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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Local Family Promotes Early Identification and Treatment for Children with Disabilities

When Eric and Jenny Taylor of Bradford were told that their child was born with Down syndrome, their initial fear quickly turned to ambition. Ambition to ensure that their son would have the best care and services available to him, but also the drive to promote local services for children with disabilities.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and cognitive development. According to the National Down Syndrome Association, the condition occurs in one in every 691 live births.

“When you’re told that your child will have a disability, you ultimately feel overwhelmed,” said Mr. Taylor. “I remember asking if our county even had an Early Intervention system, and then that settled feeling when we were assured of the services our son would receive without having to leave the area.”

Eric Preston Taylor, or Preston as he goes by, is now six months old and has been receiving occupational therapy, physical therapy and special instruction through CARE for Children’s Early Intervention Birth-Three programs since he was seven weeks old. All of the services are coordinated through McKean County’s Early Intervention system, which CARE is one of several providers.

“We were familiar with CARE for Children, but were not as familiar with how the organization was able to offer the services, or with the collaboration it takes for them to be successful,” said Mrs. Taylor. “We have been so fortunate to have a great team, from the county service coordinator to the therapists and special instructor.”

Birth to three services focus on skills that are typically developed during the first three years of life, and address delays in cognitive, physical, social/emotional, self help and communication skills. Early identification and treatment helps the child with a delay reach important developmental milestones.

“The first three years are critical in terms of development for children, “said Jane Hartle, Preston’s special instructor. “Children are most responsive to learning and the nurturing they receive; and early interactions and a child’s environment all play an important role in brain development.”

The service coordinator, therapists and teacher work closely with the family to determine goals and strategies for treatments, which will ultimately give Preston the best opportunities.

Ashley Carlson, MOT, OTR/L, Preston’s occupational therapist, said that the team approach to treating any child is significant. “I find close collaboration works well for everyone involved; the professionals can work together to coordinate and deliver the best services, and the family can take ownership of their child’s treatment. “

“Likewise, the family is able to expand its role to that of advocates, which is something the Taylors have quickly embraced,” added Carlson.

Early Intervention services are family centered and family driven. Parent involvement is one of the most important aspects in the treatment of children with delays or disabilities. Since parents are their child’s first and best teachers.

“As a therapist, I am there to not only guide a family on how to work with and for their child, but I am also there to follow through on suggestions or concerns they may have,” said Ann Kane, Preston’s physical therapist.

Hartle echoed those remarks, adding, “We at CARE can provide information and therapies, but the family helps us to help the child, and the Taylors have been exemplary.”

Preston’s sister, four year-old Kierstin, plays an integral role in his successes, as well.

“Kierstin is Preston’s cheerleader,” added Mrs. Taylor. “She loves reading to him, and encouraging him, and she gets very excited at his progress.” T

he Taylors and CARE staff shared in Kierstin’s excitement when Preston was recently able to raise and hold his head up. This milestone is usually reached between age two or three months for a typical child, but is an important achievement in any child’s development as the head and neck strength will lead to an increased ability to control the trunk of the body. The next milestones for Preston will be sitting up, rolling over and having an increased attention span to allow him to focus on play.

“We are so thankful to CARE for Children and the Early Intervention system, for making it possible for children to reach their full potential. Raising any child is challenging at times, but the rewards far out-weigh the challenges,” said Mrs. Taylor.

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Presentation on 'Walkable Olean' Project

Olean Common Council is inviting everyone to join them Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:15 p.m. at the Cattaraugus Campus of Jamestown Community College Cutco Theater to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas to create a "new vision for Downtown Olean." The meeting includes a presentation by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute for the Walkable Olean Project. Jeff Belt, President, Sol Epoxy, Inc., and Sam Hoyt, Regional President, Empire State Development Corp., will be there as well.
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Halloran Philanthropies Make Contributions to
CARE for Children’s Building Campaign

As construction continues on the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center, American Refining Group, Inc. has contributed $25,000 to the building fund, and a matching grant of $25,000 was awarded by the Harry R. Halloran, Jr. Fund (a donor advised fund at The Philadelphia Foundation Special Assets Fund). Mr. Halloran (second from right), Chairman of the Board and ARG Chief Executive Officer, along with President and Chief Operating Officer, Jeannine Schoenecker (left), took a tour of the new facility Friday with CARE for Children Executive Director, Tina Martin (second from left), and Board President, Mick Marshall (right).

“We are so appreciative of the generosity of Mr. Halloran and American Refining Group,” said Marshall. “They continue to make an impact in our community, and we’re proud to have their continued support as we move forward during this historic time for CARE.”

The organization is currently at 71% of the $2.1 million campaign goal. Construction of the facility began on June 25th, 2012 and is nearing 50% completion, with the official dedication set for Spring of 2013.

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Shots Fired in Downtown Bradford

Bradford City Police are investigating an incident where gunshots were fired early this morning in the area of Bushnell Street and Chautauqua Place.

They received the first reports of shots fired at about 4:45 a.m., and received several tips as to where they could find the person, or people, who fired the shots. During their search of 2 Bushnell Street they were not letting anyone in or out of the building.

They have found the bullet casings and have closed off the area while they search for more evidence.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Man Accused of Trying to Hit Trooper,
Threatening Another with a Pen

A Ridgway man is charged with aggravated assault after swinging at one state trooper and threatening to stab another with a pen.

Police were attempting to serve a warrant on 55-year-old Randall Marconi Thursday afternoon at the intersection of routes 219 and 948 in Ridgway Township when he allegedly tried to run away, and then took the swing and made the threat.

The troopers were able to subdue Marconi and take him into custody,

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Red Cross Teaches Families
About Fire Prevention

In light of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, which runs until Saturdray, the American Red Cross has been helping families in the Western Pennsylvania Region learn how to prevent home fires. Last year, the Red Cross assisted 892 families afflicted by various disasters in the Western Pennsylvania Region. On a national level, the Red Cross responds to approximately 63,000 home fires every year by providing food, shelter, and emotional support to affected families.

National Fire Prevention Week was officially started in 1925 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an international nonprofit organization that advocates for fire prevention and public safety. National Fire Prevention Week aims to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and the many ways to prevent them. As the winter months approach and more space heaters and fireplaces are being used, the risk of home fires increases, reinforcing the need for widespread knowledge of fire prevention.

“We respond to about one home fire every nine minutes across the country. The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install a smoke alarm and develop and practice a fire escape plan,” said Patricia Waldinger, CEO of the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region. “Fires can spread very quickly, so everyone at home should know what to do when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.”

This year, the Red Cross provides the following fire safety recommendations that inform families about the best ways to avert home fires.

Smoke Alarms - Place smoke alarms on every level of the home, including bedrooms. Test smoke alarms once a month by using the test button, and replace batteries at least once a year.

Fire Escape Plan - Develop a fire escape plan with every household member and practice it at least twice a year. Fire escape plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room and a designated spot outside of the home where family members can meet after a fire.

Safe Heating - Turn off space heaters and extinguish any remaining fire in the fireplace before going to bed or leaving home. When using a space heater, make sure to place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface rather than on a rug or carpet. Keep flammable household items such as paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves or fireplaces.

Candles - Never leave burning candles unattended. Place candles where they cannot be knocked over by pets and children, and keep candles at least 12 inches away from any flammable materials.

Cooking - Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Turn off the stove when leaving the kitchen, even for a short period of time. When simmering, baking, boiling or roasting food, check it regularly, remain at home while the food is cooking, and use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

American Red Cross First Aid App - Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android. For additional information on fire prevention, visit

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DEP Approves Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Bradford County, Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection today issued an air quality plan approval to Moxie Liberty LLC of Vienna, Va., for construction of the first power plant in Pennsylvania to run on natural gas, including gas from the Marcellus Shale. The plant, which will generate up to 936 megawatts of electricity, will be built in Asylum Township, Bradford County, and create 500 construction jobs at its peak.

“Today is a red-letter day for Pennsylvania,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “With this approval, Moxie now has all that it needs from DEP to move forward with the construction of this historic facility, which will use clean, pipeline-quality, locally produced natural gas as fuel.”

The project consists of two power blocks, with each block including a combustion gas turbine and a steam turbine. Each combined cycle process will be able to generate up to 468 megawatts of electricity and will also include a heat recovery steam generator and supplemental duct burners.

Waste heat from the two turbine generators will be converted to steam in two heat recovery generators and piped to the turbines. A large air-cooled condenser will convert the steam to condensed water that will be sent back to the heat recovery steam generators.

DEP staff’s technical review determined that the proposed levels of air emissions satisfy federal and state best available control technology and the lowest achievable emission rate requirements.

As part of the plan approval, Moxie was also required to perform air quality analyses and submit them to DEP for review. The agency determined that the proposed emissions from the plant will not cause or significantly contribute to air pollution in violation of national ambient air quality standards.

“This power plant will benefit the environment and the economy by using a cleaner fuel and creating hundreds of jobs,” Krancer said. “It is a win-win and another landmark moment in the long history of Pennsylvania’s leadership role in producing and delivering energy for our nation.”

Moxie expects that construction of the plant will create 500 jobs at its peak, with an average of 200 workers. About 30 permanent, highly paid technical jobs will be available once construction is complete. Moxie officials estimate that construction will take between two-and-a-half and three years.

DEP also issued an industrial stormwater permit for the plant and gave approval for the use of water as drinking water.

Moxie Patriot LLC, a sister company to Moxie Liberty LLC, has applied for an air quality plan approval for a similar facility to be built in Clinton Township, Lycoming County. DEP is reviewing the application.

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No One Hurt in One-Car Crash

No one was hurt, but the driver has been cited, following a one-car crash early this morning in Elk County.

Police say 19-year-old David Aul of St. Marys was on Mount Zion Road at about 4 a.m. when he didn’t stop at a stop sign before attempting to make a left turn at a high rate of speed. The car went out of control, spun around, hit and embankment and rolled over.

Aul and his passenger, 25-year-old Timothy Simbeck, also of St. Marys, were able to get the car upright again, and move it onto the road, but they abandoned it there. Aul was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

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Child Rape Charges Bound to Court

Child rape charges against the Emporium man who had been on the run from police for five years have been bound to Cameron County Court.

28-year-old Joseph Chapman is accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in 2006. He’s scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.

Chapman was being held in the McKean County Jail back in 2007 when he walked away from a work detail. He was picked up earlier this year in Chautauqua County after a woman recognized him on an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” and contacted police.

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Accused ANF Pot Grower Facing More Charges

The Frewsburg man accused of having a marijuana growing operation on the Allegheny National Forest is now charged with having another operation in southeastern Chautauqua County.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force has filed a detainer warrant for 57-year-old William Kamholtz. When Kamholtz is released from McKean County Jail he will be charged for allegedly having more than seven pounds of marijuana in his house, along with a marijuana drying shed, growing equipment and several firearms.

His bail in McKean County is $75,000 and he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on October 29.

53-year-old Susan Kamholtz is also jailed on charges related to the growing operation in Frewsburg.

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Pitt-Bradford Hosts Exhibition by Local Artist

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the work of local ceramicist Anne Mormile.

Cultivating her work from clay, forged copper, cast bronze, terracotta, and raku clay, Mormile’s sculptures explore questions surrounding the human condition and question how people find a place both in and outside nature.

“Comparing and merging our humanness to the natural world and the life within that environment helps me describe our connectivity to the presence we live in,” she wrote in her artist’s statement. “The imagery in my current work relates to the philosophy of body and spirit in relation to our existence.”

Mormile, an adjunct professor at Pitt-Bradford, links her artistic skills to her instruction of her students to help foster their creative work. “By sharing my knowledge of ceramics with my students, it is my hope that someday they will be able to go even further with their own explorations in the field than I have.”

Her exhibition, “Of Body and Spirit in Relation to our Existence,” will be held in Blaisdell Hall in KOA Art Gallery through Nov 9.

For more information, visit Mormile’s website

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BRMC, BASD Partnering for "Raising Readers"

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has partnered with the Bradford Area School District (BASD) to implement a new and exciting “Raising Readers” program.

Raising Readers is an ambitious effort to foster a love of reading, improve literacy among young children, and ultimately, improve the health and educational outcomes of children. Every child born at the hospital and also seen annually for well-child visits up to age five will get a free age appropriate book. Parents will be encouraged to read to their child to assist in developing reading and literacy skills. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial developmental advantage over children who are not.

The School District, through a Federal Grant, is providing funding to BRMC to purchase the books. The State of Pennsylvania has received the “Striving Readers Discretionary Grant” to improve literacy outcomes from birth through grade 12. The State of Pennsylvania received a total of $38 million.

“We are so pleased to partner with the Bradford Area School District to provide the ‘Raising Readers’ program to our youngest patients. Research clearly demonstrates a strong connection between parents reading to their children at a very early age, improved literacy, educational development and success,” said David Kobis, COO, Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Pictured, L to R Back Row: Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO, BRMC, Katy Pude, BASD, David Kobis, COO, BRMC, Paula Platko, CNO, BRMC, and Anil G. Pradhan, MD. Front Row: Natalie Brown and daughter Mia receive the very first book from the Raising Readers program at BRMC.
BRMC photo

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Freeze Watch in Effect

If you thought this morning was cold – just wait until tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service in State College says the coldest air mass of the early fall so far will center over the region today and tonight, and many areas will see a freeze with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s and lower 30s.

A freeze watch is in effect from late tonight through Tuesday morning and includes McKean, Warren, Elk, Potter and Cameron counties in Pennsylvania, and Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties in New York.

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Sandra Morrison

Sandra A. Morrison, 58, of 4014 N. Oriental Ave., Bemus Point, died at 6 a.m. Friday (Oct. 5, 2012), in the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 20, 1954, in Jamestown, the daughter of Carl M. Fredeen and Dolores Olson Fredeen Martin.

A graduate of the former Chautauqua Central High School, she had also attended Jamestown Community College.

She had been employed by the town of Ellery as a bookkeeper, budget officer, and zoning officer.

She was a charter member of the Christ Lutheran LCMC, where she had served as treasurer and was active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. She was also an exempt member of the Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department, where she had been a first responder and was formerly company secretary.

Surviving are a daughter, Bethanie Morrison of Rockville, Md.; four brothers: Donald Fredeen of Derrick City, Pa., Kenneth Fredeen of Monroe, Conn., Timothy Fredeen of Naples Fla., and Robert Fredeen of Ft. Myers, Fla.; her father, Carl M. (Bonnie) Fredeen of Bonita Springs, Fla.; her mother, Dolores (Gordon) Martin of Jamestown; and Steve Thorsell of Bemus Point, her friend and care giver.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home. The Rev. Lee Magneson, pastor of Christ Lutheran LCMC, will officiate. Inurnment will be in Bemus Point Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. To send a message to the family, visit

The family suggests that memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran LCMC, P.O. Box 363, Bemus Point, NY 14712; or to Samaritans Purse, Attn. Donor Minis-tries, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 ( /giving/project-dona-tions).

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Driver Hits Tree, Vehicle

An Ashville, New York, woman is facing charges after her car hit a tree and a parked vehicle Sunday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Mary Miller was on Maple Street in Sinclairville at about 6:35 p.m. when her car ran into a tree, then drove through a lawn and came to rest against a vehicle parked in a driveway.

Miller is charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI. She has been issued appearance tickets for Town of Charlotte Court.

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Barn Fire in Cattaraugus County

A Cattaraugus County barn was heavily damaged during a fire Sunday night on Ellicottville-Maples Road.

The fire was reported at about 6:40 p.m. and firefighters were still on the scene in the Town of Mansfield late Sunday night.

No injuries were reported. Investigators have not determined the cause of the blaze or the extent of the damage yet.

Several fire companies battled the blaze. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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First Lady Celebrates with Girl Scouts

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett talks with Girl Scouts from Eastern Pennsylvania on their fall camping trip to Camp Wood Haven in Pine Grove. Mrs. Corbett spent the night at the camp and joined the girls in activities that helped them earn their 100th anniversary Girl Scout patch. Mrs. Corbett is Pennsylvania's Honorary Chair of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary celebration. She is a former Girl Scout and troop leader.

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Accidental Shooting Near Tracy Ridge

A West Chester man was accidentally shot by a Philadelphia man near Tracy Ridge Campground Saturday morning.

Police say 24-year-old James Ferry shot a pistol that hit 24-year-old Bryan Lawler in the thighs. Ferry drove Lawler to Kane Community Hospital. Lawler was then taken to UPMC Hamot.

The two men were in a wooded area off Route 321 when the shooting happened at 1:40 a.m.

The state game commission and McKean County District Attorney’s office are assisting in the investigation.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday Book Talk
The Woman Who Died a Lot

Last week I told you I like to read quirky books this time of year. Well, they don't get much quirkier than "The Woman Who Died a Lot." Those of you who have read any of the books about Thursday Next already know about the strange way author Jasper Fforde's mind works. If you don't know, you're in for a treat.

Jasper has created a parallel universe in which characters in books live their lives as if they were real. Because that's the case, they need some policing -- and that's where Literary Detective Tuesday Next comes in.

You can listen to my chat with Jasper Fforde here.

You'll find more information here:

Look for, or ask for, any of Jasper's other books at the Bradford Area Public Library

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