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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Allegany Man Charged with Rape

A 40-year-old Allegany man is charged with rape for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl in a cemetery back in April.

Sheriff’s deputies say Timothy Retchless had sex with the 16-year-old in a vehicle parked in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Following an investigation into the incident, Retchless was arrested late Friday afternoon.

He was arraigned and then released on his recognizance by recommendation of the district attorney’s office.

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Two Hurt in ATV Crash

Two people are hospitalized following an ATV crash at about 2:30 this morning on Mason Hill Road in Cameron County.

Police say 39-year-old David Cunningham of Cannonsburg crashed his Suzuki ATV, but details of the crash are not available at this time.

Cunningham was taken to Elk Regional Health for treatment of moderate injuries. His passenger, 29-year-old Lauren Jones of Claysville was flown to Altoona Regional Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Police neither person was wearing a helmet.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Man Sentenced for Killing Bradford Native

The Massachusetts man who killed a Bradford man in his New York City apartment three years ago has been sentenced.

33-year-old Alexys Fermaintt stabbed Michael Pecora a number of times, then stole his laptop, cell phone and watch. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in June.

Even before today’s sentencing, the judge in the case indicated that he would sentence Fermaintt to up to 20 years in prison.

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Dog Who Helped Track Bucky Phillips,
Worked at World Trade Center Has Died

The dog who helped police track Ralph “Bucky” Phillips into the woods where he eventually surrendered back in 2006 has passed away.

12-year-old Harry was also the last living member of the New York State Police K-9 unit who worked at the World Trade Center after 9/11.

Harry met and protected several dignitaries including President Bill Clinton, worked at the US Open Golf Tournament on Long Island, and performed demonstrations at the Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Erie county fairs as well as the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

He was assigned to Trooper Jeff Kaduc of the Amity-based state police, and retired in 2008.

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Ex-Professor Sentenced for Child Porn

A former Mansfield University professor who distributed child pornography has been sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison and 10 years’ probation.

Daniel McKee McKee accepted a plea deal last year after being charged with distributing child porn.

Police searched his Mansfield home and learned that he download the porn to his home computer.

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Man Fights with Family Members,
Then Damages Police Car

A Dewittville man is in jail for allegedly fighting with his brother and father, and then damaging a police car.

Police say 23-year-old Christopher Dellahoy got into the fight at 10:30 Wednesday night at the Wildwood Pool on Memorial Drive in Cattaraugus.

After being arrested for disorderly conduct, he allegedly kicked the inside door of the police cruiser, damaging the door, and was then charged with criminal mischief.

His bail is set at $800.

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Warren Man Accused of
Sexually Assaulting 2-Month-Old Baby

A Warren man is in jail for sexual assaulting a 2-month-old baby.

25-year-old Francis Notoro allegedly assaulted the baby on July 15, and was arrested after the baby was examined at Warren General Hospital.

Court records say Notoro claims he was holding the baby when he tripped over a chair and lost his grip on the child. He claims bite marks were caused by another child.
He’s charged with rape of a child, involuntary sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault, simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

District Attorney Ross McKiernan says this is the sickest thing he’s ever seen.

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Cops: Man Held Knife to Woman's Throat

A 24-year-old Jamestown man is accused of holding a knife to a woman’s throat while she had a 3-year-old child in her arms.

Police were called to the home at around 5:30 Thursday afternoon for a domestic incident and learned that Sean Klein restrained the woman and demanded that she throw her phone to prevent her from calling them.

By the time police arrived, Klein left the house but was picked up outside the city by sheriff’s deputies. He’s charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Klein is being held in the Jamestown City Jail, pending arraignment.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thirsty Woman Charged with Theft

A Brockport woman who was apparently thirsty and has a new dog has been charged with stealing from the St. Marys Walmart four times last month.

On July 23 32-year-old Jennifer Jamison was caught leaving the store with three cases of pop, a bottle of Lipton Iced Tea, a pack of Frontline, a bottle of liquid dog de-wormer and a dog leash. Police say the value of the stolen items is $76.

Police say the thefts started on July 10 when she left the store without paying $1.78 a bottle of water. On July 19 she left without paying $1.68 for a bottle of Lipton Iced Tea. On July 21, she left without paying for a pair of shorts, a tank top and a bra valued at $22.82.

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Saturday Big Day for Bona's Butler

CANTON, Ohio – St. Bonaventure football legend and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive standout Jack Butler, Class of 1951, will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening.

Butler is joined in the 2012 induction class by Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and Dermontti Dawson. No player in history has had to wait longer than Butler’s 50 years to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

ESPN will televise the ceremony beginning on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Coverage will be available on and all our social media platforms throughout the weekend, beginning Friday and concluding Sunday evening at the Hall of Fame Game between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, where Butler will be honored prior to the contest. Additionally, the NFL has developed the hashtag #PFHOF12 for fans to interact with on Twitter all weekend.

Butler, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Super Bowl weekend this past February, becomes the fourth St. Bonaventure alum in professional sports halls of fame. Baseball legends John McGraw, class of 1895, and Hugh Jennings, class of 1897, for whom the University’s athletic fields are named after, are in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Bob Lanier, ’70, is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

With Butler’s induction, St. Bonaventure becomes the smallest Division I school in the nation to have members in three of the four major professional sports halls of fame (NHL).

“Jack Butler from Pittsburgh, Pa., by way of St. Bonaventure University, and here I am. … It’s really an honor and a privilege,” said Butler following his induction in February.

Butler was a wide receiving star at Bonaventure, despite never having played the game in high school. In fact, he had visions of becoming a Catholic priest. Shortly after he enrolled at St. Bonaventure, Fr. Silas Rooney – SBU’s athletic director at the time and brother of Pittsburgh Steelers founder and owner Art Rooney – encouraged Butler to try out for the football team.

Despite going undrafted in 1951, the Steelers signed Butler to a professional contract and converted him to a defensive back. He remained with the team until a devastating knee injury in 1959 cut his career short, but not before going down as one of the most revered and feared defensive players in the game. “He hit so hard he would hurt himself,” Art Rooney Jr. has famously said.

At the time of his retirement, Butler ranked second in NFL history with 52 interceptions. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-NFL First Team selection and was named to the All-NFL Team of the 1950s.

Butler’s four interceptions in a single game in 1953 remain a Steelers record to this day, and are tied for the most in NFL history.

Despite his prowess on the defensive side of the ball, many – including former Steelers quarterback Jim Finks – said Butler would have also been a great offensive player. He spent a short time on the offensive side of the ball at the beginning of his career, but ultimately was able to parlay his great hands on offense into his interception records on defense. Over his nine-year career, Butler had seven catches, but four of them went for touchdowns.

After Ralph Wilson hired him in 1960 to coach with the Buffalo Bills, Butler was hired by the Steelers as a scout the following year. Shortly thereafter, Butler organized BLESTO, and for nearly 45 years, until 2007, served as the head the scouting service currently used by 12 NFL teams, including the Bills and Steelers.

In 1970, he was inducted in the SBU Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2009, the University awarded him an honorary degree, citing his example of dedication to sport, but not at the expense of values, family and faith.

In 2008, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the team, the Steelers honored Butler as one of the 33 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers Legends team.

Butler’s daughter, Maureen, is a member of the St. Bonaventure National Alumni Association Board and her husband, Bob Maier, graduated with her in 1978.
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Tougher Laws for NY Sex Offenders

New York will be getting tougher on registered sex offenders.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed into law a bill that authorizes law enforcement officials to update the photographs of high-risk sexual offenders every 90 days or if the person’s appearance changes. The pictures will be sent to the sex offender registry for use by the public and law enforcement.

Currently the offenders are required to submit a photo once a year. This bill will take effect in 30 days.

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NYDOT: I-86 Money Could be Reallocated

If the Seneca Nation and New York State can’t come to an agreement on how to proceed with roadwork on Interstate 86, the state will used the $47 million allocated for projects on the highway on other projects throughout the state.

Back in May when Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter was informed that the state would not be following the 19-year-old agreement that allows the nation to monitor construction sites on their territory, he said the Nation would take on the project themselves if they had to.

“We are here today to show that this is a priority project for the State of New York and for the Department of Transportation,” McDonald said in a news release following a news conference today in Evans. “DOT is prepared to immediately advance the I-86 project, which will rehabilitate and improve safety on this important highway while creating more than 450 jobs in the process. This project will benefit all residents – Seneca and non-Indian alike – as well as the motoring public. We need to get this done.”

Today, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said if a resolution is not reached quickly the state reallocate the $28 ½ million for reconstruction of 11 ½ miles of I-86 from Steamburg to Salamanca, as well as money for upcoming projects, including the replacement of a bridge over Cattaraugus Creek and resurfacing from Salamanca to the Limestone exit.

Porter says if New York goes ahead with the project the state would be considered trespassers on Indian land. Porter has contacted the Federal Highway Administration to ask that the $28.5 million for the first project be re-allocated from the state to the nation so a Seneca company can do the work.

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Big Rigs Crash on Interstate 80 Thursday

Two tractor-trailers crashed and caught on fire this morning on Interstate 80 in Clearfield County, seriously injuring one of the drivers and causing part of the eastbound lane of the road to be closed for a couple of hours.

At around 5 a.m. a truck hauling flashlights and driven by Yurly Ivanov of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, was experiencing difficulties and almost came to a complete stop. The driver of the second truck, Eddie Courtney Jr. of Chicago, could not stop in time and hit the first truck.

State police say Courtney suffered major injuries and was flown to Altoona Regional Hospital for treatment. Ivanov and his passenger were not hurt, but Ivanov was cited for a number of vehicle code violations.

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Man Accused of Making Threat with Knife

A Franklinville man is accused of threatening another man with a knife.

Sheriff’s deputies say at around 11:30 Tuesday night 20-year-old Sean DeWitt pulled the knife and threatened the man at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.

DeWitt is charged with menacing and has been scheduled to appear in Little Valley Town Court.

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Olean Man Accused of Assaulting Woman

An Olean man is accused of assaulting a woman who had an order of protection against him.

At just after 11 o’clock last night in Westons Mills sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a woman yelling for help and learned that 33-year-old Joseph Brockel went to his ex-girlfriend’s house, tore her shirt and pants, pushed and shoved her, and then ran away.

Brockel was charged with harassment, criminal mischief and criminal contempt and was sent to jail on $1,000 bail. He’s scheduled to be back in court on Monday.

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Man Found Guilty of Dozens of Burglaries

A St. Marys man has been found guilty of burglarizing camps in McKean, Elk and Cameron counties at around Christmastime.

A jury found 27-year-old Daniel Aiello guilty of 61 felony counts of burglary, 61 counts of conspiracy, 25 counts of theft and 66 counts of criminal mischief in Elk County alone.

For the burglaries in McKean and Cameron counties he was found guilty of 36 counts of burglary as well as theft and criminal mischief.

According to court records Aiello and his half-brother 20-year-old Mark Aiello, forced their way into most of the camps using a pry bar to break the padlocks, then removed items from the camps. Police found them along the side of the road in the early morning hours of January 4 in Benezette Township, where several of the burglaries happened, and they had a pry bar with them.

They confessed to the crimes and Mark Aiello showed police the camps he and his brother had broken into. His case is still making its way through the court system.

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Rusty Wallace Coming to Salamanca

SALAMANCA, NY – As New York gears up for the largest stock car race of the year, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will add to the excitement by hosting a public meet-and-greet with legendary race car driver Rusty Wallace.

The event takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the pre-function area near the Seneca Allegany Events Center.

Wallace is one of the winningest drivers in the sport of professional stock car driving with 55 victories throughout his 35-year career. He is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association’s (NMPA) Hall of Fame and a two-time NMPA Driver of the Year. Wallace is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on NASCAR racing and continues to contribute as an analyst during nationally-televised races.

Wallace comes to Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel just before a major racing weekend in nearby Watkins Glen, NY. During the meet-and-greet, racing fans will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken and get autographs. Prior to the event, guests can enjoy the Winners’ Circle Hot Seat from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the casino’s gaming floor, with drawings every half-hour for a chance to drive an authentic race car simulator and win $200 in Free Slot Play. To enter, guests should play on their favorite slot machine with their free Seneca Players Club Card inserted, and then listen for their names to be called.

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Update on Route 255 Road Work

St Marys – Work to improve Route 255 in Fox Township and St Marys is continuing in a work zone that 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 Aug. 6 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 placing concrete curb.

• The contractor will be performing drainage work.

• Motorists should allow for additional commute time due to periodic traffic congestion at the Walmart intersection and traffic signal.

• 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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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sex Offenders Rounded Up in Central PA

Scranton, PA – Today, United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced the successful conclusion of Operation Safety Net III – an initiative designed to verify the addresses of more than 1,300 convicted sex offenders residing in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

This operation is the direct result of The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, signed into law July 27, 2006. The Act commemorated the July 27, 1981 abduction and murder of 6-year old Adam Walsh. It designated the United States Marshals Service (USMS) as the lead federal law enforcement agency charged with assisting jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who fail to register, and pursuing convicted sex offenders who cross state lines to avoid their registration requirements.

Beginning in February 2012, Deputy U. S. Marshals teamed with the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section as well as state and local police officers to verify Megan’s Law addresses of 1,309 convicted sex offenders living in the 33 counties which comprise the Middle District of Pennsylvania. This number also included the verification of addresses for 88 offenders classified as Sexually Violent Predators.

13 individuals were found to be out of compliance with sex offender registration requirements, and were arrested for violations of Megan’s Law. Those arrested were:

Scott Vosburgh – a 25-year old convicted sex offender classified as a Sexually Violent Predator living in Carbon County. The Lansford Police Department charged Vosburgh with this offense. He was arrested by a local police agency in Lehigh County on an unrelated incident on March 14th.

Keith Pericoli – a 43-year old convicted sex offender living in Lackawanna County. The Scranton Police Department charged Pericoli with Megan’s Law violations. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Lackawanna County on February 27th.

Richard Sherin – a 63-year old convicted sex offender living in Luzerne County. The Pennsylvania State Police charged Sherin with this offense. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Luzerne County on March 23rd.

Tyrone Fair – a 56-year old convicted sex offender originally from Elmira, NY – charged with sex offender registration violations by the Elmira Police Department. Deputy U.S. Marshals found Fair living in Dauphin County and arrested him on May 14th.

Chris Peters – a 52-year old convicted sex offender living in Cumberland County. On May 20th, Deputy U.S. Marshals located Peters. On the same date, the Mechanicsburg Police Department charged and arrested him on the violation.

Ryan Break – a 23-year old convicted sex offender living in Luzerne County. The Pennsylvania State Police charged him with the violation. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Luzerne County on June 6th.

Wade Shultz – a 33-year old convicted sex offender from Kingfisher County, OK - wanted for sex offender registration violations in Oklahoma. Deputy U.S. Marshals found Shultz living in York County and arrested him on June 6th.

Jose Correa – a 31-year old convicted sex offender last known to reside in Cumberland County but with addresses in Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties. Two local police agencies in Lancaster County charged Correa with Megan’s Law violations. USMS task force members located Correa in Lancaster County and arrested him on June 21st.

Ralph Tolley – a 41-year old convicted sex offender from Lackawanna County. The Pennsylvania State Police charged Tolley with the violation. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Lackawanna County on June 22nd.

John Karns – a 34-year old convicted sex offender from Dauphin County. The Pennsylvania State Police charged Karns with the violation. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Dauphin County on June 25th.

Donald Cordell – a 35-year old convicted sex offender from Franklin County. The Pennsylvania State Police charged Cordell with the violation. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him near Hagerstown, Maryland on July 9th.

Byron Chisolm – a 37-year old convicted sex offender from Dauphin County. The Harrisburg Bureau of Police charged Chisolm with the violation. Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested him in Dauphin County on July 13th.

Bryan Jurenec – a 25-year old convicted sex offender formerly of York County. Deputy U.S. Marshals located Jurenec living in Arizona. Marshals Service personnel in Phoenix, Arizona arrested him on July 16th.

Four additional convicted sex offenders were found to be out of compliance with Megan’s Law requirements. They were arrested on unrelated criminal matters. Megan’s Law violations are pending with local law enforcement agencies.

United States Marshal Pane stated, “The public should know that the Marshals Service is committed to enforcing the blanket of protection that Megan’s Law and The Adam Walsh Act provide to our citizens. Convicted sex offenders must know this mission is given the highest priority within our agency. Operation Safety Net III has ended, but our efforts to locate non-compliant sex offenders never does.”

The following law enforcement agencies worked with the United States Marshals Service in support of Operation Safety Net III:

Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section;
Pennsylvania State Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit;
Carlisle Police Department;
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department;
Dauphin County Adult Probation Department;
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department;
Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Department;
Latimore Township (Adams County) Police Department;
Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department;
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole;
Union County Sheriff’s Department;
York City Police Department; and
York County District Attorney’s Office - Detective Bureau

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Pickup Truck Crash Leaves Town of
Chautauqua Residents Without Power

Route 394 in the Town of Chautauqua was closed for about two hours this afternoon after a pickup truck sheared off a utility pole and the live wires started a fire on a nearby pine tree.

Sheriff’s deputies say that at about 2:30 17-year-old Nicholas Melquist of Jamestown was just past the Willow Run Golf Course when he got distracted and veered off the road. His pickup sheared off a National Grid pole. National Grid had to turn off the main transmission lines for the area before the truck could be removed from the scene, and power will remain off for several more hours because the pole was carrying the main transmission lines for the area.

The truck was destroyed in the crash.

Melquist’s airbag deployed, and he was wearing a seatbelt. Although he suffered only minor injuries he was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for observation.

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Beaulieu Sentenced to Life in Prison

The man who kidnapped and raped a woman in the Allegheny National Forest two years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison.

37-year-old Mike Beaulieu of Anson, Maine, was sentenced today in federal court in Erie after pleading guilty in March.

On August 3, 2010, at the Kinzua Point Information Center, Beaulieu tied up a 23-year-old man with rope and duct tape, then kidnapped his 20-year-old girlfriend at gunpoint, drove her to the Red Bridge area of the forest in McKean County and raped her.

U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin said the sentence is so long because of Beaulieu’s prior record, which includes convictions for rape, arson, escape and domestic-violence assault, among others.

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Bridge Work on Looker Mountain Trail

Work to replace a bridge on Route 246 in McKean County will get underway Thursday, Aug. 16 and a detour will be in place.

The bridge spans a tributary of Kendall Creek on Route 246, near the intersection of Looker Mountain Trail and Dallas Road.

Replacing the box culvert will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s list of structurally deficient bridges and provide a smoother, safer ride for area travelers. The bridge was built in 1940, is 22 feet long and carries almost 1,200 vehicles per day.

In order to replace the box culvert, the road near the bridge will be closed and a detour will be in place. Drivers will use Route 46 and Route 646 to get around the closure.

PennDOT McKean County Maintenance will perform the work on this project, which is expected to last through Sept. 7. Work includes removal and replacement of the current box culvert, guide rail updates, and paving. All work is weather dependent.

Drivers are reminded to follow official detour signs, obey posted speed limits and always buckle up.

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Burglary in Bradford Today

Bradford City Police are investigating a burglary that happened earlier today.

They say someone broke into Swanson’s Fabrication at 19 East Washington Street and removed cash from the business.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the City of Bradford Police or use the anonymous tip line at

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Seneca Allegany Hosting Job Fair

SALAMANCA, NY – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will host an Expansion Job Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. at Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca. Recruiters will be available to meet with career-seekers for nearly 50 available full- and part-time positions.

Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel has a mix of existing as well as new positions available, due to the expanded hotel tower that is slated to open later this fall – which will increase the number of rooms from 212 to 413. Career openings at the upcoming Expansion Job Fair include housekeeping and resort operations, food and beverage positions, table games dealers, and more.

Prospective employees are encouraged to bring copies of a resume, dress professionally and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews, as most positions will provide immediate offers for hiring. For more information about careers at the Seneca Casinos and to learn how to join the winning team, please visit and click on “Join The Team.”

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Mackowski Work in Zombie Zine

Chris Mackowski, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University, is helping bring the undead back to life for iPad users.

Mackowski’s work is featured in the inaugural issue of an interactive digital magazine called Undead Zine, launched this month for the Apple iPad.

Mackowski, who taught an online class at St. Bonaventure this summer called “Pop Culture: Tales from the Zombie Apocalypse,” was recruited by the editors of Undead after they saw a series of zombie-related posts he had written last semester for the blog Scholars & Rogues (

“Intelligent, quality writing on the zombie genre is not easy to find, so it was very refreshing to read Chris’s writing,” said Undead co-creator and editor Matt Hill.

Mackowski’s piece “Zombies: The New Media Darlings” serves as an introduction for the launch issue. The magazine also features an article by Mackowski titled “Night of the Living Dead: The Birth of the Modern Zombie,” which serves as the magazine’s cover story.

Undead, based in England, is the world’s first interactive, digital zombie magazine, available through Apple’s popular Newsstand app. The magazine offers in-depth features, interviews, and reviews in addition to videos, image galleries, and web links over more than seventy pages.

“The team behind Undead Zine decided, over a cool glass of beer or two, to dip their toe in the murky waters of living dead culture and see if creating a digital magazine on the subject was a feasible idea,” Hill said. “Within days, we knew it was something we had to do, with zombie fans, writers, artists, and even Lego builders giving us the thumbs-up and helping us out. We’re very proud of our first issue, which provides intelligent and entertaining comment on all manner of zombie-related issues, and can’t wait to share our enthusiasm with zombie fans across the world.”

The first issue focuses on the 1968 zombie classic “Night of the Living Dead,” which Hill describes as “the film that started it all.” The issue also features interviews with the writer and director of the new zombie film “Harold Goes Stiff” and zombie artist Rob Sacchetto, previews of two Osama Bin Laden zombie films, and an interview with author Daryl Gregory, who discusses his zombie novel “Raising Stony Mayhall,” with an excerpt of the book included.

In its second issue, the magazine will include features by Mackowski that focus on George Romero’s 1978 “Dawn of the Dead” as well as Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake. The magazine will also feature an interview Mackowski did with zombie expert Matt Mogk, author of the Stoker Award-nominated “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies.”

More information on Undead can be found at The application for the magazine can be downloaded from the Apple’s Newsstand app.

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Sheetz Named Golden Chain Award Winner

Sheetz Company President & CEO Stan Sheetz has been named a 2012 Golden Chain Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News. The award recognizes leaders in the restaurant industry who have consistently demonstrated improved overall business performance and growth. The award will be presented at the 53rd annual Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Dallas, Texas.

“It takes vision and confidence in your strategy to stay the course and prosper through changing and challenging times, and that’s what this year’s Golden Chain winners have been doing,” says Randall Friedman, publisher of Nation’s Restaurant News. “We will be honoring these executives not only for their outstanding recent accomplishments but also for career achievements that have benefited our industry and the consumers we serve.”

One of the outstanding achievements for Sheetz has been the company’s continued revenue growth and unit expansion during difficult economic conditions.

“We continue to open new locations in our six-state footprint, and our sales and revenue continue to be unusually strong,” Sheetz says. “I believe what has contributed most to our success is the team of very smart and talented people all across our organization who fully embrace the Sheetz business philosophy of providing quality products and exceptional customer service.”

Sheetz has developed a level of customer loyalty unusual in the convenience food business by offering a wide variety of food and beverage products, including MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, and its full line of Sheetz Bros. Coffeez®.

As a Golden Chain Award Winner, Stan Sheetz is also competing to be named the Nation’s Restaurant News Operator of the Year.

Nation’s Restaurant News has been the #1 source of news, competitive intelligence and professional networking for the key decision-makers in the $580-billion foodservice industry for more than 40 years. It is owned by Penton Publications.

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Disabled Vet Running in Triathlon


When Mark Doolittle attends his 30th high school class reunion Saturday night, the 1982 Bradford Area High School graduate, along with two classmates, will have a little something special to brag about - like taking part in a sprint triathlon that morning.

Doolittle, joined by Chris Wilson Minich and her twin brother Chuck Wilson, are participating as a team and the seventh annual Willow Creek Triathlon on Saturday. Proceeds from the triathlon benefit the transportation fund for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.

For Doolittle, who is traveling from Indianapolis, Ind., for Saturday's events, the triathlon takes on special meeting. Doolittle himself is 60 percent disabled. A veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, Doolittle was injured as a result of an accident involving "friendly fire" when a fellow soldier fell asleep at the wheel and ran him over. This left him a three rods inside his right ankle plus a plate and 14 screws on the outside of his ankle.

While he knew he could not do all three portions of the triathlon, he knew he could get by with a little help from his friends.

"Since he was planning on coming home for our reunion, he wanted to do the triathlon," Minich said. "He needed my help to get a team together."

Lyle Hajdu, a regular participant, encouraged Minich to do the bike portion since Doolittle was running.

"Since time was short on registering a team, I contacted my twin brother," Minich said. "He was all it ... Interesting enough, my brother is also a disabled veteran after serving five years in the Air Force" during peacetime.

Minich did not hesitate to become part of Doolittle's team.

"Mark, Chuck and I all were strong participants in our high school track program. Mark and I were remembered as runners from our class," she said "When I heard Mark’s story and recalled my fond memories of training with him, I simply couldn’t resist to be a part of his team."

To have it the weekend of the reunion was icing on the cake.

"I knew right away, we needed to keep this team to the BAHS Class of 1982. Mark, Chuck and many of our classmates joined the armed forces in 1982.

"It gives me great pride to be able to advocate the great service, commitment and leadership they gave and continue give to our country."

Doolittle has not allowed his injury keep him down.

"I am a determined person," he said of when the doctors told him he would probably not walk let alone run. "I can't stand it when someone tells me no."

Doolittle has done a marathon, half marathon as well as races. He now isto slowed down due to degenerative arthritis.

"I have always set goals high and rejoice in every little step I make toward them on."

On Saturday Doolittle's goal will be to complete the three-mile run from the Corydon Hotel to the Willows Restaurant. Wilson will do the 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park in New York, and Minich will do the 15-mile bicycling from Allegheny State Park to the Corydon Hotel.

"I was asked if I wanted to swim and I said no," Doolittle said" If you're running and tired, you slow down. Same with bicycling. If you swim and are tired you drown."

Doolittle works in construction - mostly the management - and is still active in the Indiana National Guard but is not deployable.

Doolittle said it's important to hold events like this and raise awareness for veterans' causes and alert veterans to what agencies are out there to help them.

"I hope we learned a lesson from Vietnam." he said of how veterans were treated. "America dropped the ball. That can't happen again.

Race director Shane Oschman concurred that the plight of the American veteran should not be forgotten.

"These men and women thought valiantly so we can have the many freedoms we enjoy today.

"This is just one way we can repay them for all that they have done for us."

To date, the triathlon has raised more than $57,000 for veterans.

For those interested in participating, time is of the essence. Out of 400 open slots 330 are taken. This is the first year the committee capped the number of participants to ensure the safety for all.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. followed by a rules meeting at 9 a.m. The race itself starts at 9:30 a.m.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Willows Restaurant at the end of the race. The top male and female winners will receive the Thom Maholic Award given a memory of the Bradford native who was killed in Afghanistan.

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It's Time for Lucy Fest

Today is the first day of Lucy Fest in Jamestown and, in recognition of that, we asked a question about "I Love Lucy" on WESB's Facebook page:

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Destinations-Bradford Hosting Classes

Destinations-Bradford is hosting two FREE educational components to the community: Gardening 101 and Habits for Abundant Living. Both classes are being taught by local resident and homesteader, Jim Machuga.

Habits for Abundant Living will be held on Wednesday, August 8th at 2pm in the Destinations office. This class offers a guideline of life changing habits to take one from Dependence to an Independence state, helping individuals and families have a self sustaining lifestyle.

Gardening 101 will be held on August 15th at 2pm at the Destinations-Bradford office. No matter what size your farm, from patio to acres, this class helps newcomers to gardening learn the basics of composting, planting, maintenance and harvesting. Gardening can aide with healthy food choices, promote physical and social activity and help persons and families cut food expenses.

Both classes are FREE have limited seating. Reservations are required. Please contact Destinations-Bradford to reserve your seat.

1 Main Street, Bradford, Pa. 16701
Phone: 814-331-4551 Email:

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Cops: Woman Tried to Hit Person with Car

A Randolph woman is accused of trying to hit a person with her car.

Sheriff’s deputies say the victim already had a protection from abuse order against 39-year-old Jennifer Knuth when she went to the person’s house Friday, stole some property and attempted to hit the person.

Deputies found her driving away from the scene and, after their investigation, also charged with driving while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana.

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Man Accused of Knife Assault

A Randolph man is charged with assault for allegedly cutting another person with a knife.

30-year-old Matt Shields is accused of cutting the person while the two were fighting on July 21 in Conewango. Shields was arrested Saturday.

He’s jailed on $5,000 bail.

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Break-Ins at Ridgway Apartment Building

Someone broke into the apartments of two Ridgway women last week and stole several items.

Police say some of the 22-year-old victim’s make-up products and various DVDs were stolen on July 23. The burglar also damaged drywall in the apartment.

Jewelry belonging to a 35-year-old woman was stolen in the other break-in.

Both women live at the Ridgway Commons.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunset at the Station

We didn't see a rainbow at the station today, but we were treated to this beautiful sunset.

All-Stars at Work

Pennsylvania's Big 30 All-Stars got a little bit of a break from the rain during this evening's practice at Fretz Middle School.

The 39th Annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic football game is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Field, and on 1490 WESB and 100.1 The Hero, where the pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m. with Frank Williams, Stefan Arlington and Matt Walter. You can also hear the game at and

Jack Randolph, Meat Cutter at Loblaw's,
Bells Passes Away at Age 75

John R. "Jack" Randolph, 75, of 94 Gates Hollow, Bradford, passed away Monday, July 30,2012 at his residence.

Born August 30, 1936, in Bradford he was a son of the late James H. and Leona K (Wilhelm) Randolph.

On July 4, 1964 in St. Bernard Church before Rev. Martin A. Grady he married Mary A. (Good) Randolph who died, June 13, 2011.

Mr. Randolph was a 1954 graduate of Bradford High School. On November 1, 1955 he enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on August 1, 1957. After the service he worked for Zippo Manufacturing and later went to school for meat cutting. He had been employed as a meat cutter at Loblaw's Grocery Store which later became Bell's Market until his retirement.

Surviving are three children; a daughter, Colleen F. (John) Homon, of Frederick, MD, John M. (Cheryl) Randolph, of Lockport, NY and Mark R. (Janelle) Randolph, of Spring Grove, three brothers, James (Virginia) Randolph, of Bradford, Harold Wesmiller, and Robert Wesmiller, both of Erie, seven grandchildren, John Michael Randolph II, Jeannine Randolph, Kelly Randolph, twins, Tyler and Nathan Homon, Cameron Randolph, Bradyn Randolph, three great grandchildren, Emma Randolph, Amora Randolph and Rylee Randolph, and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 3, 2012, from 3 to 5 & 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, August 4th, with Rev. Patrick Cox, Pastor, of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Committal services and Military honors will follow in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 312 Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, PA 15767, or charity of the donor's choice.

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Flood Advisory ...

The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for McKean County until 7:15 p.m.

Locations that may experience minor flooding include, but are not limited to, Westline, Mount Jewett and Wetmore Township.

As of 5:55 p.m., a road in Westline is reportedly washed out.

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Berniece 'Bam' Moser

Berniece "Bam" W. Hartburg Moser, 91, of 354 West Corydon Street, passed away, Sunday, July 29, 2012 at The Pavilion at BRMC, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 25, 1921, in Bradford, she was the daughter of the late Russell H. and Leona B. Williams. She was a 1939 graduate of Bradford High School.

On June 26,1941, she married LaVern Hartburg who died September 11, 1974, then on November 19, 1988 she married Dean Moser who died December 1, 1996.

She had formerly worked at Tool 'n' Toy, Bradford Credit Bureau and retired as a secretary for the American Red Cross after many years.

She was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are three daughters: Darlene (the late J. Timothy) Drehmer, and Cherri (David) Nichols, all of Bradford, and Kaye (Dennis) Campogiani, of Lehigh Acres, FL, a brother, Daryl (Martha) Williams, of Bradford, nine grandchildren; Stephanie Huber, Kristen Beckes, Brian Drehmer, Joseph Campogiani, Ryan Campogiani, Randy Komidar, Jonny Komidar, Alicia Leahy and Amanda Nichols, fourteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral & committal services on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 11:00am in the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or Bradford Hospital Foundation, 116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 16701.

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Zippo® Adds Versatility to
Outdoor Line With Six New Products

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Salt Lake City, Zippo® unveiled six innovative products designed to enhance the great American pastime of camping.

Engineered and built with durability, performance and reliability in mind, these products address many shortcomings found in traditional outdoor gear.

Setting a new premium standard in the marketplace, the six new additions to Zippo's award-winning Outdoor line are the Windproof Stove, All-Terrain Grill, Utensil Tree, 4-in-1 Woodsman, Campfire Carrier and Rugged Lantern. The products are engineered for everyday use and to withstand the toughest of conditions year round. They're grouped by three camping experiences - fire, cooking and comfort - each of which drive and shape Zippo's strategy for product development.

"As outdoor enthusiasts, we're particularly excited about this launch," said Chris Funk, Zippo Outdoor Brand Manager. "Zippo is located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains where enjoying the outdoors is a way of life. As consumers, we know first hand how some manufacturers are simply not meeting expectations with the products that are currently on the market. With this in mind, we felt compelled to leverage our rugged and dependable heritage to build a better class of outdoor products. Our Zippo Outdoor line is held to a higher standard so that we can give consumers the ability to enjoy the outdoors rather than worry about whether or not their equipment can handle it."

The following products were showcased at the Zippo booth, PV230, at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show:



Unlike traditional camp stoves that are at the mercy of wind and are hard to light and keep lit, the Zippo Windproof Stove takes weather out of the equation. Outfitted with a cast aluminum firebox and lid, the Zippo Windproof Stove is a rugged and portable cooking device that has been designed to withstand the toughest weather conditions. Zippo's Windproof Stove relies on dual burners that immediately light without matches and stay lit on the windiest days thanks to Zippo's proprietary 3-2-3 chimney technology. The same windproof protection found in Zippo's pocket lighters, the stainless steel chimney protects the burners from wind, but still lets air through to feed the flame. The result is a strong flame that provides even heat at consistent temperatures.

Moreover, the Zippo Windproof Stove is set apart from the competition thanks to its independent leveling legs and rubber feet, which bring the stove's 270 sq. inch cooking surface up to countertop height and give users the ability to cook on a level surface should they find themselves in uneven terrain. The stove boasts a bubble level for added precision and also provides onboard storage for the legs and quick-release propane valve.

The Zippo Windproof Stove will be available in Spring 2013 for $249.95.


Ideal for tailgaters and outdoor enthusiasts alike, the Zippo All-Terrain Grill was designed with portability in mind and can travel anywhere, even off-road thanks to its high-axle and rugged rubber coated wheels. Compatible with 1 lb. or 20 lb. propane cylinders, the grill cuts no corners in bringing the ultimate grilling experience to the backyard and tailgate as it's equipped with a cast-aluminum fire box and lid, stainless steel food prep surface and high-efficiency, windproof twin-tube burners. Push-button electronic ignition and continuous flame-control valves help fire up the burners and keep them lit, while a flavor infusion panel and porcelain-coated grate provide 244 sq. inches of grilling perfection.

When it's time to pack up and go, the All-Terrain Grill converts to storage and transport mode with just the push of a button. The scissor designed undercarriage ensures the grill folds with ease for storage while an integrated handle makes it easy to tow wherever it's needed.

The Zippo All-Terrain Grill will be available in Spring 2013 for $299.95.


While cooking outdoors offers plenty of space, there never seems to be a convenient place to keep spatulas, forks or other must-haves such as towels, condiments or spices, clean and within arm's reach. That's where the Zippo Utensil Tree comes in. High in convenience, the Utensil Tree features an eight inch tray that rests on top of a powder-coated metal shaft, giving users the ability to keep everything they need at their fingertips but out of the way and up off the ground. The Utensil Tree stands rock solid and can be used while tailgating or in the woods camping using the patio base or two-pronged step bar. The Utensil Tree breaks down for easy transport and includes a carry bag.

The Zippo Utensil Tree will be available in Spring 2013 for $49.95.



One of the most versatile tools to ever hit the campground, the Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman can handle nearly any job as it can chop, saw, hammer and pull stakes. The Woodsman's chameleon-like functionalities are due in no small part to its ergonomic design. A 15 inch blade, held tight by a locking cam and tension compensator, can saw wood up to four inches in diameter, and when not in use, the blade can be safely stored within the Woodsman's handle. Remove the hatchet safety sheath which doubles as a hand grip for the saw, to reveal a five inch blade that makes chopping wood a breeze. Spin the Woodsman around to leverage the integrated mallet and stake puller to help set up or tear town camp quickly.

The Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman will be available in Spring 2013 for $79.95.


Gathering wood for the campfire isn't the most glorious job, but Zippo's new Campfire Carrier makes getting it back to the campsite a little easier. Made from tough, ballistic grade nylon, the Campfire Carrier can handle an armload worth of wood, protecting you from scratches, dirt and any unwanted bugs. Simply open up the 22" x 36" Campfire Carrier, place the wood inside and carry away using the ergonomically designed handle. For added convenience, the Campfire Carrier also includes mesh pockets for storing other necessities for getting the campfire going, such as Zippo Cedar Fire Starters and utility lighters.

The Campfire Carrier will be available in Spring 2013 for $24.95.



Campers value LED lights because they don't cause fires or emit terrible odors. However, LED lanterns are inherently delicate and rarely last more than a season. With this in mind, Zippo built its new Rugged Lantern to be the most durable on the market. A metal support cage and rubberized corners cushion the blow from everyday use and thanks to its design, the lantern can survive drops as high as six feet. Waterproof, the Zippo Rugged Lantern can survive the rain and will float if knocked into water. Through it all, the lantern shines with the brightest light of any LED lantern available today and gives users the ability to control the brightness from 100% (high) to 50% (medium) to 10% (low). The Rugged Lantern draws power from a rechargeable lithium ion battery and offers a battery life / runtime of 12-hours, 24-hours or 96-hours at the high, medium or low brightness setting respectively. For added safety and peace of mind, the Rugged Lantern also incorporates a flashing S.O.S. feature should an emergency arise. A flexible pop-up handle lets owners hang or carry the lantern anywhere.

The Zippo Rugged Lantern will be available in Spring 2013 for $74.95.

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People Hit by Lightning at Potter Co. Fair

UPDATE: Lightning hit a tree at the Potter County Fair Tuesday, and injured two adults and a child who were nearby.

Shinglehouse Ambulance personnel say the lightning struck a tree close to a goat barn.

The adults and child were inside the barn when the lightning struck. They were taken to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for treatment of minor shock, and then released.

Five other people were checked out by paramedics, but they were OK.

At the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, a carnival worker was hurt when he fell 15 to 20 feet off a ride he was taking apart.

Dunkirk firefighters say the accident happened at around 6:30 last night. He was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital for treatment of back pain.


Several people were reportedly struck by lightning this afternoon at the Potter County Fair.

At least three people were taken to the hospital for treatment, but a number of others refused treatment.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Pitt-Bradford to Host Chinese Scholars

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host two scholars from the Confucius Institute during the 2012-13 academic year who will teach Chinese language and culture to Pitt-Bradford students.

The scholars, Professors Yidan Huang and Liulin Zhang, will also present seminars and noncredit courses to members of the community.

“We’re thrilled to have these talented and resourceful scholars join our faculty for the next year,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“I’m confident that our students and our friends in the community will take advantage of this unique resource. More and more businesses in our region are expanding operations into China, and I suspect that they too may find it beneficial to become familiar with the language and customs of China.”

Both women are graduate students in the College of Chinese Language and Literature at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. Wuhan is a partner with the University of Pittsburgh in sponsoring the Confucius Institute at Pitt. All Confucius Institutes are also co-sponsored by the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to promote Chinese language and culture at universities throughout the world.

Huang and Zhang arrive at Pitt-Bradford this week and will live in a house on campus during their stay.

Huang teaches Chinese as a second language at Wuhan University and holds a bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language from Central China Normal University. She has an extensive background in Chinese calligraphy, for which she has won several prizes. Her other interests include martial arts, opera, paper cutting, traditional Chinese painting and mahjong. Zhang earned her bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Wuhan and is pursuing a master’s degree in the same area. Her areas of study include linguistics, literature, psychology, English translation, Western culture, logic, science of religion and international business.

Zhang is an athlete who played center on her college basketball team and spiker on Wuhan’s volleyball team. Other interests are singing, aerobics, cucurbit (a Chinese classical instrument), Tai Chi Chuan, Mulan boxing, calligraphy and making dumplings.

During the Fall semester, they will teach Chinese Language and Culture. During the Spring semester, they will teach Chinese language courses.

“This is another example of our expanding international initiatives and provides greater educational opportunities in Chinese language and culture for our students and the community,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

In addition to teaching credit courses, the Confucius Institute Scholars will work with the university’s Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development to offer noncredit Mandarin language and culture courses for the community.

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