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Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's the Summer Sizzler Contest!

Scott Douglas shows off the hot tub that Pool Mart and 100.1 The Hero are giving away in the Summer Sizzler contest. All you have to do to enter is go to one of The Hero's Summer Sizzler broadcasts and fill out an entry form. Or, go to more than one. Or, go to all of them! Scott will pick the winner on August 24.

Today's broadcast was at Family Wellness Chiropractic and Outback Performance & Repair at the corner of East Main Street and St. Francis Drive. Stay tuned to find out where we'll be next.

Scott talks with Dr. Alicia Austin of Family Wellness Chiropractic, who is celebrating her one-year anniversary of doing business in Bradford.

Scott chats with Danny Oakes of Outback Performance & Repair about all the services he offers.

These are just two of the many people who entered to win the hot tub. You can enter at every Summer Sizzler broadcast The Hero does!

Dogginit's Good moved from Veterans Square to East Main Street for the provide to provide food for the event. Thanks, Jim!

Scott chats with his biggest fan, Madison.

If your business would like to get in on the Summer Sizzler contest and have The Hero do a live broadcast at your place, e-mail Peggy Austin ( Bob Burns ( call them at 814-368-4141.

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Fire on Corydon Street

UPDATE: City firefiighters werew called to this East Corydon Street house at 12:29 p.m. Soon afterward, they called a second alarm to bring out 15 more city firefighters and 30 Bradford Township volunteers. The Rapid Intervention Team was also called in. Firefighters were on the scene for six hours. The house is believed to be a total loss. They have not determined a cause yet; a state police fire marshal will be investigating on Sunday. The house is owned by Eric Jennings. He, his fiance and their four children were not home at the time.

Bradford City and Bradford Township firefighters are battling a house fire on Corydon Street. A BT volunteer tells WESB and The Hero that everyone got out safely. The street is closed between South Avenue and Congress Street. We'll have more information later today.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Formerly Polluted Bennett Branch to be
Stocked with 1,000 Trout Saturday

WILLIAMSPORT -- Thanks to the Department of Environmental Protection’s successful Hollywood acid mine drainage treatment plant, the Bennett Branch and Toby Creek watershed associations and the Potter County Anglers’ Club will celebrate the waterway’s rebirth on Saturday and stock 1,000 trout above and below the plant near the Clearfield-Elk counties border.

“In less than a year, the Hollywood plant has treated 21 separate discharges from four abandoned deep mines, raising the pH from 3.8 to neutral and removing harmful metals like iron, aluminum and manganese,” DEP Deputy Secretary for Water Management Kelly Heffner said. “Bennett Branch is now so healthy that trout stocking will be done for the first time, which is sure to increase tourism in that area and benefit local angler-related businesses.”

The 11:30 a.m. trout stocking will be done by the Potter County Anglers’ Club as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Cooperative Nursery Program.

“This is a milestone in the recovery of the Bennett Branch,” Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway said. “Thanks to remediation efforts led by DEP, I am pleased to say that it is now fishable again. The Bennett Branch is one of the few places east of the Mississippi River where one can now fish for trout and listen to the bugle of Rocky Mountain elk.”

The $14.5 million plant began operating in July 2012 and covers 41 acres. Designed by DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and operated by the agency’s Bureau of Conservation and Restoration, it can treat an average of 4,000 gallons per minute of acid mine drainage.

The project was funded by $12 million from the state’s Capital Budget and $2 million from the Growing Greener program. Annual operating and maintenance costs of $400,000 are being funded by DEP’s Acid Mine Drainage Set-Aside program, which is funded by a fee placed on each ton of coal mined in the country. The federal Office of Surface Mining collects the fees and returns some of the money to states like Pennsylvania that have historic acid mine drainage problems.

DEP chose the Bennett Branch location for the project because about 70 percent of the land within its nearly 400-square-mile watershed is on state game land or state forest land. It is also within the scenic, rugged area designated as PAWilds, and it is the home of Pennsylvania’s elk herd. The local Bennett Branch Watershed Association has been an active partner with DEP for many years in watershed restoration efforts and will be awarded one of the Governor’s 2013 Awards for Environmental Excellence for another project in Elk County.

The Hollywood plant mixes lime with the acid water; removes the metals in a 180-foot diameter clarifier; and pumps alkaline sludge back into the deep mines. A major treatment component of the facility is a 4.5-acre polishing pond, which holds 10 million gallons of water five to nine feet deep, depending on flow. Water flows through the pond before entering the stream.

The plant, built by Kukurian Contracting Inc. of Export, Westmoreland County, also has a number of safety features, including an emergency generator with enough fuel stored on site to operate the facility for two days in the event of a major power failure. If necessary, a plant operator can use a laptop computer to remotely control the facility.

In addition to the Hollywood plant, DEP has been working since 2004 with the Bennett Branch Watershed Association, several other state and federal agencies and the active mining industry to reclaim abandoned mine sites and improve water quality throughout the Bennett Branch Watershed. Since then, more than 1,000 acres of abandoned mine land has been reclaimed; six coal refuse piles have been reprocessed; and five smaller mine drainage discharges have been treated with wetland, or passive, treatment systems. The majority has been on state game lands or state forest lands.

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City of Bradford Police Log 4/04/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday got three calls about disorderly conduct at the same Interstate Parkway address. They were called to disturbances on West Corydon and Rochester streets and a report of harassment on Elm Street. Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident at Abbott Road and North Bennett Street, and looked into suspicious activity on Mill Street.

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Two From McKean County are
'Most Wanted' in Cattaraugus County

Two McKean County residents are on the Cattaraugus County “10 Most Wanted List.”

Jerome Hayes, whose last known address was in Kane, is wanted for felony DWI and assault

Dennis Berg, whose last known address was in Eldred, is wanted on family court warrant

"Perhaps these individuals will see that they've been added to the top ten list,” said Lt. David Schuman of the Sheriff’s Department. “Perhaps they will decide that it's time to stop running and come turn themselves in."

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Ridgway Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

A Ridgway man is accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old Cattaraugus County girl five years ago.

38-year-old Harold Hunt is charged with predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. State police say he abused the girl in the Village of Delevan.

Hunt is in Cattaraugus County Jail on $150,000 cash bail.

State police photo

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

2012 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee
Revenue Over $198 Million

HARRISBURG – The Marcellus Shale Impact Fee has generated more than $198,000,000 in revenue for 2012, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson). Over the past 8 months, more than $400 million in revenue has been generated by the impact fee.

The fee revenue for 2012 was due to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) by April 1st, 2013. Under the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee, Act 13 of 2012, the PUC is responsible for the collection and distribution of impact fees.

“I am pleased to see the positive effect that the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee revenue funds are having across our state,” Scarnati said. “This reasonable impact fee on the industry provides the necessary funding to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources, particularly during a time when we continue needing to find ways to stretch our tax dollars.”

Senator Scarnati was a chief architect of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, which was enacted last year after considerable 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 passage of Act 13 last year was a major achievement for Pennsylvania residents,” Scarnati said. “The Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation is the result of great collaboration between Governor Corbett, members of the House of Representatives and my colleagues in the Senate.”

Scarnati stated that the natural gas industry is a tremendous economic driver for the Commonwealth and has proven that they are here to stay - responsible for over 125,000 jobs in PA directly related to the industry, huge economic benefits and the potential for energy independence.

“The provisions laid forth in Act 13 are ensuring that our environment is protected, counties and municipalities receive the funding they need and also place an increased level of transparency on natural gas drilling,” Scarnati said. “The feedback and response we have received from individuals regarding Act 13 is extremely positive, yet I am amazed that there are local officials in Derry Township Westmoreland County, for example, who are actually complaining about receiving millions of dollars for local projects.”

Scarnati also stated that the zoning provisions laid forth in Act 13 are currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court. “The shale industry has brought tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs and economic growth to Pennsylvania, hopefully including a soon-to-be $2 billion ethane cracker plant. It is important that we continue to see this significant economic growth within our state. It is my hope that the Supreme Court will recognize the importance of providing the industry with increased stability through validating the zoning provisions in Act 13.”

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YWCA Announces "Leader" Honorees

The Bradford YWCA has announced the community leaders who will be honored during the 16th Annual Leader Luncheon.

This year’s event will celebrate Julie Marasco, Jeannine Schoenecker and Judith Yorks.

Tessa Rhinehart will receive the 2013 Young Leader Award.

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Elk County Project to Receive
Environmental Excellence Award

Four organizations in Elk County are among 19 across the state that will receive the 2013 Environmental Excellence Award.

The Bennett Branch Watershed Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and P&N Coal Company were all involved in the Dents Run Watershed Restoration Project.

The project restored and revegetated 320 acres of abandoned mine lands, which can now serve as habitat for the state’s wild elk herd in the adjacent Elk State Forest. The project also restored waterways in the area by neutralizing acid mine water, marking the first time in more than a century the streams can support aquatic life.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host a dinner to honor the winners on April 17 in Harrisburg.

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Bradford Man Allegedly Hurt Disabled Person

A Bradford man is accused of injuring a disabled person in Cattaraugus County.

Sheriff’s deputies say 45-year-old Robert Crosby had physical contact with, and injured, a resident in the New York State Developmental Disability Home in Mansfield, New York.

He is charged with endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, or an incompetent or physically disabled person. He’s in Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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Eldred Waives Preliminary Hearing

The man accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife while she was playing the organ in church back in December has waived his preliminary hearing.

53-year-old Gregory Eldred is charged with murder for fatally shooting 53-year-old Darlene Sitler at the First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport. He remains in Potter County Jail without bail.

The hearing had been postponed twice so a mental health evaluation could be done on Eldred.

The case now goes to the Court of Common Pleas.

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Teen Charged with Burglary, Pop Theft

A Leon, New York, teenager is charged with burglary for an alleged incident Wednesday morning in Leon.

18-year-old Mahlon Gingrich allegedly broke into the Adams Lumber Mill at 8:30 a.m. and stole – five cans of pop. He is also charged with petit larceny.

He was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Town of Leon Court.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Zippo Unveils Set of Lighters for
Auction at 5th Annual Derby Gala

This year we have a dual set of lighters to auction for BAPL’s 5th Annual Derby Gala event to be held on May 4, 2013. We will begin accepting silent bids immediately with the auction concluding LIVE the evening of May 4.

This magnificent contribution from ZIPPO speaks elegance and Kentucky Derby like never before. The deep richness of black onyx meets with gold inlay and venetian heritage.

Our Signature BAPL Derby horse is gold inlay on a black onyx lighter, leading the way to the finish line. The other racing horses are a combination of laser engraving, topped off with rotary engraving – creating a dimensional movement of the horses racing around the track. The back of the lighters bring the elegance of the Churchill Down steeples with the rapidly moving horses.

The sides of the lighters are gold inlay roses with a differing stem depth engraving to bring more vividness to the roses.

The processes completed on these lighters are extraordinarily unique, because they cannot be replicated on the manufacturing line. This type of engraving is particularly challenging on our Black Onyx lighter due to the delicate finish. Our Zippo engineers, technicians, and graphic specialists developed an EXCLUSIVE piece that can only be found once a year at the Bradford Area Public Library’s Derby Gala.

The background is a venetian pattern, a favorite of Mr. George Duke’s. (Interesting fact, the venetian pattern will be celebrating its 40th year in the product line for Zippo in 2014.) Furthermore, this collection boasts gold flash inserts that add stunning beauty to the lighters when opened.

The lighters are framed with this year’s Derby Gala ticket that is personally autographed by Mr. George B. Duke, Chairman of the Board of Zippo Manufacturing Company. It is further enhanced by an engraved gold plaque with the year 2013 and the Derby Gala logo.

Creative Credits: Dave Dalton, Design Specialist; Ron Zydonik, Senior Engineer; Rob Morgan, Engineering Specialist; Ginny Venezia, Design Center Assistant Manager; Mary Montecalvo, Design Center Coordinator; and Glenn Melvin, Visual Communications Coordinator

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Port Allegany Man Charged with Open Lewdness

A Port Allegany man is facing charges for allegedly committing a sex act while driving on Interstate 80 in Mercer County.

Police say 60-year-old Robert Haskins was in his vehicle at 8:18 a.m. on March 29 in the left passing lane next to a truck tractor, when he exposed his genitals while conducting a sex act on himself in full view of the truck driver.

The truck driver called state police, who stopped Haskins and charged him with indecent exposure, open lewdness and careless driving.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Haskins said "it was stupid and he wasn't sure why he was doing it." He added, "just passing time, I guess."

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 24 in front of District Judge Neil McEwen.

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Michael McLanahan Announced as
Excellence in Representation Honoree

Bradford Area High School Senior, Michael McLanahan, has been selected as the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2013 Excellence in Representation honoree.

McLanahan, who served on the campaign Speaker’s Bureau for the 2012 solicitation efforts, represented CARE for Children. He was nominated by fellow agency representatives, and was approved by the United Way’s Board of Directors.

“Michael was an integral part of the Speaker’s Bureau, having volunteered to speak on eight occasions to nearly 400 individuals,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, executive director. “He profoundly described his own experiences and successes, having been a recipient of CARE for Children’s services for many years.

“He challenged those to whom he spoke to look deep within their hearts – and eventually their wallets – to consider how fortunate we all are to be accepted for who we are and what we accomplish,” Davis continued. “For me, personally, it was such an honor to work alongside Michael – and I will continue to be grateful to him for reminding me that a person’s potential is truly limitless.”

The Excellence in Representation award was created to recognize an outstanding agency representative who best exemplifies United Way’s mission within their own organization, who participates in the annual campaign, and possesses a working knowledge of United Way and how it benefits the various programs and services in the community.

Michael’s involvement with the United Way began back when he was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy at the age of 18 months, and began receiving services through CARE. He made an appearance in the United Way’s “Power of U” campaign video at the age of three, and used his involvement with the United Way as part of his senior project at school. Additionally, he currently serves as the Vice President of the Bradford Area High School’s DECA chapter, and will be competing at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, at the end of the month. He will be attending St. Bonaventure University in the fall to study Management Science with a minor in Marketing.

The Excellence in Representation award will be given at the United Way’s annual Red Feather Volunteer recognition luncheon on May 1st. Reservations may be made by calling the United Way office.

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Luzzi , Reiley to Receive Red Feather Award

It will be a sister act for the United Way of the Bradford Area’s Red Feather volunteer recognition event, as Jane Luzzi and Mary Reiley will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 1st.

“I am so proud to announce this recognition for two women whose services to this organization date back several years,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “Jane and Mary – although at different times – both paved the way for outstanding volunteerism and leadership for our local United Way, and they continue today to be strong supporters of our efforts.”

The Red Feather award was implemented to honor outstanding individuals and/or businesses who have made an impact on the united Way, and the local community as a whole, through their day-to-day selfless attitude and commitment to exemplify the organization’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the greater Bradford area.

Vonda Reese, President of the Board, commented on how the two women have humbly and quietly been fierce leaders.

“We mention ‘selfless attitude and commitment’ in the description of this award, and these two ladies have it all,” said Reese. “I’ve enjoyed looking at their accomplishments during their time in their respective capacities with the United Way of the Bradford Area, but I’ve also enjoyed looking at who has followed in their footsteps and the successes that have been achieved because of their involvement.”

Reiley, the Chief Financial Officer of McCourt Label Company, became involved with the UWBA in the late 1970’s. She took part in the business and corporate solicitations, and served on the allocations committee. She eventually served two terms on the Board of Directors, where she led the organization as the first female President. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the McKean-Potter Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Guidance Center, the YWCA of Bradford and the Bradford Area Public Library. Currently, she’s a member of the Beacon Light Behavioral Health System’s Board.

She resides in Bradford with her husband, Tim, and has two adult daughters, Jane and Celia.

Luzzi, the Human Relations Manager for McCourt Label, also became affiliated with the United Way through campaign cabinet roles before serving two terms on the Board of Directors. She served as campaign chair in 1996, where she led a volunteer team to raise more than $416,000 for local agencies and programs.

She resides in Bradford with her husband, Lou. She has a son, Sal, and daughter-in-law, Shannon; step-daughter, Kristina; and grandsons, Paul, Alec and Andy.

Today, both women remain active in the UWBA’s special events and campaign efforts at McCourt Label Company.

For their part, Luzzi and Reiley said the culture of the United Way and the people who are affiliated with it are what keep them active.

“There has always been a culture of caring and responsibility with this organization,” they said. “There are a lot of good people doing good things here.”

The Red Feather luncheon will be held in the Mukaiyama University Room at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford, beginning at 12:00 pm. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations may be made through April 22nd by calling Mandi Wilton Davis at 368-6181 or emailing

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teacher's Aide Charged with Child Endangerment

A Chautauqua County teacher’s aide is accused of spraying a 5-year-old boy with cleaning solution that got into his eyes.

The boy was taken to the nurse’s office, where his eyes were flushed with water. He wasn’t hurt.

The aide, Terry Kemp of Jamestown, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Kemp sprayed the boy while cleaning tables in the lunchroom at Southwestern Elementary School on March 20. She told police she meant no harm to the child and was being playful.

School district officials say they can’t comment because it’s a personnel matter.

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Man Accused of Critically Injuring Girl

A Duke Center man is in jail after allegedly assaulting and critically injuring a girl Monday.

Police did not say how old the girl is, but say 28-year-old Kevin Collins slapped her, choked her and slammed her body to the floor, knocking her unconscious. The alleged incident happened on Oil Valley Road in Otto Township.

The girl was first taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center, but later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she is in critical condition.

Collins is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. His bail is $50,000.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log 3/29 - 3/31/13

City of Bradford Police are investigating a report of a sexual assault on West Washington Street. Also over the weekend, police were called to disturbances on Congress and State streets and an animal complaint on North Street. They also stopped a possible drunk driver on Davis Street, got reports about harassment on Pleasant, Main and Roberts streets, disorderly conduct on West Washington Street and suspicious activity on Jerome Avenue.

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Cloey Anne Smith

Cloey Anne Smith, 12, of Arcade, NY, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013 after a five year battle with leukemia in Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY.

Born August 13, 2000 in Springville, NY, she was a daughter of Casey Smith and Julia Root, who survive her.

She was a 7th grader at Pioneer Middle School in Arcade.

Cloey loved shopping, her dog Rufus and was very active with Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Center

In addition to her mother, Julia Root of Arcade, and her father, Casey (Cyndi) Smith of Bradford, she is survived by a brother, Darel Tingue of Arcade, NY; three step brothers, Nicolas, Nathan and Evan Franco, all of Bradford; maternal grandparents, Jacqueline Root of Franklinville, NY and paternal grandparents, Edward and Sandee Franklin of Freedom, NY and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to call from 2 PM to 7 PM Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at W.S. Davis Funeral Home, 358 West Main Street, Arcade, NY where funeral services will be conducted at 7 PM.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to Kids and Cancer, PO Box 1299, Bradford; Roswell Park Cancer Center; Carly’s Club at Roswell Park Cancer Center or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences, if desired, can be expressed at