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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bradford Woman Missing

This is Amanda Davis. She is a sophomore nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She was last seen last night in downtown Bradford. There are search parties forming at Alleghany StatePark entrance on Limeston Run and in the Grace Lutheran Church parking lot behind Country Fair.

She is in her early twenties. She works at the Bradford Ecumenical home. She has a small son at home that suffers from cancer, she would not stay away from her son intentionally! Please pass this along!

Any questions please call 585 378 0514.

Book Talk
Read Across America Edition

I haven't done "Sunday Book Talk" for a few weeks, but that doesn't mean I haven't been interviewing authors. I thought today would be a good day to catch up. Although most schools celebrated Read Across America yesterday, the official Read Across America is today -- the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

In recognition of that I'm giving you lots of choices. You can listen to my interviews with the authors by clicking the book title below the picture of the book. You can find more books to celebrate Read Across America by going to the Bradford Area Public Library.

That Night on Thistle Lane


A Land More Kind Than Home


Performance Anomalies


The Burn Zone


Garden of Stones.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 3/1/13

City of Bradford Police on Friday looked into a case of possible drug possession on Forman Street. They also investigated disturbances on North Center and Pearl streets, and reports of harassment on Main, Chestnut and East Main streets, as well as Marion Avenue. They were also called to motor vehicle accidents on Forman and Boylston streets.

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Special Olympics Gold Medalists Announced

More than 100 special athletes from McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sport and Fitness Center pool Friday for the annual Special Olympics Swimming Invitational.

The invitational is the culmination of the swimming season for most of the athletes, who have been in training for several months for this event. Seven swimmers, whose names will be announced, will advance to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games at Penn State, June 6-8.

Gold medal winners were:

15yd Walk: Matt Latshaw, John Sandlin, Joe Cook, Jr., Ian Guras, Mercedes Buckins, Kia Jefferds
10yd Assisted: Alex Rakieski, Tristan Carney, Noah Gausman, Ian Guras, Christofer Swedenhelm, Lauren Loveland, Kia Jefferds
15yd Unassisted: Matt Latshaw, Keith Myers, Lesadi Crust
15yd Float: Tyler Dubeck, John Sandlin, Ian Guras, Brody Briggs, Luke Squires, Jenna Gerhart, Paricia Nelson
25yd Float: Matt Latshaw, Tristan Carney, Tyler Dubeck, Jenna Gerhart
25yd Freestyle: Zethan Brougham, Zach Frontera, Devin Guras, Andrew Wilson, Adam Hickey, Derek Hottel, Julie Boyle, Kayla Gray, Shawna Graham, Karen Smith, Vicky Nichols, Ryanna Carpenter
25yd Backstroke: Zach Frontera, Devin Guras, Devon Young, Andrew Wilson, Adam Hickey, Derek Hottel, Kayla Gray, Morgan Nelson, Susan Parkes, Karen Smith, Amanda Haberberger, Vicky Nichols, Ryanna Carpenter 50yd Freestyle: Zach Frontera, Derek Hottel, Terika Schleicher, Kayla Gray, Joe Lee, Andrew Wilson, Ryanna Carpenter, Shawna Bailey
50yd Backstroke: Devin Guras, Karen Smith
4x25yd Relay: Andrew Wilson, Matt Scott, Gary Stewart, Kyler Carpenter, Ryanna Carpenter, Harry Gardner

McKean County Special Olympics photo

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday's Fatal Crash Victim ID'd

Police have released the names of the people involved in the fatal crash Thursday morning in Elk County.

26-year-old Desiree Smith of Falls Creek died after the two-vehicle crash on Route 153 near Cristini’s Auto Wrecking.

Troopers say a car driven by 25-year-old Diedre Butler of Brockway crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by 61-year-old Linda Jensen of Warren.

Smith was a passenger in Butler’s car and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Butler suffered major injuries, and was first taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center for treatment, but was later transferred to Altoona Hospital. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt. She was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

Jensen was taken to the DuBois Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Angela Ford

Angela Dawn Ford, 43, a loving mother and daughter of 93 Red Rock Road, Derrick City, passed away, Thursday, February 28, 2013, in her residence surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Born July 21, 1969, in Kane, she was a daughter of Mick and Judy A. (Schlopy) McGuire.

Ms. Ford was a 1988 graduate of Bradford High School. She was employed as a Administrative Assitant at Minard Run Oil Company. She had previously been employed at Smith's Accounting, McGuire Trucking and Control Chief.

She was a member of the Desk & Derrick Club, Eagles Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Vets Club, the Italian Club and a former member of the Bradford Moose Lodge.

In addition to her mother and father, Angela is survived by a son, Dylan Ray Michael Irons, a sister, Tina Marie (Shawn) Sayers of Marion IL, two brothers, Darin (Kimmers) Ford of Bradford, and Eric Ray (Dawn) McGuire of Erie, two half brothers, Brian Blankenship of Warren and Matthew McGuire of Holtzdale, her companion, Keith Bradford and her former companion Mark Irons, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her paternal father James Franco.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, March 4, 2013 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main Street, where funeral services will be held at 10:00am, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 with Rev. Max Miller, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Committal services and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials if desired may be made for the benefit of her son Dylan, % Anna Lombardo, 1252 S. Kendall Ave., Bradford, PA 16701

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Mary Ann Levis Lyons

Former Bradford Era Social Page Editor dies at age 92

Mary Ann Levis Lyons, 92 of 48 Sherman Street, Bradford, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

Born on November 16, 1920, in Erie, she was a daughter of Ernest Lewis and Ann (Rich) Levis. She was a 1938 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

Free spirited, Mary Ann left Bradford to join the USO and served for a time in St. Marys. Later she began a successful career with Kaiser Frazer Automobile distributorship in New York City and worked her way up to become the first female general director for the distributorship. She was greatly admired in the industry.

Mary Ann enjoyed a spirited life in New York City where she met and married Gerry Lyons and they resided there for 25 years. Mary Ann spoke often of her apartment life on Madison Ave. "Everything was dazzling", she would say. "I had no time to learn how to cook'. During that time, she and her husband also lived in Florida where Mary Ann became a skilled dog trainer and a lifelong supporter of the SPCA.

Together Mary Ann and Gerry also enjoyed traveling and Mexico was a favorite destination. Unfortunately, Gerry became ill on one of their trips to Mexico and Mary Ann became his care giver until he passed away. Gerry is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. After his death in 1962, Mary Ann returned to Bradford to help care for her brother Sonny and her mother until they passed away.

She worked as a Receptionist at the new Bradford Holiday Inn and shortly afterward joined the Bradford Era as the Social Page editor. Mary Ann was widely admired for all the stories and human interest features she wrote for the Bradford Era. Specifically, she sought out people who loved animals. She was a skilled reporter who always got to the heart of the matter. She often teamed up with the late W. Forres Stewart covering freelance and human interest photo stories. During her newspaper career Mary Ann also worked for the Olean Times Herald, retiring in 1975. She was instrumental in working with former University of Pittsburgh at Bradford President, Dr. Richard McDowell, in setting up the W. Forres Stewart Photo Archive Collection.

Mary Ann was a great lover of animals and over a long period of time had many dogs, cats and birds. She was most recently seen accompanied by her faithful companion Richie. Mary Ann was also a supporter of many local and national causes including the St. Anthony Guild and the Capuchin Franciscan Friars. Mary Ann was known for her unique and stylish attire, and she believed strongly in maintaining an excellent diet and exercise program which kept her active and free of illness for her entire life.

In her later years, she greatly appreciated the support she received from numerous local friends who took an active interest in her well being.

Surviving are a stepson Ronald (Susan) Stewart of Bedford, Mass.; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, her long-time companion W. Forres Stewart, and one brother, Sonny Levis.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home at 372 E. Main Street followed by a prayer service at noon with the Rev. Raymond Gramatta, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

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Bank Giving Away $25,000

Visitors to Northwest Savings Bank may now enter the bank’s new $25,000 Cash for That Sweepstakes. The bank will draw a single winner from all entries on May 31 and award a check for $25,000 to the winner.

“Northwest Savings Bank has been helping people buy and renovate homes since we were founded in 1896,” said Dottie Lobdell, Vice President, Mortgage Lending, of Northwest Savings Bank. “That not only helps them, it also helps our neighborhoods and our communities. We feel that offering a chance to win $25,000 “cash for that” is a great way to thank our customers, friends and neighbors for their support, and allowing one of our neighbors to use that cash to carry out a home makeover or use the cash for any valid purpose.”

The $25,000 Cash for That Sweepstakes requires no transaction to enter and entry blanks are available at any Northwest Savings Bank location in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, or Maryland or at selected home shows that the bank will attend during the early months of 2013. Entrants must be over eighteen years of age.

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Mischief at Acid Mine Treatment Plant

Someone got into the Brandy Camp Acid Mine Treatment plant in Elk County and then opened and closed gates that control water.

State police say the incident happened between 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon and 7 o’clock this morning when the person got through a gap in a security fence. The person then opened a gate that controls groundwater coming into the plant, and closed a gate controlling water exiting a pond on the property.

When the incoming water level dropped to a predetermined level an automatic control system shut down the plant to prevent damage to any equipment. Police say there as not monetary loss, and there was no environmental damage.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Ridgway-based state police at 776-6136.

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Breakfast to Benefit French Club

The Coudersport High School French Club is hosting a pancake breakfast to raise money for their trip to France next fall.

The breakfasat is from 8 a.m. to noon March 9 at Fezz's Diner in Coudersport. The cost is $6, which buys two panckaes, your choice of meat, choice of egg and a drink.

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Soup's On in Eldred

St. Raphael Church Altar Rosary Society is hosting a "Soup's On" fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday (March 2) at the Coleman Center in Eldred.

A variety of homemade soups and desserts as well as bread and beverages will be offered. Take-outs are available.

They will also have basket raffles, and you don't have to be present to win. Drawings will be held at 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit parish activities. Everyone is welcome.

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Man Who Threatened to Blow Up ARG
Pleads Guilty in McKean County Court

The Bradford man who threatened to blow up the ARG Refinery last December pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and criminal mischief Thursday in McKean County Court.

40-year-old John Rose made the threats after being fired by a subcontractor who worked for ARG. He tried to force his way into the front entrance on Kendall Avenue, by kicking the door and throwing rocks at the glass.

Before police got to ARG, Rose drove away and, when police caught up with him near the intersection of Williams Street and Rosedale Avenue, they had to order him at gunpoint to get onto the ground.

He’ll be sentenced March 7.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 2/28/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated a report of “forcible sodomy” on Potter Street. They also responded to complaints of disorderly conduct on Congress Street, harassment on Interstate Parkway and Avenue B and a disturbance on East Main Street. Officers looked into traffic and parking problems on Interstate Parkway and South Avenue and investigated motor vehicle accidents on Route 219, South Kendall and Jackson avenues and on Campus Drive.

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Update on Fatal Elk County Crash

A Falls Creek woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 153 in Elk County.

State police have not released any names yet, but say a car driven by a 25-year-old Brockway woman crossed the center line and hit a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old Warren woman.

The 26-year-old Falls Creek woman was a passenger in the Brockway woman’s car. She was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two women were taken by ambulance to DuBois Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Brockway woman was later transferred to Altoona Hospital.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Joyce Yohe

Joyce L. Yohe, 80, a loving mother and grandmother, of 1045 W. Washington St. Bradford, passed away, Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Born on October 29, 1932, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Harry C. and Muriel G. (Brown) Rupert.

On October 16, 1953, in Allegany NY, she married Clair Roland Yohe who died July 31, 1998.

She was a 1950 graduate of Bradford High School and a 1953 graduate of the Bradford Hospital School of Nursing, the last Class to graduate. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary's Hospital for two years then Bradford Regional Medical Center for 40 years retiring in 1996.

She loved traveling to see the country, spending time with her family, camping and fishing. She loved going for drives with her husband and dog Tilly.

Surviving is one daughter, Jacqueline M. Haskins-Adams and her husband Kit, three sons; Brian Yohe and his wife Cruz, Lawrence Yohe and his wife Joan, and Patrick Yohe and his girlfriend Lynn all of Bradford, ten grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers; Darrell, Donald and Charles Rupert.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday March 3, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 E. Main St., Bradford, where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday at 10:00am with Rev. Mike MacAvoy pastor of the Open Arms Church and Rev. Robert Klouw, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church co-officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Wagner Cemetery % Larry Yohe 1043 W. Washington St., Bradford PA 16701, or the McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Mock Surgery Scheduled for Harrisburg

Mary Grogan lives in Bradford and works at Olean General Hospital in surgery.

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Reporter to Share Firsthand Experience of
Working on Western New York Farms

St. Bonaventure University will welcome agriculture reporter Tom Rivers to campus to share what he learned firsthand about working conditions facing migrant farm laborers in Western New York.

Rivers will present “From Field to Fork: A Reporter Experiences Farm Work” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. The public is invited.

Rivers will share his experiences working with farm workers at 13 Western New York farms in 2008. He planted onions, milked cows and harvested fruits and vegetables with workers from Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti.

Rivers, who covers agriculture and other community issues for The Daily News in Batavia, wrote a first-person series about farm work that won state and national awards. The farm labor series was later adapted to a book, “Farm Hands: Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields.” Rivers is also a contributor to American Agriculturist magazine.

“Rivers’ visit has the potential to open up some wonderful discussions about our food system here on campus and in the local community,” said Maggie Morris, program director for the Warming House. “Rivers’ work brings to light the true human, environmental, health and economic costs of the cheap food we in this country are so accustomed to.

The presentation is intended to inform the public about the working conditions farm laborers regularly confront when producing food.

“Rivers, and others doing work like his, do well to question the pillars of our food system, including government subsidies for high-input industrialized farming, exploitation of undocumented workers, consolidation and highly-processed cheap foods. These that fail to value the work of farmers while robbing them of their natural role as stewards of the land and water must be challenged and reimagined so that there may be nourishing food and justice for all,” said Morris.

Through Rivers’ experience, “We can all better appreciate those who supply the food to our tables,” said Sr. Jean Sliwinski, a member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. “His stories about the lives of migrant farm workers will leave you full of respect for the work they do despite many hardships. Catholic Social Teaching’s emphasis on the dignity of the human person and the key role immigrant farm workers play in the agricultural industry highlight the need for immigration reform in our nation.”

Rivers lost 40 pounds working at farms, and ran a marathon after the experience. He discovered running 26.2 miles is easier than spending a day picking cucumbers or cutting cabbage.

The program is sponsored by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo, as well as St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Center for Social Concern and Clare College.

Photo provided by St. Bonaventure University

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Casey Statement of Passage of VAWA

Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement on the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):

“I am pleased the House and Senate came together in a bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA has proven to be extremely effective in protecting Pennsylvania women and supporting victims of abuse and assault. I am particularly encouraged by the inclusion of my provisions to combat sexual violence on college campuses so that college campuses are safe and secure places to learn and work.”

Toomey Speaks on the Sequester

WASHIGNTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) spoke today from the Senate floor in favor of legislation he authored with Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to allow the president and federal agency mangers to implement the sequester cuts in a more sensible way.

Click here to watch Toomey’s full speech.

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New Hospital Planned for Catt County

The TLC Health Network plans on building a $23 million hospital in Cattaraugus County.

Buffalo Business First reports that plans have been filed with the state health department for a building to replace the former Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Gowanda that was destroyed by flooding in 2009.

The new hospital would be on an 8-acre parcel of land about a mile away from the old hospital.

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Casey, Kirk Introduce Legislation to
Prevent Bullying in Schools

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent bullying and harassment in schools. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would require schools and districts that receive federal funding to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, encouraging them to implement effective prevention programs to respond to incidents of bullying and harassment.

“Bullying and harassment affect millions of students every year,” said Senator Casey. “I am re-introducing the Safe Schools Improvement Act to help ensure that every child receives a quality education that builds self-confidence. This bill is a crucial step towards ensuring that no child is afraid to go to school for fear of bullying.”

"Bullying affects an estimated one out of every three students in America ages 12-18 years, and can have a significant impact on school engagement and academic achievement," said Senator Kirk. "I am proud to join with Senator Casey to reintroduce the Safe Schools Improvement Act to help schools prevent bullying before it starts and to provide guidance supporting proper behavior. I hope we can help solve the issue of bullying because every child deserves a safe environment, free of harassment, in which they can learn."

The Safe Schools Improvement Act requires school districts receiving federal funds adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including conduct based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. The bill also requires states to collect information reported by school districts on incidents of bullying and harassment and report this information to the Department of Education. This data must also be readily available to the public so that parents and the local community may know what is happening in their schools.

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Mary Ann Levis-Lyons

Mary Ann Levis-Lyons, 92, of 48 Sherman Street, Bradford, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 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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Fatal Crash in Elk County

Police are investigating a fatal traffic accident this morning in Elk County.

The two-vehicle crash happened at just before 11 a.m. on Route 153 near Cristini’s Auto Wrecking in Brockport.

The county coroner was called to the scene, but police have not released any further information yet.

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NYSP: Man Violently Attacked Girlfriend

A Collins, New York, man is accused of violently attacking his girlfriend.

State police say 19-year-old Davin Lay confronted the woman Tuesday morning after she spent the night at a friend’s houose. He allegedly chased her into a bedroom, pushed her to the ground, grabbed her around the throat, held her down and yelled at her. He then allegedly picked her up and shook her, dragged her into another room and threw her against a wall.

The victim was able to get away, and went to the Seneca Nation of Indians Marshals office, where she reported the assault. She was treated for her injuries at Lake Shore Hospital, then released.

Lay was charged with assault, menacing and criminal obstruction of breathing. He was released to a family member and is due back in court next month.

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