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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Man Indicted for Embezzling from Human Society

The man accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Elk County Humane Society has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

47-year-old Richard Danz of Matthews, North Carolina, was the financial advisor and accountant for the agency and, from September of 2008 to June of this year he allegedly embezzled the money from the humane society and another client for his own personal use.

The eleven-count indictment named Danz as the sole defendant. He could face a sentence of 110 years in prison, a fine of $2.7 million, or both, if he’s convicted.

The FBI and City of St. Marys Police Department conducted the investigation.

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Shooting Suspect in Custody

UPDATE: It wasn't the suspect after all.

Bradford City Police have picked up the man they believe fired gun shots at another man early Saturday morning at the intersection of Bushnell Street and Chautauqua Place.

They picked him up on Forman Street at around 3 p.m. after police from New York State spotted him as a passenger in a car on Route 219.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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Man Accused of Hitting Baby

A Randolph man is accused of hitting his one-year-old in the face and leaving bruises.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Barrington Johnson turned himself in on an arrest warrant.

He allegedly hit the child Friday morning in the Town of Coldspring.

Johnson is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and assault. He’s jailed on $5,000 bail.

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Rapp Earns Fourth Consecutive
Guardian of Small Business Award

HARRISBURG – Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/McKean/Forest) has once again been recognized as a Guardian of Small Business by the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) for her outstanding voting record on pro-business legislation during the 2011-12 legislative session.

“It is always an honor to be recognized as a frontline guardian for small business,” said Rapp. “It is no secret that small businesses continue to create most of the new jobs in Pennsylvania. In both good times and bad, state government must take every legislative action possible to protect them because they are truly the heartbeat of our economy.”

“Guardians of Small Business” designations are awarded to legislators who consistently vote favorably on key small business issues. The votes tracked this session are among the highest priorities of NFIB’s small business agenda -- legal reform and regulatory relief, tax and fiscal policy, and unemployment and workers compensation reforms.

This is Rapp’s fourth consecutive Guardian of Small Business award since first taking office in January 2005. For the latest legislative updates, visit

Pictured with Rapp is Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) State Director Kevin Shivers.
State House photo

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OV Seniors to Present Annual Melodrama

Tickets go on sale October 22 for the Oswayo Valley High School senior class melodrama “The Despicable Doings at Cornpone Manor” or “Caught in the Widow’s Web.” This dessert theater production will be presented Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, 2012 on the Oswayo Valley Elementary School stage. The new show features 16 members of the senior class in the cast. There will be three shows and the production includes an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet and beverages with the cost of the ticket.

“The Despicable Doings at Cornpone Manor” or “Caught in the Widow’s Web” is set in pre-War 1940 and written in the melodrama style by Cheri Maxson, a 1988 OVHS graduate, teacher and writer. This is the sixth melodrama that Maxson has written, directed and produced specifically for an Oswayo Valley senior class. The play takes place in the fictional town of Shingleville, circa 1940 – Colonel Kernel, seed corn millionaire and beloved local icon, is engaged to his soon-to-be fifth wife, the Widow Black. But all is not as it seems. There’s something fishy going on at the Manor, and the Colonel’s housekeeper and her niece, an investigative reporter, are very suspicious and find themselves in a world of trouble. To add to the mayhem, the Sheriff and Deputy are hot on the trail of three bearded bank robbers. A wild storm has hit the valley. Will they be able to catch those criminals and save the day? Full of slapstick shenanigans, classic 1940s music, a live radio announcer and the big chase and fight scene, this new melodrama is sure to be a lot of fun, make you laugh, cry, and cheer and give you a nostalgic look at yesteryear.

Tickets can be purchased from any senior class member, in the Oswayo Valley High School main office, and at Sprout’s Drug Store. Show times are: Friday, November 9 at 7pm, Saturday, November 10 at 2pm and also Saturday evening at 7pm. Ticket cost is $10.00 per person and includes a souvenir program, unlimited beverages and an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet. All proceeds go to the Senior Class for their class trip.

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Library Celebrating Anniversary,
Thanking Donors During Wednesday Reception


When the Bradford Area Public Library opened its doors on West Washington Street more than two decades ago, some believed it would not stay open. Now, 21 years later, the library is not only open, but thriving in the Bradford community.

To celebrate this distinction, as well as taking time to say thank you to those who have donated to the library, the public is invited to attend a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the library, located at 67 W. Washington St.

“We wanted to take this time to say thank you and tell our donors how much we appreciate their generosity,” said library President and CEO Tamara McIntyre. “Then, when we realized that we opened at our currently location in October, we decided to turn it into a real celebration.”

The library had currently been located on Congress Street after a $25,000 donation from Andrew Carnegie. Since then, donors have helped fund the library for more than a century, bringing it into the 21st Century with computers, e-books and a meeting place for a variety of groups in the area.

A unique, but not quite surprising group, will be at the library Wednesday to welcome guests. A variety of literary figures, including Carnegie, will mingle with guests. But that is not all. There will be an e-book demonstration, an announcement of the winners of the 2012 bookmark contest and a dessert that will certainly take the cake.

The new library logo is expected to be unveiled, too. Library officials recently held an open call for those interested to submit logos they felt represented the library and all it does for the community.

“We are very excited about the new logo,” McIntyre said. “We feel it portrays all the library is. When you see it, you think of the library.”

McIntyre added that everyone interested in learning more about the library is welcome to attend the reception and speak with those who have been a part of the library’s success to date.

“We have a great core of people who support the library and would welcome anyone interested in learning more to come and see what we are all about.”

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Langianese Honored in State House

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) on Monday led the state House in passage of House Resolution 744 honoring the life and accomplishments of long-time Lewis Run Borough Council President Frank Langianese. Langianese passed away in May at the age of 90, after having served 56 years as council president. Langianese’s son, Richard, and daughter-in-law Roxanne, were Causer’s guests on the floor of the state House during the vote.
State House photo

Here is the text of Causer's speech on the House floor:

I rise today in tribute to one of the most dedicated public servants I have ever met, Frank Langianese.

Mr. Langianese passed away in May at the age of 90 -- after having served for 56 years as Council President for the Borough of Lewis Run, a community of about 600 people in north central McKean County.

FIVE decades of public service. More than 50 years of giving of his time to make his community a better place for current and future generations. It’s a remarkable achievement for sure. But you may be surprised to hear that Frank is not the only one with such a long record of service in the Lewis Run community. Frank’s life-long friend, Abbie Montecalvo, has served as the borough’s mayor for 60 years, and he continues to serve in that role today. He and Frank were a great team -- any time I needed to know what was going on in Lewis Run, I’d just stop by the borough office at lunch time on any day of the week, and there I’d find Frank and Abbie talking over the issues of the day.

Leading a small community in struggling rural Pennsylvania isn’t an easy job, and I’m sure Frank took his share of complaints and criticisms from the people he served. But he didn’t enter public service expecting a pat on the back. He served as council president year after year after year after year because he wanted to do what was best for Lewis Run and its residents. In his heart and in his soul, Frank wanted to make a difference...and he did.

In addition to his work in the community, Frank was known across the state for his dedication to local government. In 2009, he received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence. That same year, he received the A.C. Scales Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs for his dedicated service to that organization. In 2003, the association recognized him for distinguished service to his community.

Of course, Frank also shared his hard work and dedication outside local government. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theater as a member of the Army Air Corps. He was an active member of his church and the Knights of Columbus. He also was involved in sports for much of his life, officiating high school football games for more than 60 years and working 24 of the first 25 Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic football games. He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Frank Langianese lived life to its fullest each and every day. Clearly took these words of William Penn to heart:

“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

Joining us today as we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Frank Langianese are Frank’s son, Richard, and daughter-in-law Roxanne.

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Blue-Green Algae Still a Concern

The Army Corps of Engineers is continuing to alert visitors to the Allegheny Reservoir about a blue-green algae bloom.

The bloom could be harmful to people and pets if they come in contact with it. Direct contact, or even breathing airborne droplets, containing high levels of the toxins can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat as well as inflammation in the respiratory tract, according to the New York State Department of Health.

The bloom was found in the New York State portion of the Allegheny Reservoir from Quaker Bay downstream to Willow Bay.

Surface water affected by blue-green algae often is so strongly colored that it can develop a paint-like appearance.

Under some environmental conditions, blue-green algae can become so abundant that they form floating rafts or scums on the surface of the water.
NY Department of Health photos

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Record-Setting Halloween Sales Expected

Although recessionary woes still weigh on consumer spending, Americans are expected to be more liberal with holiday purchases in 2012, especially for Halloween. According to industry research firm IBISWorld, Halloween spending is expected to grow 10.7 percent from 2011 to reach a record-setting $8.0 billion, as more consumers participate in festivities and purchase small-ticket items like home decorations and candy. Furthermore, larger budgets will allow consumers to spend more on store-bought, ready-made costumes, rather than do-it-yourself (DIY) alternatives that were popular during the recession.

“Rising consumer sentiment and disposable incomes have allowed total spending on Halloween to increase every year since its low of $5.0 billion in 2009, which was a massive 18.5 percent decline from 2008”, says IBISWorld analyst Olivia Tang. “Halloween spending fully recovered in 2011 when it surpassed its 2008 peak of $6.1 billion. This year, as Americans continue to relieve their pent-up demand that lingered from the recession, IBISWorld expects almost every category to benefit.”

Costumes make up the largest proportion of Halloween spending at 35.8 percent, representing a 12.2 percent increase to $2.9 billion in 2012. Consumers will shift from DIY projects to pricier, ready-made costumes that save time and more accurately represent popular characters. This year’s anticipated constumes include Captain America, Batman and other characters from recent blockbuster movies; traditional characters like vampires and witches; and possibly even President Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney. A larger number of pets will also be donning Halloween costumes compared with 2011, providing additional revenue to costume makers.

The price of sugar, candy’s main input, has surged at an estimated 11.6 percent per year on average during the five years to 2012. Although this factor drives up the price of chocolate and other candies, sales will remain strong, accounting for about 29.3 percent (or $2.4 billion) of Halloween sales. Nestle’s Halloween candy sales, for example, rose 5.0 percent in 2011 and are anticipated to grow at a similar rate in 2012. Americans still struggling from the recession, however, will likely slow total candy expenditure growth to only about 2.0 percent.

Revenue for the decorations segment is anticipated to grow the fastest, jumping 23.7 percent in 2012 to total $2.4 billion. Social media sites like Pinterest, which prompt users to develop and share decoration ideas and instructions, have largely driven this trend. Creative inspiration and higher consumer sentiment will drive consumers to buy more high-priced decorations.

Consumers are anticipated to spend less on greeting cards this Halloween, causing this segment’s revenue to fall 7.7 percent to an estimated $440.0 million in 2012. As consumers allocate more of their funds to costumes, candy and decorations, people will spend less on Halloween greeting cards. Instead, homemade cards and free or cheaper e-cards will provide an alternative.

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Impact Fee Generates $204 Million

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Act 13, along with greatly enhancing environmental standards to ensure the protection of our natural resources, has generated more than $204.2 million through the new impact fee.

Most of this money will be distributed directly to local communities across the state, and that includes $40,000 to the City of Bradford.

McKean County will will receive $380,000, while Norwich Township will receive $152,000 and Sergeant Township $103,000.

Bradford Township is set to receive $73,000; Foster Township $26,000; and Lewis Run Borough $3,000.

Cameron County will receive $97,000. Shippen Township in that county will get $117,000.

Elk County will get $371,000. Fox Township will receive $116,000; Jones, $114,000; and the City of St. Marys, $113,000.

Potter County will receive $530,000. Pleasant Township will get $123,000 and West Branch Township, $167,000.

“The Marcellus Shale industry has provided Pennsylvania with numerous family-sustaining jobs, economic growth and the potential for energy independence,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “I am pleased that the municipalities and counties where drilling takes place will soon be receiving significant assistance, without placing any increased tax-burden on citizens.”

October 15, 2012 - Senator Scarnati speaks at the Marcellus Shale impact fee local government revenue distribution announcement from Senator Scarnati on Vimeo.

You can see the breakdown of distribution here. PDF

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Bona Basketball Tickets on Sale

Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 St. Bonaventure men's and women's basketball seasons are now on sale.

All 14 regular-season men's home games have been broken into three tiers of games: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Gold games are $18/$16, Silver games are $16/$14 and Bronze games are $14/$12. There are six Gold games, and four each for Silver and Bronze.

The higher price point includes red seats in the lower portion of sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and bleacher seats. The lower price point includes any red seats in sections 1, 2, 13 and 14, as well as any red seats in the upper portion of sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12. A complete Reilly Center seating chart can be found by clicking here.

The Gold games begin with the season opener against Bethune-Cookman on Friday, Nov. 9, when the NCAA Tournament and Atlantic 10 Championship banners will be raised to the rafters. Additional Gold games include: Buffalo (Saturday, Dec. 1); VCU (Saturday, Jan. 12); Xavier (Wednesday, Jan. 16); Saint Louis (Saturday, Jan. 26 – Homecoming Weekend); Fordham (Saturday, Mar. 9 – Final Regular-Season Game).

The Silver package of games are: Siena (Tuesday, Dec. 4); Duquesne (Saturday, Feb. 2); Massachusetts (Wednesday, Feb. 20); Charlotte (Saturday, Mar. 2).

Bronze games include: Cleveland State (Saturday, Dec. 15); Citadel (Wednesday, Dec. 19); Iona (Monday, Dec. 31); La Salle (Wednesday, Feb. 13).

Additionally, a You-Pick-Four-Pack package has been announced for the 2012-13 season. The package includes one Gold game, two Silver games and a Bronze game OR one Gold, one Silver and two Bronze games for $60.

Women's single-game tickets for all 12 regular-season home contests are general admission and $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-17 (age 4 and under are admitted free). The season begins on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the home opener against Binghamton at 1 p.m.

The women host Edinboro in an exhibition contest on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m., prior to the men's exhibition against Mansfield at 3 p.m. All tickets are $5 and includes admission to both games.

Tickets may be purchased online through or by calling 888-223-6000. They may also be bought by contacting the SBU Ticket Office at 716-375-2500, by email at or in person at the Ticket Office, located inside the Reilly Center across from the Bookstore.

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In-Depth Coverage on Arlen Specter has in-depth coverage on the life of the late US Senator Arlen Specter.

It includes reaction from President Obama and others, as well as a story from RadioPA's Brad Christman about a moment that did not get on the air.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dorla Deming

Dorla J. Deming, 82, of 5022 Nichols Run Limestone, passed away Friday, October 12th, at Buffalo General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born, January 26,1930, in Olean, she was a daughter of the late Ernest G. and Aveh O. (Everetts) Marvin.

Mrs. Deming attended the Little Red School House in Limestone and was a 1948 graduate of Limestone Union Free School. She had been employed at W R Case and Sons, Zippo Mfg. She later volunteered for the Foster Grandparent Program at the Limestone Elementary School and was fondly called Grandma "D."

She was a member of the Limestone United Methodist Church and served as president of the Women's Club at Church. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and her greatest love was spending time with her family.

Surviving is a daughter, Laura (George) Hayes, of Limestone, a daughter in law Deborah Deming, of Carson, CA, and a sister, Fay Campbell of Limestone, eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, David C. Deming on August 31, 2004, and Derrick E. "Rick" Deming on June 1, 2008, a sister Virginia Holliday and two nephews Mark Holliday and Bus Campbell.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, October, 16, 2012, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, October 17th, with Rev. Robert G. Beard, pastor of the Limestone United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Limestone United Methodist Church Limestone, NY 14753 or Futures Endowment Fund, Inc., 1 Future's Way Bradford, PA 16701, McKean Co. SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Man Jailed on Assault, Other Charges

A Smethport man is in McKean County Jail, accused of assault and making terroristic threats.

46-year-old Joseph Watson was arraigned early this morning by District Judge David Engman in Kane on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and unlawful restraint, all misdemeanors, along with summary counts of harassment and disorderly conduct. The alleged incident happened Saturday.

Watson's bail is set at $30,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in front of Engman.

BAHS Senior Raises Money for CARE

When Bradford Area High School senior Karli Kozminski was trying to determine the subject for her graduation project, the answer was literally placed in her hands.

Being a friend of Eric and Jenny Taylor and a frequent babysitter for their daughter, Kierstin, Karli shared in their excitement when they welcomed their son, Preston, to the family, and knew she, too, wanted to be an advocate for children with Down syndrome.

Since Preston was receiving services through CARE for Children, Karli decided to do a fundraiser to benefit the organization, but also honor Preston.

What came about was a walk-a-thon, during which participants could walk, run or jog the McDowell Trail at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, but each was asked to raise a minimum of $20 in sponsorships to go to CARE. Karli organized raffles, drawings and an auction, with those proceeds also benefitting the organization.

The response was overwhelming. To date, $12,000 has been raised for CARE for Children in Preston Taylor’s name.

“We are so thankful for the outpouring of support that we’ve gotten from so many people,” said the Taylors. “We have always lived with the mentality that you should try to give back to your community however possible, and we’re honored that Karli’s event will help not just Preston, but so many local children and their families.”

“I truly never expected to raise $12,000,” said Karli. “I kept setting a goal and then I’d pass it, so I’d have to set another. It was actually fun to see how far we could go.”

“We are so appreciative of the work that Karli put into her project to ensure it was as successful as it was,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, CARE’s development & marketing coordinator. “She was a true professional in how she handled herself and the event and we’re, of course, grateful for the community’s support.”

There was a true community-wide response to the event, with many participants representing local corporations, including American Refining Group and GE/Dresser, with those companies providing a matching contribution to those made by participating employees.

And, although the event was held in July, donations continue to come into the CARE office.

CARE will use half of the proceeds to benefit the Early Intervention Birth to Three programs, and the other half will go towards the building campaign.

“I am glad, too, that CARE’s new building will benefit from the Walk-A-Thon,” said Karli. “It’s an exciting time for CARE, and I’m glad to be a part, all the while honoring the Taylor family.”

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Sunday Book Talk
The Serpent's Bite

Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, Warren Adler has released his 33rd book, The Serpent’s Bite.

Listen to my conversation with Mr. Adler here.

For more information go to

And, remember to visit the Bradford Area Public Library whenever you want to find something new -- or old -- to read.

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