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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Marion Williams

Marion A. Williams, 96, formerly of 52 Derrick Road, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, peacefully, in the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born September 9, 1916, in Rocky Grove, she was a daughter of Clarence and Iva (Rhodes) Nicklin.

She was a 1934 graduate of Bradford High School.

On March 10, 1938, in Chanute, Kansas, she married Ernest E. Williams, who died on June 21, 2009.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church as well as the Bradford Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are two sons, Terry (Dianne) Williams of Phoenix, Arizona, and Thomas (Doris) Williams of Upper Darby; one grandson Judd Williams Parker in Colorado; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson Jeffrey Williams, one sister June Nelson and one brother Tom Nicklin.

Family will be receiving friends Wednesday January 9, 2013 from 10:00am to 11:00am in the First Presbyterian Church at which time funeral and committal services with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes, Pastor, officiating, will be held. Burial was in Willow Dale Cemetery.

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

Memorials, if desired, may be made to First Presbyterian Church 54 East Corydon Street Bradford, PA 16701, or a charity of the donors choice.

Harry Lingaton

Harry E. Lingaton, 75, of 1241 South Kendall Ave., Bradford, passed away, Thursday, January 3, 2013, in Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born June 13, 1937, in Bradford he was a son of the late Theodore J. and Rhoda M. (Clark) Lingaton, Sr.

On June 11, 1960, in Kane he married Joyce E. (Stiles) Lingaton who survives.

Mr. Lingaton attended Bradford Area Schools. On February 2, 1961 he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged February 1, 1963.

He had worked at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, Airco Speer, Dresser-Clark in Olean, Custer City Oil Company where he retired. After retirement he worked as a security guard at Zippo.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was awarded his high school diploma on June 7, 2012, the thirteenth veteran to be honored with a diploma through the Operation Recognition Act.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a daughter, Stacy (Jason) Dorhman, of Texas, and a son, Michael (Sherry) Lingaton, of Bradford, two sisters, Mae Cunningham, of Erie and Helen Morrison, of Bradford, and a half brother, John Lingaton, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 5, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, or charity of the donor's choice.

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Mary Lockwood

Mary G. Lockwood, 83, a loving mother and grandmother, of Emerald Isle, Smethport, passed away Monday, December 31, 2012 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 19, 1929 in Olean, she was a daughter of Joe and Nancy G. (Aaron) Kerr. She attended Otto-Eldred High School.

On July 19, 1947 in St. Raphael Church in Eldred, she married Willard A. Lockwood, who died on October 27, 1995.

She was employed at McCroy's 5 & 10 and later at Zippo Manufacturing Company. She was member of St. Elizabeth Church in Smethport. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, table puzzles, and after her husband death was able to travel throughout the world.

Surviving is one son, Thomas W. Lockwood of Smethport, two grandchildren: Kim Lockwood-Harris of Erie, and Thomas W. Lockwood Jr. of Lewis Run, 5 great grandchildren, one sister Joan Goff of Lockport, one brother Richard Kerr of Duke Center, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one daughter Judy Cloud.

Family will be receiving friends Sunday January 6, 2013 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave., Bradford. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Monday, January 7, 2013, in St. Elizabeth's Church in Smethport with Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Cancer Society 95 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701 or American Diabetes Association 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314, Alzheimer's Association, 1128 State Street, Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501, or charity of the donor's choice.

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Pitt-Bradford Launches Two
New Criminal Justice Minors

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has introduced two new minors in the field of criminal justice, criminal forensic studies and legal studies.

The criminal forensic studies minor codifies work students have been doing in the campus’s Crime Scene Investigation House.

Having the minor on their transcripts will highlight students’ experience and expertise in criminal forensics, said Dr. Tony Gaskew, director of the criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice who will serve as the program coordinator for both new minors.

Gaskew added that students have requested the minor.

In addition to existing courses in the CSI lab, the minor also includes a computer information systems and technology course designed to give students a basic understanding of computer forensics.

“We have a good variety of courses,” Gaskew said. A total of 20 credits are required for the minor, which also includes Introduction to Forensic Science, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Criminal Evidence and Investigations.

“Pitt-Bradford students who have taken our criminal forensics courses in the last three years have all placed within the top two percent of their police academy courses,” Gaskew said.

Gaskew said that students had also requested the legal studies minor, which dovetails with the pre-law advising track. The minor is for students of all majors, but particularly criminal justice or political science, who intend to apply to law school.

The minor is designed to give students an interdisciplinary understanding of the nature of law and crime. A total of 18 credits are required for the minor. Courses include Philosophy and Public Issues, Sociology of Deviance, Law and the Courts, Law and Social Control in Society, Criminal Law and Procedure and an elective from the fields of political science, administration of justice, psychology or philosophy.

Both minors are now available. For more information, contact Gaskew at or (814)362-7636.

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

Pictured, criminal justice students processing a mock crime scene in the Crime Scene Investigation House on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Pitt-Bradford photo

2013 Butter Sculpture Unveiled

A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, paying tribute to Pennsylvania's diverse agriculture industry.

The sculpture, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, features PA Preferred, the official brand of agriculture products grown or made in Pennsylvania.

Pictured, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig (right) and Dairy Farmer Harold Shaulis, of Somerset County (left) listen as Jim Victor of Conshohocken, Montgomerty County, talks about his sculpture.

Photo provided by PA Internet News Service

Zewe is Chief Nursing Officer at
Bradford Regional Medical Center

Jeff Zewe, RN, MBA, chief nursing officer at Olean General Hospital (OGH) , has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer at Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC). Zewe will continue in his current position as Olean General Hospital’s chief nursing officer and began his new responsibilities at BRMC effective January 1, 2013.

After a national search and assessing many external candidates for the CNO position at BRMC, it became clear that Jeff Zewe’s nursing experience and background were superior to that of any other candidates considered for this position,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System, Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. “By virtue of his work within the Upper Allegheny Health System, Jeff already has an understanding of BRMC and has existing professional relationships with many of the hospital’s nursing managers.”

“Jeff Zewe’s depth of knowledge of clinical nursing, nursing education and training and excellent organizational skills will help to advance nursing and patient care at BRMC,” he said.

Finan explained that during Zewe’s time at Olean General Hospital, and prior, he distinguished himself as a strong nursing leader who relates exceptionally well to staff nurses, nurse managers and physicians. “He has a keen understanding of nursing care delivery and process improvement and is a strong advocate of implementing evidence-based care which improves safety, quality and the patient experience,” Finan said.

Prior to coming to Olean General Hospital in January 2011, Zewe was Vice President of Patient Care Services for Excela Health, a multi-hospital system located outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to Excela Health, he was a Nursing Director at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was responsible for multiple cardiac nursing units. Zewe received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Point Park University.

Paula Platko, RN, who has served in an interim role as Director of Nursing, will remain in her current position and assist Zewe with his BRMC responsibilities.

New PA State Troopers

Provided by Pennsylvania State Police

Woman Allegedly Hit Boyfriend
With Shovel on New Year's Day

A Salamanca woman is accused of hitting her boyfriend in the head with a shovel early on New Year’s Day.

Sheriff’s deputies say that at around 4:45 Tuesday morning, in Salamanca, 19-year-old Courtney Crouse hit the man, who they did not identify.

Crouse was sent to jail without bail for the domestic violence incident, and was also arrested on a warrant for a previous incident involving assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jim Stinson

James M. Stinson, 86, of 57 Bellview Ave. Bradford, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Erie on March 21, 1926, a son of Myrtle (Barnes) and James M. Stinson. On April 21, 1956, in Rew, he married Mary (Harlan) Stinson who survives.

Mr. Stinson was a 1944 graduate of Bradford High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on March 17, 1944, and served during World Ward II in the Pacific Theater, and stateside during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on May 12, 1951. He and his father co-owned the Tarport Inn. He then worked at Seaboard Financial Company, and later worked in the construction business. Prior to his retirement he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

He was a member of the US Marine Corps League, 1st Marine Division and the Marine Corp Heritage Center at Quantico, VA. He served on board for the McKean County Board of Assistance.

He enjoyed watching Bradford Area High School sports, including football and track events.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mariann (Donald) McGuire of Erie and a son, James H. (Carmen) Stinson, of Laurel, Maryland; two children from a previous marriage, Barbara (Dan) Luciano of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Martha Zettle of Trattsville, Alabama. He is also survived by four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 4, 2013, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013, with the Rev. David Bunnell, pastor of the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church officiating. Full Military Honors and Committal Services will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church.

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State Reps Sworn In

Two of State Rep. Marty Causer's kids, Matthew and Mallory, joined him on the House floor Tuesday for the chamber's swearing in ceremony. (In the background, right, is State Rep. Kathy Rapp.)Below are state reps. Matt Gabler and Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset).

Scarnati Sworn In as
President Pro Tem

January 1, 2012 - Senator Scarnati offers remarks before the Senate after being Sworn-In as Senate President Pro Tempore. from Senator Scarnati on Vimeo.

Governor Corbett Accuses NCAA of
Illegal Sanctions Against Penn State

Penn State Issues Statement

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that he is suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), calling its sanctions against Penn State University arbitrary and illegal, saying they would result in irreparable economic damage to the university, the commonwealth and its citizens.

“Penn State football has played a major role, not only as a focus of campus life, but as a generator of revenue for a proud university, a leading tourist attraction and a creator of jobs in the state," Corbett said.

“In the wake of this terrible scandal, Penn State was left to heal and clean up this tragedy that was created by the few. The students, the alumni, the board, the administration and faculty all came together at that moment and began to rebuild.

“At that same time, while the healing was taking place, the NCAA piled on, choosing to levy, in their words, ‘unprecedented sanctions’ against Penn State and its football program," Corbett said.

“While what occurred at Penn State was both criminal and heinous," Corbett said, “the conduct for which Penn State was sanctioned consisted of alleged failures to report criminal activity on campus that did not impact fairness or integrity on the playing field."

“These punishments threaten to have a devastating, long-lasting and irreparable effect on the state, its citizens and its economy," Corbett said.

The governor, on behalf of Pennsylvania’s citizens, asked the court to throw out all of the NCAA’s sanctions, including the $60 million fine, and asked that the court declare the consent agreement illegal.

Read more here.

Penn State University officials released a statement saying Penn State is not a party to the lawsuit and has not been involved in its preparation or filing.

University officials said, "The University is committed to full compliance with the Consent Decree, the Athletics Integrity Agreement and, as appropriate, the implementation of the Freeh report recommendations.

Read more of the university's statement here.

Christmas Day Arrest at Casino

A South Carolina man is accused of using vulgar language on Christmas morning in the Seneca Allegany Casino.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the casino at about 5 a.m. because 45-year-old George Varner of Columbia, S.C., was allegedly causing a disturbance. After being told to leave Varner allegedly used loud and vulgar language while talking to deputies and casino security.

He was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and trespass, and was scheduled to appear in City of Salamanca Court on Friday morning.

Beer Theft at Crosby's

A New York City resident is accused of stealing a 30-pack of beer from a Allegany County Crosby’s.

State troopers got a report on Friday about the theft at the store on Route 19 in the Town of Amity.

They arrested 27-year-old Kelly Gallman for petit larceny. He was released with an appearance ticket for Town of Amity Court at 7 p.m. January 9.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Bim Colligan

James E. "Bim" Colligan, 85, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of 235 Bolivar Dr., passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012 surrounded by his loving family, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born December 26, 1927 in Erie he was a son of the late Francis H. and Frances M. (Fleming) Colligan. He was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School where he enjoyed playing sports especially basketball.

Mr. Colligan was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a paratrooper prior to his honorable discharge.

On November 18, 1950 in St. Bernard Church he married Bette J. (Olson) Colligan who survives.

He worked as a Real Estate Broker for Francis H. Colligan Agency, a company started by his father in the mid 40's. At the time of his death he was a partner with his son Jim who owns Colligan Real Estate.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church, Pine Acres Golf Club, the Bradford Club, the Exchange Club, the American Legion, the Bradford Moose Lodge, and past exulted ruler of the Elks Club. He enjoyed horse racing and at one time owned "Tiffany Erin" and "Meadowprize".

Surviving in addition to his wife Bette of 62 years, is one daughter Karin M. Colligan of Jamestown, three sons; James P. Colligan of Bradford, Timothy F. Colligan of Harrisonburg VA, and Daniel J. (Jennifer) Colligan of Nashville TN, four grandchildren: Erin Colligan Lee, Benjamin Colligan, Joshua Shaw, Brett Shaw, two great grandchildren: Jackson Shaw and Aiden Shaw, one brother Francis "Frank" Colligan of Bradford, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Joan Merriman, Marjorie Slocum, two brothers Tom Colligan and John "Jack" Colligan.

Family will be receiving friends Tuesday January 1, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Avenue. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am on Wednesday January 2, 2013 in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Futures Inc., the Bradford Area Public Library or the charity of the donor's choice.

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