.”

“Projects such as the reconstruction of East State Street are not only critical for improving the transportation infrastructure, but are also critical to spur economic development,” said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. “This project will create local jobs while strengthening the infrastructure to support future development and tourism, which will benefit the local economy.”

Mayor Witte added, “In addition to the engineers I want to thank all of those who have been instrumental in moving this project forward thus far: the Governor’s Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, Empire State Development and officials— particularly Sam Hoyt—the key sponsor, Ward 2 Alderman Ann McLaughlin, Olean’s Public Works Director Tom Windus, Community Development Project Coordinator Mary George, and the Olean Common Council.”

Councilmember McLaughlin added, “We are extremely confident that the investment we are making in the city’s infrastructure will bring economic growth and pride to East Olean. A few months from now we will all see a different East Olean and I could not be happier for this area.”

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Work Continues on Route 255 Project

St Marys – Work to improve Route 255 in Fox Township and St Marys is underway. The work zone stretches from the Route 948 intersection in Fox Township to the intersection for Tractor Supply.

Once the project completes in late summer 2013, travel along this section of Route 255 will be smoother and more efficient. PennDOT will issue regular updates on this project.

Activity the week of July 9 will include work from approximately Greenbriar Drive (T-593) to the intersection at Tractor Supply.

• Changing traffic patterns: The northbound and southbound travel (right) lanes will be closed 24 hours a day/7 days a week until the work listed below is complete. The northbound and southbound passing lanes will remain open to through traffic.

• The contractor will be removing and replacing concrete curb.

• The contractor will be performing drainage work.

• The contractor will be benching existing slopes and placing rock armor.

• Motorists are advised to watch for slow moving and stopped vehicles through the entire work zone. Traffic congestion may be heavy at times and motorists need to use caution and remain patient.

Overall work includes concrete repair, paving, installation of overhead signage, drainage improvements, concrete curbing, guide rail updates, and pavement markings.

This project is expected to overlap with PennDOT’s other Route 255 project that will begin in 2013. That project will stretch from the Tractor Supply intersection to Route 120 in downtown St Marys. All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc. is the contractor on this $6.3 million project.

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Early Morning Crash Downs Power Lines

A rollover crash in Sheridan this morning took down power lines and closed part of Route 20 for about an hour.

Sheriff's deputies say the accident happened at just after 4 a.m. when the car went out of control, rolled over and took down some utility poles and lines.

Route 20 between South Roberts Road and Route 39 was closed for a little over an hour. National Grid crews were called into repair the poles and lines.

The crash victim was taken to Lakeshore Hospital in Irving for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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Kinzua Bridge State Park
Discover History Day Saturday

Explore Kinzua Bridge State Park and learn about history! There will be representatives to talk to visitors about different aspects of local area history beginning at 11 am.

This year’s feature presentation (beginning at 1 pm) will be songwriter, historian and Pennsylvania logger Van Wagner. Van Wagner has developed a program celebrating the past and present of the Pennsylvania timber industry. Wagner is a native of the Danville. He worked for Daniel Logging in Idaho as well as on many independent logging projects in Pennsylvania. His songs have been performed all over the world and have been featured in several film productions.

This program reviews the past, present and future of Pennsylvania's Timber heritage. This program covers how timber was harvested over the past several centuries and most importantly WHO harvested it. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools spanning 200 years of logging history. The program also focuses on the rafting days when millions of board feet of Pennsylvania Timber were assembled into various styles of rafts and piloted down our streams and rivers. Wagner was part of a group who built and piloted a 105 foot timber raft down a section of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. It was the first time a raft traveled that portion of water in a century.

A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from the Timber Country of Pennsylvania.

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Another Suicide Outside PSP Barracks

For the second time in less than a week state police are looking into a suicide outside one of their barracks.

On Wednesday a 65-year-old shot himself in the chest outside the barracks in Uniontown.

Last week a Reynoldsville man fatally shot himself in the parking lot of a state police barracks in Jefferson County.

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Three Fishermen Rescued from Lake Erie

Two children had to be treated for chemical burns after they came in contact with gasoline when their boat sank in Lake Erie Wednesday morning.

The children and a man were fishing about 5 miles from the Walnut Creek Marina when the boat started taking on water and quickly sank. The three jumped into the lake, where they stayed for about an hour until people on a passing boat spotted a cooler in the water. When they stopped to pick up the cooler, they heard the cries for help from the man and children.

The other boaters rescued the trio and took them to the Walnut Creek Access area. From there, they were taken to UPMC Hamot.

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Man Allegedly Stole Pickup Truck

A St. Marys man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a pickup truck.

Police say Theodore and Ellen Schloder’s truck was parked in their Grandview Road driveway when it was taken by Ramon Ortiz at about 10:30 Tuesday night.

Police found the truck on Chestnut Street after Ortiz fell and needed medical attention. He was taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Health Center.

Police say charges of unauthorized use of a automobile and DUI are pending.

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Man Assaulted with Baseball Bat

New York State Police pulled over a man for talking on his cell phone, and soon discovered he had been assaulted with a baseball bat.

Troopers stopped the man at around 10 o’clock Tuesday night on Route 60 in the Town of Ellicott and saw that he had facial injuries. He said he had been assaulted in Jamestown.

20-year-old Kayla Norris was later arrested for assault and criminal possession of a weapon. She was sent to jail pending an arraignment.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Man Dies in Farm Accident

UPDATE: The victim is 67-year-old Samuel Ark of Sheridan

A man is dead after a farm accident in the Town of Sheridan Tuesday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say the man, who they have not identified yet, got pinned between two farm vehicles. People on the farm freed him before rescue crews arrived. He was taken to Lakeshore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing.

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It's Official: Nicholson is Magic

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie forward Andrew Nicholson.

It’s the team’s policy not to release terms of the deal

Nicholson was selected 19th in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He will participate in the Orlando Pro Summer League next week.

Nicholson will wear number 44, the same number he wore during his stellar career at St. Bonaventure.

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Patricia Petruney

Patricia Ann Petruney, 81, formerly of 64 Gregory Ave. passed away Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born April 2, 1931 in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Patrick and Genevieve (O'Neil) Sullivan.

On February 23, 1952 in Bradford she married George B. Petruney, who died on March 20, 1991.

She had been employed as a teachers aid for the Bradford Area School District for many years.

Mrs. Petruney had been a volunteer for the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and delivered mail within the hospital. She loved to knit and was a member of several knitting groups. She was an avid golfer and a member of Pine Acres Golf Club.

Surviving are three sons Craig Petruney, of Bradford, Kirk Petruney of Pennsylvania and George Petruney of Connecticut, 3 grandchildren 1 great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Kevin Petruney who died November 22, 1984.

At the request of the family there will be no public visitation. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Raymond Gramata pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made to Pine Acres Junior Program % Kirk Stauffer, 1401 West Warren , Bradford PA 16701 or the charity of the donor's choice.

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BLT Seeks Directors, Shows

Bradford Little Theatre is seeking directors for its 16th season of community theater in the Bradford area.

“The range of performance opportunities is wide open,” said Nanci K. Garris, BLT president. Along with at least one-full scale production, the board looks to mount reader’s theater and one-act shows.

“One-acts particularly lend themselves to first-time directors, returning directors or those who do not want to mount a major production,” she said. Also, she noted, the board provides support and resources for technical, box office and public relations aspects of each show.

For further information or brief written guidelines, interested people may contact Garris directly by mail at 53 School St., Bradford PA 16701; by e-mail at; or by phone at (814) 362-6190.

The deadline for submissions is July 15.

Plays can be mounted at any time of the year, and in a variety of venues locally. Rehearsals are held at the BLT office, 79 Main St.

BLT is a non-profit organization which aims to promote productions by and for local residents. General information is available on the website or Facebook page.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Has Had 2 Million Visits

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania’s 511PA system, which provides free travel information including construction alerts and real-time traffic cameras, reached a milestone in June of 2 million total website visits, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said today.

“The 511PA system places reliable information at the fingertips of anyone traveling in Pennsylvania,” Schoch said. “Motorists travel millions of miles on Pennsylvania roadways every year, and I’m pleased to see they are taking advantage of 511PA to help avoid unnecessary delays and to better plan their trips.”

The 511PA telephone system has received more than 1 million calls and more than 15,000 people have signed up for personalized text or email alerts.

Launched in 2009, the 511PA service provides travel information such as active and planned construction, incident alerts and weather alerts for more than 2,900 miles of Pennsylvania highways. Average traffic speeds are also available for several interstates and other major roadways in urban areas.

The 511PA system is accessible 24-hours-per-day, seven days a week at or by calling 5-1-1. PennDOT asks motorists to not call 511PA while driving. Motorists should safely pull off the road before calling, or do so before leaving home.

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Branch Road in Potter Co. Closes Monday

A closure and detour for Route 2002 (Branch Road) in West Branch Township will begin on Monday, July 9.

Crews will begin paving operations in a five-mile long work zone between the village of Cherry Springs to the village of Germania Station.

Paving is expected to take about a month and the closure of Route 2002 will be in effect around the clock. All through traffic must follow the official detour, which uses Route 44 and Route 6. All work is weather dependent.

This work is part of a $4.8 million resurfacing contract covering 11 routes in Cameron and Potter counties. IA Construction is the contractor on this roadway improvement project.

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Norma Jean Trumball

Norma Jean Trumbull, 82, of 2628 Rt. 646 Rew, PA, passed away at on Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Sena Kean Manor in Smethport.

Born February 3, 1930 in Ritterville, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Hazel (Wagner) Pollock. She was a1948 graduate of Bradford High School

She worked at W. R. Case & Sons for over 20 years.

Surviving are three daughters; Donna Walb, of Lewis Run, Diane (David) Hart, of Erie and Denise (Randy) Tanner, of Aiken, two sons; Denny (Lori) Trumbull, of Bradford and Doug (Cindy) Trumbull, of Arlington, TX,, one sister, Hazel Wolcott, of Bradford, one daughter-in-law, Nancy Trumbull of Lewis Run, 14 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Kevin Trumbull, two sisters, Viola Gulnac and Audrey Stidd and three brothers, Howard, Harold and Richard Pollock.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday July 5, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the West Branch United Methodist Church at 7:00pm funeral and committal services will be held with Rev. Max Miller pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

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TV Star Andy Griffith Dies at Age 86

MSNBC.COM - Actor Andy Griffith, who won the hearts of 1960s TV viewers with his role as gentle Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show,” then returned as a 1980s country lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday at 86.

The news was confirmed to North Carolina television station WITN by Bill Friday, former president of the University of North Carolina and a Griffith friend.

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Wilbur Siebert

Wilbur J. Siebert, 93, formerly of 42 Thompson Avenue, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born in Roulette, he was a son of the late Harry A. and Selma (Anderson) Siebert.

On June 18, 1946 in Galveston, TX, he married First Lt. Eunice Powell, RN, who passed away April 7, 1950. On October 13, 1951 in The First Presbyterian Church in Bradford he married Lois Brown, who survives.

A 1936 graduate of Roulette High School, he attended Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean where he graduated in 1937. He moved to Bradford and was employed as a bookkeeper for the Manufacturers Charcoal Company until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in April, 1942.

In December, 1942, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps and was transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers in October, 1943. He was assigned to the 260th Engineer Combat Battalion and served as Company Commander in the European Theatre of Operations. He served in France, Germany and Austria and received the Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with two battle stars, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. He was honorably discharged in April, 1946 as a Captain. He served in the U.S. Army Active Reserves until his retirement from the military in 1967 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

In July 1946, he was employed as a staff accountant with George H. Daggett & Co., and was admitted a partner in the firm on May 1, 1957. He received his Certificate of Certified Public Accountant in March, 1958. He continued in that capacity until his retirement on January 31, 1984.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since October, 1951 and served as an Elder and Trustee as well as serving as Church Treasurer for 20 years.

He was a past director, secretary and treasurer of the Bradford Rotary Club. He was appointed to the Bradford Zoning Board in 1966 and served until 1996. He served as director and treasurer of the Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center, director of the Bradford Ecumenical Home, director and past Secretary and Treasurer of the Area Transportation Authority. He was a member of the Bradford Club, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of CPA's as well as various military reserve organizations. In 2002, along with his wife, he established The Siebert Family Scholarship fund at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Joseph R. (Linda) Siebert, of Kirkland, WA; a daughter, Sally Siebert, of Nicholasville, KY; two grandchildren, Erin Siebert and Matthew Siebert, both of Kirkland, WA and a nephew, James Ostrom of Roulette. In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Siebert and a sister, Marie Ostrom.

Friends are invited to call from 4-6 PM, Thursday, July 5, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Avenue. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 6, 2012 in the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor officiating. Military Honors will be accorded in the sanctuary following the service. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, The Greater Bradford Senior Activity Center, the Bradford Ecumenical Home Endowment Fund, The Siebert Family Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Jean 'Peaches' Himes

Jean A. Himes, 'Peaches' 58, of 78 State Street, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Born September 22, 1953 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Patricia (O'Hargan) Lyons.

On June 3, 1978 in Eldred, she married James 'Ed' Himes, who passed away December 15, 1992.

She was a 1971 graduate of Bradford Area High School.

She was employed by Zippo Manufacturing and retired from the repair department after 38 years of service.

Jean lived a simple yet full life and wanted nothing more than for others to be happy. The love she had for her daughters and grandsons will forever remain insurmountable.

She is survived by two daughters, Tanya Leonard and Jody (Matt) Silvis, both of Bradford; three grandsons, David Leonard, Eddy Silvis and Vedder Silvis; two sisters, Ione (Allen) Potter, of Ohio and Linda Troutman, of Bradford; a brother, Tim Lyons of Bradford; and many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Craig Potter.

Friends are invited to call from 5-7 PM Thursday, July 5, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main St., where funeral services will be held at 7 PM with Rev. Raymond Gramata, Pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Bridge to be Closed for Two More Weeks

The bridge on Sullivan Road will be closed longer than expected.

PennDOT had expected to re-open the bridge on Friday, but that date has been changed to July 20.

PennDOT decided to close the bridge and make repairs to the steel beams after a recent inspection. The Bennett Brook Bridge was built in 1940 and carries about 420 vehicles a day.

The detour using Interstate Parkway remains in place.

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DMAP Permits Available

This 2012 hunting season, the Kinzua Quality Area (also referred to as the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative) in McKean County will be offering 905 DMAP permits for its three DMAP units. Unit 1981 will have 200 DMAP permits, Unit 1996 will have 288 permits, and Unit 135 will have 417 permits.

Hunters may buy the permits directly from local licensing agents or on-line from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

To buy DMAP permits from a local agent, simply specify the DMAP Unit you would like a permit for. You may apply for up to two permits in any DMAP unit, and will need a valid Pennsylvania hunting license.

To buy DMAP permits from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, go to their on-line store, The Outdoor Shop (, and follow the easy directions on how to get a permit.

DMAP permits are additional licenses for harvesting antlerless deer; hunters with regular antlerless licenses may also apply for DMAP permits. Maps for the location of each unit can be found and printed from the website, For additional information, please contact Collin Koers ( 814-728-6142) for Unit 1981, Ken Kane (
/814-598-0205) for Unit 1996, or Delores Gerner ( 814-887-5238) for Unit 135.

The Kinzua Quality Area is 74,000 acres of public hunting in Northwest Pennsylvania where science-guided management is producing quality deer and quality habitat. In ten years of liberal hunting seasons, deer body weights and antler characteristics have increased greatly. Habitat for deer and other wildlife is returning to once great levels, and foresters are able to harvest trees without fencing areas to promote reforestation. This wildlife and forestry success story is the work of the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative. Visit the KQDC website at to learn more.

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Scarnati: Budget Includes No New Taxes, Restores Funding for Education, Services

The State Senate approved and sent to the Governor on June 29th, a fiscally conservative, sustainable state budget that includes no new taxes and restores funding for key education and human services programs, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Senate Bill 1466, the Senate Budget Proposal was signed by Governor Corbett on June 30th. “This spending plan reflects the revenues we have available and does not mortgage our future to pay for programs and services we cannot afford,” Scarnati said. “The budget limits state spending but maintains strong state support for education at all levels and ensures that we have a safety net in place to help those in need.”

Senate Bill 1466 fully restores funding for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities and State System of Higher Education schools. In return, the presidents of these institutions have agreed to keep tuition increases to a minimum – no higher than the Consumer Price Index.

The bill also includes more than $149 million in additional support for local school districts over what the Governor requested in February. It increases funding for the Education Improvement Tax Credit program by $25 million. The EITC offers the business community a tax credit for contributions made to scholarship and educational organizations, enabling parents to choose the best educational setting for their children.

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

“In these tough economic times you have to make difficult choices, but we also recognize that providing a quality education to kids and lending support to our neediest residents is a core responsibility of state government,” Scarnati said. “This budget reflects our continued commitment to reject excessive spending and tax hikes that could hurt our state’s economic future and our ability to compete. Instead, we are doing what working families do every day – living within our means.”

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Cardboard Boat Regatta at McCrea Point

JAMESTOWN, NY, JUNE 28, 2012 – The Arts Council for Chautauqua County and the Reg Lenna Civic Center are hosting a fun day of cardboard boat racing at McCrea Point to benefit their organizations.

On August 18th, starting at 9:30 a.m., teams will be registering to compete in Chautauqua Lake’s outlet for fastest time, most creative design, crowd favorite, and most dramatic sinking. Teams compete in the following age brackets: adult (18+), teen (13-17), and youth (8-12). The display and judging of boats begins at 10 a.m. and the first race launches at noon. Admission is free for spectators.

Racing participants will construct a “human-powered” boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100% recycled materials, that will hold at least 1 crew member and be “seaworthy” enough to race a short distance in the outlet. Racers must construct their boats ahead of time and everyone is encouraged to let their imaginations run wild by putting considerable artistic flair into both boats and costumes. As artistic organizations, we hope to see dragon boats, cartoon cars, and pirate ships all appearing at the starting line on August 18th. A list of rules, registration forms, and hints to get started with your boat building are available at or by calling 716-397-1360. Registration forms and fees can be dropped off at the Reg; Lenna Civic Center Box office on Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 p.m. or mailed to the Reg Lenna Civic Center Box Office at 116 East 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY. The entry fee per team is $30 before July 15th and $40 after that date. Early registration is encouraged.

During race preparations, there will be music playing, plenty of food and drink, games, and terrific photo opportunities in a fun-filled day for all. Individuals, families, groups, businesses, and school teams are encouraged to race. Whether you attend as a crew member, the captain, or an on-shore spectator, we promise you a day you’ll never forget. Come celebrate a day of creative boat building by watching dozens of brave mariners negotiate the outlet each hoping to avoid a soggy sinking feeling along the way.

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Contest for Summer Shutterbugs

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation invites the public to join the 2012 “Take Five in the Outdoors” photo contest by submitting entries in five categories:

• Appreciation of Beauty
• Kids in the Outdoors
• Outdoor Recreation
• Volunteers in Action
• Dogs in the Outdoors

Three prizes will be awarded in each category. These include state park gift cards, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation bandanas and mugs, and Hershey’s Take Five candy bars. Dogs in the Outdoors contest winners are eligible for a RuffWear dog bed or a RuffWear collapsible water bowl.

The top three winning photographs will be featured on the foundation’s website, Facebook Page, and other electronic communications. Best in show winners will be featured on the cover of the foundation’s fall newsletter.

Photos must be submitted to by September 3, 2012. Voting begins on September 5 on the foundation Facebook Page at Judging will be by popular vote. All photos must be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. For the complete set of rules visit and click on the Take Five Photo Contest image.

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Another Arson Fire in Elk County

A firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling an arson fire Monday morning in Johnsonburg.

State police fire marshal Greg Agosti say damage to the St. Joe’s Club on Market Street is estimated at $100,000. The building has been vacant for about two years and the last known owner was the Knights of Columbus.

The fire started on a second floor wood porch of the brick building.
This is the fourth arson fire in Elk County since May 30.

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Woman's Body Found Near Allegheny River

The body of a 36-year-old woman was found along the edge of the Allegheny River in Warren County near a Route 6 bridge Monday afternoon.

Police say a passing motorist called them when he saw something in the water near the east bank of the river in Pleasant Township. Police later identified the woman as Sally Engstrom of Warren.

They say it appears that foul play was not involved but they are continuing their investigation.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

John Holec

John E. Holec, 96, of 58 Linwood Ave. Bradford, passed away Sunday, July 1st, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born September 19, 1915, in Newark, NJ, he was a son of the late Andrew and Tessi (Ferina) Holec.

On July 26, 1942 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wilcox, he married Marie T. (Elinski) Holec, who died on September 12, 2002.

Mr. Holec attended schools in Ludlow. He had worked for the Civilian Conservation Camps for five years, then for Buffalo Bolts and later for Dresser Mfg. as a machinist retiring in 1980 after 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Senior Center and also a member of the Senior Center Band where he played the harmonica.

Surviving is a daughter, Dianne Donohoe, of Bradford, four grandchildren; Blake Donohoe, Fran Blevens and twins Sherry Byland and Larry Donohoe, four great grandchildren; Larry Butler, Michael Butler Cortney Donohoe and Blake Donohoe, two great great grandchildren Maci and Dawson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son, John E. "Sonney" Holec who died March 9, 2003, six brothers and four sisters.

At the family's request there will be no public visitation. Friends wll be invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Bradford Area Senior Center or charity of the donor's choice .

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Bob Harris Answers Your Questions

Have a question about late blight (tomato blight), when or how to prune your Rhododendron, something you heard on the Farmer's Almanac Report or anything lawn and garden related?

Master Gardener Bob Harris is the man with the answers. You can call Bob and have him answer your question live at 8:30 Saturday mornings on 1490 WESB or email us with your question at and we'll pass it along.

If you can't listen to "Around the Home with Bob Harris" at 8:30 Saturday morning on 1490 WESB, you can listen on demand:

Happy gardening!

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Teen Caught with Pot, Metal Knuckles

A Dunkirk teenager is facing charges after allegedly being found with marijuana and metal knuckles at Sunset Bay Saturday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies were on foot patrol when they saw 18-year-old Steven McCool with marijuana in his vehicle. They later found that he had the metal knuckles.

He’s charged with criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. McCool has been released on his own recognizance and will answer the charges in Town of Hanover Court.

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ANFVB joins Pennsylvania Association of Travel & Tourism

Coming out of the most successful national tourism week to date, the Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism, or PATT, is gearing up for its official public launch in order to continue the positive momentum that has swept over PA tourism.

Focused on its future, Pennsylvania’s tourism industry has mobilized to form a new statewide association to enhance its advocacy, public awareness and professional development programs. PATT’s top priorities are developing a strategic plan for PA tourism, restoring funding for the industry through the creation of a public-private tourism organization that would market and promote Pennsylvania Tourism and campaigning for a post-Labor Day school start so that the tourism and travel industries in PA can take advantage of the most traveled weeks of the year.

PATT is hoping to shed a light on the abundant positive impacts of tourism. Pennsylvania tourism is a critical component of the state’s economy. In 2010, Pennsylvania tourists spent more than $35.9 billion, generating more than $3.6 billion in state and local tax revenue.

This tax revenue supports public education and social welfare programs. In 2010, tourism provided employment for 452,300 Pennsylvanians. The industry provides valuable work experiences for high school and college students, viable incomes, advancement opportunities, and promising life-long careers in hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage, recreation, the arts and history for talented professionals. Tourism overnight stays have increased 22 percent within McKean County during fiscal year 2011-2012. The opening of the Kinzua Sky Walk and the new Bullis Hollow Trail, along with falling gas prices and a pent up desire for travel to nearby destinations, has positively impacted the number of travelers utilizing both traditional accommodations along with an increased number of campers and outdoor recreationists visiting our region.

PATT is able to leverage its experience and relationships to advocate for public policies that directly benefit PA and the ANF Visitors Bureau which represents McKean County tourism. In addition to serving the diverse membership of PA Travel and Tourism, PATT is focusing its resources on education, professional development and strengthening legislative relationships in order to sustainably move the industry forward.

We at the ANF Visitors Bureau will join PATT in the fight to improve industry awareness by educating the public, public officials and other industry members on the economic, cultural and social impact of PA travel and tourism in addition to local tourism here in McKean County.

For more information, click on or call 800-473-9370.

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Still Time to Sign Up for Triathlon

There’s still time to sign up for the Willow Creek Triathlon, but don’t wait too long.

The annual triathlon, now it its seventh year, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4. It starts at Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park in New York state with a 300-yard swim. Participants then ride their bikes 15 miles to the Corydon Hotel on Route 346. The last leg of the triathlon is a three-mile run to the Willows Restaurant where the medals are awarded.

This year, the committee capped off participants at 400. To date, there are currently about 200 registered so there is no guarantee registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Registration starts at 7 a.m. followed by a rules meeting at 9 a.m. The race starts at 9:30 a.m.

Both individuals and teams may participate. Entry fees are $35 for individuals; $75 for teams if they are pre-registered by July 24. After that time, if spots are available, registration fees are $45 and $85, respectively.

Money raised benefits the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.

Registrations may be made by e-mailing

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