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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pew Applauds Presidential Proclamation of
National Wilderness Month

Mike Matz, director of the Pew Environment Group's wilderness campaign, issued the following statement on President Obama's proclamation of September as National Wilderness Month.

"By proclaiming September as National Wilderness Month, President Obama is recognizing the important role our country's most cherished wild spaces play in our lives. Wilderness areas are the places we hike, hunt, fish, and find unmatched solitude. They remind us of our natural heritage and enhance the American spirit.

"September marks the anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, the law that has helped Americans safeguard their most beloved wild public lands. All but one Congress since then has built upon that legacy for future generations to use and enjoy and experience as we do today.

"It is vital that we carry on our country's wilderness tradition. Right now, Congress has a chance to forever protect over 2.3 million acres of public land in bipartisan bills that are pending in the House and Senate. This legislation includes iconic places such as the Olympic National Forest in Washington, the Organ Mountains in New Mexico, Tennessee's Cherokee National Forest and Sleeping Bear Dunes along the shores of Lake Michigan.

"As we celebrate our nation's diverse and unique wild landscapes, we urge Congress to act to safeguard these places for our children's grandchildren."

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KCH Hosting Ladies Night Out

Tina Elder, KCH Controller, and coordinator of the Third Annual Ladies Night Out (LNO) at KCH suggests, "Ladies of the area, please mark the date of Wednesday, September 12 from 5-8 p.m. on your calendars to attend KCH Ladies Night -- 2012 at Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of UPMC Hamot.

There is no cost to participate. And bring your girl friends, grandmothers, aunts, mothers, daughters and sisters! Join us on the Ground and Second Floors of Kane Community Hospital for an evening of fun and learning about women's health issues. Please enter the hospital through the Main Lobby Entrance around back," Elder noted.

"October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we hope you'll schedule your October mammogram at the event. Free Incentive tickets are provided participants throughout the event for healthy choices to be used in our Chinese Auction (last year the Chinese Auction included more than 50 baskets/prizes donated by hospital departments and local businesses) to choose from," stated Elder.

Posters/invites have been distributed around the area and a great night of fabulous food, fun, festivity, free screens and information, spa treatments (paraffin dips, hand massages, fingernail painting, facials, etc., has been planned, along with experts on women's health issues, health information and product vendor tables. The KCH Friends Gift Shop will be open as well, so lots of opportunities to shop."

Several late breaking additions to the festivities (not noted on the fliers) include representatives from KCH partners UPMC Hamot Women's Hospital/UPMC Magee. Also attending will be cardiologist Dr. Hermann and UPMC Hamot will offer free ultrasound screenings for varicose and spider veins. Among the many activities planned are bone density screenings, healthy food sampling, information, prizes and giveaways.

New this year are "Pretty in Pink" Photo opportunities and a special Ladies Night Out Memorial Honor Wall. Those who would like to honor or remember a loved one who fights or fought the courageous battle against breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical cancer or other cancer, we invite you to bring a photo (5x7" or smaller) with a short bio or note for the Wall. Advance submissions can be mailed to KCH, 4372 Route 6, Kane, PA 16735 c/o LNO or dropped off at the lobby .

There will also be a KCH Employee Action Team MUM Fundraiser sale in the Gardens at KCH.

KCH's Ladies Night Out began in 2010 and has grown each year in anticipation of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and KCH's month-long campaign for annual mammograms. KCH offers digital mammography all year round, but with a bit more hoopla during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The best protection against Breast Cancer is early detection. The event includes information and screens for many health concerns of woman -- from heart disease to osteoporosis and nutrition.

Last year's event was funded in part by an American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Community Grant. In addition, local businesses donated money for free mammograms for under-insured or uninsured women and provided gifts for a Chinese Auction.

If you have questions call Tina at 837-4781 or e-mail "We look forward to seeing you for LNO - 2012 on September 12, 5-8 p.m."

Pictured, the bone density screening venue at last year's Ladies Night Out. KCH's Ann Anderson, RT, doing bone density readings of the foot of former KCH colleague Luanne Larson, while those in line patiently await their screenings. Last year's event was attended by 250 women from the area.
KCH photo

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Fatal Crash in Cattaraugus County

UPDATE: The man has been identified as Howard Miller.

A Gowanda man is dead following a one-vehicle crash Friday night on North Otto Road.

Sheriff’s deputies say the 64-year-old man, who they did not name, was operating a Jeep Wrangler when it went out of control on a curve and he was thrown from the vehicle.

He was taken to Bertand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville, where he died of his injuries.

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NYS Trooper Hurt in 'Copter Crash

New York State Police have released more information about the helicopter crash that injured a state trooper near Bath, New York.

At around 10:30 Thursday morning 41-year-old Trooper Thomas Shultz had to make a “controlled, powerless descent” after the helicopter experienced mechanical problems, and that resulted in what they are calling a “hard landing.”

Shultz, who is a highly trained and experienced US Army combat pilot, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment.

Shultz is assigned to the State Police Aviation Unit in Batavia. He was part of the team looking for 28-year-old Melissa Sherry of Hammondsport, who had been missing since Saturday. She was found dead in the Town of Campbell.

NY State Police photo

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Winning Cash 5 Ticket Sold in Emporium

A winning Cash 5 lottery ticket was sold at the Emporium Pharmacy in Cameron County.

Three other winning tickets worth $275,000 were also sold for Tuesday’s drawing. They were sold in Allegheny, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Each ticket correctly matched all five balls, 11-14-19-37-41, to split a jackpot of $1.1 million and win individual prizes of $275,000, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Each retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Fiery Crash Closes Route 15

If you’re headed to Tioga County you should know a fiery tractor trailer crash has closed Route 15 between Sebring and Blossburg in both directions.

Route 15 northbound traffic is being detoured at the Sebring Exit onto Old Route 15 and back on at the Blossburg Interchange.

Route 15 southbound is being detoured at Blossburg onto Old Route 15 and returned to the southbound lanes at the Sebring Interchange.

Photo by Tim Kreger

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bradford Road Resurfacing to Start

Bradford’s road resurfacing project will begin at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning and will continue throughout the month.

The roads being resurfaced are Congress, Bushnell, Barbour, Orchard Place, Burnside, Cornen, High and Rochester.

Residents in the affected areas are asked to comply with the reminders that will be placed on their doors the day before the paving begins, and to not park in these areas until resurfacing is finished.

Flaggers will be directing traffic in the affected areas.

The project dates are weather dependent.

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Drive-By Shooting Suspect Arrested

A man has been arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting in Jamestown Tuesday.

21-year-old Jean Carlos Jiminez-Camacho has been charged with reckless endangerment and is currently in the city jail awaiting arraignment.

Police say he fired a .22 caliber pistol out the window of an SUV on Chandler Street at around 10:30 a.m.. The vehicle has been impounded and the gun has been recovered and secured as well.

Surveillance video captured the image of the SUV, which helped police in their investigation.

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Five Facing Drug Charges in Salamanca

Four men and a teenage boy are facing drug charges following search warrants executed at two Salamanca houses.

37-year-old Matthew Maybee, 31-year-old Vernon G. Isaac Jr. and 35-year-old Eric Lindgren were arrested following the search at Maybee’s Jimerson Road home. 31-year-old Donald Watson Jr. and the 17-year-old boy were arrested following the search at a Carlton Avenue house.

All four men are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Maybee and Isaac are also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminally using drug paraphernalia. The boy is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

The teenager was issued an appearance ticket for City of Salamanca Court. The men are in jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail each. Isaac and Watson have outstanding bench warrants as well. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force says additional arrests and charges are pending.

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Eldred Woman Dies in One-Vehicle Crash

An Eldred woman is dead after a one-vehicle crash on Route 6 in Wetmore Township Wednesday afternoon.

Police say an SUV driven by 57-year-old Bernice Pierson went off the road on a curve and hit a tree. Pierson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her daughter, 24-year-old Meghan Pierson, was flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment of moderate injuries.

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Break-In, Vandalism at Fugitive's House

Police are investigating a break-in at the Cameron County home of fugitive Thomas Smith.

They say significant damage was done to the inside of Smith’s home on Clear Creek Road. They don’t know if anything was taken because of the extent of the damage.

Smith is wanted into connection to the kidnapping of a bank employee about a month ago.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Smith’s arrest and conviction.

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Man Charged for Dis Con on Bicycle

Apparently Bradford is not the only place in the region having trouble with bicycles.

A Salamanca man is charged with disorderly conduct following an incident Friday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Ian Hepner impeded the flow of traffic while on his bike.

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Man Charged for Damaging Bona Vehicle

A North Tonawanda man is accused of damaging a vehicle owned by St. Bonaventure University.

Sheriff’s deputies say 19-year-old Nicholas DePietro broke the tail lamp out of the vehicle on Saturday night.

He is charged with criminal mischief and is scheduled to appear in Allegany Town Court on September 10.

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Dog Found Hanging from Bridge

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible animal cruelty case.

On Sunday, Sheriff’s deputies got a report of a dog found hanging from a bridge on Underwood Road in Hinsdale.

The dog is male and either a terrier or terrier mix with a brown face, black back and brown legs and weighs 20 to 25 pounds. The dog was wearing a camouflage collar when it was found.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Woman Allegedly Let 13-Year-Olds
Drive Her Car to Run Errands

A Salamanca woman is facing charges for letting two 13-year-olds drive her car.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Sydney Doxtator let the teenagers drive the car to run errands in Salamanca.

During a traffic stop on Wildwood Avenue police discovered they were driving with no adult in the car.

Doxtator is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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Bradford Salvation Army Captain
Douglas Rockwell Has Passed Away

Douglas C. Rockwell, 56, Salvation Army Corps Commanding Officer/Pastor, of 7 Woodland Lane Bradford, was Promoted to Glory on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, while in the company of family members, at The Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 1, 1956, in Kingston, NY he was a son of the late James E. Rockwell and Marion (Pratt) Rockwell of Arlington, Va.

On February 11,2012 in the Salvation Army he married Paulette A. (Crank) Rockwell who survives him.

He graduated Kingston High School in 1974 and was currently in the training program at The Salvation Army as an Auxiliary Captain.

He was a Bradford Rotarian, and very active in Knothole Little League Baseball as a coach and umpire.

He formerly worked in his families business Abigail Press and later as a cook at a Greek Restaurant in New York.

Surviving in addition to his wife, he is survived by eight children, Maria (Ramiro) Cruz-Milan, of Kingston, NY, Princess (Kevin) Rockwell-Weinberger, of Kingston, NY, Deborah "DeeJay" Rickman, and Jessica Rickman both of Bradford, Joann (Chris) Rabickow, of Apollo, Juan "John" Cruz, of NY, Christopher (Jenice) Baker of Jacksonville, NC, Robert (Erin) Baker of Marion Center, four brothers, Richard (Angie) Rockwell, of Stone Ridge, NY, Paul (Michelle) Rockwell, of Denver, CO, Foster Rockwell, of Arlington, VA, Scott (Kim) Rockwell, of Brighton, CO. several grandchildren, two aunts, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 11:00am to noon at the Salvation Army at which time a memorial service will be held with Lt. Charles "Chaz" Williams officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army 111 Jackson Ave. Bradford, PA 16701.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Night Football

Fairway Ford and Franklin had a beautiful late afternoon/early evening to play some midget league football at the Fretz Middle School field.

Kane Evacuees Back Home;
No Injuries in Tanker Crash

WESB/WBRR News Director

About 1,000 Kane residents spent about half their day in an emergency shelter at the high school today after a tanker truck carrying butane turned over at Greeves and Fraley streets early this morning.

At around 4:30 a.m. the tanker holding 8,000 gallons of the highly flammable and volatile liquid flipped onto its side while making a turn off of Route 6.

No one was hurt and no butane spilled from the tanker. Anti-freeze and diesel fuel did leak from the truck, but DEP says that was cleaned up quickly.

Mike Gilbert, a local truck driver, was on the scene shortly after the accident and spoke with the driver. Gilbert told The Morning Buzz that the driver told him another vehicle was stopped too far into the intersection so he had to make a wider turn than normal. His load shifted and the tanker ended up on its side on the sidewalk.

The tanker is owned by Elkhorn Corporation. Crossett Inc. sent another tanker to the scene so the butane could be transferred before the first tanker could be put upright again and moved.

Utilities were shut off during the butane transfer because of the danger of sparks causing the butane vapor to ignite.

Route 6 in and around Kane was closed to all traffic until just before 5 o'clock this afternoon. Routes 321 and 66 were closed to commerical truck traffic for most of the day, but also re-opened at just before 5 p.m. Passenger vehicles were allowed to travel on routes 321 and 66.

The McKean-Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross set up the shelter at the high school and served nearly 200 lunches. School was cancelled for the day.

A funeral scheduled for 11 o'clock this morning at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home had to be postponed because the funeral home -- on South Fraley Street -- is in the evacuation zone. A post on the funeral home's website earlier today said the service will be rescheduled.

The Kane Area Community Center was used as a center for some of the emergency crews' operations, which afforded the center's Michelle Palmer to take exceptional photographs of the scene, three of which WESB and The Hero used. On her Facebook page, Palmer said several media outlets have asked for permission to use the pictures.

Kane has about 5,400 residents, which means about 20 percent of people who live in the borough had to be evacuated. The evacuation area covered a half-mile area around the crash site.

Photo by Michelle Palmer

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Louisiana Fugitive Caught in Kill Buck

A Kill Buck man, who is a registered out-of-state sex offender, is facing charges for giving sheriff's deputies several false names while they were investigating him for animal cruelty.

28-year-old Thomas Bower Jr. was fingerprinted, and that's when deputies learned he was wanted by the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, sheriff's department for failing to give communitiy notification and failure to appear in person for periodic registration as a felony sex offender.

Bower is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

Inmate in Trouble Yet Again

An inmate who damage smoke detectors in the Chautauqua County Jail a week ago is now accused of defacing a wall in the jail.

Nathaniel Hollins Jr. allegedly used his handcuffs to scratch a 24-inch by 8-inch piece of profanity on a wall at around 10:30 this morning.

Last Wednesday, he allegedly sprayed cleaning solution into two smoke detector heads.

Hollins was originally sent to jail for criminal possession of a weapon.

No Parking on McClellan, North Bennett

The City of Bradford has announced that no parking will be permitted on McClellan Street and North Bennett Street from Tuesday through Friday of next week.

The restriction will be in effect from 7 a.m.. to 7 p.m. while sidewalk reconstruction continues in the area.

Violators' vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.

Man Who Took Police on Chase
from Olean to Turtlepoint Pleads Guilty

An Olean man who led police on a chase from Olean to Turtlepoint back in March has pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court.

25-year-old Paul Tyler Jr. also pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for breaking into houses between June 3 and 11, 2011, in Olean.

Then on March 29 of this year police attempted to pull him over in Olean when he took them on a high-speed chase that ended in Turtlepoint, where he crashed his car. He ran away from police, but they were able to catch him near Turtlepoint.

Police say Tyler was driving at speeds of 75 miles an hour on Olean city streets during the chase.

He is scheduled for sentencing on November 13.

Kane Evacuation Order Lifted

5 PM UPDATE: Route 6 has re-opened
The evacuation order in Kane has been lift and residents are allowed to return to their homes.

About 1,000 people had to be evacuated from a half-mile radius around Greeves and Fraley streets after a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of butane turned over at around 4:30 this morning.

Utilities had to be turned off while butane was being transferred to another tanker. The McKean County Emergency Management Agency says the utilties should be restored soon.

Roads will be closed until the scene is cleared, which is expected shortly, according to the EMA.

Man Arrested for Car Theft

A Clarendon man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a car in Warren Tuesday.

Police caught up with 26-year-old Jeremiah Kay at around 12:30 this morning after a foot chase in the area of Water Street and Fifth Avenue.

Kay is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both felonies, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He’s being held in Warren County Jail.

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Kane, Route 6 Update

3 PM UPDATE: PennDOT now expects these closures to last until at least 5 p.m. today.

Route 6 in Kane is now expected to be closed until at least 3 o’clock this afternoon.

PennDOT reminds drivers that Routes 6, 66, and 321 in the Kane area are closed to commercial truck traffic. Passenger vehicles may use Routes 66 and 321 but Route 6 remains closed to all traffic.

The tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of butane that turned over this morning has been hooked up to tow trucks, and a second tanker is in place waiting to transfer the butane, according to Michelle Palmer of the Kane Community Center, which is near the accident scene and is being used as a command post.

She says the transfer of the butane and moving of the tanker is moving slowly because of the volatile nature of butane.

A DEP spokesman says some antifreeze and diesel leaked onto the road, but that has been cleaned up. He says no butane leaked from the tanker.

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Kane Evacuation Area Expanded

The American Red Cross is assisting in an evacuation center for 150 evacuees from the Borough of Kane, and he evacuation area has been expanded to two miles due to a new leak on truck, according to the Red Cross.

It had been half a mile around the area of the intersection of Greeves and Fraley streets (US Route 6) after a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of butane rolled over at 4:30 this morning. EMS is still saying the area is half a mile, however.

There were two evacuation sites open that have been consolidated to the Kane High School. The evacuation is now expected to be in effect until this afternoon. Lunch will be served for the evacuees. At this time, 10 Red Cross workers are assisting with the effort.

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Update: Route 6 Closed Until at Least 1 p.m.

PennDOT advises drivers that three State Routes in and around the town of Kane, McKean County, are closed to truck traffic at this time due to an overturned tanker hauling butane.

Routes 6, 66, and 321 in the Kane area are closed to commercial truck traffic. Passenger vehicles may use Routes 66 and 321 but Route 6 remains closed to all traffic.

Area evacuations are taking place as a precaution and emergency personnel are on-site to assist drivers through local detours. PennDOT now expects these closures to last until at least 1 p.m. today.

Drivers should proceed with caution and be prepared for stopped or slow-moving traffic and emergency personnel in the roadway.

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Pictures from Kane Crash

Michelle Palmer of Kane took these pictures of the tanker truck that crashed at about 4:30 this morning at the intersection of Greeves and Fraley streets. Unofficials reports indicate the driver was not hurt.

The area has been evacuated. PennDOT says Route 6 will be closed at least until 11 a.m.

Thank for posting and sharing the pictures, Michelle!

(used with permission from Michelle Palmer)

Evacuation Underway in Kane

PennDOT advises drivers that a section of Route 6 in and around the town of Kane, McKean County, is closed due to an overturned tanker hauling butane.

The area is being evacuated as a precaution and emergency personnel are on-site to assist drivers through local detours. PennDOT expects Route 6 to be closed in the Kane area until at least 11 a.m. today.

Drivers should proceed with caution and be prepared for stopped or slow-moving traffic and emergency personnel in the roadway.

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Kane residents: If you'd like to keep us, and others updated, call 368-9372 and talk to Scott.

Listen to scanner here.

All traffic being diverted away from Kane

Update: School is closed today in Kane.

People being evacuated from their homes are being sent to Kane Area High School, and are being taken/directed there via Poplar Street.

There is a state of emergency this morning in Kane.

A tanker truck carrying butane overturned this morning at the intersection of Greeves and Fraley Street in Kane (Route 6). A mandatory evacuation of the area in Kane within a half mile of the spill is underway. The McKean County Emergency Management Agency is handling the situation and is urging that residents follow the instructions from police and other emergency officials.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

BLT Announces 16th Season

Music, marriage and magic will be the themes for Bradford Little Theatre’s 16th season which opens in October with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” follows with “The Marriage Counselor” in January and closes with “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” in April.

“”We are offering light fare this year, with a girl quartet singing hits from the 50s and 60s aimed at music lovers; a script-in-hand comedy designed for people who wish to perform but have just a week to commit to the project; and a fairy tale offering for families,” said Nanci K. Garris, BLT president.

Created and written by Roger Bean, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will be offered Oct. 25 through 28 at First United Presbyterian Church social hall on East Corydon Street in Bradford. The first three shows will be at 7:30 p.m.; the final show will be a 2 p.m. matinee.

BLT veteran Cindy Graham will direct the lively four-woman musical with Andy Dutka as music director and Ardyth Van Scoy as choreographer.

Graham, who is directing for the first time, fell in love with the show when she saw it recently down South.

Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing describes the nostalgic musical this way:

The Marvelous Wonderettes takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and over 20 other classic hits.

The second act takes place at the quartet’s 10-year class reunion.”

Tryouts will be held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, 44 Kennedy St. Call-backs will be Sept. 12 and 13.

Director Kristin Asinger says the winter offering, “The Marriage Counselor” by Joey Ouelette “is going to be a whirlwind of a comedy in several ways! Not only will time fly during the show, but the cast and crew will be challenged to put this script in hand show together in less than a week.”

“I am very excited to offer a BLT play that even busy people can audition for. There are people who love to act but do not have the time to commit to weeks of rehearsals and memorizing lines,” said Asinger, who has directed a dinner theater production for BLT’s last two seasons.

“As the play begins, the audience will be thrown into a zany afternoon with a husband and wife in a troubled relationship who mistake the shy vacuum cleaner salesman as their new marriage counselor,” said Asinger.

Auditions will be Jan. 5 and 7. Rehearsals will be at the BLT office Monday through Thursday Jan. 14-17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The shows will be performed Friday and Saturday Jan. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in Bradford.

As she explained: “with only five rehearsals, bloopers are sure to occur!”

The cast includes three female and four male adults, said Asinger who has directed the show before in Fairview.

However, casting for the third offering of the season will be open not only to adults but also to students in grades 6 and higher said veteran BLT director Diane Kerner Arnett. Ann Dunkerton will be assistant director.

“Movies like ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and ‘Mirror, Mirror’ along with the popular TV shows ‘Grimm’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ are riding high on interest in reinventing class fairy tales,” said Arnett.

This old tale of magic relates how Snowdrop rescues a prince from being forced to either marry an ugly princess or remain a polar bear for half his life.

“East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” will be presented at a venue in Bradford in late April; tryouts will be in March.

The script calls for a cast of at least 13 -- three women to portray Ancilla, the Ice Witch; Princess Long Nose and heroine Snowdrop; three men to portray henchman Hob, Prince Nordo and Snowdrop’s Poppa; and performers of either gender to portray the four trolls; two old hags; the North Wind; and Snowdrop’s sisters.

The comic adaptation by William Glennon is through The Dramatic Publishing Co.

For more information, people may visit the website at or the BLT Facebook page, or contact the group at P.O. Box 255, Bradford, PA 16701. Tickets will also be available about two weeks before each show at Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Tina’s Hallmark and Graham Florist, all in Bradford. Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.

Now starting its 16th season, the non-profit Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and the Theatre Association of New York State and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

Three Dilapidated Buildings Coming Down

WESB/WBRR News Director

Three more dilapidated buildings in Bradford are coming down.

City Council on Tuesday accepted quotes to demolish 317 East Main Street, 418 Congress Street and 30 South Kendall Avenue.

6-V Excavation will demolish the last building, clear the property and take the debris to the McKean County Landfill for $8,750.

Tom Vickery will handle the other properties for $4,455 and $1,955, respectively.

“It’s a good price, too,” said Mayor Tom Riel after council approved the second Vickery resolution. “You couldn’t get them all that cheap.”

He explained that the cost of all the demolition will be paid from the city’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

Also Tuesday, council heard from Jefferson Street residents concerned about people speeding on their street, and the danger it poses to the children who live there, some of whom have disabilities.

Police Chief Chris Lucco said that, because of state law, the speed limit on the street cannot be any lower than 25 mph, and city ordinances cannot supersede state law. He also noted that state law prohibits speed bumps on residential streets.

He said he will ask his officers to step up patrols in the area in hopes that their increased presence will help.

In another police related matter, council approved a payment of $5,615 to Kustom Signals Inc. – upon delivery and installation – for a video camera for the new police vehicle.

Private donations are paying for the camera.

Council also approved on second reading an amendment to an ordinance that brings the city’s bicycle laws in line with state law. Specifically, it says bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks anywhere except the downtown business district.

Lucco noted that the presence of bicycles on downtown sidewalks has “reduced greatly since our enforcement picked up.”

Also Tuesday, Riel read a proclamation declaring September Muscular Dystrophy Association and Firefighter Appreciation Month. The proclamation noted that the local firefighters’ 2011 Fill the Boot campaign raised $4,300 for MDA.

City Clerk John Peterson read a letter from YWCA Victims Resource Center program director Nancy Chesnut asking for permission to put purple ribbons on the Main Street Bradford Pear trees and purple lights on a tree in Veterans Square from October 1 to October 31 in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The letter said this is an effort to “increase community awareness about domestic violence.”

Council members agreed to the request and directed Public Works and Parks Director Chip Comilla to work the YW on the project.

On a related note, WESB’s annual series on domestic violence awareness starts October 2 and will air every Tuesday in October on LiveLine from 12:35 to 1 p.m.

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Olean Man Allegedly Molested
Beacon Light Teenage Girls

An Olean man is jailed on charges that he molested two teenage girls in exchange for cigarettes while he worked for Beacon Light Behavioural Health System in Bradford.

38-year-old Steven Mesiarik allegedly fondled the girls, who are 14 and 16, after offering them cigarettes, and encouraged them to kiss each other while he watched them.

The alleged incidents happened back in May. Mesiarik was arrested Monday in Olean, and is still in the Cattaraugus County Jail awaiting extradition to McKean County.

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Indecent Assault in Cameron County

State Police in Emporium are investigating a report of an indecent assault, but have released very little information so far.

They say the incident happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at a home on Old Portage Road in Cameron County.

Police added that they know who the suspect is and are continuing the investigation.

They did not release names, genders or ages of the victim or suspect.

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CNN: Specter Battling for His Life

Former longtime U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter was battling for his life early Tuesday after he was recently diagnosed with a "serious form of cancer," a source close to his office told CNN.

Specter, who has overcome numerous serious illnesses over the past two decades, including a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, was diagnosed six weeks ago with the new form of cancer, the specifics of which are being closely shielded by his family.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Several Tools Stolen from Construction Site

Someone stole more than $13,000 worth of equipment from a construction site along Route 949 in Spring Creek Township last week.

The items taken from the LC Whitford Company site include but are not limited to a Milwaukee mag drill, pneumatic air drill, Stihl chainsaw, two generators, a cutoff saw, three hammer drills and an impact driver.

The value of the items is estimated at $13,400.

Police say the theft happened sometime between 3:30 Tuesday afternoon and 6:30 Wednesday morning.

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UPB Campus Police Chief Dan Songer
Chosen for Staff Association Award

Dan Songer, director of campus police and safety, has been chosen by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Staff Association for its 2012 Staff Association Award.

Tonya Ackley, coordinator of community engagement, and Margot Myers, manager of TRiO Student Support Services, nominated Songer.

“Chief Songer goes out of his way to ensure the campus’s safety and well-being,” Myers wrote in her nomination. “He leads, by example, a team that provides protection, safety, and overall well-being to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in a respectful, effective and amazing manner.”

Ackley, who until recently worked in the university’s residence life office, wrote, “Dan has an open-door policy with all the students and works really well with the resident advisors. He is firm, but fair, with the students and treats them with dignity and respect even in the most trying of situations.

Songer has served at Pitt-Bradford for 15 years. During that time, he has also been honored by the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association for his Outstanding Service as a board member for nine years. He has also served as president of the College and University Police and Security Association of Western Pennsylvania; the Community Relations Board at the Federal Correctional Institution, McKean; and the Seneca Law Enforcement Agency in McKean County.

He has been instrumental in organizing the annual Police Memorial Day sponsored by the Bucktail Lodge #96 and the William Hanley Sr. Lodge #67 and Pitt-Bradford’s annual Law Enforcement Awareness and Familiarization Day.

The annual staff recognition award honors an employee whose performance consistently exceeds the standards and expectations set for his or her position at the university or whose work in the community surpasses the expectations of the organizations they serve.

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School Street Parking Restriction Extended

The parking restrictions on School Street between North Center and McClellan have been extended through Thursday.

No parking will be allowed on that section of School Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. while sidewalk reconstruction work continues.

Violators will be towed at the vehicle owners’ expense.

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Causer: Volunteer Fire and Ambulance
Grant Applications Available Soon

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging volunteer fire companies and ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania to submit an application for the 2012 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program (VFCVASGP).

The application period opens Sept. 5 and closes Oct. 20.

The General Assembly recently adopted Act 78 of 2012 to reauthorize the grant program for an additional four years and increase the total grant funding available from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also adds approximately 35 career fire departments to the list of organizations eligible for grant funding.

The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction.

Grants to eligible fire companies will be contingent on their agreeing to participate in and report information using the Pennsylvania Fire Information Reporting System (PennFIRS).

During the last decade, $3.2 million has been awarded to about 40 volunteer fire and ambulance companies in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties. The program is funded through state gaming proceeds.

For more information, visit and click on “Fire and Ambulance Grants.”

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Horse Set on Fire

State police in Corry are investigating a disturbing crime involving a horse.

They say sometime between 7 o’clock Saturday night and 6 o’clock Sunday night someone put some kind of fuel on a horse and lit it. The horse suffered burns and singeing on most of its body, but police say the wounds were mostly superficial and the horse survived.

The incident happened on Athens Road in Athens Township in eastern Crawford County.

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