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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Police Investigating Burglaries, Theft

State Police in Coudersport are investigating two burglaries and a theft that all happened earlier this week.

Someone got into garage of Austin resident James Diefenderfer and stole at ATV. Some got into property owned by Linda Smith of Austin and stole a portable generator and a table saw.

On Sunday someone stole prescription medication from 27-year-old Christopher Hall of Galeton while it was in a cow barn at the Potter County Fairgrounds.

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Nine Pets Die in Friday Night Fire

Eight people were left homeless and nine pets were killed by a fire that damaged a two-story apartment building on Elm Street Friday night.

Bradford City Firefighters got the call at just after 10 p.m. and saw smoke and fire coming from a second story window when they arrived at 54 Elm.

Firefighter Greg Lewis tells WESB and The Hero they started “a defensive attack from the outside prior to gaining entry” into the building.

“That pretty much knocked the fire down,” Lewis said. “Once they made entry, there were only a couple of hot spots they had to extinguish from the inside. Most of it was knocked down from outside.”

Two dogs, two birds and five cats died in the fire. One cat survived. No people were hurt.

The building is owned by Guider Investments of Loveland, Ohio. Samuel Crowley is the property manager.

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Rally in the Valley Continues in Olean

One of the highlights during Friday's Rally in the Valley events was parachutists from Freefall Oz. A giant fireworks showed capped off the evening.

Rally in the Valley continues today at Bradner Stadium in Olean from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Carnival games and mechanical bull riding start at noon. Bike games start at 3. The band Steel Reign performs from 4:30 to 7. The Burnt River Band takes the stage from 7:30 to 10:30.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Homer Everett

Homer M. Everett, 90, of 1 Parkway Lane, Bradford, passed away, August 23, 2012 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 23, 1922, in Homestead, he was a son of the late Homer D. and Alice M. (Miller) Everett.

On April 30, 1949 in Scranton, he married Jean K . (Kingdom) Everett who survives.

Mr. Everett graduated from Hazleton High School in 1940. He attended Wharton School of Business until he entered the service. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1948 receiving a BS degree in Accounting.

Mr. Everett enlisted in the US Army Air Force in October 1942 and served in North Africa. He was discharged from active service in 1946. He enlisted in the inactive Air Force Reserve and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War from August 1951 to August 1952, returning to inactive duty until February 1953.

Mr. Everett had worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and then in construction as a field office manager. In July of 1962 he went to work for the federal government - Internal Revenue Service as auditor until his retirement in 1987. He then conducted his own tax and consulting business until June of 2004.

He was treasurer of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees for 25 years and served on and was Chairman of the Housing Authority Board and was treasurer of the Midget Football League. He was a member of St. Bernard Church and a served on the Finance Committee. He also served as a Lector for over 20 years.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, he is survived by two daughters, Carol Sanders, of Petaluma CA, and Teri Everett, of St. Petersburg FL, two sons, Mark (Sandra) Everett and Kyle (Connie) Everett, all of Palm Harbor, FL, and seven grandchildren, Megan, Sanders, Bo, Hannah, Jaime, Alison Everett, Ryan and Josh Smith, and one niece. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rufus Everett who died while serving in World War II, and Dr. William G Everett.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home, Inc. 372 E. Main St. where a prayer service will be held Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:30am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and entombment will be in the St. Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Building Fund, PO Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701

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Fire Damages Silo, Hay

Fire damaged a silo and several round bales of hay on a farm in Ridgway Township this morning.

The fire started at just after 10 a.m. at 753 Kemmer Road. State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti determined that the fire was accidental.

Damage is estimated at $4,700. No one was hurt.

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Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble Results

On Sunday, August 19, the 17th Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble took place at Kane Country Club. Seventeen teams enjoyed a beautiful day of golf.

Five teams shared the Scramble's $2,000 plus purse. First Place -- (low gross) went to the foursome of Randy Larson, Doug Johnson, Joe Gentile and Scott Bizzak; Second Place (low net, first team) went to the team of Joe Geer, Ralph Tassone, Rich Geer, and Brian Brinkley; Third Place (low net, second team) went to the Team of Scott McCann, Mike Washington, Tom Drumm, Bob McCann; Fourth Place (low net, third team) went to the foursome of Karl Swanson, Rick Walter, Dick English, Joe Haulik; and Fifth Place -- low net, fourth team, went to Sam Lindberg, Chris Sundberg, Randy Durante and Ron Carty.

Skins contest winners were: Eagle on #2 and #4 by the team of Joe Gentile, Scott Bizzak, Doug Johnson and Randy Larson; Birdie on #5 was the team of Joe Rupp, Eric Bond, Tony Cecchetti, Bill Cecchetti; Eagle on #6 by team of Scott McCann, Mike Washington, Tom Drumm, Bob McCann and Eagle on #10 by the team of Rick Walter, Dick English, Joe Haulik, Karl Swanson.

Special hole contest winners included: Holes #2 (closest to the flag) and 4 closest to the line, Chris Twidale; Hole #7 (closest to the pin, 1st-Erick Rich, 2nd-Jim Kohler, 3rd-Tyler Labeski); Hole #9 (longest drive) Karl Swanson (men), Kellie Ely (women); Hole #10 (closest to the pin, 2nd shot) Rick Walter, Hole #15 (closest to the line) Tom Drumm, and Hole #16 (closest to the pin) Chris Sandberg.

At the buffet dinner following the tournament, J. Gary Rhodes, KCH CEO and VP of UPMC Hamot thanked the Kane Country Club who catered the buffet dinner and hosted the contest; event sponsors PNC Bank, UPMC Hamot and UPMC Health Plan (silver sponsors) and Northwest Savings Bank, DAVEVIC Benefit Consultants, Inc., and F.O.E. Kane Aerie 307 (bronze sponsors). and Zook Motors and Ely Well Services, LLC, for sponsoring “Hole in One” and “Putting” Contests respectively. In addition, sixteen hole sponsorships and many additional prize sponsors lent support to the tournament.

Mark Papalia, Director of Operations at KCH, directed the tournament with assistance from KCH leadership and staff.

Proceeds from the 2012 tournament support KCH’s ongoing Patient Room Makeover Projects.

Pictured, from left, Randy Larson, Doug Johnson, Joe Gentile, Scott Bizzak

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SBU Professor Part of Team Awarded
$1.2 Million NSF Bioinformatics Grant

After four years of coordinated effort and countless hours of research, the true work now begins as Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, assistant professor of biology at St. Bonaventure University, launches a collaborative bioinformatics project with colleagues at the universities of Maryland and Iowa.

Dr. Zhang is part of a team of biologists and computer scientists awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Division of Advances in Biological Informatics of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a tool that will enhance the workflow and aid in discovery for biologists. The research team is developing an automated tool that will create relationship patterns for genes of interest using annotation data from public repositories.

“Our goal is to help biologists shorten their time when looking through decades’ worth of literature and extracting association patterns for the area they are interested in,” said Zhang. “The tool we are developing relies on The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR,, and will help TAIR become more accurate and abundant.”

Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant in the mustard family, is the first plant species which genome has been sequenced, Zhang explained. There are millions of research papers on Arabidopsis captured in various repositories. Sifting through the literature to look for interesting patterns among a dozen genes can take an extraordinary amount of time. This is especially true if a biologist is looking at an area that they not very familiar with.

“The tool we are developing can quickly reveal patterns hidden in annotation data and help the scientist visualize relationships among genes within seconds,” said Zhang. “We are trying to find various ways to meet different needs. For instance, some scientists want to explore patterns for genes in the area that they have never studied before, while others want to study further on genes they already know. So we are developing different methods to make the tool more powerful.”

The tool being developed and refined is called PattArAn, which reflects Patt(erns in) Ar(abidopsis) An(notations), and is a suite of tools to analyze and visualize patterns generated from annotation datasets.

“My role is to contribute the biology portion of the research, to integrate the project into my teaching and help with the dissemination,” said Zhang, who will develop and test teaching material within an upper-level biology course – Plant Development and Physiology.

At its core, the project will help expose St. Bonaventure students to diverse research opportunities and will offer significant educational experiences. “The whole idea is to help students broaden their view,” said Zhang. “It will help students see how fast biology can advance when embracing math and computer science. I hope it will stimulate interests in interdisciplinary trainings among our students.”

The broader impact of the project is the direct contribution to the Arabidopsis thaliana community through the resultant datasets and tools. In addition, the development of the PattArAn tool can be applied to studies in other information resources, such as clinical resources on drugs and diseases, health informatics resources, etc.

The NSF award is for a period of three years, beginning September 1, 2012. Involved in the joint effort along with Dr. Zhang are Dr. Louiqa Raschid, professor of information systems at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Padmini Srinivasan, professor of computer science at the University of Iowa. Collaboration for the project first began in the fall of 2008 when Dr. Raschid initiated the idea.

“NSF is a federal foundation which adheres to rigorous peer review standards. The Foundation's award of the grant — and in this amount — speaks volumes about the strong peer recognition Dr. Zhang and her colleagues have earned,” said Dr. Wolfgang Natter, dean of St. Bonaventure’s School of Arts and Sciences. “I am delighted for her and her colleagues, and equally, our SBU students who, thanks to this award and to Dr. Zhang's dedication to her students, will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge classroom of interdisciplinary science discovery.”

This is the second NSF grant achieved by Dr. Zhang. The first project, “RUI: Cloning and Characterization of Opened Immature Flower,” will conclude in 2013.

A native of Tianjin, China, Zhang earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology from Nanjing University and a doctorate in biology from Fudan University, both in China. She also earned a master’s degree in Applied Healing Arts from Tai Sophia Institute in Maryland. She is an assistant professor of biology and serves as director of the Biochemistry Program at St. Bonaventure.

“This is an exciting project and a great service to the plant research community,” Zhang said of the collaboration. “I am very fortunate to be doing what I love to do.”

Pictured, Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang is pictured in the lab with SBU students Jill Remick, ’11, (front) and Kevin Cilano, ‘11.

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Butch DuBois

Darryl E. "Butch" DuBois, 67, of 53 Eschrich Road Lewis Run, passed away, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at his residence.

Born in Olean, on December 31, 1944, he was a son of the late Betty (Carpenter) DuBois and Charles "Red" Russell.

A 1962 Graduate of Bradford High School. He was a Union Brick Layer in the late 60, early 70's. He worked up and down the east coast helping to build highways and large commercial buildings. He returned to Bradford in the late 70's and continued brick laying for many local Commercial buildings and residential homes, including the University of Pittsburgh.

He was member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craft workers Local 9. He was an avid Motorcycle rider and was a founding member and past president of the Wanders Motorcycle Club. A true free spirit whose passion in life was to help his friends to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. He leaves behind many true friends whose memories will help keep him in their hearts forever.

Surviving is his companion Patty Santiago, two daughters, Jodi and Dawn, four sisters, Kay (Walt) Bryant, Jeanne (Jim) Wheeler, Jennette (Jeff Oxley) Busch, all of Bradford, Joni (Larry) White, of Ft. Lauderdale FL. and a brother, Michael (Jeanne) DuBois, of Bradford, and 3 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

At the family's request there will be no visitation. Friends will be invited to attend a memorial service at a date and time to be announced. Burial will be in the Riverview-Corydon Cemetery. Arrangements under to directions of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Pitt-Bradford Greek Students Attend
Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute

Three students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were chosen to travel to Bloomington, Ind., this summer to attend the Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute (UIFI) the premiere national Greek leadership institute. The leadership institute trains students to develop their personal leadership style based on a wide array of study including case studies, journaling, discussion, and hands-on training.

According to Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of students, this five-day leadership program consists of 80 student leaders from Greek chapters across the United States. The purpose being that the students will return with a newfound knowledge of what it means to be part of the Greek community locally and globally and how to better their community. Binder said he hopes that what the students learn will infuse, “enthusiasm, ideas, and passion throughout the Pitt-Bradford Greek community.”

Attending were Michael Vadney, a broadcast communications major from Erie; Cassie Chase, a social sciences major from Blossburg; and Anna Fountas, a nursing major from Churchville. They will share what they learned at UIFI this summer at the Greek Retreat in September. The retreat will be held at Penn York Camp and Retreat Center in Ulysses and will be supported by student government.

The three were able to go for free thanks to donations and scholarships.

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Man Allegedly Raped Young Boy

A Warren man is accused of raping a child a number of times more than 10 years ago.

Police received a complaint about 41-year-old Kelly Patz back in July. Earlier this week they charged him with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, all felonies; and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Patz allegedly had sexual contact with a boy from the time the child was 10 years old until he was 14. The alleged incidents happened between 1998 and 2002.

He is free on $75,000 unsecured bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 19.

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Man Accused of Abusing 2-Year-Old Girl

A 67-year-old Sinclairville man is accused of having sexual contact with a two-year-old.

Sheriff’s deputies say Robert Calvey had the contact with the child earlier this month at the Hillside Estates trailer park.

Calvey is in jail on $50,000 cash bail.

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BonaResponds Hosting Blanket Making,
Collection Day on September 29

On September 29th BonaResponds will be hosting its first ever Blanket Making and Collection Day. The day will be done with the help of WarmSnugglyBlanket, LiveStrong, and Soles4Souls. The goal of the day, like that of all BonaResponds Days, is simple: To help.

WarmSnugglyBlanket is a part of BonaResponds whose main aim is to help people with cancer. It was started to honor the late Marge Mahar who, previous to losing her battle with Breast Cancer this past Spring, had wanted to help those in their own personal battles with cancer.

The blanket idea came out of an experience that Marge had during her final weeks when she had trouble sleeping. She shared that, as she sat on her bed coughing and worrying, she thought about all of the people who had reached out to her from all around the world to let her know that they were praying for her. She felt fortunate to have so many people supporting her in her fight, and she decided to pray for all of those people who were praying for her. Marge later described how, as she did this, she immediately felt warmed and relaxed, as if she were wrapped in a “warm snuggly blanket.”

When talking about this experience, Marge expressed her wish to help others fighting cancer to feel the warmth and support that she did. Through the work of BonaResponds and Villa Marie’s Villa Volunteers, Marge’s idea of helping people with cancer has been realized. The blankets will serve as a constant reminder that the recipients are not alone in their struggles against cancer. Already, blankets have been distributed via Roswell’s Kevin Guest House and to individuals across the US who have cancer. The efforts of volunteers on September 29th will help further this cause.

In addition to making the blankets there will be multiple collections to expand the reach of those who would like to help. We will be collecting:

~~Winter coats for homeless shelters in Western New York (Buffalo primarily).
~~School supplies (partially used notebooks, pens, pencils, calculators, and small toys) that will be distributed in the US as well as in Haiti.
~~Musical instruments and sheet music for a school on Gonaives Haiti.
~~Lighter coats and sweaters for the Loaves and Fishes homeless shelter in Harlingen Texas where BonaResponds worked this summer.
~~New or gently worn shoes for the Soles4Souls program that distributes shoes around the world.
~~Writing letters and or Christmas cards for both US military personnel overseas as well as local nursing home residents.
~~Canned food for local food pantries.
~~Pet supplies (especially cat litter) for the SPCA.

For those unable to make it to the day but want to help, physical donations (including home made blankets) can be dropped off at 231 Murphy Hall or at the Allegany Park and Shop. Additionally monetary donations are gladly accepted by Mail (BonaResponds Box BY St. Bonaventure NY 14778) or on the donation tab at

While BonaResponds is a part of St. Bonaventure University, all of its projects are open to the public and you do not need to have a tie to St. Bonaventure to participate. This project is especially well-suited for families, classes, church groups, and other schools to be involved.

This service day will be held in the San Damiano Room in Francis Hall on the east side of campus. There are two shifts: 10:00 to 1:00 and 1:30 to 4:30. Please sign up at

Supreme Court Hearings to be on PCN

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today announced that its entire Sept. 13 oral argument session, which includes hearings on the state’s second legislative redistricting plan and the voter ID law, will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The hearings are being held in the court’s Philadelphia City Hall courtroom.

Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court’s Philadelphia courtroom, room 456 of City Hall. Strict decorum will be observed. Because of limited seating, observers will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Once the courtroom is full, those not admitted may wait in line to take a seat as those who were seated leave.

The sessions held on the 11th and 12th will be taped for future airing by PCN.

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AG Statement on NYC Shooting

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released the following statement regarding the shooting of nine people outside of the Empire State Building this morning:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of today’s tragic shootings and their families. For those of us in government, and in law enforcement, the news of yet another mass shooting so close on the heels of the massacres at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and in Aurora, Colorado, should make it crystal clear that our current laws have failed to protect the public from gun violence.

We must redouble our efforts to protect public safety so that New Yorkers don’t have to live in fear of the next deadly attack.”

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Forest Service to Distribute $308 Million
Under Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has announced that payments totaling $308 million will be provided to states under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program between now and the end of 2012.

On June 29, 2012, Congress passed a one-year reauthorization of the SRS program (H.R. 4348), which was signed into law on July 2, 2012.

“The Forest Service has announced that payments totaling $308 million will be provided to counties through Secure Rural Schools between now and the end of the year,” said U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry. “For counties choosing to receive payments, these resources will become available beginning in December and paid out through the end of 2012.”

Under the Weeks Act of 1911, counties located in national forests are entitled 25 percent of the total revenues collected through timber sales in the local national forests. In 2000, as a result of a significant decrease in timber harvesting on national forest lands during the 1990s, Congress created the SRS program to help compensate these counties for this loss in revenue.

Under the SRS program, counties have the option to receive payments based on historic receipts or the traditional 25 percent option, which is based on current receipts. The receipts are derived from timber sales, grazing, minerals, recreation, and other land use fees.

“The Secure Rural Schools reauthorization that passed Congress in June requires that states inform the Forest Service as to how they plan to allocate their share of these payments,” said Rep. Thompson. “Counties will soon be receiving letters from the Forest Service advising them of this requirement, including the September 30th deadline for making this determination.”

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Baby Fire Survivor Released from Hospital

The baby who survived a fire that killed his grandmother, brother and sister has been released from the hospital.

14-month-old Charles Holmes had been in Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for treatment of smoke inhalation following the fire at his grandmother’s home in Bolivar, New York, early Sunday morning. He was released from the hospital Thursday and placed in the custody of Potter County Children and Youth Services.

The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Mary Holmes of Shinglehouse, is in jail on felony drug charges, and for endangering the welfare of children. His father, 29-year-old Jesse Holmes, was released from prison a week ago. He was put in jail for failing to appear in court to answer charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Mary Holmes’s mother 42-year-old Tina Kemp, along with 3-year-old Eric Holmes and 2-year-old Jessica Holmes died in the fire. Kemp’s boyfriend, 62-year-old Terry Green was able to escape with Charles.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

BRMC Sleep Disorder Center
Receives Program Accreditation

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has announced that the hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). BRMC joins Olean General Hospital as the region’s only two sleep centers accredited by AASM.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the BRMC Sleep Disorder Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Sam Fleishman, AASM president. “The BRMC Sleep Disorder Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts, and physician training. Additionally, the facility’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The BRMC Sleep Disorder Center is directed by Frank Arnal, MD, FCCP, and is located at 116 Interstate Parkway, Suite 32, Bradford, PA. The Sleep Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and snoring for adults and children.

“This accreditation shows that BRMC is committed to providing the highest quality care and treatment to all of our patients. Following through with the accreditation process is a demonstration of that commitment,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Sleep problems can take many forms and can involve too little sleep, too much sleep or inadequate quality of sleep.

After an initial consultation with a physician, patients can be referred for a sleep study. The medical term for this study is “polysomnogram,” which is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that usually requires spending a night or two in a sleep facility. During a polysomnogram, a sleep technologist records multiple biological functions during sleep, such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle tone, heart rhythm and breathing via electrodes and monitors placed on the head, chest and legs.

After a full night’s sleep is recorded, the data will be tabulated by a technologist and presented to a physician for interpretation. Depending on the physician’s orders, patients may be given therapy during the course of the study, which may include medication, oxygen or a device called continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine currently accredits more than 2,400 sleep medicine centers across the country. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

For more information on the Sleep Disorder Center at Bradford Regional Medical Center, call 814-362-8732 or log on to

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Successful Falcon Nesting Season

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s peregrine falcons had another successful nesting season in 2012, according to Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, Pennsylvania Game Commission peregrine falcon program coordinator.

“We confirmed 32 pairs of falcons nesting across the Commonwealth, and 22 of them bred successfully, raising 62 young falcons,” Dr. McMorris said. “Also, we banded 42 of the young falcons in an ongoing effort to assist the recovery of the population. These numbers compare well with those of last year, when 32 pairs raised 68 offspring.”

McMorris said that peregrines nested in 15 counties across Pennsylvania, with particular concentrations in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas.

“This year’s young falcons are now becoming independent of their parents,” McMorris said. “In fact, many have left their natal sites and begun wandering in search of suitable wintering areas and, ultimately, for sites where they may begin nesting themselves when they reach the age of two or three years.”

Peregrine falcons mate for life, but will readily accept a new mate if one of them perishes. They nest at the same site faithfully year after year; and in Pennsylvania, they leave their nesting territory only briefly, if at all, during the winter. Therefore, falcon enthusiasts and the general public can enjoy these magnificent birds year-round.

“The success of this year’s peregrine falcon nesting season is one more step in the recovery of the species from the brink of extinction,” McMorris said. “Peregrine falcons were extirpated from North America east of the Rocky Mountains by the use of DDT and related chemicals during the 1940s and 1950s. Subsequent to the banning of DDT in 1972, wildlife biologists in the eastern United States and Canada raised thousands of peregrines in captivity and released them into the wild; and as a result, the population is now recovering.”

In 1986, the first nesting pair of peregrine falcons in Pennsylvania in 25 years was found in the Philadelphia area. Since then, the number has gradually increased to this year’s total of 32 pairs. Peregrine falcons were removed from the federal Endangered Species list in 1999, but they remain on the Endangered Species list in Pennsylvania and most other eastern states.

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Three FCI-McKean Inmates Indicted

Three inmates at FCI-McKean have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate incidents.

27-year-old Toylawuo Galtogbah is accused of assaulting another person with a dangerous weapon on May 9. He could face 10 more years in prison if convicted.

27-year-old Marcus Luther allegedly had a weapon in the prison on March 28. He could face another 5 years in prison if convicted.

34-year-old Wahidullah Hossaini is accused of submitting a fraudulent letter in an effort to be admitted to the Resident Drug Abuse Program at the prison back in March. He could face an additional 5 years in prison if convicted.

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Advisory Council Report Provides
Roadmap to Grow Manufacturing Jobs

The manufacturing sector has actually posted employment gains in two consecutive years. It currently employs 574,000 Pennsylvanians, but Governor Tom Corbett says we can do better. Corbett and key members of his administration unveiled the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council report at four, statewide events Tuesday afternoon.

Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth is a member of the advisory council.

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Pictured, Westport Axel Director of Manufacturing, Allen Fink gives Governor Tom Corbett a tour of the Lehigh Valley manufacturing facility. The Governor was there to announce the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council findings and recommendations during a visit to the company.

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Inmate Charged with Criminal Mischief

An inmate in the Chautauqua County Jail is accused of destroying a smoke detector.

At just before 9:30 Wednesday morning 21-year-old Nathaniel Hollins Jr. of Silver Creek sprayed cleaning solution into two smoke detector heads in the housing unit, causing a malfunction in the system and destroying one of the heads. The replacement parts are valued at $150.

Hollins is charged with criminal mischief, criminal tampering and obstructing governmental administration.

He was originally jailed on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.

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Motorcycle Collides with Tractor-Trailer

Only minor injuries were reported following a head-on crash between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer Wednesday night on Route 76 in Ripley.

The crash happened at just before 7:30 when the motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Aaron Craig of North East went out of control and hit the tractor-trailer. Craig was thrown from the bike but suffered only road rash injuries and was treated at the scene.

The tractor-trailer driver, 58-year-old Charles Hall of Warren, was not hurt.
Sheriff’s deputies cited Craig for driving at an unsafe speed and failure to keep right.

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Inmate Charged with Criminal Homicide

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County is dead and another inmate has been charged with criminal homicide.

26-year-old Elwood Braswell is accused of repeatedly punching 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, stepping on his head, placing a pillow on his face and sitting on it until Kirkland stopped breathing.

Kirkland was found dead in his cell at 5:25 Wednesday morning.

Police say Braswell also tied the end of a bed sheet around Kirkland’s neck and tied the sheet to the top of a bunk bed frame, and also put bars of soap in a sock and hit him multiple times in the head with it. He then allegedly urinated and defecated on him.

Besides criminal homicide, Braswell is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and abuse of a corpse.

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Weight Limit Reduced on Elm Street Bridge

The weight limit on the Elm Street bridge will be reduced to 3 tons based on the most recent bridge inspection.

For everyone’s safety, the City of Bradford is asking that all motorists comply with these new weight restrictions which are effective immediately.

Violators may be cited.

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Bradford Airport Gets Grant Money

Bradford Regional is one of 19 airports across the state that will share $3.7 million in grant money.

The Bradford airport will receive $365,000 to continue improving its fueling facility, acquire land for airport development and improve runway approach areas.

Also, the DuBois Regional Airport in Jefferson County will receive $75,000 to rehabilitate an aircraft maintenance hanger.

“Pennsylvania recognizes that smaller, regional airports are becoming more and more important to jobs, economic development and quality of life, particularly in rural areas,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “By improving these airports, we give local leaders another marketing tool to draw in new businesses and jobs to our area, which is currently seeing a great deal of growth due to Marcellus Shale development.”

The grants are provided by PennDOT’s aviation development program. Funding for the aviation program comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages more than $1.2 million in local matching funds. Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program.

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Lewis Run Bridge to Re-Open Friday

The Lafayette Avenue Bridge in Lewis Run will re-open tomorrow.

A detour has been in place since June 25 so the old bridge could be removed and a new one could be built.

Although the detour has been in place since June, work started in May. Work will continue into late September with temporary flagging and an alternating traffic pattern.

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Economic Impact Study Confirms Pitt-Bradford's Contributions to the Region

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford contributed $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011, according to a new study by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research, which has performed economic impact studies for small colleges across western Pennsylvania.

Conducting the study were Dr. Sabina Deitrick, director of the Urban and Regional Analysis Program at the Center for Social and Urban Research; Christopher Briem and William Lafe, who noted that “the institution has expanded and become an even more critical part of Bradford and its regional economy. As we move further into the 21st century, Pitt-Bradford’s role will likely expand even more, helping to grow the region, improve the quality of life of its residents, and add to prosperity across sectors.”

The researchers examined economic data from the Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Elk, Warren and Cattaraugus County in New York to draw conclusions on economic impact. Their conclusions on community impact and partnerships also include the counties of Cameron, Forest and Potter.

“It is abundantly clear that life in rural America has changed over the past 50 years and will continue to evolve in the context of a global society,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president. “Higher education is crucial in the Information Age, and Pitt-Bradford is fully committed to preparing students from the region and beyond to succeed in careers of their choosing. In the process, the institution makes tremendous contributions to the economic and cultural development of our communities.”

Of the $67.5 million dollar impact in the economy, $39.7 million was in direct expenditures to the north central region with a concentration of funds in McKean County. Students generated $10 million through off-campus living and discretionary spending.

In addition to contributing tens of millions of dollars to the regional economy, the university supports 740 jobs in the region – 555 direct jobs and 184 indirect jobs from the indirect effects of the university’s expenditures and the induced effects of consumer spending for goods and services. For the 2011 fiscal year, Pitt-Bradford contributed $134,682 in local payroll taxes.

While the total economic impact calculated for 2011 included $8.5 million in capital expenditures, from 2001 – 2010, the campus averaged more than $6.3 million each year on much-needed capital expenditures, including the Sarah B. Dorn House, the Harriett B. Wick Chapel and renovations of academic buildings.

In addition to the financial benefits, the study cited quality-of-life benefits that the university provides to the region, such as the education of the local workforce. During the last decade, 56 percent of Pitt-Bradford graduates have found employment in the region. Top employers of alumni are Bradford Regional Medical Center, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Services, Bradford Area School District and American Refining Group. About 3,000 alumni live in the six-county region.

Through its Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development, Pitt-Bradford provides workforce training such as oil and gas industry seminars and OSHA safety courses, professional training, and personal enrichment. The division also provides recreational programs such as fly-fishing, self-defense and painting classes.

School-age children in the region benefit from a variety of academic programs and athletic camps, and recent expansion of the College in the High School program allows students to take Pitt-Bradford courses in their high schools. Numerous high schools in the region participate in the program, allowing students to earn college credit at a fraction of the cost of enrolling in a post-secondary institution.

Pitt-Bradford also serves as a cultural resource, drawing nationally recognized theater and dance companies, as well as musicians, poets, writers and artists. Additionally, faculty and staff take an active part in the greater community through volunteer service on boards and committees. During 2011-12 academic year, the Office of Community Engagement, which coordinates student volunteer efforts, recorded 7,771 hours of community service and $10,337 raised for local charities.

Pitt-Bradford’s Center for Rural Health Practice, American Refining Group/Harry R. Halloran Jr. Energy Institute and Allegheny Institute play a facilitative role, providing expertise and brokering partnerships in the region to address social and industrial needs.

To read the entire study, visit

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pitt-Bradford Named a
'Best in the Northeast' College

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as one of the best colleges in the northeast.

“We are very pleased that Pitt-Bradford once again has received this national recognition,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “We are even more pleased this year that The Princeton Review specifically cites our affordability since everyone on our campus works very hard to ensure that students get a quality education that is affordable.”

The education services company selected Pitt-Bradford as one of 222 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its feature “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Pitt-Bradford to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.

“From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project."

In the case of Pitt-Bradford, those surveys describe the campus as one where faculty members are “personable” and “have real life experiences to bring back to the classrooms” and the administration is “very friendly and helpful.”

Those taking the survey described their fellow students as “down-to-earth people” “who are easily approachable.”

The 222 colleges chosen for Princeton Review’s “Best in the Northeast” list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and the District of Columbia. Collectively, the 633 colleges nationwide named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

In addition to being recognized as a regional best for the past eight years, Pitt-Bradford was also named a Best Value College for 2012 by the education services company.

Under a section titled “bang for your buck,” Pitt-Bradford’s regional best profile reads, “The school wants to make college education affordable, and the numerous need- and merit-based scholarships in place are good evidence of this (not to mention the entirely reasonable tuition).

“Factoring in the financial aid most students receive, the cost of attending Pitt-Bradford is much less than you might expect, and the university’s growing reputation means the degree is increasingly more valuable. Merit Scholarships (called Panther Scholarships) are determined using only GPA and the Math and Critical Reading portion of the SATs, so a good student can get $5,500 knocked off their tuition bill each year.”

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Bona Women's Basketball to Participate in
1st Basketball HOF Challenge, Play UConn

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge during the 2013-14 season and will face off with seven time national champion UConn during the event.

The NCAA women's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., as the culminating event that will also include three previous games held at Ohio State University and the University of Connecticut.

Four of the eight teams participating in the event advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. (UConn, Ohio State, Marist, St. Bonaventure)
The Bonnies will play UConn, Old Dominion and Boston University at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut Campus prior to meeting Bowling Green at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

The games played on the Connecticut campus will take place between Nov. 22 - Nov. 27, 2013.

The Ohio State pool includes Bowling Green, Marist, Monmouth and Ohio State

St. Bonaventure has met with Boston University just once in program history and came away with a victory. They have never played Old Dominion or UConn. The Bonnies do have recent history with Bowling Green. They last faced BGSU Dec. 12, 2009 in the Reilly Center. The Brown and White came away with a 70-54 victory during a then program-record 11-game win streak. Bowling Green, the alma mater of current Bonnies assistant coach Kate Achter, holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series.

"We are excited to announce the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Women's Basketball challenge,"said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This is agreat platform to celebrate Women's athletics as well as showcase some of the best college basketball programs in the country."

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Bradford Library Holding Logo Contest

Imagine all that the Bradford Area Public Library does. Now imagine all the library encompasses in a one-inch logo.

That’s just what library officials want – a logo for multimedia use – and has started an open call for those interested to submit what logo they feel best represents the library. The open call is just that – open for anyone whether they are a student or professional graphic artist.

The logo may be in color or black and white and must be applicable to a graphic design. All entries must be the artist’s original work and be accompanied by release giving the library permission to use the work as its own. If any professional is seeking reimbursement for his or her work, a cost should be indicated when the design is turned in.

Entries must be received by Tamara McIntyre, library president and chief executive officer, no later than Sept. 10 and must be accompanied by a signed authorization form that gives the library the permission to use the logo.

Logos can either be e-mailed or dropped off at the library at 67 W. Washington St. The authorization form can be picked up at the library or e-mailed upon request and must be submitted by the deadline.

“We are very excited to see how the community views the library and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with,” McIntyre said.

Questions may be directed to McIntyre at the library or at

Bradford Couple Arrested in Allegany

A Bradford couple is facing charges following a traffic stop last week in Allegany.

Sheriff’s deputies say they saw a Jeep Commander on Route 417 going back and forth on the road and stopped the vehicle. They learned that the driver, 37-year-old Stephen Moore was driving while intoxicated.

During the stop they saw a small bag of cocaine on the center console of the vehicle, and arrested 28-year-old Rhonda Moore.

They are both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Stephen Moore is also charged with aggravated DWI and failure to maintain a lane. His bail was set at $7,500. Hers was $5,000.

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Jury Selection Starts in Trial for
Accused Rapist, Kidnapper

Jury selection has started in the trial for a Jamestown man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl a year ago.

22-year-old Eric Chant allegedly broke into a house on August 12 of last year, kidnapped the girl who was sleeping in her living room, and then forced her into a stolen van and took her to a secluded area in Pomfret.

Chant is charged with rape, kidnapping and burglary. Distirct Attorney David Foley expects the trial to last 2 ½ weeks.

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Newspaper Receives Letter That
May be from Fugitive Thomas Smith

The Cameron County Echo newspaper received a letter sometime Monday that claims to be from fugitive Thomas Smith.

According to the Endeavor Media Facebook page, authorities are not sure if the letter is actually from Smith and are examining video footage taken by Sheetz security cameras that may have captured the delivery of the letter.

The letter says Smith plans to turn himself in.

Police have not released any further information because of the ongoing investigation.

Smith is accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint on August 8. She was able to get away.

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David DeFrank

David M. DeFrank, 53 of 16 Fairway Drive., passed away, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, peacefully, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born in Bradford July 16, 1959, he is a son of Eugene and Helen (Loughlin) DeFrank.

He was a 1977 graduate of Bradford High School and attended Pittsburgh Technicians Training School.

He was employed as a Electrician for the City of Bradford and previously worked at Bradford Hospital and Zippo Manufacturing Company.

He was a member and past board member of the Pine Acres Country Club, the LaStella Lodge, he was active in the Big 30 and Kiwanis Kapers.

David is survived by his parents, a daughter, Ariel DeFrank, of Bradford; his companion, Kimberly Ann Holleran; two brothers, Michael (Linda) DeFrank, of Villa Hills KY and Dan (Theresa) DeFrank, of Bradford; one nephew Andrew DeFrank; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., Bradford. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Friday in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata pastor officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

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

On line condolences may be made at

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Pitt-Bradford to Offer
Petroleum Technology Course in St. Marys

ST.MARYS, Pa. — A course in petroleum technology will be offered in St. Marys starting Aug. 29 as part of Pitt-Bradford’s expanded program offerings.

The introductory class is worth three academic credits and will meet on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties and cover a multitude of topics, including energy requirements ranging from local to worldwide levels, geological issues, drilling practices, petroleum production, and the role of petrochemicals in the field.

The course also exposes students to an overview of the potential career opportunities for students expected to transition into the petroleum technology field. Students will be able to apply three academic credits earned from this class to the associate degree program in petroleum technology.

For more information, contact Bob Dilks at 800-872-1787 or at or call the CEC at 814-781-3437 or email at

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Chautauqua County Told to
Accommodate Spanish-Speaking Voters

Chautauqua is one of 10 counties in New York that has been told to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters from Puerto Rico as required by federal law.

Letters sent this month by Civil Rights Bureau Chief Kristen Clarke to the counties' election commissioners note the Voting Rights Act requires jurisdictions with significant numbers of Puerto Rican residents with limited English to ensure they can vote.

Measures include making all voting materials and ballots available in Spanish and having Spanish-language interpreters available at polling places. The letter notes that counties without effective plans could face civil liability.

Erie and Monroe counties were among the others that got the letter.

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House Destroyed in Fatal Fire
Was Also Scene of Drug Raid in 2009

The woman who died in a house fire that also killed her grandchildren Sunday morning had been arrested back in 2009 following a raid at the house by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

42-year-old Tina Kemp of Bolivar and her boyfriend, 62-year-old Terry Green, were charged with a total of 12 counts of criminal possession and sale of various kinds of illegal drugs, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Kemp and two of her grandchildren, 3–year-old Eric Holmes and 2-year-old Jessica Holmes were trapped inside the burning house and died. Green and another child, 1-year-old Charles Holmes, were able to escape. The baby is being treated for smoke inhalation at Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire, but do not think it was suspicious.

A neighbor tells the Wellsville newspaper the home was in deplorable condition and children should not have been living there.

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Road from ANF to Chapman State Park to
Close Temporarily for Repairs

Pennsylvania Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor Richard T. Cramer announced the temporary closing of a 5.3-mile portion of Dunham Siding Road on State Game Land 29 in Warren County for necessary road repairs.

According to Cramer, who oversees management of State Game Lands in Forest and Warren counties, the road runs through SGL 29 from Dunham Siding on the Allegheny National Forest to Chapman State Park.

“As part of the road project, we will replace 76 culvert pipes and upgrade the existing road surface,” Cramer said. “The project is designed to alleviate soil erosion and drainage issues that affect the water quality in the West Branch Tionesta Creek. To further improve water quality, the entire road surface will have a new, updated stone running surface.

“Presently, we expect the project to be completed by the end of September, and we will reopen the road at that time, just in time for the start of the small game and archery deer seasons.”

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