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Friday, September 21, 2012

ATV Trail Season Ending on ANF

The Allegheny National Forest announced their ATV trail system will be closing for the season on September 30, 2012. They also announced plans for two of the trails in the system, Timberline and the Marienville ATV trail, to re-open on October 13 and 14 to provide riders with an opportunity to view the area’s fall colors from the trails. The remainder of the trails in the ATV trail system will not be open during that weekend event.

The ATV/Bike trails close annually on the last Sunday of September to allow for maintenance of the system. Annual heavy maintenance will occur over the entire system and block paving will occur on several hill climbs. According to Marienville District Ranger Rob Fallon, “accomplishing this maintenance in October and November takes advantage of the good fall weather and provides a better, safer system for our riders.”

The Timberline, Marienville ATV and Rocky Gap trails are scheduled to re-open for winter riding on December 20, 2012, however winter riding is always dependent on weather conditions so riders are strongly encouraged to call ahead for condition updates. Trail passes are required for riding the ATV trail system and can be obtained at any of the three Allegheny National Forest offices or at local participating vendors.

Additional information on the ATV trail system can be obtained by contacting the Supervisor’s Office (814-723-5150), the Bradford Ranger District (814-362-4613), the Marienville Ranger District (814-927-6628), or by visiting the Forest website at The Allegheny National Forest has also announced that the replacement of two toilets on the ATV trail system will begin on September 24, 2012.

The toilet upgrades will occur at the FR 395 trailhead and the Marienville main trailhead. The FR 395 trailhead will be closed at that time to allow for unimpeded equipment access and provide for public safety. The parking/camping area will not be open for public use on the last weekend of September. The Marienville Main trailhead toilet will be removed October 1, 2012, and will not be available for walk-in use until installation is complete. It is anticipated that all trailhead work will be completed by October 5, 2012.

This work is being done in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Trails Foundation under a Secure Rural Schools Title II grant.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the Marienville Ranger District at (814) 927-6628.

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SBS Students Get Special Visitor

St. Bernard Elementary/Middle School is in the midst of its signature event, the annual magazine drive. Each year, students are charged with the fundraising endeavor, which is a significant means to generate operational funds for the private school.

Part of the motivating force for 2012, is a challenge to be one of three top selling classes, which if successful, will enable the classes to travel to the Erie Zoo. A special attraction at the zoo is the penguin exhibit, so the excitement is building for a trip to see a rare sight in our small part of the northern hemisphere.

“Upping the ante” a bit is the opportunity for the most successful seller in the school to take the reigns as principal for the day. Mrs. Kim Mooney, Principal, is excited to see the number of students taking this opportunity to support the school, so seriously. “The students take such pride in this effort. I am happy to encourage them to continue on through September 25th, the end of the sale, and develop the leadership abilities of the top seller. It will be a great learning experience for the winning seller to see behind the scenes of all that takes place in our school during the course of a normal day. Maybe it will encourage the student to pursue a career in education; and it will definitely be a leadership experience they will always remember.”

The students received a “life size” motivator in the surprise appearance of “Tux E. Doe”, a penguin who stopped to visit the faculty and staff of St. Bernard’s. Tux and Mrs. Mooney are pictured together encouraging the students to keeping selling magazines and stay in the running as one of three top selling classes to attend the Erie Zoo – and to offer a top seller the chance to be “principal for the day”.

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House Passes Coal Employment and Domestic
Energy Infrastructure Protection Package

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson today voted to support H.R. 3409, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, a package bills that protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production. The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 233-175.

“This legislation will end overly burdensome regulations that are destroying jobs and business expansion across the commonwealth, guard against higher electricity rates for consumers, and promote states’ rights when it comes to environmental protections,” said Rep. Thompson.

Thompson serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, one of three committees with jurisdiction over the legislation, in addition to the House Energy and Commerce and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

Joined by coal workers from across the country, members of all three committees, including Thompson, held a press conference before passage of H.R. 3409, to discuss the Obama Administration’s regulatory assault on jobs and affordable electricity.

The day before, Thompson delivered a speech on the issue, outlining the need for this legislation, given the recent coal plant closures and employee layoffs across the 5th congressional district, including an announcement this week by Alpha Natural Resources for closures of a mine in Dora, Jefferson County, Pa.

“This week American workers lost their jobs and domestic energy production took yet another blow from this Administration’s heavy-handed, authoritarian regulatory regime. These layoffs could have been prevented,” Rep. Thompson added.

Alpha Natural Resources officials cited “a regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal,” in announcing the decision. The closures will result in layoffs of 1,200 workers and an immediate 400 jobs lost in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

“The fact that the coal industry is facing tough times isn’t news. They have other energy competitors, including natural gas, and challenges with coal transport costs, energy, and labor costs,” Rep. Thompson continued. “The issue that’s newsworthy is the additional burdens being placed on American employers during such tough economic times.”

During the speech, Thompson also discussed the House’s plans to pass H.R. 3049: “Americans deserve an energy policy that will protect family sustaining jobs that are helping communities survive in a tough economy, one that keeps America strong and builds our competitiveness. That’s what we plan to provide. Passage of H.R. 3049 is another step in that effort.”

H.R. 3049 would limit the executive branch’s ability to issue coal regulations; require regulatory analysis and a cumulative cost analysis of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules; and prohibit the EPA from issuing a new or revised water quality standard when a state standard has already been approved by the EPA.

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Police Looking for Sex Offender

Police are looking for a man who left a controversial homeless shelter for ex-cons in Jefferson County back in August.

51-year-old Jeffrey Lorenz was staying at the Just for Jesus shelter near Brockway, but left on August 15 and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Lorenz is a convicted sex offender and has not registered a new address with police. He was convicted in 2000 of aggravated indecent assault in Indiana County. The victim was younger than 13.

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PGE's Kuntz to Speak During
UPB Alumni, Family Weekend

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will combine two popular events, its Executive Speaker Series and its Career Networking Luncheon, for Alumni and Family Weekend.

Douglas E. Kuntz, president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania General Energy Co. of Warren, will speak at the annual luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The cost for adults is $10, and the public is welcome to attend. Reservations can be made at through Wednesday.

Kuntz, a 1988 graduate of Pitt-Bradford in the geology and petroleum engineering programs, began as a petroleum geologist at PGE in 1987. In 1997, he became development manager for PGE and was promoted to vice president of development and operations in 2001.

Kuntz served as executive vice president from 2003 until 2006, when he was named president and CEO.

PGE has a 30-year history of successfully producing indigenous oil and natural gas in the Appalachian Basin. The company uses the best available technologies and management practices to develop wells in both conventional and unconventional formations, with a focus on safety, partnerships and the protection of the environment. PGE currently operates nearly 1,400 oil and natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.

Kuntz has served as a member of the board of directors of PGE since 2003 and also sits on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership and the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board.

He is a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the American Petroleum Institute.

The Executive Speaker Series brings top business leaders from companies throughout the region to Pitt-Bradford. These seasoned professionals speak about relevant business issues and provide important career inspiration and advice for students.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

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Destinations-Bradford Holding
Outdoor Wear Giveaway

Destinations-Bradford is holding a outdoor wear giveaway September 25th - 27th from 1-4 pm. each day.

This program is FREE and open to the public. This program is offered along with the general outreach through Community Care program.

Gently used winter coats, hats, gloves and boots are available while supplies last. Donations are still being accepted throughout the giveaway and any remaining office hours. Remaining supply will be donated and distributed through the Salvation Army later this fall.

The free shared clothing closet is scheduled on Wednesday, September 26th from 1-3pm in conjunction with the coat giveaway. Gently used and new clothing is available for all ages and sexes and genders and is available to individuals and their personal household.

Destinations-Bradford general hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10-4 pm. at 1 Main Street, or upon appointment.

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Tractor-Trailer Flips Over Near Kane

No one was hurt when a tractor-trailer flipped over near Kane this morning.

Police say the truck driven by 40-year-old Larry Stromyer of Tionesta was on Route 66 at 8:42 a.m. when the load shifted on a sharp curve.

A witness told state police the truck was going uphill slowly and “just tipped over on the curve.”

Police say Stroymyer was wearing a seatbelt.

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New Brad Penn Products Unveiled

American Refining Group, Inc. has announced the addition of Penn Grade 1® Partial Synthetic SAE 5W-30 and SAE 60 to its High Performance “The Green Oil®” line.

The Penn Grade 1® Partial Synthetic SAE 5W-30 High Performance Oil is targeted to the racing market for ‘crate engines’ as well as the classic car market and is available in 12/1 quart bottles and 55 gallon drum.

“The Penn Grade 1® Partial Synthetic SAE 5W-30 is ideally suited in today’s street/racing market ‘crate engines’ that require this viscosity. It contains strong detergent, dispersant and 1500 PPM ZDDP anti-wear additive to help protect critical engine parts,” according to Ken Tyger, Sr. Technical Service Representative forBrad Penn® Lubricants.

The Penn Grade 1® SAE 60 High Performance Oil will be aimed at fulfilling the need for both racers and older Harley Davidson® motorcycles that require an SAE 60 High Performance Oil. The SAE 60 is also available in 12/1 quart bottles and 55 gallon drums. The Penn Grade 1® SAE 60 High Performance Oil also contains 1500 PPM ZDDP which assists in providing vital protection to flat tappet and roller cams and safeguards various “hot spots” in the engine.

According to Tyger, “The Penn Grade 1® SAE 60 is suitable for use in gas, alcohol and nitro methane fueled engines where this viscosity is desired. The high viscosity of this oil allows excessive dumping of fuel into the lubrication fluid while maintaining critical protection for expensive, high performance racing engines and their components. The SAE 60 is suited for the heavier viscosity lubrication needs of the early classic motorcycles / engines like Harley Davidson® Flathead®, Knucklehead®, Panhead®, Shovelhead®, etc and others.”

“Our ever popular Penn Grade 1® High Performance Oils have really taken off since their introduction in 2001. Our customers recognize the benefit to using a product refined from Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil that enables us to produce a unique base oil that clings on engine parts and contains elevated Zinc and Phosphorous levels. The vast knowledge from years of experience in formulating high performance oils is reflected in the outstanding formulation of the Penn Grade 1® High Performance Oil line,” stated Jennifer Taylor, Marketing Specialist for Brad Penn® Lubricants.

In addition to the newly introduced products, the Penn Grade 1® line also offers a variety of outstanding High Performance Oils available in several viscosity grades including, partial synthetic SAE 0W-30, partial synthetic SAE 10W-30, partial synthetic SAE 10W-40, partial synthetic SAE 15W-40, partial synthetic SAE 20W-50, SAE 30, SAE 40, SAE 50 and NITRO 70. In addition, Brad Penn® carries an exceptional Assembly Lubricant, SAE 30 Break-In Oil, a specially formulated SAE 75W-90 full synthetic Supercharger/Blower/Gear Lubricant and a ‘Classic’ Multi-Purpose GL-4 SAE 80W-90 Gear Oil. For more information about Penn Grade 1® High Performance Oils and to find out where to purchase you may visit our website at

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Jack Meabon

Geoffrey J. " Jack" Meabon, 91, of 49 Edgewood Rd. passed away Friday, September 21, at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born on November 10, 1920 in Gerry, NY, he was a son of the late Jay Nathan and Lillian (Wilson) Meabon.

On March 21,1947 in Jamestown, NY he married Shirley R. Hallock who passed away October 27,2001.

He was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 10, 1942 and was honorably discharged on December 10, 1945.

After his military service, he worked as a truck driver for Leo Zandi and then worked as a machinist for Dresser Manufacturing, retiring in 1982.

He was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by two sons Jay (Jo Anne Bigley) Meabon and Jon (Dorie) Meabon, both of Bradford; a son in law, Carl W. Clark of Bradford; a sister, Geraldine Bryan of Ontario, Canada; a brother, Charles Meabon, of Wilmington, NC. two granddaughters, Jodi Meabon, Jacki (Matthew) Carinci, one grandson, Jace Meabon, five great grandchildren, Nicholas and Tyler Carinci, Gage and Chelsea Brien and Carly Jo Evers and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter Jan Clark; one sister Marie Stroyer and one brother, Jay Marion Meabon in infancy. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, Monday, September 24, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 with Rev. Tom Verner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in WIllow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Cancer Society , McKean Co. Unit 95 Main Street Bradford, the American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505, Kids and Cancer, PO Box 1299, Bradford or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Police Searching for Dunkirk Man

Dunkirk Police are searching for a man they believe shot another man in the leg Thursday afternoon.

Warrants have been issued for 27-year-old Brandon Washington, who faces charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He is described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 217 pounds. He may be driving a red 2003 Ford Expedition with New York license plate FJY-8504. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

The victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital, and then released.

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Six-Week Detour Near Shinglehouse

Shinglehouse –Work to repair a bridge on Route 4021 (Honeoye Road) in Potter County will get under way Monday, Oct. 1, and a six-week detour will be in place. The bridge spans Honeoye Creek on Route 4021, just northeast of Shinglehouse.

Repairing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s list of structurally deficient bridges and keep it in service for years to come. The bridge was built in 1938, is 74 feet long and carries an average of 833 vehicles per day.

In order to make the repairs, a portion of Route 4021 will be closed to traffic, and a detour will be in place. Motorists following the official detour will use Route 4014 (Plank Road), Route 4023 (Eleven Mile Road), and Route 44. PennDOT expects the closure and detour to be in place until Nov. 9. Motorists familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.

Work will include repairs to the deck, wings, and abutments. PennDOT will re-open the bridge and road sooner than Nov. 9 if work progress allows. Once the bridge is open, some work may be completed under an alternating traffic pattern and daytime flagging. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

This work is part of a contract to repair and preserve 21 bridges in Potter, Cameron, and Clearfield counties. The Honeoye Creek Bridge and the Route 6 Roulette Bridge are the last ones addressed through this preservation contract. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.4 million/21 bridge project.

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New Doctor Joins Foothills Medical Group

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has welcomed Dr. Lakshmi Polavarapu to their Family Medicine & Primary Care Office. Dr. Polavarapu is the newest member of the Foothills Medical Group.

Dr. Polavarapu joined Gagandeep Singh, MD, Ann Lee, CRNP, and Nicole Marker-Zewe, CRNP. The Family Medicine & Primary Care Office is located at 116 Interstate Pkwy., Suite 41, Bradford, PA 16701.

Dr. Polavarapu completed her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, MI, and obtained a distinction in internal medicine, physiology, and pathology at the Kamineni Institiute of Medical Sciences where she obtained her Bachelor in Medical and Bachelor in Surgery (M.B.B.S).

Dr. Polavarapu is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. For appointments with Dr. Polavarapu call 814-368-7777.

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Urban Farming Discussion at SBU

By Rachel Farrell

St. Bonaventure University invites the public to hear Mike Davis as he speaks about his inspiration to pursue an urban farming endeavor near his home in Detroit, Mich.

The talk, sponsored by the university’s Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Clare College, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Walsh Amphitheater on campus.

Davis, who has created public service campaigns garnering some of the world’s major advertising awards, also has firsthand knowledge of the transforming power of urban farming through the impact of his project, Hamtown Farms, on his own community.

Others have referred to a Chinese proverb about teaching a man to fish when speaking of the urban farming movement. After reading many positive success stories on the subject, a valid re-write of the quote for this generation might be, “Give a man produce and you feed him for a day; teach a man to grow produce and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Advocates of the movement have found that urban farming is giving needy people and communities a much-needed sense of hope and pride. They have hope in providing healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables for themselves and their neighbors, and pride in knowing these items were grown by their own hands on land they have worked hard together to cultivate.

The happy byproducts of urban farms are aesthetic as well as practical in nature, say many supporters. They transform litter-ridden deserted lots into vibrant vegetable and fruit producing green spaces; they build a strong community by becoming a gathering place for neighbors and giving families ownership through their contribution to the land; and they deter crime, as it is hard to commit in an active, vibrant neighborhood.

Many who are benefiting from farms say that planting, cultivating and harvesting can be a family activity, or an energy outlet for kids with extra time on their hands. This helps build stronger families and gives kids an alternative to watching television. Money once spent on the produce they have grown, can instead be spent at local establishments, which improves the economy of the community.

Can urban farming save the world? Nobody knows for sure. Can urban farming transform a neighborhood block, or a whole city? Those who’ve experienced it say, “Absolutely!

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Acclaimed Trio to Perform at Pitt-Bradford

Acclaimed trio janus will perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Flautist Amanda Baker, violist Beth Meyers, and harpist Nuiko Wadden will take to the stage of Harriett B. Wick Chapel at 7 p.m. The performance is free and is an offering of the university’s Spectrum Series.
Janus has prepared a diverse program of 20th- and 21st-century chamber music. It includes Claude Debussy’s seminal “Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp,” Toru Takemitsu’s “And then I Knew ‘Twas Wind,” and works by active composers Jan Bach, Cameron Britt, and Martin Matalon.
“It may sound unusual, but flute, viola, and harp make for a gorgeous ensemble,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music. “The musicians in janus are top-notch, and I couldn’t be more excited about the pieces they’ve programmed. I think the trio’s versatility and technical brilliance will really be on display.” Named for the Roman god whose two-faced images gazes toward both future and past, Brooklyn-based janus formed in 2002 to perform and assist in the creation of new works for its intriguing instrumental combination. Its debut recording, “i am not,” was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2010. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or
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