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Friday, March 22, 2013

Meth Lab Bust in Allegany

At least one person was arrested after the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a meth lab in the Village of Allegany late Thursday night.

Police say the raid started at just after 10 p.m. at the South Seventh Street house.

The task force and members of the state police crime lab removed hazardous material from the house this morning.

They are expected to release more information this afternoon.

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DEP Secretary Krancer Stepping Down

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer is stepping down, and will return to private law practice next month.

Michael Krancer has been DEP secretary since January of 2011, and helped oversee Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale advisory commission.

E. Christopher Abruzzo, deputy chief of staff for Corbett, will serve as acting secretary. He will hold both positions until Corbett names Krancer’s successor.

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Man Allegedly Pointed Gun at People

A Forestville, New York, man is accused of pointing a gun at two people in the Town of Hanover.

Sheriff’s deputies say at around 6 o’clock Wednesday evening Stephen Duman pointed the gun at the people while they were trying to load a disabled snowmobile onto a truck.

Duman is charged with menacing and has been issued appearance tickets for Hanover Town Court.

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US House Passes Budget Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement after the House passed H.Con.Res. 25, a resolution establishing the budget for the U.S. Government for Fiscal Year 2014. The measure passed by a vote of 221-207.

"The House has put forward a budget that changes the spending trajectory in Washington, something that cannot be said for our Senate colleagues who, to date, have not passed a budget in more than four years,” stated Thompson. “This resolution puts our country back on a sustainable fiscal path, while preserving and strengthening the solvency of critical safety net programs for future retirees and setting a framework for broad economic growth.”

The non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently issued a report highlighting dramatic increases of domestic oil and natural gas production on private land, noting that production is down on federal land due in part to overly burdensome federal regulations and restrictive land management policies.

H.Con.Res. 25 expands domestic energy development by allowing new production on public lands and approval of vital projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, in order to create new revenue and bolster domestic job creation.

“President Obama claims to be serious about reinstituting fiscal balance in Washington, yet his administration and agencies have gone out of their way to stall energy production to the detriment of new job creation and stronger economic growth,” Thompson said.

“The Senate and President Obama need to join the House in putting forward a serious plan to boost our economy and safeguard our nation’s future,” added Thompson. “The American people elected us to lead and put forward solutions – not hide from challenges and posture for the next election.”

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Pitt-Bradford Plans Annual Career Fair

Representatives of employers and services will be on hand at the annual career fair at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford next week to discuss current and prospective employment and internship opportunities.

The 27th annual career fair, which is sponsored by the Office of Career Services, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. No pre-registration is required, but those attending the fair should bring copies of the resumes and dress in appropriate business attire. The event is free and open to the public.

Businesses and agencies attending the fair include Abraxas I, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Allegheny Bradford Corp., American Refining Group, Aramark, AXA Advisors, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, Bradford Regional Medical Center, Cattaraugus Community Action, CNB Bank, Cutco Corp., Ellwood National Forge, Empereon Marketing, Lowe’s, McKean County Department of Human Services, McKean County Adult Probation,

Northwest Savings Bank, McCourt Label, Metz Culinary Management, Pennsylvania CareerLink – McKean County, St. Bonaventure University Graduate Studies, Seneca Battalion ROTC, Seneca Gaming Corp., University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Office of Human Resources, U.S. Navy, Vector Marketing, Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, WESB/WBRR (Scott Douglas and Igor), Zippo Manufacturing Co. and Zito Media.

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Kallenborn Joins CARE Staff

Mick Marshall, president of CARE for Children’s board of directors, announced that Leslie Kallenborn has been hired as development and marketing coordinator for the not- for-profit organization.

Kallenborn will manage external communications, fund and business development, fundraising, marketing, and special events for the agency.

“With the construction of the Ashley Booth Griffin CARE for Children Center, the board is pleased that Leslie will help lead the marketing and development efforts at CARE during this exciting and historic period in the agency’s long history. She joins the staff at a time when her skills will be sorely needed to help CARE reach its fundraising goals for the center and to help us move forward with the expansion and addition of needed services for the local pediatric population,” stated Marshall.

Kallenborn spent five years at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where she held the position of assistant director of annual giving. In that role she developed and managed a comprehensive annual giving program, including alumni, friends, corporate, and faculty/staff fund raising.

Prior to her time at Pitt-Bradford, Kallenborn served as competitive marketing project manager and support liaison for Time Warner Cable’s (formerly Adelphia Communications) National Sales, Marketing, and Retention Call Center.

Kallenborn earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from St. Francis University.

She resides in Port Allegany with her husband and daughter.

CARE for Children is a non-profit organization in McKean County, PA that provides professional services to children; including birth to three and school based pediatric therapy services, specialty pediatric clinics, early childhood education, child safety and injury prevention programs (as the lead agency for Safe Kids McKean), and community outreach programs for children of all abilities.

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House Passes Liquor Privatization Bill

Pennsylvanians are now one step closer to having real choice and convenience as wine, spirits and beer consumers, Governor Tom Corbett said Thursday after the House passed House Bill 790, the liquor privatization bill, by a vote of 105-90.

Corbett said that House Bill 790 ends the state's role as the sole wholesaler and retailer of wine and spirits, allows for true consumer choice and increases enforcement, fines and penalties.

The bill now moves to the state Senate, where debate and amendments are expected.

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Players Firebomber Sentenced

The man who firebombed Players Downtown in Bradford has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for violating federal arson laws.

43-year-old Damon Kayes threw a Molotov cocktail at the front door of the bar at around 11:30 p.m. on September 9, 2011, when about 30 people were inside. No one was hurt.

US District Judge Sean McLaughlin said Kayes has a serious criminal history involving multiple violent offenses, and that he totally disregarded the serious risk of harm to the bar’s patrons.

Besides the 150 months in prison, Kayes has also been ordered to pay nearly $2,900 in restitution.

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Box Truck Hits School Bus

A box truck hit a school bus Thursday morning on Route 242 in the Town of Ellicottville, but none of the 14 students on board was hurt.

State police say the bus was at a railroad crossing when a Freightliner box truck driven by Jeffrey Coen of Franklinville didn’t stop and rear-ended the bus. Coen was trapped inside the truck and, after being freed by Ellicottville Fire Department personnel, was taken to Bertrand Chafee Hospital for treatment of leg injuries.

The road was closed for about two hours for the investigation. Police charged Coen with following too closely, and say additional charges are pending a vehicle inspection.

The students were transferred to another bus and taken to Pioneer Central School.

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Bradford Knocked Out of Weather Tourny

Caribou, Maine, knocked Bradford out of's Toughest Weather City Tournament.

With 13,177 votes cast, Bradford lost by 233.

If you’re still interested, Buffalo and Cleveland have moved on to the next round.

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Man Jailed for Assaulting Nurse

A Blasdell, New York, man is in McKean County Jail for allegedly attacking a male nurse at BRMC.

26-year-old Robert Williams, who had been admitted to the MICA Unit a few hours earlier, allegedly burst through the gated entrance to the main desk of the unit, grabbed the nurse from behind and chocked him. He also allegedly hit and scratched the nurse, and bit him in the abdomen, causing bleeding and bruising.

Williams is charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. His bail is set at $30,000 and he is scheduled to appear in McKean County Central Court on Thursday.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 3/21/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday helped a motorist with a disabled vehicle on East Corydon Street and looked into a theft on Chautauqua Place.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

16-Year-Old Accused of Killing Toddler

UPDATE and CORRECTION: 16-year-old Dylan Schumaker has been identified as the suspect. He is not the baby's father.

Just two weeks after a Salamanca man was charged with killing his girlfriend’s toddler, a 16-year-old boy has been charged with killing his girlfriend's baby in Springville.

Erie County sheriff’s deputies were called to the house at about 8 o’clock last night for an unresponsive baby. They performed CPR before paramedics arrived. After paramedics got there, they took the baby to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Deputies say Austin Smith would have turned two years old on Saturday.

Austin’s 19-year-old mother was at work and 16-year-old Dylan Schumaker was babysitting. He is charged with second-degree murder.

On March 6, 30-year-old Justin Crouse was charged with killing his girlfriend’s toddler, who turned 3 years old a week earlier.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Casey Urges Silver Airlines to Work on
Cancellation Problem at Bradford Airport

Washington DC- Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he has written a letter to Silver Airlines CEO, Darrell Richardson, urging the company to work to reduce cancellations at Bradford Regional Airport after a series of cancellations. In his letter, Casey made the case that the certainty of air service is critical to attracting business travelers to the area and for preserving the airports’ Essential Air Service contract.

“The Essential Air Service program plays a vital economic role for airports throughout the Commonwealth. Keeping the Bradford Regional Airport’s Essential Air Service contract in place goes hand in hand with economic growth,” Senator Casey said. “Recent cancellations have created too much uncertainty for businesses and travelers. I’m hopeful that Silver Airlines will take immediate steps to fix this issue.”

The full text of Senator Casey’s letter to Silver Airlines can be seen below:

Mr. Darrell Richardson
Chief Executive Officer
Silver Airlines
1100 Lee Wagener Blvd. Suite 201
Fort Lauderdale, FL 3315

Dear Mr. Richardson:

I write to express my concern with the recent cancellations of Silver Airline flights at Bradford Regional Airport. As you may know, Bradford Regional Airport has seen a decline in enplanements in recent years and these recent flight cancellations are putting the airport in danger of losing their contract for Essential Air Service.

Frequent cancellations not only harm enplanement numbers but force customers to look for travel options elsewhere due to the uncertainty of Silver’s service. Bradford Regional Airport is in the vicinity of many drill sites and the airport is one of the reasons many companies choose to locate in the area. With the continued expansion of the Marcellus Shale industry in western Pennsylvania it is critical for that people employed by the industry have access to this airport. Ensuring Bradford Regional Airport remains eligible for Essential Air Service is vital to the economic development of the region.

I am ready to work with Silver Airlines to do what we can to avoid future cancellations and keep enplanements consistent at Bradford Regional Airport. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly or have your staff contact my office. Thank you for your consideration of my concerns.


Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator

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Toughest Weather City Tournament Underway

The NCAA tournament doesn’t get underway until tonight, but’s Toughest Weather City tournament is going on right now.

Bradford is up against Burglinton, Vermont, and as of just after 1 p.m. we’re behind in voting 63 percent to 37 percent.

You have until 4 o’clock Wednesday morning to vote.

Man Takes Deputies on High-Speed Chase

A man from Ontario, Canada, is accused of taking Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase going toward the City of Salamanca.

Deputies say at just after midnight on St. Patrick’s Day 54-year-old Ronald Weston of Burlington was driving 100 mph on Route 353 and when they tried to stop him he sped up and crossed completely into the opposite lane of travel as he approached Salamanca.

When he eventually stopped, deputies gave him field sobriety tests and he was charged with aggravated DWI, unlawful fleeing a police officer and a number of traffic violations. He was sent to jail on $2,500 bail.

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Gunshot Victim in Serious Condition

A Cyclone man is in serious condition at UPMC Hamot after being shot in the neck Monday night.

State police say a man who they did not identify had a small caliber handgun in a bedroom of a Keating Township house when a round discharged, hitting 19-year-old Chad Caldwell.

Caldwell was first taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Hamot.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Training Sessions for Willow Creek,
Other Triathlons at YMCA

The Bradford Family YMCA and triathlete/ironman Gregg Reynolds have joined forces to present "Preparing for Swim, Bike Run and Victory," a four-week series geared toward helping people prepare for and finish a triathlon.

The series starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 26, at the Bradford Family YMCA.

The series is designed to help those interested in doing a triathlon, such as the local Willow Creek Triathlon. You can attend as many of the sessions as you'd like free of charge.

They are: Triathlon 101 (March 26), Training for the Triathlon (April 2), How to get to the Start Line ... Healthy (April 9) and Race Day (April 16).

Reynolds has taken over as race director for this year's Willow Creek Triathlon, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, and benefits the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties.

For more information on the classes, call the Y at 814-368-6101. For more information on the Willow Creek Triathlon, visit its website at

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Two Charged with Petit Larceny

Two Cattaraugus County residents are charged with petit larceny for separate incidents.

On Thursday 40-year-old Jennifer Goode of Salamanca was arrested for allegedly giving out ski passes at Holiday Valley. She is free on her own recognizance and will answer the charge at a later date in Town of Ellicottville Court.

On Friday, 31-year-old Brian Bliss of Olean was charged for taking a gift card with more than $478 from the Kwik Fill on Route 417 in Allegany. Sheriff’s deputies say when Bliss was at work he loaded the gift car with the $478.38 and never paid for it. He was issued a court appearance ticket.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Salamanca Man Charged for Growing Pot

A Salamanca man is accused of growing marijuana at his home.

30-year-old Bernard Isaac Jr. was arrested Monday afternoon after members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force searched his Cottage Avenue house and found marijuana plants, processed marijuana, and equipment used to grown marijuana.

Isaac is scheduled to appear in Salamanca City Court on March 27 to answer a felony charge of unlawful possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful growing of marijuana.

BACC Announces Award Recipients

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the recipients of their 2013 Awards along with the nominees to be honored in each category.

Shane Oschman has been selected by the BACC Board of Directors as the 2013 recipient of the Directors’ Award, designed to be chosen by the Board of Directors and awarded to an individual or organization which has earned special recognition. As Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ron Orris said of Oschman, “Shane never says no. Whenever a community organization seeks his help, Shane will be there, giving of himself in whatever way he can, to help their event, fundraising effort, or project succeed. We are very fortunate to have Shane on our side.” Oschman was selected as the 2013 Directors’ Award recipient, based not only on his dedication and commitment to the Bradford community, but also in appreciation of his unfailing support for the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce and the ongoing impact he has had on the Chamber.

Oschman, a native of Seneca, Pennsylvania, relocated to Bradford in 2006. Currently, as Assistant Vice President and Manager of the Main Street location, Oschman plays a significant role in representing the bank’s genuine commitment to its hometown community. Early on in his Bradford career, Oschman was quoted while presenting a contribution on behalf of Northwest as saying, “We've always been very community-minded. We're a community bank. We were founded in Bradford. This is our hometown, and we want to help our community neighbors.” This spirit of community giving and supporting hometown efforts is something Oschman has consistently demonstrated through his personal efforts as well.

A graduate of Leadership McKean’s inaugural class in 2007, Oschman has used his leadership skills to benefit local business, civic, arts, and educational organizations. He serves or has served as: a member of the Bradford Area School District School Board; Past President, Kiwanis Club of Bradford; President, the Guidance Center; President, Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC); and Past President, Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also actively participated in the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation, as past Race Director and current Treasurer for the Willow Creek Triathlon, and with Bradford Little Theatre, the Bradford Area High School, and Kiwanis Kapers through numerous directing, performing, and light design roles.

Before, during, and after his time as President for the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce, Oschman has been an active and influential member of the Bradford business community. When the concept for the 200 Club fundraiser was brought to the Chamber, Oschman was key in carrying the idea through to completion, and he has been instrumental in its success every year. Oschman initiated the Business After Hours series, helped start the Summer Soiree, played a critical role for several years of the Kinzua Outdoor and Travel Show, and can always be counted on to support the Chamber’s events and efforts with both his time and talents.

BACC’s other annual awards, the Exemplary Business Award and the Community and Spirit Award, are determined by membership vote. Ron Orris, Executive Director of the Chamber, described this year’s results, saying, “We received a record number of votes from our membership this year for the annual awards. We are always pleased to see our members participating in this process – their support of the nominees means a lot to all of us. Our membership clearly agreed that all of the nominees deserve recognition, and we are looking forward to honoring them at our Annual Meeting and Awards on April 4th at the Pennhills Club.”

The 2013 recipient of the Exemplary Business Award is Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes. The Exemplary Business Award is awarded to a for-profit business that demonstrates a well-planned, commendable, and thorough approach to business development. They must also exemplify the unique “hometown” charm of the area in their manner of administration, customer service and quality of product or service.

Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. is the result of a merger in 1987 of The Hollenbeck Funeral Chapel and the Francis D. Cahill Funeral Home, two funeral establishments with 95 years of combined service to Bradford area families. The location at 33 South Avenue was originally built in 1887 by Otto Koch as a working funeral establishment. In 1919 Mr. Otho B. Chatley purchased an interest in the business and it was operated as the Koch-Chatley Memorial Chapel. In 1964, Brooks Hollenbeck purchased the building and moved his funeral home to the present location and operated the Hollenbeck Funeral Chapel at this location with his son, Gale Hollenbeck, and he continued to operate the funeral home until the merger. The location at 372 East Main Street was originally opened in 1937 by Gordon Healy. The Healy Funeral Home was McKean County’s first residential funeral home. Gordon Healy operated the funeral home until his death in 1957. Upon his death, Mrs. Marion Healy ran the funeral home under a Widow’s License until 1963, when Francis D. Cahill purchased the funeral home. He, along with his son Michael F. Cahill continued to run the Francis D. Cahill Funeral home until the merger. In 1993, Gregory A. Buckner became a partner in the firm. Upon the retirement of Gale Hollenbeck and Francis Cahill, Gregory Buckner and Michael F. Cahill operated the funeral home until Mr. Buckner retired in 2006. Michael F. Cahill is now the owner of the funeral home and operates both locations.

Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. is committed to helping families create memorial services that will be long remembered for the manner in which they pay respect to the unique lives that have meant so much to family and friends. Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. pride themselves on the breadth and depth of options they make available to families at their time of need or on a prearrangement basis. As one nomination for Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes read, “With a long and reputable business history in Bradford, Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes has a tradition of helping families say farewell to their loved ones with respect and honor. The business is active in the Bradford area, involved with the community and its people. Any type of loss is difficult, but Mike Cahill treats people with great care, personal concern and dignity.”

The other honorable nominee for the 2013 Exemplary Business Award was Sportsman’s Outlet, Inc.

The 2013 Community & Spirit Award goes to four individuals whose impact in the Bradford community is legendary: George B. Duke, Sarah B. Dorn, Harriet B. Wick, and Howard L. Fesenmyer. The Community and Spirit Award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant, positive impact in the Bradford area and its economic well-being through volunteer, civic, religious, cultural and/or business activities.

The generosity of George Duke, Sarah Dorn, Harriet Wick, and Howard Fesenmyer is well-known throughout the Bradford community. Nearly every organization and campaign throughout the Bradford area has benefited from their extraordinary philanthropy.

As the owner of Zippo and as a philanthropist, George Duke follows in the footsteps of his mother, Sarah Dorn and aunt, Harriet Wick. Under Duke’s leadership the Zippo corporation, along with the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, have been longstanding and generous supporters of community programs. As the Executive Director of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, Fesenmyer plays a key role in overseeing the foundation’s contributions.

Duke has been active as a member of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Advisory Board since 2000, and was recognized by the Cathedral of Learning Society as a Lifetime Giver. He has also been a member of Futures Rehabilitation Center’s Board of Directors and Trustee of Futures’ Endowment Trust, as well as a member of the Pennhills Club Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

One focus area for the Blaisdell Foundation is education. They have made generous contributions throughout the local school system, to the Bradford Area Public Library, and to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Some examples of the impact made by the family and the foundation on the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford campus include the Harriet B. Wick Chapel, Sarah B. Dorn organ, and the Blaisdell Fine Arts Challenge, which raised money to build Blaisdell Hall, Pitt-Bradford's fine arts and communication arts building. Additionally, the family provides scholarships for students annually through the Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell Scholarship. Fesenmyer has also been a leader in fundraising efforts for the campus, and was honored in recent years with the naming of Fesenmyer House, one of the newest residence halls. Fesenmyer, a retired Zippo Manufacturing Co. executive, has served as chairman of numerous building and scholarship funding campaigns.

Other community organizations that receive support from the Blaisdell Foundation – led by Dorn, Wick, and Fesenmyer – include the Friendship Table, the Bradford Family YMCA, the YWCA of Bradford, Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, and others too numerous to name.

As the nomination for these four individuals explained, “If you can think of a worthy cause in the Bradford area, a campaign that has been successful . . . then it has most likely had the support of George Duke, Sarah Dorn, Harriet Wick, and Howard Fesenmyer behind it. Their presence is seen everywhere throughout the Bradford community.”

The other honorable nominee for the 2013 Community & Spirit Award was Todd Hennard.

The 2013 BACC Annual Meeting and Awards held on Thursday, April 4th at the Pennhills Club will begin with a social hour at 6pm, followed by the awards presentation at 7pm. The evening will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, refreshments, and a cash bar. All Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce members, their employees, and their guests are invited to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce office at 814-368-7115. Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available, contact the Chamber office for details.

'East of the Sun' Cast Announced

A variety of exciting new faces will appear in Bradford Little Theatre’s April 12-14 production, “East of the Sun” at Bradford Area High School.

Eight of the 12 roles in the two-act comedy will be played by performers making their BLT debut.

William Glennon's script is an adaptation of a Norwegian folk tale about young Snowdrop rescuing a prince from being forced either to marry an ugly princess or to remain a polar bear in the daytime.

Portraying Ancilla the greedy Ice Witch will be Embrissa Wingard who has acted in a number of her church and school shows. Her nefarious assistant, the “not quite human” Hob will be Cordon Laroche, a BLT and BAHS stage veteran.

Hannah Leposa will bring to life the Princess of the Long Nose; a veteran of local school productions, she was most recently seen as Renfield in the BAHS Drama Club’s “Dracula.” Heroine Snowdrop will be played by Rawny Reed, who has appeared in a variety of Williamsport area productions including “The Vagina Monologues.” Codi Stroup, also last seen in “Dracula” has been cast as the hero, Prince Nordo.

Connie Shanks, last seen in BLT’s “Charlotte’s Web” will be Poppa. Portraying magical sisters Brill and Hug will be newcomer Chelsea Place and returning BLTer Lori Johnson, respectively.

Rounding out the cast will be Steph McFall, Cailie Shanks, Everly Wingard and Caleb Leet as trolls of water, fire, air and earth, respectively.

All cast members but McFall are residents of Bradford.

Co-directors are Diane Kerner Arnett and Ann Dunkerton; assistant director is Michael McLanahan.

The production crew will be led by Nanci K. Garris, stage manager and set designer; light design by Shane Oschman; sound design by Ron Johnson; make-up design by Kathy Bryant; stage crew leader Nancy Coder; sound effects by Pottsy; assistant set designer Jeremy Garris; and hair by Gerri Burrs of The Hairpen.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Bradford Area High School. It is produced through special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company.

In conjunction with the show, BLT is sponsoring a county-wide art contest open to the public with winners’ work to be exhibited in the lobby. Also, at Friday’s opening curtain the Lester Brauser Community Theatre Appreciation Award will be presented and on Sunday, county 4-H volunteers will be recognized.

For further information, people may contact Arnett, Dunkerton or McLanahan; visit the BLT website at; or check the group’s Facebook page.

Now in its 16th season, Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

United Way Celebrating
Six Months of First Chapter Program

The United Way of the Bradford Area celebrated six months of its early childhood literacy program, First Chapter, with book distributions to several local children recently.

“First Chapter is a free program designed for children ages birth to five, and their parents/guardians, with the mission of implementing early learning and literacy as part of a child’s daily routine,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “It is in alignment with our organization’s community impact model for education, and we’re very pleased with the impact it’s made in a short period for area youth.”

According to Cara Costik, Community Relations Specialist, one motivating factor in implementing this type of program was to provide families with an at-home library to encourage language development and a love of reading.

“After researching the possibility of creating an early childhood reading program in September 2012, I was stunned to find out that more than one-third of American children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn.”

Each session includes reading and craft time, and program participants receive an age-appropriate book once per quarter. Programs are held the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am at the Bradford Area Public Library. Mobile sessions have also been held at The Learning Center, Rainbow Corner Preschool, the Bradford YMCA and the YWCA. Sessions are currently being scheduled at St. Bernard’s Elementary School. Books, bags and materials were initially provided through a generous sponsorship from American Refining Group, and the program was also a beneficiary of a grant from International Paper. In the past six months, Costik reports that 300 books have been given away to more than 100 children.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, according to Davis.

“A $50 ‘Bookworm’ sponsorship is available, which would cover the cost of one program for 30 children.”

For more information regarding the First Chapter program, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact the United Way office.

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Delevan, N.Y., Man, Family
Honored with Scholarship at Pitt-Bradford

William O’Connell has been blessed with the luck of the Irish, which, in his case, is his Irish family.

The son of Matthew and Ruth Black O’Connell, his road to college began with a high school scholarship and a hefty push from his older sister, Pat, and his mother. Now Mike Carlson, Pat’s son and O’Connell’s nephew, and his wife, Susan, have honored all the O’Connells and their dedication to education by creating a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The Carlsons made a $5,000 gift, which was matched by $5,000 from the GE Foundation, to establish The O’Connell Family Scholarship. The scholarship will give first preference to students who are residents of McKean, Cameron or Elk counties in Pennsylvania and Cattaraugus, Wyoming or Chautauqua counties in New York.

“I wanted to recognize the O’Connell family, including my grandparents, mother and several uncles, but particularly my Uncle Bill,” said Carlson, who is a member of the university’s advisory board. “Bill was the first family member to ever attend college. He was a role model for us growing up and influenced many, both family and non-family.”

O’Connell grew up in Riderville, a swampy area with nine homes between what is now Bradford Regional Airport and State Game Lands 62.

Most folks in Riderville had a dad who worked on an oil lease and lived in a little house that had been built by one of the oil companies. The second youngest of eight children, O’Connell grew up in a 3-bedroom house that when he was very young didn’t have indoor plumbing.

Everyone knew everyone in the little burg, and his aunt and uncle ran a post office and small general store in nearby Mount Alton, where O’Connell was an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Church.

One day when he was in junior high, the parish priest told him he could attend St. Bernard High School in Bradford. O’Connell accepted the gift without really knowing where it came from, but he believes the parish paid his tuition.

At St. Bernard, he became a football and basketball star and set city records, but after graduation, he had no plans of college.

His sister, Pat, stepped in. She wanted Bill to come live with her and her husband, Bob Carlson, and their three small children, Mike, J.P. and Cathleen.

He moved into Bradford to live with the Carlsons and went out to look for a job. He was offered two: one in a bank and one in a factory making electrical components. He, of course, wanted to take the bank job with its dress shirts and professional demeanor. No, his sister said, if you take that job, you will never leave. Take the factory job – besides you’re going to school.

“I am?” he thought. He was. Pat had friends who were teachers who had gone to Clarion State Teachers College (now Clarion University) and who knew Waldo Tippin, the athletic director and football coach for whom Clarion’s Tippin gymnasium is named. Tippin was interested in having Bill play football for him.

That Christmas, Pat and Bob told Bill he had been enrolled in Clarion. They dropped him off in January, and he reported for basketball practice the next day. He never did end up playing football for Tippin, but he met his wife, Mary Lee, and they married Bill’s senior year. He graduated in January 1960 with a social studies certification.

O’Connell knows sacrifices were made to get him through school (his mother picked ground pine and sold it to give him a little spending money, for instance), but the details were sketchy.

His first full-time job was in the Limestone, N.Y., school district where he taught math, English and social studies, coached baseball, basketball, football and track and drove the team bus to games. When the principal/superintendent left, the school board asked him to take over. He was 26.

O’Connell went on to be an administrator who would affect hundreds of teachers through his 28-year career as an administrator, being one of the superintendents to set up the Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) in Cattaraugus County, acting as a principal in Pioneer Central Schools and founding the middle school there, and then teaching in and administering the teacher education program at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.

During this time, he also served on a team of New York State Department of Education personnel evaluating “Schools of Distinction” throughout the state.

His nephew Mike Carlson said, “It is appropriate to use a scholarship to recognize the family name, but as important to recognize an educator.” The O’Connells now live in Delevan, N.Y.

For information on contributing to the O’Connell Scholarship or starting a scholarship at Pitt-Bradford, contact Jill Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement at (814)362-5091 or

Pictured, Bill and Mary Lee O’Connell on their 50th wedding anniversary

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Man Admits to Trying to Have Sex with Girl

A Kill Buck man has pleaded guilty to trying to have sex with a young girl until she was 14.

45-year-old Kenneth Crawford attempted to subject the child to sexual contact numerous times from 1996 through 2003, according to the Cattaraugus County district attorney’s office.

He will be sentenced on May 28.

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Local Attorney Bennett Friendman
Passed Away on Sunday

Local attorney Bennett B. Friedman passed away on March 17, 2013. Prior to becoming ill, Mr. Friedman had been practicing law in Bradford for more than 50 years.

He attended the University of Michigan and later transferred to and graduated from Harvard University. His education was interrupted by World War II when he enlisted in the US Army in 1943 and was discharged on February 10, 1946, after serving in the 7th Army as an interpreter for the questioning of Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering after the fall of Germany. Following his discharge from the Army, he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1949.

He was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar on November 14, 1949, to the Federal District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, on February 12, 1951, to the U.S. Supreme Court on October 20, 1958, and to the New York bar on February 19, 1996.

In addition to his law practice in Bradford, Mr. Friedman was a leader and participant in numerous Bradford “firsts.” He helped organize the Class D Bradford Community Baseball Club, the Bradford Parking Authority, the Bradford Kiwanis Club Memorial Fund, and the Bradford Regional Airport Authority. He was also legal counsel for the new Bradford Area Public Library and the upgrading of runways at the Bradford Area Regional Airport. Mr. Friedman was also a president of the Bradford School Board on which he served from 1964 to 1973. He served on the Selective Service board for 15 years. He was a past president of the Bradford Junior Chamber of Commerce. For his long time membership in and contributions to the Bradford Kiwanis Club, Mr. Friedman was awarded the Legion of Honor Award.

Born on June 30, 1923, Mr. Friedman was preceded in death by Mildred Friedman, Gloria Roblin Friedman, loving daughter Amy Hope Friedman, and niece Diane Stein. He is survived by a niece, Nancy Stein Elman of Pittsburgh.

There will be no public funeral services. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) at 10 Marilyn Horne Way, Bradford, PA 16701.

Online condolences may be made at

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Three Facing Drug Charges

Two Olean women and a Buffalo man are facing drug charges after the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force found crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia in the home of the women.

23-year-old Starr Kitchen and 22-year-old Tenisha Myska, along with 20-year-old Lawrence Smith, are each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The task force was assisted in the search of the Third Avenue house by the Cattaraugus County Special Response Team, Olean City Police Street Crimes Unit and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

The task force says more charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

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Man Broke Taxi Cab Window

A Kennedy, New York, man is facing charges for breaking the window of a cab that took him home from a bar.

Back in February, 32-year-old Jason Degolier allegedly broke the front passenger side window. When the glass broke, some of it hit the driver in the face. The driver went to the hospital, where his eyes were washed out, but there were no injuries to his eyes.

On Saturday, Degolier turned himself in to state police and was charged with reckless endangerment. The cab company did not want him charged for breaking the window because he already paid to have it repaired.

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Fire Destroys Randolph Barn

Fire destroyed a barn in Randolph this morning, but none of the animals inside was hurt.

The fire was reported at around 10:30 this morning in the barn that housed two cows and two horses, as well as several vehicles.

A church and a house next door to the barn had minor damage from the fire because wind pushed the flames into those buildings.

Five fire departments battled the blaze and the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team has been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.

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Bradford Man Hurt in Salamanca Crash

Charges are pending against a Bradford man who was hurt in an accident Friday morning in Salamanca.

Sheriff’s deputies say 51-year-old Timothy David Dorrion fell asleep at the wheel and hit a utility pole in the lawn of 4282 Center Street Extension.

Dorrion was taken to Olean General Hospital for evaluation after complaining of neck and back pain.

Deputies say Dorrion’s vehicle had substantial damage. The utility pole was destroyed.

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Vehicles Hit Retaining Walls

Two people hit retaining walls in separate crashes in Bradford.

At just before 2 o’clock this morning 31-year-old Allison Hasek hit the wall at Elm Street and South Avenue.

Early Sunday morning 27-year-old James Jones hit the wall at Mechanic Street and Jackson Avenue.

Hasek wasn’t hurt. Jones and a passenger, Mary Doyle, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Hasek and Jones were both charged with DUI.

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