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Vintage Snowmobile Bill Becomes Law

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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, an…

Road Work Starts Monday on Route 62

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Eight Players Added to Big 30 Rosters

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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 convent…

Ground Broken on Route 417 Project

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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 neighborh…

Work Continues on Route 255 Project

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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 throu…

Early Morning Crash Downs Power Lines

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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

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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…

Another Suicide Outside PSP Barracks

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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

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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

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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

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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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Man Dies in Farm Accident

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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

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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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Obituary
Patricia Petruney

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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 visitat…

BLT Seeks Directors, Shows

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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 nkgarris@verizon.net; 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 whi…

511PA.com Has Had 2 Million Visits

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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…

Branch Road in Potter Co. Closes Monday

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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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Obituary
Norma Jean Trumball

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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 fune…

TV Star Andy Griffith Dies at Age 86

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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.

For more on this story go to MSNBC.com.


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Obituary
Wilbur Siebert

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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 rece…

Obituary
Jean 'Peaches' Himes

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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 nep…

Bridge to be Closed for Two More Weeks

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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

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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 (https://www1.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php), 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 …

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

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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…

Cardboard Boat Regatta at McCrea Point

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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 art…

Contest for Summer Shutterbugs

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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 ppffnewsletter@pa.net by September 3, 2012. Voting begins on September 5 on the foundation Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaParksandForestsFoundation. J…

Another Arson Fire in Elk County

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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

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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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Obituary
John Holec

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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 preced…

Bob Harris Answers Your Questions

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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 news@wesb.com 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: http://wesb.com/onair/aroundthehome/index.php

Happy gardening!

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Teen Caught with Pot, Metal Knuckles

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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

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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 …

Still Time to Sign Up for Triathlon

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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 M…