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Friday, August 16, 2013

Brandon Means is New Manager for
Foster Brook Branch of Northwest Savings Bank

Brandon Means has been named manager of the Bradford Foster Brook office of Northwest Savings Bank located at 950 East Main Street in Bradford. William Pantuso, district manager, made the announcement.

As manager of the Bradford Fosterbrook office, Mr. Means will be responsible for customer service, administration, lending and business development. He will work with the commercial lending, business services and investment management areas of the bank to provide customers a full-range of financial services. He will also oversee the bank’s involvement in community activities.

Mr. Means joined Northwest Savings Bank in February 2010 as a management trainee. Upon successful completion of the management program in March 2011, he became the assistant manager of the Bradford Fosterbrook office.

A 2009 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Means received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He graduated with top honors from the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association School of Banking.

Means is the son of Kenneth and Valerie Means of Clarion. He and his fiancé, Celia Reiley, reside in Bradford.

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Teens Rescued from Walk-In Vault

Four Chautauqua County teenagers had to be rescued from a walk-in vault after they got trapped inside early this morning.

Starting at about 1 o’clock this morning crews from two fire departments as well as a locksmith worked at getting the teens out of the vault in a house in Falconer. The locksmith was able to get the door open at around 4 a.m.

But getting trapped inside the vault is the least the teens’ problems.

Inside the vault, police found a small amount of marijuana, and evidence that they had smoked some. Police also found numerous cans and bottles of alcohol.

Police say the teens who admitted to having the marijuana will be issued court appearance tickets.

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State Worker Charged with Theft

State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the filing of theft charges against a state worker.

Investigators say Marylinda Freyermuth stole more than $15,000 in state money, and spent it on herself and her family. She has been suspended from her job.8-16-13 Freyermuth

Freyermuth is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employee working at the Bald Eagle State Forest office located in Laurelton, Union County. In that capacity, she collected money from people for wood and stone permits.

She was supposed to turn the funds over to the state, but investigators say instead she pocketed the money. In this way, investigators say, she stole more than $12,000 in cash that she had collected for the permits.

In addition, Freyermuth used a state credit card to make $2,614.24 in purchases for herself and her family, according to investigators.

Freyermuth faces these charges: •
One count of Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received •
One count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition •
One count Access Device Fraud and •
One count of Conflict of Interest.

Freyermuth was preliminarily arraigned before District Justice Mensch in Union County and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.

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Big 30 Charities Accepting Requests

The Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Committee is now accepting requests for funding from groups and individuals throughout the Big 30 Area.

Preference is given to youth related groups and individuals with emergency needs. Anyone wishing to submit a request should provide the following information:

1. Name, Address and Phone Number of the intended recipient
2. Name, address and phone number of the person requesting the grant.
3. Amount requested.
4. Describe in detail the specific need. (How will the gift be utilized?)

Send your request to Don Raabe Big 30 Charities at P.O. Box 82, Bradford, PA 16701 to the attention James Danias before September 3, 2012. If you have any questions or require further information call Mr. Danias at (814)368-6670.

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Man Accused of Touching Teenage Boy

A 46-year-old Yorkshire man is accused of inappropriately touching a teenage boy.

Joseph Reese was charged with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child following an investigation involving a 16-year-old.

Reese was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail and will appear in Yorkshire Court at a later date.

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Gun Seller Pleads Guilty, is Sentenced

The man who sold a gun to another man who shot at a person in downtown Bradford has pleaded guilty in McKean County Court and was sentenced to two to 12 months in prison.

23-year-old Allen Funk of Smethport will serve the sentence at the same time as a one to four year sentence he’s currently serving for three other cases.

Funk sold the gun to Lawrence Fox of Buffalo for cash or cocaine. Fox then shot seven bullets toward a Pittsburgh man on Chautauqua Place.

Fox was sentenced in April to five to 10 years in state prison.

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Battery Thief Pleads Guilty

The man who stole about 20 commercial batteries and then sold them has pleaded guilty.

23-year-old Nathan Hoy of Smethport took the batteries from Duffy’s while he was employed there, and then sold them to what is now Metalico Goodman Services in Bradford.

Hoy will be sentenced September 19 in McKean County Court.

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Kane Man Facing Dozens of Drug Charges

A Kane man is facing more than 50 drug charges after being found at a table in his house with several vials of a white powdered substance, drug paraphernalia, a scale and stacks of cash.

25-year-old Ryan Thomas also allegedly had four guns and some knives.

He was sent to McKean County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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Duke Center Man Allegedly Raped Child

A Duke Center man is in jail for raping a young girl over a period of several years.

38-year-old David Frederick is accused of forcing the girl to have sex with him between 2008 and July of this year. The girl was younger than 13.

He is charged with rape of a child, incest of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Olean Pair Facing Drug Charges

An Olean man and woman are in jail for having drugs and weapons.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say 22-year-old Leshawn Kimbrough and 24-year-old Misty Davis had drug packaging items and paraphernalia in the presence of a child younger than 17.

They also allegedly had a handgun and a modified shotgun.

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Man Admits to Driving Getaway Car

A Port Allegany man has admitted to conspiring to steal six long guns, two bows and jewelry from a house in Skinner Creek Road back in May.

25-year-old Christopher Taylor drove the getaway car.

He will be sentenced August 22 in McKean County Court.

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Man Hurt in Asphalt Plant Explosion

An explosion at the Gernatt Gravel Pit in Delevan seriously injured a man this morning.

State police say 53-year-old Thomas Treadway was shutting down the asphalt plant at just before 6 a.m. when the explosion happened in the conveyor belt, causing significant damage to the plant.

Treadway was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC for treatment for burns to his upper body.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

St. Bonaventure Ranked Among the
Nation's Best by The Princeton Review

St. Bonaventure University has once again been named one of “The Best 378 Colleges” in the nation by The Princeton Review, which cites outstanding academics as the primary criteria for inclusion on the annual list.

But the rankings are also largely informed by student surveys.

St. Bonaventure students told The Princeton Review that talented instructors “make class both fun and informative,” and most “do a good job at engaging the class and promoting discussion” between students.

“The school is very focused on making successful graduates, and not just in the classroom,” therefore, the curriculum “puts a huge emphasis on real-world experience in a student’s field,” one student said.

St. Bonaventure students described their classmates as “hardworking, religious, fun-loving, outgoing, involved in many activities, friendly, and accepting.”

With extracurricular activities at St. Bonaventure catering to a wide range of interests, “It’s easy to make friends and find a good fit,” another student said. “The Campus Activities Board always has something going on.”

The Princeton Review student profile also touts the university’s “amazing alumni network.”

Only about 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 126,000 students attending the colleges.

Once again, St. Bonaventure’s campus radio station, WSBU-FM, was ranked in the top 5 college radio stations, coming in at No. 4 this year. The station has been ranked in the top 5 for more than a decade, reaching No. 1 twice.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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Man Jailed After Police Chase

A police chase from Amity to Wellsville has landed an Olean man in jail.

Police say the chase started when they were trying to pull over 34-year-old Boyd Miller for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but he drove off, almost hitting a sheriff’s car. The chase ended on the brigde near Memorial Park in Wellsville.

Miller is facing numerous charges and is jail on $10,000 bail.

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Bald Eagle Made Be Taken Off 'Threatened' List

With its numbers in Pennsylvania continuing to soar ever higher, the bald eagle soon could be removed from the state’s list of threatened species.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management is recommending the bald eagle be upgraded from “threatened” to “protected” status statewide.

Doug Gross, a biologist who heads the bureau’s Endangered and Nongame Birds section, addressed the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at the board’s working group meeting on Monday, saying the bald eagle’s remarkable comeback in Pennsylvania has reached a point where eagles safely can be removed from threatened species list.

As of Monday, Gross said, 266 nesting pairs have been confirmed statewide so far this year. And while that count is not final and the number of confirmed nesting pairs still could rise, the updated figure represents the continuation of an upward trend in Pennsylvania.

In 2012, researchers documented 237 nesting pairs statewide.

“This year marks just another high point in the spectacular and widespread recovery of bald eagles in Pennsylvania, and it’s clear that the definition of a threatened species no longer describes them accurately,” Gross said.

According to Pennsylvania regulations, a threatened species is defined as one that, throughout its range in the Commonwealth, may become endangered in the foreseeable future.

The Bureau of Wildlife Management’s recommendation to delist the bald eagle as a state threatened species is based on eagles achieving a number of goals outlined in the state’s bald-eagle management plan.

The plan calls for delisting eagles as threatened if all of four criteria are met for five consecutive years. There must be at least 150 active nests statewide; successful pairs in at least 40 counties; at least a 60 percent success rate of known nests; and productivity of at least 1.2 eaglets fledged per successful nest.

Three of those criteria already have been met for a five-year span, and eagles in 2013 will exceed for a fifth-straight year the requirement of nesting successfully in at least 40 counties, Gross said. Determining nest success is the biggest challenge in eagle monitoring and the agency welcomes information about the success and productivity of nests, Gross said.

The proposal to delist will be made formally to the Board of Game Commissioners at the board’s regular meeting in September. The board then could choose to vote on the proposal at a subsequent meeting. That process will afford the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposal, Gross noted.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe noted the proposal to delist comes in the 30th anniversary year of the agency’s first efforts to restore bald-eagle populations statewide. When the Game Commission launched its restoration program in 1983, only three pairs of nesting eagles remained in the state – all of them located in Crawford County, in northwestern Pennsylvania along the Ohio border. At that time, eagle populations had been decimated by the effects of water pollution, persecution and compromised nest success caused by organochlorine pesticides such as DDT.

Three decades later, Pennsylvania’s booming bald-eagle population represents one of the great success stories in wildlife conservation history, Roe said.

“It seems that each passing year writes a new chapter in the story of the bald eagle’s success in Pennsylvania and the latest numbers, and the recommendation to delist the eagle as a state threatened species, is the best news yet,” Roe said. “But the story isn’t over. Pennsylvania has plenty of good bald-eagle habitat that’s not currently being used by eagles. And as the years roll on, I’m sure eagles will give us plenty more to celebrate.”

Gross said removing bald eagles from the state threatened species list would neither hinder eagle populations in Pennsylvania nor knock off course the species’ comeback here.

If the bald eagle is delisted, the bird will continue to be protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (the Eagle Act), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act. Under the Eagle Act, those who harm or disturb eagles are subject to a civil penalty of up to one year in jail or a $5,000 fine for their first offense, and criminal convictions can result in fines as high as $250,000.

“We will not be abandoning the bald eagle, but giving it less emphasis as we turn to new challenges in bird conservation in the state,” Gross said.

The Game Commission, too, will continue to follow its bald-eagle management plan, which calls for the agency to monitor nests, at least through 2017.

Likewise, the commission will continue to urge those who encounter eagle nests to keep their distance, and not do anything to frighten the birds. The agency has recommended that people get no closer than 1,000 feet from any eagle nest.

Disturbances that cause adult eagles to fly from the nest could compromise the success of that nest. They are more likely to abandon a nest disturbed early in the nesting cycle. Additionally, eaglets can respond to frightening situations by trying to fledge the nest prematurely, and sometimes die as a result.

A wealth of information on bald eagles, where to view them and proper nest etiquette is available at the Game Commission’s website, by clicking on the bald eagle viewing icon, Gross said.

The bald eagle was delisted as a state endangered species and reclassified as a threatened species in 2005, when about 100 nests were confirmed statewide. Especially when considering the sharp jump in eagle populations since then, it might seem hard to believe just how bleak the eagle’s future appeared just 30 years ago, when restoration began.

Initially, 12 seven-week-old eaglets were taken from nests in Saskatchewan and brought to specially constructed towers at two sites. At these towers – at Haldeman Island on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, and at Shohola Lake in Pike County – the birds were “hacked,” a process by which the eaglets essentially are raised by humans, but without knowing it, then released gradually into the wild.

In all, 88 bald eaglets from Canada were released from the sites as part of the program, which was funded in part by the Richard King Mellon Foundation of Pittsburgh and the federal Endangered Species Fund.

Today, bald eagles inhabit 56 counties statewide and they continue to push the boundaries of their range. Just this year, three pairs of bald eagles nested in Allegheny County, two of them within the Pittsburgh city limits.

Gross said that in addition to nesting along the state’s major rivers and lakes, bald eagles now are nesting along medium-sized high-quality streams with good fishing and alternate foraging areas.

“They are teaching us that there is a lot more eagle habitat in Pennsylvania than we imagined,” Gross said. “Eagles are adopting the kinds of quality places that outdoors people also enjoy.”

And with more habitat to be taken over, Roe predicts further growth will follow.

“It’s something of which every Pennsylvanian can be proud,” he said.

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Van Tatenhove Returns to St. Bonaventure

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Director of Athletics Steve Watson announced today the hiring of Dr. Heather McDivitt for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Support and Student Services. Megan Van Tatenhove has also re-joined the Department of Athletics to assist McDivitt as an Academic Coordinator.

McDivitt, an Olean, N.Y. native and Portville Central High School graduate completed her undergraduate degree at Grove City College and received a Masters in Education from SUNY Buffalo. After teaching elementary school for four years, she returned to graduate school. She received a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland. She comes to SBU from Wingate University in North Carolina where she served as Assistant Professor of Religion. While there she also served as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, International Studies Committee, Student Affairs Committee and Honor Council. She was recently named the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Faculty Advisor of the Year for 2013.

Heather also worked closely with the student athletes at Wingate. She taught support and study skills classes, coordinated study plans with coaches, served on committees for student success and created a summer bridge program for at-risk students.

“We are all excited to welcome Heather back to the Olean area and to St. Bonaventure” Watson stated. “She has a unique background and experiences which we feel will translate extremely well into her new role working in athletics.”

Her duties will be to oversee the academic progress of all 14 teams at St. Bonaventure. She will assess academic needs of the students, coordinate and carry out appropriate support and intervention strategies, monitor academic progress in accordance with NCAA and University rules and communicate with University faculty, staff and coaches.

"I am thrilled to be working at St. Bonaventure and excited for this opportunity to return to the Olean area. As an educator I feel I can serve as a link between the faculty and our coaches and student-athletes in their pursuit of their degrees, which is the ultimate goal of any university. My teaching and advising experience from the past seven years, including my work mentoring student-athletes has provided me with the background to take this new step in my professional career.”

Megan Van Tatenhove returns to SBU after a year away and following a tremendous career with the women’s basketball team. The Sheboygan Falls, Wis. native finished sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,453 points and seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 624. During her four-year playing career, she was a 3-time A10 All Conference Player and a 2-time Academic All-Conference honoree. Megan was an Elementary Education major and is currently a graduate student at SBU pursing a Masters degree in Education. Van Tatenhove will assist McDivitt in monitoring student-athlete academic progress.

“Megan was one of the best basketball players to ever play at SBU” added Watson. “But not only was she a great player, she was also an excellent student and leader on and off the court. We’re very lucky to have her back on campus working with our student athletes.”

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Actress Lisa Robin Kelly is Dead

Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, one of the stars of TV's "That '70s Show," has died, according to her agent, Craig Wyckoff.

Kelly was 43, according to her biography on the Internet Movie Database.

"Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” Wyckoff said.

“I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. (Wednesday) night she lost the battle,” Wyckoff said. “Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either."

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Julianna Barton

Julianna Rose Barton, 10, of 344 West Washington Street, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 14, 2003, in Bradford she was the a daughter of Frank W. Barton and Jessica L. (Stidd) Marrone.

Julianna was the family's "Princess". She was a "ray of sunshine" and a strong fighter. She was going into the fifth grade at School Street Elementary School this coming year.

She is survived by her father Frank Barton of Bradford, her mother and stepfather Jessica and Ray Marrone of Bradford; a brother, Alex T. Barton at home; two step brothers, Andrew S. (Lynea) Marrone, of Ward, AK, and Anthony T. (Tanika) Marrone, of Goldsboro, NC; maternal grandparents Bob and Kathy Stidd of Bradford; paternal grandparents Frank & Patricia Barton of Bradford; paternal great parents, Russell & Ann Trumbull of Lewis Run; paternal step grandmother, Patricia Marrone of Eldred; maternal uncle, Bobby Stidd; paternal uncle, Eric (Kara) Barton; step paternal uncles & aunts, Marty & Tracey Marrone, Jimmy & Christina Marrone and Tadd & Tricia Torrey; a niece, Brooklinn Marrone and cousins, Brenden Stidd, Jezlyn Barton, Alex & Josh Marrone and Christy, Patrick & Olivia Torrey, and several great aunts and uncles.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday August 18, 2013 from 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held on Monday at 10:30 am with Rev. Stephen Collins, Pastor of St. Francis Church, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Children's Hospital Foundation, for PICU, 4401 Penn Ave, Central Plant, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 or to the Bradford Public Schools Fund, in memory of Julianna Rose Barton, Scholarship for Nursing, Lorana Ave., Bradford PA 16701

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Man Sentenced for Injecting Teen with
Lethal Dose of Heroin, Moving Her Body

The man who injected a Brookville girl with a lethal dose of heroin will spend the next eight to 16 years in state prison.

During sentencing for 30-year-old Shawn Ryan Carr of Kittanning the judge said he wanted to reject the deal Carr made with prosecutors because he thought it was too lenient. But he imposed the sentence because the family of 19-year-old Devan Knapp wanted the ordeal to end.

After being injected with the heroin Devan stopped breathing. That’s when Carr moved her body to her car, drove her to Clarion County and put her in the driver’s seat with a syringe on her lap to make it look as if she overdosed there.

Her family reported her missing on January 13. Her body was found two days later.

Carr had pleaded guilty to drug delivery resulting in death and other charges in July.

Pictured, Devan Knapp

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18 Indicted for Transporting
Contraband Cigarettes from KC to NYS

18 people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for transporting more than $17 million worth of contraband cigarettes from Kansas City to New York State.

The 43-count indictment says hundreds of thousands of cartons of contraband cigarettes were taken from the Kansas City area to New York, where they were sold primarily on Indian reservations between 2010 and 2012.

The indictment says two defendants bought the cigarettes from undercover agents and transported about 620,000 cartons without paying the required $4.35 per pack excise tax. Prosecutors estimate the scheme cost New York more than $8 million in taxes.

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No One Hurt in CUTCO Fire

No one was hurt in a fire that broke out at CUTCO in Olean this morning.

The fire started at about 9 o’clock in the southwest corner of the main building on East State Street. About 250 employees were in the building at the time and were evacuated.

Besides the company’s own emergency response team, the Olean, Westons Mills, Allegany and Portville fire departments battled the blaze.

Employees in the administration part of the building were allowed back in at around 11 a.m. People working in the manufacturing section were sent home for the day.

A cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined yet.

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Six-Year-Old Hit By Car

A six-year-old suffered minor foot injuries when the child was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Pomfret.

Sheriff’s deputies say 28-year-old Dusten Rader was backing out of a driveway when he accidentally hit the child.

The youngster was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital, then released. No charges have been filed.

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Man Admits to Damaging Wells

An Arizona man says he damaged three wells and caused an oil spill in McKean County.

State police say 20-year-old Jeffrey Branham admitted to breaking off pressure gauges at three wells owned by Howard Drilling off forestry road 261, just west of Route 321 in Hamilton Township.

Police were called to the site at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon for a report of a gas explosion and oil leak. One of the damaged wells spilled several barrels of oil.

A cost for the damage hasn't been determined yet.

Branham was arraigned early this morning by District Judge Dominic Cercone on felony charges of risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief. He’s jailed on $50,000 bail.

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Boser Sisters to Co-Chair United Way Campaign

As today officially marks the start of the fundraising efforts for the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2013 campaign, this year’s co-chairs – Lisa Boser-Miller and Mary Boser - are ready and waiting to get started!

“What an honor to even be thought of as someone who could lead this organization’s campaign,” said Lisa. “We are proud that the United Way staff and Board felt strongly about our abilities and commitment to our community that they would offer us this responsibility.”

The two ladies are no strangers to the United Way. Mary currently is finishing her final month of her term as a member of the Board of Directors, having served for the past eight years. Lisa previously served as a board member for four years, and has since been heavily involved with special events and corporate solicitations.

“I think this is a great way for me, personally, to finish up my Board tenure,” said Mary. “This organization will always be close to me, whether I’m on the board, co-chairing a campaign, or being a donor.

“When Lisa called me to discuss this opportunity, her enthusiasm radiated right through the phone. We have shared so much throughout our lives - including the love of sports, crafts, traveling, and even hearts embedded with the desire to give back to others. I can think of no one other than my sister with whom I would rather chair such an important campaign.”

“I cannot wait to have these two ladies at my side for the next four months,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “On a personal level, they both have offered a great deal of guidance to me, and I’m elated to be able to learn from them even more.”

The Boser Sisters will be an immediate “face” for this year’s appeal, “Life Is Good When You’re United”, and will also be division leaders for the corporate, corporate employee and mail solicitations.

“It’s always been an innate, unspoken requirement to give back to our community,” said Lisa. “What better way to do so than through the United Way?”

Mary echoed those remarks, adding, “We fully expect to raise the $330,000 – and beyond – since we have learned through the years that so many in the Bradford community, which we are proud to call home, share our pride.

Mary, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, currently lives in Bradford. Lisa serves as the Manager of the Case Collectors Club for W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company and also resides in Bradford with her husband Phil.

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United Way Kicks Off 2013 Campaign,
'Life Is Good When You’re United'

Campaign Already at 10 Percent of Goal

A sure sign of the summer winding down is the kick-off of the United Way of the Bradford Area’s annual fundraising campaign, which officially begins today.

“We are so pleased to announce the official start of this year’s appeal, ‘Life Is Good When You’re United’,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “We, as an organization, are so fortunate to be as successful as we are, which is attributed to the generosity of our local community.”

This year’s goal is again $330,000, of which $33,000 (or 10%) has already been raised.

“To be able to say today, the public start of the campaign that we’re at 10% of goal is exciting,” said Davis. “I’m so optimistic about what the next four months will bring!”

The United Way campaign runs from August through December and has a goal of securing pledges from the community through workplace campaigns and individual contributions that benefit the local United Way’s 18 affiliated agencies and 32 programs.

This year’s promotional theme was decided on through a contest held in May for local 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Participating classes submitted their choice for a theme, along with their reasoning for choosing it. “The students did a great job with their campaign theme submissions for this year and, as a board, they made it a very difficult decision for us.” said Steve Williams, UWBA Board President. “We were presented with several fantastic options, but ultimately chose Mrs. Johnson’s (3rd grade at School Street Elementary) entry.

“What was so great about this ‘competition’ was that we got to hear what some of the area’s students think of or know about the United Way. One of our goals was to have a presence amongst our local youth, and we succeeded with this opportunity – but there’ll be many more,” said Williams.

The students said, “We believe that when everyone in the community works hard together, it makes everyone’s lives in Bradford good. It also strengthens our community!”

The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 15th annual pig roast/clam bake, presented by Northwest Savings Bank, which is scheduled for September 5th at the West Branch Community Center. Tickets are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner, desserts and beverages. A cash bar, 50/50 tickets and raffles are also available. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Tops Supermarket, Penn Laurel Realty and Glenwood Beer Distributors. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at or by calling the office.

“I hope our community is as excited as I am about this year’s campaign,” said Davis. “I know that everyone will agree that when the United Way succeeds, we all benefit – whether it’s as a recipient of a funded service, as a donor who knows they’ve made an impact, or as a local resident who can boast about how strong our community really is.”

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pitt-Bradford to House Students at
Best Western Inn During Fall Semester

With the second-largest freshman class ever enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford this fall, the university will once again house some of its students for the fall term at the Best Western Bradford Inn.

About 50 upperclass students with confirmed spaces on campus were given the option to switch to the Best Western, where they will be able to ride the Area Transportation Authority bus service to campus and eat at the hotel’s continental breakfast each morning. The students were offered an incentive in the form of a $500 on-campus credit for use toward books, supplies and food on campus. The purpose of the incentive is to create more bed space on campus in order to continue the tradition of having all freshmen live on campus.

This is not the first time that Pitt-Bradford has used the Best Western to accommodate some of its students, having used blocks of rooms in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. The university opened its 144-bed Howard L. Fesenmyer House in the fall of 2008, its 103-bed Sarah B. Dorn House in the fall of 2010, and has plans to begin construction on a new 109-bed residence hall in September. The current capacity of on-campus housing is 935 students.

“We try to accommodate as many students as possible who wish to reside on campus, but occasionally, we have to resort to local hotels or other off-campus housing when we experience surges in enrollment,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “This year, we’re pleasantly surprised by a record number of new students and are scrambling to find space on campus for all our new freshmen.”

Students at the Best Western will have a resident advisor, just as students on campus do, and the university will provide a security service as well as the services of campus police. Rooms will be blocked together on the third floor and will make use of the furniture that has been ordered for the new residence hall. They will be equipped with microwave ovens and refrigerators just as rooms on campus are.

The proposed new residence hall, which must receive final approval by the University of Pittsburgh, is part of a master plan to not only increase but also upgrade housing on campus.

Pictured, first-year students at Pitt-Bradford awaiting their temporary housing during orientation last month.
Photo by Alan Hancock