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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Tips for Pheasant Hunting

By Jane H Bryndel

We are in the middle of pheasant season and I hope you are finding time between high temperatures and super storms to get out in the field. We still have a few more bird stockings on our local game lands. Here are some tips and thoughts I had on this fall's hunting season:

1. Don't overwork your dog. Give them plenty of time to recover and rest between hunting trips. Most dog owners I talk with don't feed their dog before they run but after. This will help keep the dog from overheating and cramping up. It's too late now but I hope you kept you and your dog in good physical shape in the off season. Always carry water for you and the dog. I like to hunt from pond to pond to be sure the dogs can drink and cool off if needed.

2. Tailgate check your dog after the hunt. I put the dogs in the truck and run my hands over them. It's important to pay attention to the eyes, nose, between the toes – even the ear canal and mouth. Putting your hands on the dog is a good way to locate a sore spot, even a burr or tick, for that matter.

3. Don't throw out the legs! Check our local web site for a soup recipe from Pheasants Forever that looks good and easy. Personally, I cook up the thighs for the dogs - they deserve it! Respect the hunters that will follow you and don't clean your birds in the parking lot. I've seen a lot of feathers in the parking areas and it's a big mess. Please cleanup after yourself and leave a better impression for non-hunters.

4. Take a youth hunting. I get tired of carrying a heavy gun in the field since my main goal is to work with the dogs. Take a kid hunting and you can concentrate on the dog while teaching a worthwhile, lifelong skill to the hunters of tomorrow.

5. Here are some good tips for a safe hunt -

a) Treat every gun as if it were loaded
b) Always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction
c) Know your target and beyond

6. The following is the Pheasants Forever's Code - As a member of Pheasants Forever, I believe in conserving wildlife and protecting the environment. I promise to leave the outdoors a little better than I found it. I will hunt safely and treat hunting on public and private land as a privilege. I will always ask permission before hunting private land.

Have a safe and productive hunting season!

The next meeting of local Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 is, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA. Visit our web site at for meeting dates, hunting information, recipes, officers contacts and more.

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Yellow Dot Program Launched Statewide

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett on Friday announced that PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations – the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.

“Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it’s critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim.”

Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, insert it in the program’s folder and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. Participants then place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window. This sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle’s glove compartment for the folder, helping emergency responders provide specific care to participants after a crash.

The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Customers can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view their information in the system. In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use the participant’s ID to find their emergency contact information.

While the Yellow Dot program is utilized only in vehicle crashes, the Emergency Contact Information program is usable in other emergencies as well as crashes.

“I sincerely hope that people never have to use these programs once they’re signed up, but I’m pleased that Pennsylvania now has these tools available to help people when they’re in dire need,” Corbett said.

To learn more about the Yellow Dot program, to sign up for a program folder or to find locations where program materials can be picked up, visit You can also contact Bradford High's SALSA Club for more information.

To sign up for the Emergency Contact Information program, visit and click on the program icon.

Teen Allegedly Stole, Sold Items

A 17-year-old Genesee boy is facing felony charges.

Police say the boy stole items from a Bingham Center Road home that he thought were scrap, and then sold them.

The items were actually valued at more than $2,000.

The boy will be charged with theft and receiving stolen property. The case will be handled by the Potter County Juvenile Probation office.

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Man Accused of Stealing Electricity

A Ulysses man is accused of stealing electricity from the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative.

41-year-old Ronald Norberg Jr. will be charged with theft of services.

The alleged theft happened earlier this month, according to a police report.

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Olean Moving Ahead with Streetscape Project

Olean Common Council is expected to enter into a contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald consultants for engineering services for the North Union Streetscape Design Project.

The cost of the services is $219,412, with the city’s share $19,947. The rest will be paid by Empire State Development. The city received proposals from 14 companies.

The aim of the North Union Street project is to make the area more pedestrian-friendly, and to make it more welcoming to businesses, residents and travelers.

The resolution to accept Hatch Mott MacDonald’s proposal is on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting.

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Veterans Day Concert at Pitt-Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host a Veterans Day Recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel for all members of the campus and Bradford communities.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement, Gold Bar Club and the Student Activities Council.

The program will feature various patriotic musical selections, prayer and a moment of silence. Dan Robinson, a broadcast communications major from Gifford, will sing the national anthem. Staff Infection, which includes Pitt-Bradford staff members, will perform acoustic versions of “Freedom” by Paul McCartney and “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival.

Members of the Bradford community will also perform. Sisters in Spirit members, Christy Danias, Deanna Peters and Claudia Quinn, will sing “American Anthem,” accompanied by Jeanne Gross. Gross will also be the organist for the event.

For more information call the Office of Community Engagement at (814) 362-7592. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Thompson Releases Veterans Day Statement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) issued the following statement today in advance of Veterans Day:

"On November 11th, America honors the generations of men and women who have put the welfare of the nation before their own in protecting our freedoms. On this day, we join in thanking those from Pennsylvania and across the nation who have answered the call to serve, including many who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

"While we continue to thank and remember all of our nation's veterans, we also pay tribute to the current generation of American heroes now serving in harm's way. My wife Penny and I keep our thoughts with all of these brave Americans, along with their families and loved ones, and pray for their safe return.

"The men and woman who’ve served our nation with honor and distinction deserve our support and the best possible care, and it is our duty as Americans to ensure the promises made to these individuals are promises kept. As U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, I pledge to work every day to ensure this commitment is fulfilled."

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Pitt-Bradford Promotes Two to Full Professor

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has promoted two members of the faculty to the rank of full professor.

Dr. Kevin A. Ewert has been promoted to professor of theater, and Tim Ziaukas has been promoted to professor of public relations.

“Achieving the rank of full professor is a major goal for many faculty members,” said Dr. Steven Hardin, vice president and dean of academic affairs. “We’re very happy that Tim and Kevin have achieved this important goal. The university is proud to recognize their significant accomplishments through the awarding of this promotion.”

Ewert teaches theater and is the director of the theater program. In addition to teaching and directing the student production each semester, he is an accomplished Shakespeare scholar, most recently co-editing “The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare” last year with John Russell Brown, former associate director of the Royal National Theatre in London and the editor of the “Oxford Illustrated History of Theater.” He is also co-editor of three new volumes in a series published by Palgrave Macmillan, “The Shakespeare Handbooks: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries.” The new volumes are on “The Changeling,” “The White Devil” and “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore.” Ewert holds a doctorate and a Master of Arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Institute. In addition, he continues to work professionally as a director, most recently traveling to direct productions in North Carolina.

Ziaukas is director of the public relations program and teaches courses in public relations, communications and popular culture. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford in 1994, he was director of communications for Pitt’s Oakland campus. He has published in “American Journalism,” “The Journal of Public Relations Research” and “Public Relations Quarterly,” among other journals and magazines. Ziaukas holds a Master of Arts in literature and a Master of Fine Arts in creative non-fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently on the editorial board of “American Journalism,” he also serves as marketing consultant for the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center. He is now completing a program in Egyptology from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

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PennDOT to Open Osterhout Street

Ridgway – PennDOT expects to open the Osterhout Street (State Route 1014) bypass in Ridgway late in the afternoon on Monday, Nov. 12.

Crews have been working since March to reconstruct and realign Osterhout Street in order to lessen truck traffic congestion in Ridgway Borough and easily access northbound Route 219. Trucks and passenger vehicles will be able to use Osterhout Street

Once Osterhout Street is open, PennDOT will lift the detour on Routes 120 and 219. Overall work has included utility relocation, asbestos removal, major excavation, roadway construction, paving, roadway markings, and miscellaneous items.

The 2013 construction season will address intersection improvements at Route 219 (Broad Street) and Route 948 (Main Street). Those improvements will include curbing, ADA ramps, and signal upgrades, with signal poles similar in style to the current street lights.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc. is the contractor on this $2.75 million project.

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City of Bradford Police Log

Police were kept busy with a variety of calls on Thursday. They looked into a report of child abuse on Lincoln Avenue and checked on the welfare of people on Mechanic Street and Interstate Parkway.

Officers got reports of disorderly conduct on Bushnell Street and Interstate Parkway; a domestic disturbance on East Main Street; and harassment by communication on Pearl Street.

They also served a warrant on Tibbetts Avenue and issued a traffic citation on South Avenue, along with handling administrative tasks, and answering calls about alarms sounding, according to the police log faxed to WESB and The Hero.

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US Marsals Looking for PA Fugitive

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that The United States Marshals Service Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force has adopted the fugitive case of Scott Binsack. Binsack is wanted by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for a parole violation.

The Task Force is asking for the public’s assistance in locating this fugitive.

Binsack is 6”2” and weighs 210 pounds. He has a scar on his neck.,

Anyone with information is asked to contact the United States Marshals Service toll free tip line at (866) 437-9847. All callers will remain anonymous.

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Driver in Fatal Crash
Gives Statement to Authorities

The Chautauqua County man who was driving a car involved in a fatal car crash Thursday morning has given a statement to authorities.

Jeremiah Burgess of Silver creek appeared with his attorney in the district attorney’s office this afternoon and provided a statement to the DA and the sheriff’s office.

The investigation is continuing, and charges are pending the completion of the investigation, which includes the autopsy and toxicology reports from the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office.

22-year-old Jeremy Long of Silver Creek was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the Town of Hanover.

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... Chats with Anne Holliday

American Idol Season 8 Winner Kris Allen chats with Anne Holliday about the PBS Salute to Veterans.

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Fire Damages Truck Tractor

An electrical fire did about $100,000 worth of damage to a truck tractor this morning on Route 66 in Highland Township, Elk County.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the truck was stopped in a construction zone at 8:45 a.m. when the fire started in the engine compartment of the truck and quickly spread throughout the cab.

No one was hurt.

The truck was connected to a tank trailer that was loaded with wax, but the trailer only had minimal heat damage and the load was not damaged.

Route 66 was closed for about an hour before being opened to controlled one-lane traffic.

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ARG Gets State Grant Money

American Refining Group will be sharing in more than $18 million in state grant money aimed at repairing rail lines across Pennsylvania.

ARG will be getting $1.9 million to rehabilitate 3,700 feet of track and add new loading racks for the refinery.

According to ARG officials, the project will allow the company to safely handle an estimated 10,000 rail cars, create five jobs and retain more than 300 jobs. It also will help remove 40,000 trucks from state and local highways.

“ARG is the country’s oldest continuously operated oil refinery, but more importantly it is a vital part of our local economy,” said State Representative Marty Causer. “The demand for its Pennsylvania grade crude oil is on the rise, and this expansion of ARG’s infrastructure will allow the company to better meet that demand.”

“Pennsylvania has the highest number of short-rail lines in the country, which helps keep goods moving and our economy going,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “When we invest in these rail projects, we help ensure a solid infrastructure is in place to support the jobs relying on these services.”

The grants are administered by PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.

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Ruffed Grouse Society Needs Volunteers

The Ruffed Grouse Society is looking for hunters willing to volunteer half a day to help improve habitat for grouse, woodcock, and wildlife needing young tree habitat.

The habitat work this fall consists of hand planting gray dogwood in a streamside zone on Hancock Forest lands near Clermont in southern McKean County.

The tentative planting days are:

• Tuesday, 11/13
• Thursday, 11/15
• Friday, 11/16
• Sunday, 11/18
• Wednesday, 11/21
• Friday, 11/23
• Saturday, 11/24
• Sunday, 11/25

Planting starts at noon of each day. Meet at the Clermont Fire Hall (just west of the junction of the Rasselas Road with SR 146 south of US 6). A hunter orange hat and shirt, jacket or hunting vest is required clothing. All volunteers must wear boots and gloves. Contact Mary Hosmer at 814-512-2101 if you plant to help so the right number of seedlings and hand planters are available on site.

The Ruffed Grouse Society was founded in 1961 to promote and increase awareness of young forest management and to maintain suitable habitat that supports healthy populations of ruffed grouse, woodcock, deer and many songbird species that depend on forest diversity to survive and prosper.

Megan Minich Leaving United Way

After two and a half years of leading the efforts of the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc., Megan Minich has announced her resignation as Executive Director, effective December 15, 2012.

“My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the entire Bradford community for embracing my leadership and my passion for this organization,” says Minich. “The devotion of past and present board members, donors, volunteers and staff has made my short time at United Way so much more than just a job.”

Minich, who has served in this capacity since June 2011, began her career with UWBA as a Community Relations and Marketing Specialist in 2010. As a Warren, PA native, she welcomes a new opportunity in her hometown; however Megan and her husband, Brian, will continue to reside in Bradford as she looks forward to playing a vital part in our local volunteer community.

With the assistance of the United Way campaign team, Minich will finish out the 2012-2013 Campaign: LIVE UNITED as Executive Director. Efforts will continue over the next two months to not only solicit the local community for monetary support to reach the goal of $330,000, but to also educate them on the purpose of United Way. This year’s appeal for 2012-2013 Campaign: LIVE UNITED and the Smethport Campaign will conclude on December 15, and the organization will officially close out the campaign on January 5, 2013.

The Board of Directors will initiate an immediate search for Minich’s replacement to ensure campaign momentum. Minich will assist in all phases of the transition process to facilitate a smooth change in leadership.

“I look forward to serving in a volunteer capacity and would like to thank our community for their continued support of United Way of the Bradford Area,” added Minich. “I believe the next Executive Director will be welcomed with open arms and fall in love with the organization and its mission as I did.”

Vonda Reese, Board President, comments, “In Megan’s short tenure at the helm of our Organization, she made a significant impact on all of us. Those of us who have had the pleasure of working closely with her will remember the dedication and drive this young woman put into every detail. I think all will agree that her willingness to see this year’s Campaign to fruition is a true testament to the professionalism she possesses. While we bid her a fond farewell, we too, are optimistic in the new role she will assume in the United Way family.”

United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc. established in the Bradford community in 1925, conducts an annual fundraising drive to support local non-profit health and human service organizations, all the while serving the mission of community building and improving the quality of lives in the greater Bradford area.

If anyone has questions regarding the 2012-2013 Campaign: LIVE UNITED, please contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181 or visit

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Police Find More Than 700 Pot Plants

Police found more than 700 pot plants and more than 30 weapons while executing search warrants in Chautauqua County earlier today.

The raids, seizures and seven arrests started at around 5:45 and covered five locations.

In Jamestown, 37-year-old Angel Pacheo and 32-year-old Gloria Pacheo allegedly had 400 marijuana plants, two pounds of dried pot and cash. They were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. 22-year-old Eric Truver and 22-year-old Jillian Hilton allegedly had 85 plants and 10 ounces of dried marijuana. 51-year-old David Truver allegedly had 83 plants.

In Busti, 54-year-old Mark Truver allegedly had 12 pounds of dried marijuana, cash and 15 long guns. 55-year-old Scott Truver allegedly had more than 170 marijuana plants and 22 long guns.

Police say more charges are expected. They say they were able to find the growing operations because the power meters had been modified in attempt to avoid payment.

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Four Sentenced on Drug Charges

Four people who conspired to sell Oxycodone, meth and marijuana in Elk, Jefferson and Clearfield counties have been sentenced to probation.

34-year-old Chester Mark Shugerts of Kersey will be on probation for four years. Rachael Maletto of St. Marys, 32-year-old Danielle Himes and 26-year-old Aaron Johnson, both of Kersey, were sentenced to two years’ probation each.

In March of last year state police at the US Postal Inspection Service started a joint investigation into the sale of drugs in the three counties, and learned that the four had been buying and selling drugs at the DuBois Mall and near Elk County Catholic High School, among other places.

Their co-defendants have not entered pleas yet. They are all part of a larger drug distribution ring allegedly run by Joshua Shaffer of Florida.

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Minard Run Oil Contribution
Benefits Bradford Area High School Students

Minard Run Oil Co. has made a $25,000 contribution to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to benefit high school students in the region who are taking classes through the university.

The contribution is made possible through a tax credit program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Pitt-Bradford has two kinds of programs in which students can earn both high school and college credits for the same course, Bridges and College in the High School. Both programs will benefit from Minard Run’s contribution.

In the Bridges program, high school students attend Pitt-Bradford classes with regular college students. In College in the High School, which is offered in 12 school districts throughout the region, qualified teachers teach Pitt-Bradford courses during regular school time, and students are able to earn college credit.

The additional funding provided through Minard Run and other local businesses has allowed Pitt-Bradford to reduce its cost to students from a regular cost of $125 to $25 this year for College in the High School.

For the Bridges program, a student’s share of the cost for a three-credit course has been reduced from about $530 to $250, and his or her school district’s portion of $530 has been eliminated.

Unlike the Advanced Placement exam, which requires that students make a final score on an AP test at the end of the semester or year, College in the High School students follow the same syllabus as the students at Pitt-Bradford, cover the same material and take the same final exam. Students have the added benefit of studying a semester’s worth of college material over the course of an entire academic year.

Currently, 30 students are enrolled in the Bridges program and 466 in College in the High School. Courses offered range from first-year math and composition to more specialized first-year courses such as petroleum technology, cinema, geography, Spanish, accounting, sociology and more.

Minard Run made its contribution through a special state program that allows it to receive tax credits for its gift. Companies have to pre-qualify with the state on a strict schedule, as did Pitt-Bradford.

Interested businesses that must pay certain types of taxes in the state of Pennsylvania may qualify to redirect up to $300,000 of their PA tax liability to an approved Educational Improvement Organization such as Pitt-Bradford. The taxes include Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance Company Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax and some Subchapter S-corporations.

For more information on whether a business may qualify for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, contact Rick Esch, vice president of business affairs at Pitt-Bradford, at (814)362-0992 or

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Accused Child Molester Out of Jail

The 77-year-old Sheridan, New York, man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl is out of jail after posting $60,000 bail.

Arnold Blakey allegedly had sexual contact with the child in July and August of this year. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Child Protective Services and the DA’s office started their investigation on October 15 after receiving reports of suspected abuse.

Blakely is charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Charges Against Former OV
Library Director Bound to Court

Charges against the woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library have been bound to court, following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Kari Stubbs.

39-year-old Tammyann Ray of Syracuse is accused of buying more than $8,000 worth of items for herself with money she allegedly stole from the library between November of 2007 and August of last year.

Ray is the former director of the library. Police started their investigation after the library’s board of directors and current staff conducted an internal audit that revealed discrepancies in the library’s purchases and its inventory.

Police say among the items Ray bought were electronics, sports memorabilia and clothes. She’s is charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property, along with related offenses. She is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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St. Bonaventure Mourns Death of
Father Reginald Redlon, 15th President

Fr. Reginald A. Redlon, O.F.M., a professed Franciscan friar for 68 years and the 15th president of St. Bonaventure University, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2012) at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J.

Fr. Reginald was St. Bonaventure’s president from 1967 to 1972, one of the more turbulent times in U.S. history.

“Reginald faced unimaginable internal and external challenges tied to the religious, political and social upheaval that characterized the late ’60s — the peace movement, the sexual revolution, and the call for freedom from cherished traditions and almost anything that seemed to be ‘expected’ by social convention,” said Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan Mission at St. Bonaventure and a 1970 SBU alumnus.

“Circumstances demanded that he make choices that touched every aspect of academic and residential life at Bona’s. A man of integrity and principle, Reginald made the hard choices that he believed were in the best interests of the university. He was admired by many and the majority of his critics respected him.”

Throughout his term as president, Fr. Reginald made several contributions to make St. Bonaventure what it is today. He oversaw the creation of the Faculty Senate along with increasing the number of faculty members with terminal degrees. During his five years in office, he was able to increase contributed funds and was able to renovate several buildings.

Fr. Reginald also added laymen to the Board of Trustees, which up until this time had all been members of the order. He took the time to completely revise the Administrative Handbook and began granting college sabbaticals.

“In spite of the incredible tensions that marked his tenure, Fr. Reginald was deeply admired by many faculty for his depth of intellectual attainment and eloquence,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “His memory and legacy will be preserved here as they deserve to be and we will hope that his advocacy for us will ensure a provident outpouring of grace and goodness on this campus, which received so much sacrificial love and leadership from him in life.”

Thomas Anthony Redlon was born on Jan. 10, 1922, in Portland, Maine, the son of Thomas and Florence (Harris) Redlon. He attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Westbrook, Maine, and graduated in 1939 from Westbrook High School. He attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., from 1939 to 1943.

In 1943, he was received into the Order of Friars Minor of Holy Name Province at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. In 1944, he professed simple vows and in 1947, he professed his final vows. He did philosophical studies at St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y., and St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J., and theology at Holy Name College in Washington.

Fr. Reginald served St. Bonaventure University as an instructor of philosophy and prefect of discipline at Christ the King Seminary — located on the campus at that time — after his ordination in 1949. He furthered his studies in Paris and the University of Friedsburg, Switzerland, before receiving his doctor of philosophy from the University of Louvain in 1955.

He was rector and superior at St. Francis (N.H.) College from 1961 until 1967, at which time he was appointed president of St. Bonaventure University.

Fr. Reginald also served as pastor at several parishes in New Jersey; as a trustee at Siena College (1967-70); and as president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (1970-72).

In 1992, Fr. Reginald was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal for his work as a pastor at St. Elizabeth’s Church; as a chairman for Bergen County of the Archdiocesan Catholic Charities campaign; as a pastor of St. Anne’s Church; and as a dean of Southern Bergen County.

Throughout the years of his priesthood, Fr. Reginald conducted many retreats for priests, religious, and laity. He retired in 2003 to St. Anthony Residence in Boston, before moving to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood in 2010.

“Fr. Reginald was one of the giants of the Province. He was a scholar and a gentleman and a man of great faith,” said the Very Rev. John F. O’Connor, O.F.M., provincial minister of Holy Name Province and a university trustee. “I will never forget his fraternal support for me and his enormous contribution to the life and welfare of Holy Name Province.”

Fr. Reginald’s wake will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 9, 2012) with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 65 Bartholdi Ave., Butler, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 10, 2012) at the church. Interment will follow at God’s Acre Cemetery in Ringwood.

He was predeceased by his brother, William, and sister, Mary. He is survived by a nephew, Mark Redlon, to whom condolences may be addressed at: 1 Maplewood Ave., Wyndham, MA 04062. Memorial donations may be sent to: Holy Name Province Office of Development, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001-3202.

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Sex Offender Picked Up in Olean

A Delevan, New York, man has been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender.

22-year-old Ryan Tarr was picked up at around 4 a.m. Tuesday at Olean General Hospital on an arrest warrant.

He was released on his own recognizance and was scheduled to appear in Town of Yorkshire Court.

In August of last year he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl.

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Deputies Looking for Driver
Involved in Fatal Crash

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the driver of a car involved in a fatal accident early this morning in the Town of Hanover.

Sheriff Joe Gerace says a car driven by 22-year-old Jeremiah Burgess was traveling west on routes 5 and 20 at 3 a.m. when the car went out of control and crashed into a concrete abutment in the ditch on the south side of the road.

His passenger, 22-year-old Jeremy Long of Silver Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burgess is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office.

Pictured, Jeremiah Burgess

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Snyder Elected SNI President

Barry Snyder Sr. has won a fifth term as president of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Snyder defeated four other candidates seeking the two-year term.

Rodney Pierce won the treasurer's post, defeating incumbent president Robert Odawi Porter for that position.

Snyder said in a news release, "Nya-Weh. I want to thank the Seneca people for once again believing that leadership of our Nation is by the people. The past two years have broken the spirit and confidence that our people have in Seneca political leadership. We will not look back but we will move forward with an open and transparent government that will enable us to continue to protect and grow our economic sovereignty and our traditional values and culture."

Snyder received 929 votes. 2,636 votes were cast at polling places on both the Cattaraugus and Allegany territories.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Turnout High in McKean County

Voter turnout in McKean County was more than 56 ½ percent – which is extremely high considering it was about 20 percent in the primary.

The City of Bradford, as a whole, brought the number down with only 46 percent turnout. Although three of Bradford’s precincts were in the 50s, two – the 1st and 5th wards – were in the 30s which brought the average down.

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Obama Wins Re-Election

President Obama will win re-election, NBC News projects.

The call came after the president was named the projected winner in the crucial battleground state of Ohio, and won both Iowa and Oregon.

This put Obama over the required 270 electoral votes.

Vecchhiarella Wins Mayor's Race

Former Salamanca Mayor Carmen Vecchhiarella is now the mayor-elect.

The Democrat beat Republican Larry Butler by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. He will succeed Mayor Jeffrey Pond, who reached his term limit.

Vecchiarella previously served as mayor from 1998-2001.

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GT Thompson Retains Congressional Seat

Reed Wins Re-Election Bid in NY

Incumbent 5th District Congressman Glenn GT Thompson appears to have retained his seat.

Even in the heavily Democratic Elk County the Republican Thompson beat his opponent Charles Dumas by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent.

The race was closest in Centre County – the home county of both men. Thompson garnered 58 percent of the vote there, while Dumas got 42 percent.

“My wife Penny and I would like to thank everyone; the volunteers, our family and friends, and the voters of the 5th District of Pennsylvania for making this campaign a success," Thomas said in a news release. "I am also thankful of Charles Dumas for his civility throughout the race. While we disagree on many things, the level of decorum has allowed for the issues to be presented and debated openly. I wish he and his family all the best," said Thompson, upon learning of the win.

"While we celebrate a victory this evening, the work does not stop here. Earning the privilege to continue serving the citizens of Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District is a responsibility I have not taken lightly. I look forward to the challenge of working to improve the lives of each community within the district and welcome the residents of the new counties that the 5th District will include: Erie and Huntingdon," added Thompson.

"It continues to be my goal to restore confidence to small businesses, in order to produce economic growth and opportunity for others. I will continue my work to provide relief to American families from record-high gas prices that have been strangling their budgets. Our fiscal house must be put back in order and I will not stop in my work to prevent further escalation of debt that compromises our children's futures," concluded Thompson.

Republican Tom Reed won the race in New York State’s 23rd Congressional district. Reed beat Democrat Nate Shinagawa by 10,000 votes.

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Gillibrand Wins Re-Election

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been elected to her first full six-year term as New York’s US Senator.

Gillibrand was in the unusual position of being up for re-election twice in two years after being chosen in 2009 to replace Hilary Rodham Clinton, who stepped down to become Secretary of State.

Her challenger during this election was Republican Wendy Long.

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NBC: Bob Casey Wins Re-Election

NBC News has project incumbent Bob Casey (D) as the winner in Pennsylvania's US Senate race.

He was running against Republican Tom Smith.

Casey, 52, was state auditor general from 1997-2005; state treasurer from 2005-2007; and United States senator starting in 2007.

Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, released the following statement congratulating Casey:

Tonight’s results are great for Pennsylvanians and the country. It’s clear Pennsylvania voters saw through the avalanche of negative attacks and reelected Senator Casey because he is exactly the type of strong advocate they need in the Senate. Senator Casey has spent his career standing up for middle class families and against the special interests. I am honored to continue working alongside Senator Casey in the years to come.

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Some Election Results are No-Brainers

Some election results are inevitable because the candidates were running unopposed.

In Pennsylvania, incumbent state representatives Marty Causer, Kathy Rapp and Matt Gabler did not have challengers, nor did incumbent State Senator Joe Scarnati.

State Representative Scott Hutchinson can officially be called Senator-elect Hutchinson. He was running unopposed for the seat held by Mary Jo White, who is retiring. She was first elected in 1996. The 21st Senatorial District includes Forest, Clarion and Venango counties, and parts of Warren, Butler and Erie counties.

In New York, incumbent State Senator Cathy Young ran unopposed.

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FCI-McKean Inmate Facing More Time

An inmate at FCI-McKean will spend another month behind bars for having a cell phone in the facility.

35-year-old Jose Israel Leal pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing contraband in prison and was sentenced to one month in prison.

Leal had the phone inside the prison in June. The sentence was imposed to run consecutively to the sentence he’s currently serving.

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Cause of Fire Still Under Investigation

A state police fire marshal is still trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged two houses this morning on Route 219 in Elk County.

Trooper Greg Agosti says the fire started at 5:15 a.m. in a garage on the property of 76-year-old Hazel Courson of Brockport, and then spread to the home a few feet away.

Courson, along with 48-year-old Lori Hollobaugh, 29-year-old April Dutka and 30-year-old Jason Young were asleep at the time of the fire but were able to escape without being hurt.

Agosti says radiant heat from the garage fire also damaged another house occupied by Alan and Mary Moore.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

The Horton Township Fire Department was assisted by Fox Township, Brockway, Ridgway, Falls Creek and DuBois fire departments. The American Red Cross is assisting the victims.

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