The 1490 NewsBlog

powered by NewsRadio 1490 WESB

brought to you, in part, by

Saturday, February 23, 2013

SBU to Celebrate Life of Robert Lax

A week-long series of lectures, performances and discussions on Olean native Robert Lax will take place from March 4 to 8 at St. Bonaventure University.

Lax spent his early years in Olean and went on to become a well-known poet, artist and spiritual thinker. He spent more than 30 years of his later life on the Greek islands of Kalymnos and Patmos.

St. Bonaventure is home to the Robert Lax Archives.

Dr. Steve Georgiou of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., will give three lectures open to the public: at 4:30 p.m. on March 4 and 5 in the Walsh Science Center Auditorium; and at 7 p.m. March 6 at the Olean Public Library.

At 7:30 p.m. on March 8, an original composition inspired by Lax’s poetry by Gwyneth Walker will be performed in the Regina Quick Arts Center, with a short documentary to follow. The show is free and open to the public.

Throughout the week, exhibits mounted by Friedsam Memorial Library director Paul Spaeth will be displayed at the library and the Quick Center’s Branch Gallery.

Lax was born in Olean in 1915. In the 1930s, Lax attended Columbia University, where he became friends with Thomas Merton. Merton would later teach English at St. Bonaventure in the early 1940s before becoming a renowned spiritual writer and Trappist monk. Lax died in 2000.

St. Bonaventure’s School of Arts and Sciences, Friedsam Memorial Library and The Regina Quick Center for the Arts worked with the Olean Public Library, Olean High School and members of the Olean community on this event.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

'One World' Cultural Festival Today

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host its annual One World Cultural Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23, to celebrate the many different cultures represented by the Pitt-Bradford student body, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. This year’s focus is on West African culture, but the event celebrates the contributions of all cultures and countries during this annual festival of food, music, dance and costume.

Entertainment will include the Pitt-Bradford Dance Team in a high-energy performance with a West African flair, the Pitt-Bradford Diamond Steppers performing a distinctive style of rhythmic dancing and the Dance and Drum Performance Company from the African American Cultural Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

The company has developed under the direction of West African cultural artists and the influence of African American pioneers in the dance genre. Senegalese nationals have contributed to the growth of the company, and its repertoire has been compiled with attention to the influence of American choreographers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus, among others.

The company has performed before an estimated 200,000 people in New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Ontario.

The festival also features an international sampling buffet, activity booths and an international fashion show with students modeling clothing from Cameroon and Nigeria as well as from countries in Asia, South America and Europe and those of some Native American peoples.

A variety of booths will allow visitors to sample more international foods and take part in hands-on demonstrations. Booths open at 6:30 p.m., and the buffet opens at 7 p.m. Dinner is $5 or the donation of a dish to pass.

Three students who traveled abroad last year as Vira Heinz Scholars have created a diversity quilt in conjunction with Bradford Area High School students that will be auctioned off to benefit Kiva, a nonprofit organization that lends small amounts of money to people in poverty to improve their lives.

The students will present a video about their project and take bids through a silent auction. More information on their project is available on Facebook under the name “Women for Women.”

The Cultural Festival first began as a student celebration of Black History Month initiated by the Black Action Committee in the mid-1990s. It has grown to become one of the most highly anticipated university events of the year, bringing together students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages and backgrounds.

In addition to the festival steering committee, this year’s contributors include the Office of the President, Panthers Around the World, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, Communication and the Arts Division, Biological and Health Sciences Division, Physical and Computational Sciences Division, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Management and Education Division, Metz and Associates, Nontraditional Student Association, Student Activities Council, Student Government Association and Study Abroad and International Studies.

Pictured, the Dance and Drum Performance Company from the African American Cultural Center in Buffalo, N.Y., which will be performing at Pitt-Bradford Saturday night as part of the One World Cultural Festival

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Catt County Man Facing Assault Charge

An East Otto, New York, man is facing charges following a domestic incident that happened in the road Sunday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say 25-year-old Evan Barber was in his vehicle in a snowbank along Marek Road at just before 11 p.m. He reportedly hit another vehicle that was stopped in the road, and almost hit the occupant.

Deputies determined that Barber was intoxicated and had a prior DWI conviction. He was charged with felony DWI, assault and reckless endangerment. He was sent to jail on $250 bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

City of Bradford Police Log for 2/22/13

City of Bradford Police on Friday looked into a case of possible drug possession on West Washington Street. They also looked into traffic-related complaints on West Washington Street, Constitution Avenue and on Route 219. They got a report of a theft on Bushnell Street, a disturbance in a Main Street restaurant and a domestic incident on Walker Avenue. Officers also looked into reports of harassment at Main and Davis streets and on High Street.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Hurt in Snowmobile Accident

A Sherman, New York, man was hurt when he was thrown from his snowmobile Friday night.

Sheriff’s deputies say 54-year-old James Weise was on a trail between Hannum Road and Route 430 in the Town of Chautauqua at around 8:20 p.m. when the machine went out of controlled and hit several trees.

Weise was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of arm injuries.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Portville Man Arrested for Assault

A Portville man was picked up on an arrest warrant after being released from Olean General Hospital Friday.

The warrant against 28-year-old Michael Wright charged him with assault and criminal contempt in connection to a domestic incident that happened Monday.

Wright was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and will appear in Village of Portville Court at a later date.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Two Fires in Johnsonburg Friday

Charges pending against mother of teen

Seven people were left homeless after a fire in a Johnsonburg apartment building Friday morning.

State Police fire marshal Greg Agosti says the building at 503 Penn Street contained four apartments, but two additional families were also displaced. No one was hurt.

He says the fire started in the kitchen near a gas range in an apartment occupied by Tyler Magnusson and Barb Dilley and two children. The fire was reported at about 11:50 a.m. The cause is still under investigation.

Damage is estimated at $300,000 and the building has been deemed a total loss. The owner is Bradley Hauber of St. Marys.

Earlier in the day in Johnsonburg, fire damaged an apartment at 426 Water Street.

Agosti says a 13-year-old boy was smoking in bed, and careless smoking is the cause of the fire that did minimal damage. An 8-year-old boy suffered minor burns to his hand during the fire, and was treated at Elk Regional Health Center, then released.

Charges are pending against the 13-year-old’s mother, 53-year-old Sandra Hale of Johnsonburg, for providing tobacco to the 13-year-old.

Elk County Office of Emergency Services photo/courtesy of Nella Chirillo

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pitt-Bradford Sport and Fitness Center to be
Named in Honor of Richard, Ruth McDowell

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will name its sport and fitness center in honor of President Emeritus Dr. Richard McDowell and his wife, Ruth.

The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Dr. Richard and Ruth McDowell Sport and Fitness Center at its meeting today in Pittsburgh.

The sport and fitness center opened in the fall of 2002 and includes the KOA Arena, the Kenneth M. Jadlowiec Fitness Center, an exercise studio, the Tom L. McDowell Fieldhouse (named in honor of McDowell’s father), the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center, offices, classrooms and athletic training facilities.

“I am tremendously pleased that one of the most vibrant buildings on campus will carry the name of a vibrant leader,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president. “Dr. McDowell’s unrelenting enthusiasm, optimism and dedication carried Pitt-Bradford into the 21st century, well poised for the national recognition we’re seeing today.”

McDowell served as president of Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 2002, leading it through the process to gain baccalaureate degree-granting status in 1979 and expanding the physical campus and the student body to 1,200.

The Hon. John Cleland, who served as chairman of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board from 1995 to 2005, said, “It is more than fitting that Dick receive this honor. The campus is largely his vision, and his legacy is being duly recognized. And certainly, Ruth has been Dick’s partner for many years, and it’s appropriate that they are recognized together for the team they are.”

When McDowell became president at age 29, he was the youngest college president in the nation. Prior to becoming president, he served the university in several capacities, including assistant to the president for academic affairs, director of admissions and as a faculty member.

William Higie became chairman of the advisory board a year after McDowell became president.

“It certainly is well-deserved,” Higie said. “We struggled through twenty years together. We needed somebody like Dick McDowell who could just get things done well.”

Following his retirement as president, McDowell taught courses in leadership and fundraising at Pitt-Bradford. He holds a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and a master’s and doctor of philosophy degree from St. Louis University. In 1996 High Point University awarded Dr. McDowell an Honorary Doctorate. In 2001 he was awarded the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2002, he was recognized for his support of athletics by induction into Pitt-Bradford’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Over the years, the McDowells have supported a wide range of important initiatives at the Bradford campus. They established the Pitt-Bradford Athletics Endowment; joined with other donors and relatives of Dr. McDowell to create the Zelda N. Hyatt Undergraduate Student Research Fund; and gave generously to the Bradford Education Foundation at Pitt-Bradford, specifically for grants to expand and revolutionize the availability and use of technology throughout the curriculum for all majors across the Bradford Campus.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Growing Greener Grants Awarded

Six organizations in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $972,997 in state Growing Greener grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati said these grants are made available through the Growing Greener Program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Environmental Stewardship Fund. Across the commonwealth, Growing Greener has awarded over $13.2 million to fund 78 water protection projects through this round of funding.

Grants were awarded to reduce causes of nonpoint source pollution, reclaim abandoned mine lands and restore aquatic life to streams that were polluted as a result of acid mine drainage.

“The Growing Greener funds provided for these projects will play a significant role in helping local groups to complete important plans to clean up mine drainage, improve agricultural practices and restore wetlands and to improve stormwater systems,” Scarnati said. “Each of these projects not only protects our environment but also contributes to economic development and helps to create local jobs.”

The grants are being provided to non-profit organizations, watershed groups and county and municipal governments to address local and regional water quality issues. Conservation districts were targeted for a large portion of the funding, and will be responsible for three of the six projects in the 25th Senatorial District.

“These are worthwhile projects that will improve the quality of life for area residents,” Scarnati said. “Investing in our natural resources and protecting the waters across Pennsylvania is a vital investment in our future.”

The following projects in the 25th Senatorial District received funding:


Bucktail Watershed Association - $14,485 to treat and control Japanese Knotweed on 6-7 miles of Sinnemahoning Creek. This project continues previous control work that has been done in the headwaters.


McKean County Conservation District - $280,155 to continue implementation of agricultural best management practices within two agriculturally-impaired tributaries to the Allegheny River. Two operations will have BMPs installed on the Lillibridge Creek and Rock Run Watersheds in McKean County.


Potter County Conservation District - $99,000 to stabilize streambanks by installing in-stream structures, bankgrading and riparian planting at 9 locations on the East Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek and the Pine Creek watersheds.


Tioga County Conservation District – $166,350 to design and implement dirt and gravel road improvements on two roads totaling 2.1 miles in this sediment impaired watershed.

Babb Creek Watershed Association, Inc. - $163,007 to construct the second phase of a passive treatment system to treat mine discharges impacting Rock Run. Upon completion of the second phase water quality will be restored to 2,100 ft. of Smallpox Creek and its tributary and 2.1 miles of Rock Run.


Headwaters Charitable Trust - $250,000 to construct an aerobic limestone basin and a vertical flow wetland alkalinity addition treatment system in the Smith Run Watershed in McKean County. The watershed is degraded from seasonal and episodic acid precipitation impacts, and benefits will be realized not only in Smith Run but East Branch Lake.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

House Natural Gas Caucus Re-Launched

Thompson, Reed on Leadership Team

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Gene Green (D-TX), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Jim Costa (D-CA) today announced an expanded, four-member leadership team for the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, a bipartisan effort to educate Members of Congress and the American people about the importance of natural gas as a domestic energy resource, its role in meeting the nation's energy demand and in attaining energy security.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA): “The United States is witnessing an energy revolution through which natural gas development and production is offering economic growth, lower energy costs, and a vastly expanded energy resource base. The Congressional Natural Gas Caucus will serve as a forum to educate Members of Congress and the public on the growing importance of natural gas in meeting the nation’s energy needs and explore the policy challenges that must be leveraged for American consumers and domestic industries to continue benefiting from this abundant, low-cost energy source.”

U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX): “I look forward to working with my fellow co-chairs on expanding the Caucus’ membership and using it as a forum to educate, discuss and unite around policies that we can agree on.”

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY): “Our country has been blessed with plentiful reserves of natural gas – reserves that will supply America with long-term, low-cost energy. The opportunities are endless for economic growth through the direct and indirect jobs created by natural gas development and its importance in New York’s 23rd District, and across the country, cannot be overstated. Along with my co-chairmanship of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I expect to be able to highlight the importance of development through the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and the way it intertwines on both fronts. The development of domestic natural gas has already proven to be a game-changer for U.S. manufacturing and the Natural Gas Caucus will highlight ways to generate quality, good-paying American jobs.”

U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA): “Natural gas is American-made and critical to winning our energy future. Voters want to see Congress lead and build bipartisan agreement to deal with the problems of our day. Over 70 members from both sides of the aisle have come together to say that we must keep pushing forward to meet our energy challenges. This is about smart policies, not partisan politics.”

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Facing 300 Child Porn Charges

A St. Marys man is charged with more than 300 counts of child pornography, and related felony offenses for allegedly sharing computer files online with members of the state police computer crimes unit.

Donald Blessel, who turns 35 tomorrow, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 9 in front of District Judge Mark Jacob.

Besides the 311 counts of child pornography, Blessel is charged with five counts of disseminating photographs or film of child sex acts, five counts of displaying obscene and/or sexual materials and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He is also charged with several misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Couple Charged for Annoying Each Other

Two Chautauqua County residents are facing charges for harassing each other.

20-year-old Adrianna Samlock of Clymer and 19-year-old Keith Tilyou of Ripley called state police several times saying they were each being contacted excessively by the other person.

Neither person wanted the other arrested so police gave them each a verbal warning to stop contacting each other. But they ignored the warning and "continued to contact and annoy each other."

They are both charged with harassment and scheduled to appear in Town of French Creek Court.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Barry Snyder III Jailed

The grandson of Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. has been picked up for violating his parole.

32-year-old Barry Snyder III of Salamanca was arrested by sheriff’s deputies early Sunday morning while he was walking along Old Route 17 in the Town of Salamanca following an incident at his home.

He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail without bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Venture Capitalist George Still Jr. to be
Pitt-Bradford Commencement Speaker

Bradford native and venture capitalist George J. Still Jr. will address the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford graduating class of 2013 at the April commencement ceremony.

Still, who is the son of Zenaide Still of Bradford and the late Dr. George Still, will deliver the keynote address during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, in the KOA Arena of the Sport and Fitness Center.

“Students at undergraduate colleges rarely gain personal exposure to individuals who are clearly at the top of their game in the business world,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “What makes Mr. Still so special and unique is his willingness to dedicate time, energy and resources to worthy causes in this country and throughout the world. That wonderful combination of boundless success and humanitarian spirit makes him the ideal role model for our students.”

Still was born and raised in Bradford and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980. Following his graduation, he moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in finance. Still joined Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst & Young) and completed a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

He then joined the Centennial Venture Funds in Denver, where he began his career in venture capital investing, or investing in new businesses carrying high risk. In 1989, Still joined Northwest Venture Partners, where he became a managing partner in 1994. Over the last 20 years, NVP has grown into a globally renowned private equity firm with offices in California, New York, Israel and India.

During his 29-year tenure in venture capital, Still has directly led investments in 45 early stage private companies. He was the sole venture investor in PeopleSoft Inc., a human resource management system, and served on the company’s board of directors for more than 10 years. PeopleSoft grew from a start-up to a Standard & Poor’s 500-listed company that was subsequently acquired for more than $10 billion.

Still currently serves on the board of directors of two public companies, Rackspace Holding Inc. and Workday Inc., and has also served on the boards of directors of numerous private and other public companies. In addition to his role as a venture investor, Still was a co-founder of three companies: PeopleMan Inc., Verio Inc. and Group Inc. Forbes Magazine named him one of the nation’s top venture capital investors on its Midas List.

For more than 25 years, Still has been active at the Tuck School as a guest lecturer, member of the dean’s advisory council and as a member of the board of advisors of the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the board of directors and board committees of KnowledgeBeat, a nonprofit focusing on children’s health in rural Zambia; The First Tee of San Francisco, a youth development program; and the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, Calif. Still is a former member of the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association in Washington, D.C., and the Stanford Business School Venture Capital Trust at Stanford University.

He is married to Elizabeth Van Brocklin Still and lives in Atherton, Calif., where the couple has four children ages 18 through 23. Still is an avid golfer and enjoys fly-fishing and hunting.

Woman Charged for Stealing Purse

A South Dayton, New York, woman is accused of stealing another woman’s purse at a store in Jamestown.

State police say a customer at the Sweet Repeats consignment shop told them a woman she had been talking to in the store stole her purse, which contained credit cards and personal items. Their investigation led them to 34-year-old Brittany Merrill, who is charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Merrill was released on her own recognizance and will appear in court on a later date.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Bradford Man Cited After Two-Car Crash

A Bradford man has been cited after a two-car crash Tuesday in Warren.

Police say 19-year-old Noah Hurrle attempted to stop at the intersection of Hickory and Fourth streets, but couldn’t stop because of slippery road conditions and hit another car.

He was cited for not obeying a traffic control device.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Conservation Districts Get Impact Fee Money

State Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced the distribution of $361,165 in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue to county conservation districts in the 25th Senatorial District.

The revenue distributed to the 25th Senatorial District is part of the $2.5 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees designated for county conservation districts. The $2.5 million was collected statewide for calendar year 2011 and distributed to conservation districts by the Public Utility Commission in 2012-2013.

Under the impact fee legislation which was spearheaded by Senator Scarnati, the funds allocated for county conservation districts were split evenly, with $1.25 million in block grants of $18,939 for each of the 66 conservation districts across the commonwealth. The remaining $1.25 million was awarded in supplemental grants for administrative costs and well-impact costs.

According to Scarnati, eligible expenses for the use of these funds can include providing technical assistance and advice to local governments, land and drainage operations, assisting environmental advisory councils and administering natural resource programs.

“Marcellus Shale natural gas development is not only spurring job creation and economic growth in Pennsylvania communities, it is also helping to support the mission of our conservation districts,” Scarnati said. “These funds will assist our county conservation districts with promoting wise use of Pennsylvania's natural resources, as well as protecting and restoring our natural environment through conservation of soil, water and related resources.”

County Conservation districts in the 25th Senatorial District received the following portion of the distribution:

Cameron County – $34,753
Clearfield County – $44,877
Elk County – $38,516
Jefferson County – $36,007
McKean County – $38,337
Potter County – $39,860
Tioga County – $95,137
Warren County – $33,678

The revenue was distributed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which under the Marcellus Shale impact fee, Act 13 of 2012, collects and distributes impact fees. The Marcellus Shale impact fee was established as part of legislation signed by Governor Corbett on February 14, 2012. Act 13 was passed after months of discussion among state government, local government, citizens, representatives of environmental groups and representatives of the industry. The law protects the environment by providing for environmental safeguards, while also imposing a reasonable annual impact fee on each well.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

... Chats with Anne Holliday

Cheryl T. Cohen Greene, who was portrayed in the movie "The Sessions" by Helen Hunt, talks about her memoir, "an intimate life: sex, love and my journey as a surrogate partner."

She talks about how and why she decided to become a surrogate partner, the reaction of her family to her career choice, and many other issues. She also discusses how it felt to have Oscar winner Helen Hunt play her in the movie. Greene will, by the way, be at the Academy Awards Sunday to root for Hunt, who is nominated for an Oscar.

Listen here.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Rapp: Changes Needed at Warren State Hospital

Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) sent a letter to Acting Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth today to request her cooperation in caring for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens by increasing the total patient capacity at Warren State Hospital.

“The state has set a bed cap of 196 for Warren State Hospital,” said Rapp. “With total bed usage at the hospital continuing to move closer to maximum capacity, there is widespread concern throughout our communities that many people are needlessly languishing on a waiting list, or if left untreated, incarcerated in our overcrowded prison system, while the hospital has the capacity to serve more individuals.”

According to Rapp’s letter, the Department of Public Welfare’s December 2010 decision to close the forensic unit at Warren State Hospital has created a financial burden on county budgets, and specifically, the county criminal justice system. This decision has also created a financial hardship for families who must now travel hundreds of miles south near Pittsburgh to visit their family members.

“It is my personal opinion that the state Department of Public Welfare has a responsibility to care for our neediest citizens, not based on whether or not there are available beds, but based on their individual needs,” said Rapp. “I am requesting a face-to-face meeting at Warren State Hospital with you personally, area legislators and other concerned community members to discuss the critical situation at Warren State Hospital.”

Rapp’s complete letter to Acting Secretary Mackereth can be viewed in its entirety at

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Mary Hayden

Mary L. Hayden, 59, of 1040 W. Washington St., lost her courageous, three year battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born in Hoersel, Belgium on March 31, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Gennaro and Adriana (Miles) Lombardi. She migrated to the United States in 1958.

On April 6, 1974 in St. Bernard Church she married Timothy A. Hayden who survives.

She was a 1971 graduate of Bradford High School. She had been employed as a clerk for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 32 years retiring in 2004. She was a member of St. Bernard Church and volunteered for the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her loving family, especially taking her grandchildren to Disney World. She loved going to the beach, shopping, and walking.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, a daughter, Erica (Jamie) Ferdarko, of Treasure Lake, and a son, Edward (Naoma) Hayden, of Bradford, a sister, Fannie (Jake) Linaberger, of Cave Creek, AZ, and a brother, John (Josephine) Lombardi, of Easton, four grandchildren: Hayden Ferdarko, Olivia Ferdarko, Bryce Hayden and Reese Hayden, and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 3-5pm & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave. where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Committal services and entombment will be held in St. Bernard Mausoleum.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to: Elf Fund, PO Box 287, Bradford, PA 16701 or Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at John Hopkins University, address: Kimmel Cancer Center, One Charles Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201, or charity of the donor's choice .

Online condolences may be made at

Jeanette Norris

Jeanette S. Norris, 66, of Droney Road, Gifford, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 24, 1946, in Kane, she was a daughter of the late Walter S. "Jack" and Margaret (Gault) Hartle.

On February 16, 1968, she married Edward V. Edmonds, III who passed away December 21, 1974. She was then married to Richard N. Norris.

She was a 1964 graduate of Bradford High School. She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing, The Briar Patch, McKean County Head Start and later at W.R. Case and Sons, from where she retired in 2007.

She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, being outdoors and spending time with family at outings and picnics.

Surviving are four children, Susan Edmonds of Erie, David (Jennifer) Edmonds of Gibsonia, Sara Edmonds of Erie and Eric Norris of Bradford; two grandchildren, Ryan Siggins and Chloe Edmonds; three sisters, her twin, Jennifer Hartle, Sheila (the late Daniel) Potter and Eve Hartle, all of Bradford; three brothers, William (the late Linda) Hartle of Erie, Daniel Hartle of Derrick City and Brian Hartle of Bradford; one sister in law Jane Hartle of Lewis Run; three aunts, Jeanette Hugill of Port Allegany, Shirley Gault of Smethport and Kate Gault of Colorado; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Robert "Bob" Hartle.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 11:00 to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 1:00pm, with Rev. Robert Gorton, pastor of The People's Christian Fellowship Church officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to: CARE for Children, PO Box 616, Bradford, PA 16701, McKean County SPCA, PO Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701, Salvation Army, 111 Jackson Ave., Bradford, PA 16701, or Future's, 1 Futures Way, Bradford, PA 16701.

On line condolences may be made at

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

98-Year-Old Woman Dies in Car Crash

A 98-year-old woman is dead after a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Rushford.

State troopers say 74-year-old Betty Pollock was on Route 243 and attempting to make a left turn when her car hit a vehicle driven by 75-year-old Albert Holtzborn. Holzborn’s passenger, Mildred Holzborn was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, where she was pronounced dead.

Pollock was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment of her injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Driving in Johnsonburg?
Watch for Pedestrians, Says PennDOT

Starting tomorrow, drivers on Route 219 (Center Street) in Johnsonburg will be reminded to slow down and watch for pedestrians.

PennDOT will place variable message signs along Route 219 urging motorists to adhere to the posted 35 mph speed limit and watch for people crossing the road in the area of Route 4007 (Main Street).

Southbound and northbound traffic on Route 219 will see the lit boards for the next several weeks. The signs will alternate messages including “Pedestrian Crossing Ahead” and “Reduce Speed.”

The signs will remain in place until warmer weather allows Ridgway Township to install signs and a painted crosswalk at the intersection. A Pedestrian Channelizing Device will also be placed at the intersection as a visual reminder of the state’s pedestrian crossing law.

Pennsylvania’s law requires that drivers yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic controls or traffic controls are not in operation. Violators of the law are subject to a $50 fine.

Pedestrians can use the following tips to be safe roadway users:

• Wear light-colored, reflective clothing so you can be seen;
• Walk against traffic;
• Make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street;
• Be aware of your surroundings.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Marcellus Shale Well Planned for Knapp Creek

Although there is still a moratorium on fracking in New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation has updated the list of drilling companies it may issue permits to if and when the ban is lifted.

In Cattaraugus County, Vertical Resources of Sugar Grove intends to drill a Marcellus Shale well in Knapp Creek. Pan Energy Company of Orchard Park intends to drill a Marcellus well in Cherry Creek in the Town of Dayton.

DEC says these notices pertain to well spacing requirements only and do not necessarily mean that permits are ready to be issued.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Sandusky Appeals to Superior Court

Jerry Sandusky is appealing Judge John Cleland’s decision denying him a new trial.

Last month, Cleland rejected arguments that defense attorneys didn't have enough time to prepare for the trial that ended in the former Penn State assistant football coach’s conviction on 45 charges of child sex abuse.

Cleland also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions and hearsay testimony. In documents filed Wednesday in Centre County Court, and released to the media today, Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola did not say what issues he plans to argue in his appeal to the Superior Court.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Man Accused of Stealing Van at Peak 'n' Peek

A Ripley, New York, man is accused of stealing a van at Peak ‘n’ Peek.

State police say they were called to the ski resort in Clymer on Sunday for a report of a missing van, and while they were interviewing the staff, an employee saw the van pull into a parking lot near the maintenance building.

22-year-old Trent Johnston was arraigned for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and then sent to Chautauqua County Jail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Special Olympics Invitational in March

More than 100 special athletes are registered to compete in the annual McKean County Special Olympics Swimming Invitational, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center on Friday, March 1, starting at 10 a.m.

Special Olympians from McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron counties have been in training for several months in preparation for the competition, according to meet director Jan Knight. They will be competing for medals in individual and team events.

“The swimming invitational is one of the biggest Special Olympics events of the year and we expect the level of competition to be the best ever,” said Knight.

Up to seven swimmers will qualify to compete at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 6-8.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for over 370 mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to swimming, programs are offered in softball, track and field, golf, basketball, skiing and bowling.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947

Woman Allegedly Split Person's Lips

A Cattaraugus County woman is in jail for punching another person in the face.

Sheriff’s deputies say 28-year-old Samantha Lilley of East Otto got into a fight with the other person at her home Saturday afternoon, punched the person in the face, splitting both the upper and lower lips and causing bleeding and swelling.

Lilley was charged with assault and sent to jail on $2,500 bail.

The news leader of the Twin Tiers ... since 1947