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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Forest Service Wants Comments on
Special Use Permit Renewal

The Bradford Ranger District of the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is reviewing a proposal by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc., for a Special Use Permit (SUP) Renewal of Rights of Way (ROW) for 2 existing natural gas pipelines located within Warren County, Pennsylvania: 1) Located within Sheffield Township, Lot 318, this pipeline is 288 ft. in length and 30 ft. wide and 2) Located within Mead Township, USA Tract 202, pipeline D-4227 is 6,687 ft. in length and is presently 16 ft. wide. The request includes replacing the existing D-4227 pipeline and widening of the existing ROW by 14 ft. The purpose of the SUP renewal is for the transportation and supply of natural gas. In addition to the SUP renewal, there is a need is to upgrade the existing Mead Township gas line D-4227 due to its age and leakages of natural gas.

The proposal falls within Category of Exclusion, 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 220.6(e) (3). It allows for the “Approval, modification, or continuation of minor special uses of National Forest System lands that require less than 5 contiguous acres of land.” It falls within the categories of actions for which a Project Record and a Decision Memo are required. In accordance with the recent court ruling (Sequoia Forest Keeper v. Tidwell, 11-vc-00679-LJO-DLB (E.D. Cal.)), the Forest Service provides public notice (scoping), comment, and an opportunity for administrative appeal of the proposal and decision. Individuals or organizations wishing to be eligible to appeal must meet the information requirements of 36 CFR 215.6.

Submit written comments to Macario J. Herrera, District Ranger, Bradford Ranger District, 29 Forest Service Dr., Bradford, PA 16701 or by facsimile (814) 362-2761. Submit hand-delivered comments to the Bradford Ranger Station, business hours are between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Submit oral comments to the Bradford Ranger Station during normal business hours via telephone (814) 363-6086. Submit electronic comments to using one of the following formats: e-mail message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc), or any software supported by Microsoft applications. Comments, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. Comments should be submitted or postmarked no later than February 22, 2013.

The proposed decision and associated maps contain the project details. Both are provided on the ANF website at
. For additional information, contact Ava Turnquist, Natural Resource Specialist, at (814) 363-6086.

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Man Hurt in Elk County Crash

A Tionesta man was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Friday morning in Elk County.

State troopers say 28-year-old Jonathan McGrath was driving his pickup truck on Route 948 just north of the Highland Road intersection when the truck slid on the ice-covered road, crossed the road, went up an embankment and rolled over.

McGrath suffered minor injuries. No charges will be filed.

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Man Jailed for Bradford Burglary

A Pittsburgh man is in McKean County Jail for allegedly breaking into a Bradford building overnight.

According to online court records 19-year-old Weston Fritzley was arrested this morning for burglary and two counts of criminal trespass, all felonies. No further information is available yet.

He was arraigned by District Judge David Engman and sent to jail on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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Kindergartner Suspended for
Making Remark About Bubble Gun

A Pennsylvania kindergartner has been suspended from school for telling another girl she was going to shoot her with a pink toy gun that blows soapy bubbles.

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Cops: Man Set Fire to His Own House

A Port Allegany man is in jail for allegedly setting fire to his own house.

24-year-old Perry Benjamin Green was arrested Friday for starting the fire at the Railroad Avenue house he rents.

Police say they were called to Shooters Bar for a report of an unruly patron and learned that Green was fighting with his father, according to papers filed in District Judge Bill Todd’s office. Police took Perry home. He was still unruly, and punched and kicked his own vehicle. Police say he was irate as he was walking toward the house. Green had also asked Officer Kyle Day to go back to the bar and pick up his personal items.

At 11:44 Day left the house to go back to the bar. At 11:51 p.m. Day got a call saying there was a fire at 19 Railroad Avenue, and told the 9-1-1 Center he had just dropped Green off at that house. The 9-1-1 Center told him Green is the person who reported the fire.

Back at the house, Day arrested Green. At the police station Green gave Day two different statements. One was that he spilled gasoline and his cigarette started the fire. The second was that he kicked over a 5-gallon plastic gas can, and then threw a Bic light that broke and started the fire.

Green is charged with risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief. He’s jailed on $50,000 bail.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

ARG, Consortium Get Grant to
Develop Advanced Biofuel

American Refining Group, Inc. (ARG), is part of a consortium that was recently awarded a $6.87 million grant funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative with the objective of developing an advanced biofuel.

FarmBio3 comprises ARG, several universities, biomass-feedstock suppliers and the USDA. The group aims to develop an advanced biofuel or a biobased crude oil that can be used as a refinery feedstock in the way petroleum crude oil is currently used. Materials that do not compete with the food supply, such as forest residues, animal manure, switchgrass and other perennial grasses, are collected on-site and converted into a liquid “bio-oil” that can be further processed into industrial chemicals or fuels.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the grant Friday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The nearly $7 million grant is part of $25 million in funding for projects like FarmBio3 that are also under way in Ohio, Kansas and Utah.

Harry Halloran Jr., owner of ARG, has pledged $150,000 in in-kind services, including operations support as well as research and development efforts. If researchers can develop an advanced biofuel or bio-based crude oil feedstock, it could eventually be tested at the Bradford refinery.

For their part, ARG personnel are tasked with guiding university researchers to developing the proper catalytic processes to create such a feedstock.

ARG is also part of the Pennsylvania State University’s NewBIO consortium. This association also has the goal of creating an advanced biofuel, but amongst other differences, the biomass is collected and processed on a much larger scale. ARG has no financial obligation to this group, and is instead acting in more of a consulting capacity.

“ARG is excited to participate in these projects because we recognize the value and role that alternative fuels will play in our country’s future,” said Jeannine Schoenecker, ARG president and chief operating officer. “We believe that there is a place for both types of fuel and we look forward to potentially adding these products to our existing product slate.”

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Theologian to Deliver Brady Lecture

Kenan Osborne, O.F.M., will discuss the relational theology of the triune God in his lecture titled “Our Relational World Today: Exploring the Wisdom of St. Bonaventure” at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 12, in the Doyle Chapel.

In his 2010 book “A Theology of Church for the Third Millennium: A Franciscan Approach,” Fr. Kenan wrote about the Trinitarian God who made all things in relationship with one another, ideas he had learned from a lifetime of studying the great Franciscan theologians Bonaventure and Scotus.

Br. Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., vice president for Franciscan mission, said it’s an honor for St. Bonaventure to host a Franciscan scholar of Fr. Kenan’s caliber.

“Fr. Kenan is a nationally recognized theologian,” Br. Ed said. “As a philosopher and theologian, his insights and penetrating analysis of issues have enabled him to make a significant contribution to contemporary theology since the close of Vatican II in 1965, especially in the area of sacramental theology.”

Most of Fr. Kenan’s priestly ministry, almost 60 years, has been dedicated to teaching at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., where he serves as Professor Emeritus. He has won awards, including, most recently, The John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology; published 70 scholarly articles; and written 19 books, the most recent “Moral Theology from a Franciscan Theological Standpoint,” which was co-authored by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University.

Fr. Kenan contributed two articles to the Franciscan Institute’s forthcoming publication (Spring 2013) titled “The Franciscan Moral Vision, Responding to Love,” which was edited by Fr. Thomas Nairn, O.F.M.

The 10th annual Ignatius Brady Lecture was established in conjunction with a major endowment gift given to the Franciscan Institute in 2002 by the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province. Fr. Ignatius Brady, O.F.M., a member of the province, was one of the most renowned Franciscan scholars in the United States and Europe in the second half of the 20th century. In addition to his research and writing, he also served as a faculty member at the Franciscan Institute at different times.

“In thoughtful and engaging ways, (Fr. Kenan) has invited readers and listeners to reflection on the practical implications of the centuries’ old thought of John Duns Scotus,” Br. Ed said. “His exploration of Bonaventure's understanding of the Trinity, as a relational God, invites us into a deeper appreciation of the Franciscan tradition's emphasis on love over knowledge and why community relationality is such a central theme within the Franciscan experience.”

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Local Fire, Ambulance Grants Announced

Volunteer fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $400,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

“We have so many dedicated (men and women) who willingly give of their time to respond to emergencies and serve our communities, and I am very grateful to them for their work,” Causer said. “I am pleased we were able to expand this year’s grant program to better support them in their mission of protecting the public.”

Last fall, lawmakers voted to both extend and expand the decade-old program by increasing the total grant funding from $25 million to $30 million. The new law also provided financial assistance to some paid municipal fire companies, such as the City of Bradford Fire Department.

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner. All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not general fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided more than $3.2 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include: construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service Inc., Emporium – $6,651.49.
Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,500.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,500.
Sinnamahoning Volunteer Fire Department, Sinnamahoning – $11,500.

McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $12,954.87
Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $13,116.29.
Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $11,500.
Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $11,500.
Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,661.42.
Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Cyclone – $11,500.
Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,500.
Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,661.42.
Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,822.84.
Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department, Ludlow – $11,500.
Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $6,651.49.
Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,661.42.
Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Port Allegany Fire Department-Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $13,116.29.
Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $11,822.84.
Smethport Fire Department, Smethport – $10,118.

Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $6,651.49.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $11,500.
Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $6,651.49.
Genesee Volunteer Fire Department, Genesee – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,661.42 for fire company operations.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $11,500.
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $11,601.14.
Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $6,651.49.
Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,500.
Roulette Chemical Engine Company No. 1, Roulette – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,500 for fire company operations.
Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $6,651.49 for EMS operations; $11,822.84 for fire company operations.
Tri-Town Fire Company, Ulysses – $11,984.95.

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UPB Launches New Major in General Studies

A new major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will allow students returning to college and transfer students to make the most of their credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

The university is offering a degree in general studies beginning this term. The major offers students the ability to use more credits from a wide variety of subject areas toward one degree.

Although it is not as narrowly focused as a single-discipline major, the general studies major will require 72 to 73 credits of the 120 credits required for graduation to be distributed over three areas of studies. Students will have to design their academic plan to include courses from three of five areas, which are arts and letters; behavioral, economic and political science; history, cultures and philosophical inquiry; physical, life and computational sciences; and professional studies.

The remainder of the credits can be made up in elective courses, which allows students to get the most use out of any credits they have previously taken at Pitt-Bradford, another college or university, in the military or through a professional program.

Students will choose a minor, participate in an internship or service learning project and complete a senior capstone course, just as students in other majors do.

Dr. Stephen Robar, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of political science, said that the registrar’s office and academic advisors have been seeing students entering the university with a broad smattering of credits that did not fit well into any one major. For those students, credits that had already been earned could not be used toward their requirements for a Pitt degree, but now they can be.

The professional provision, Robar said, should be particularly helpful for students who are currently employed and whose jobs now require them to earn a bachelor’s degree. For example, a worker who is an accountant can earn accounting credits for past work experience by providing an approved work experience portfolio, saving time and money toward the completion of a degree.

Robar will review and approve each academic plan, which will be overseen by Mary Coller, director of the academic advising center.

Students can also use the major to craft a course of study for a self-directed major.

For more information on the general studies major at Pitt-Bradford, contact Coller at (814)362-7645 or

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Glendorn Earns Another AAA Diamond Award

The Lodge at Glendorn, located at 1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford, has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award for excellent service, opulent d├ęcor and outstanding cuisine.

“We are very proud to honor the Lodge at Glendorn with another Four-Diamond Award,” stated Jim Lehman, executive vice president at AAA East Central. “When it comes to the quality, diamonds speak louder than words.”

Each accommodation at Glendorn is unique. A guest may prefer to stay in the Big House, constructed in 1929, in the suites or spacious rooms. Or enjoy the privacy of one of the cabins. Glendorn has a total of 41 wood burning fireplaces and each suite or cabin has at least one.

All accommodations are luxuriously furnished with fine monogrammed linens and towels. Twice daily housekeeping complete with turndown service is available daily, as well as, complimentary bottled mineral water, tea, coffee and Glendorn signature cookie jars refilled with scrumptious treats.

Dining at Glendorn is a magical experience for your palate. Glendorn’s award winning culinary team's eclectic cuisine, probably best described as neo-global, combines flavors, ingredients and styles from around the world, as well as, a few gastro techniques of their own. Daily menus are unique in taste and presentation and often as thought provoking as they are delicious.

Glendorn uses the freshest and highest quality products gathered from sources worldwide. Seafood is flown in from the New York seafood markets several times weekly. Fresh game meats and birds are brought in from Wisconsin, Mississippi, Colorado, Canada, New Zealand and other locales. Produce comes from local sources as well as specialty markets in New York, Ohio and the Pacific Northwest. Truffles come from Perigord, France and Alba, Italy, morels from Oregon, vanilla from Tahiti, specialty chocolate from Belgium and Spain.

“Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” said Lehman. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector,” he added.

The Lodge at Glendorn joins a select group of Four-Diamond winners. Just 3.9 percent of the 59,000 AAA Diamond Rated lodging facilities and restaurants were awarded AAA Four Diamond designation for the past twelve months. The total of 2,289 recipients included 1,535 hotels and 754 restaurants.

Collectively visiting some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week, AAA inspectors are in a unique position to identify emerging trends in the hospitality industry. Inspectors have observed hotels and restaurants using increasingly personalized approaches to enhance guest comfort and satisfaction.

Experienced, highly qualified staff are required to provide the custom service today’s upscale hotel guest expects. Larger hotels, faced with the difficulties of responding to individual needs, often restructure their approach. Many use the immediacy of social media to augment the experience as travelers research, book and talk about their stay.

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Rosemary Zurat

Rosemary C. Zurat, 93, of 89 East Main St., Bradford, passed away Thursday January 17, 2013, in the Pavilion at BRMC.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

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Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

Police have arrested the man they believe robbed a Johnsonburg bank at gunpoint last week.

36-year-old Corey Feronti of Ridgway is charged with three felony counts of robbery and a misdemeanor count of theft.

Feronti is accused of going into the CNB Bank on Market Street on the afternoon of January 8, pointing a gun at an employee and demanding cash.

After working several leads in their investigation, police searched Feronti’s home, which led to his arrest. Feronti is in Elk County Jail on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in front of District Judge Tony King.

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Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Girls

A 75-year-old Bemus Point man is accused of sexually abusing two girls.

Investigators say Ralph Bush assaulted the girls in his home between June and December of 2011. Sheriff’s deputies did not say how old the girls are, other than they are adolescents.

He is charged with sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Bush is jailed on $20,000 cash bail.

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Two Hurt in Kiantone Crash

Two people were hurt last night in a one-vehicle crash on Manchester Road in the Town of Kiantone.

Sheriff’s deputies say a Jeep Cherokee driven by 46-year-old Jeffrey Perrin of Falconer went out of control and rolled onto its roof in a ditch.

Perrin and his passenger, 41-year-old Angela Person of Falconer, were treated by emergency responders at the scene and then taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for further treatment of minor injuries.

Perrin is charged with driving while intoxicated and a number of other violations. Deputies say further charges are pending the outcome of a blood test.

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Man Charged with Growing, Possessing Pot

An Allegany County, New York, man is facing charges for growing marijuana on his property back in August of last year.

50-year-old Roger Klein of Alma is also charged with criminal possession and unlawful possession of marijuana stemming from a traffic stop in the Town of Wellsville back in September of last year.

Klein is scheduled to appear in Town of Wellsville and Town of Alma Court.

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Cops: Woman Sold Stolen iPhone

An Olean woman is accused of selling a stolen iPhone.

Sheriff’s deputies say 21-year-old Stephanie Cossairt sold the iPhone to the Game Stop store in the Town of Allegany on December 1. The iPhone was stolen from a vehicle in the City of Olean.

Cossairt is charged with possession of stolen property and is scheduled to appear in Town of Allegany Court on January 28.

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Four Hurt in Crash Involving Snow Plow

Four people were hurt in a crash at about 8:45 this morning on Route 60 in the Town of Kiantone.

Sheriff’s deputies say two vehicles were stopped for a snow plow when a third vehicle hit the second vehicle from behind and pushed that car into the first car.

The drivers, Mitchell Costanzo of Frewsburg, Jesse Heppler of Lakewood and Kenny Torry of Jamestown, along with Torry’s passenger, Ryan Sanderson of Westfield, were all taken to WCA Hospital for evaluation of their injuries.

No charges are pending.

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State Senator Proposes
Third Class City Caucus

As the state's capital remains on the brink of bankruptcy and cities across Pennsylvania are faring little better, state Sen. John N. Wozniak is forming a legislative coalition to push for aggressive action to end the decline.

In a letter to House and Senate colleagues, Wozniak noted that, while Pennsylvania's historic downtowns are unique, the fiscal problems they face are not.

"Sprawl, changing demographics, public safety concerns and archaic tax structure have drained the vitality of our once-vibrant downtowns," Wozniak wrote. "Since the causes are not unique, we can't stand by and ask local government officials to stem a tide that is overwhelming their capacity and authority to innovate."

Wozniak proposes a "Third-Class City Caucus," a coalition of lawmakers who have to balance the plight of central cities with the concerns of surrounding suburbs and rural regions.

"The intent of forming the Third-Class City Caucus is to find common ground on both sides of the aisle and in both the House and Senate," he said. "We can no longer afford to consider the plight of our cities as a concern that is separate from the overall welfare of our Commonwealth."

"I think what's happening in Harrisburg is finally making people realize that the fiscal decline of cities, which has been something easily ignored in the past, could end in a catastrophic tumbling of dominos that will leave all Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook," he said.

Bradford is classified as a Third Class City.

Smethphort Fugitive Jailed in Erie

A Smethport man wanted in McKean and two other counties has been picked up by US Marshals and is in jailed in Erie.

The Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force picked up 23-year-old Robert Penn on East 11th Street at around 2 p.m.

He is wanted in McKean County for not appearing in court on theft charges in connection to an incident back in September of 2011. He is wanted in Allegheny County for probation and parole violations and for burglary, theft and criminal mischief. He is wanted in Cambria County for not appearing in court to answer a burglary charge.

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Caskey Running for McKean County Sheriff

Steve R. Caskey is seeking the Republican nomination in the May primary for the Office of McKean County Sheriff.

Caskey graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy in May of 1988. Immediately after graduation he was hired as Assistant Chief in Smethport serving in that post from May of 1988 to January of 1990. In January of 1990 Caskey started his career in the City of Bradford as a patrolman. In 2005 Caskey successfully completed the civil service testing procedure for the rank of Lieutenant. In February 2006 Caskey was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and placed in charge of six men working the night shift. During his time as a Lieutenant Caskey has handled payroll, scheduling and has been involved in policy decisions.

Caskey is a member as well as a past President and Secretary/Treasurer for the William Hanley Sr., Fraternal Order of Police. During his time in those offices he was part of a negotiating committee that successfully completed contracts between the F.O.P. and the City of Bradford. Caskey is also a member and Past Master of Liberty Lodge #505 F&AM of Port Allegany. He is also a member of the United Methodist Church in Port Allegany and Pine Acres Golf Club in Bradford. He has been a volunteer coach for Little League baseball for 8 years and Midget/Pony football for 5 years.

Caskey is a lifelong resident of McKean County. He was born and raised in Port Allegany, where he lived until starting his career in Smethport. He is married to Debbie (Crattie) Caskey and has 2 sons Donald age 16 and Patrick age 12. The family resides in Bradford.

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House Fire in Port Allegany

Firefighters were called to a fire on Railroad Avenue in Port Allegany at 11:50 last night. For more on this story, including photos, go to Solomon's Words.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Website Names Pitt-Bradford to
List of Best Regional Campuses in US

College research website The Best Colleges has called the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford one of 10 regional campuses in the United States with an impressive reputation of its own.

The list placed Pitt-Bradford eighth and also included Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; University of Michigan-Flint; University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Texas A&M University at Galveston; Tufts European Center; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Idaho State University-Meridian; and Colorado State University-Global Campus.

“Students come for [Pitt-Bradford’s] reputation as a place they can get the quality of the Pittsburgh flagship without getting lost among nearly 30,000 students,” the blogger wrote, also citing Pitt-Bradford’s naming to the 2012 Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges,” a list of the 150 best value colleges nationwide.

The author also drew on reviews from the website College Confidential, writing that “professors are considered students’ friends, going above and beyond to facilitate learning by extending office hours, giving out their private cell phone numbers and more.”

The list also appeared on the college life website Hack College and HuffPost College, a section of the online news website Huffington Post.

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Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for
Park, Recreation, Conservation Projects

Applications are now being accepted for a state grant program that promotes the rehabilitation and new development of parks and recreation facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has scheduled workshops and is now accepting applications from municipalities and non-profit organizations for grants under the 2013 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).

“The C2P2 grant program provides the opportunity for significant investments in local projects through building on the natural and recreational resources we have in the region,” Scarnati said. “Our community has seen the benefits of this program in the past and I would encourage municipalities and organizations throughout our region to consider applying this year.”

In 2013 the DCNR will target grants for projects that promote the local recreation and conservation priorities listed in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Information on the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is available at The application period for C2P2 is open until April 10, 2013. Grant applications are available at

The DCNR has scheduled a series of grant workshops for local officials and recreation associations beginning in February. Information on workshops may be found at

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Kane Hospital Announces Visitor
Restrictions Because of Influenza

Amy Peterson, LPN and Infection Control professional at Kane Community Hospital has announced visitation restrictions: “Flu season is in full swing with cases on the rise and expected to climb higher. In response, KCH has enacted visitor restrictions. The hospital asks that people who are sick and those under the age of 18 not visit patients in the hospital.”

Influenza or the “flu” is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus When people who are suffering from the flu, cough, sneeze or talk, droplets of moisture from these actions can be inhaled and can infect people up to six feet away.

The flu can come on abruptly. The symptoms of the flu include a high fever of up to 104 degrees and extreme fatigue. Other symptoms include, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, muscle aches and a cough. Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should stay at home and stay hydrated with water and juices.

The following individuals should take extra precautions during the flu season:

Anyone 65 or older.
Residents of long-term care facilities
Adults or children with chronic pulmonary or cardiopulmonary disorders.
Immunosuppressed children or adults, such as premature infants and cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
Children and teenagers on long-term aspirin therapy.

Some tips to help prevent the spread of the flu virus include:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with sick people.

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that staying home as long as your fever lasts and then another 24 hours after it is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. The only reason to go out should be for medical care or for other necessities. If symptoms do not improve over several days, the CDC suggests seeking medical treatment.

Peterson noted that "If going out for medical care, individuals are encouraged to use a mask to help decrease the spread of infection, Masks are available at a local drugstore. And individual mask can be obtained at your KCH doctor's office or at registration at KCH if you are coming for care."

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Two Hurt in Cameron County Crash

Two people were hurt in a a crash at just after 8 o’clock this morning on Rotue 120 in Cameron County, about a mile east of the Elk County line.

Police say a Jeep Libery driven by Ali Reigle of Emporium went out of control on the snow-covered road, spun around and hit a car driven by Angela Regulski of St. Marys. Reigel’s vehicle kept spinning until it hit a guiderail. Regulski’s car spun and then jump on top of a guiderail.

Regulski was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated by emergency responders. She suffered severe injuries. Reigel sustained moderate injuries. They were both taken by ambulance to Elk Regional Health Center.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

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Original 'Dear Abby' Has Died

Pauline Phillips, the original “Dear Abby” advice columnist, died Wednesday at the age of 94 after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Phillips wrote the most widely syndicated column in the world – published in more than 1,200 newspapers and read by nearly 9 million people daily – under the pen name Abigail Van Buren for four decades.

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Man Allegedly Sold Heroin to Cops

A Lakewood, New York, man is accused of selling heroin to undercover agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Police charged 25-year-old Brandon Butler with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance. He is jailed without bail.

He allegedly sold the heroin during the past three months in Jamestown.

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