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Friday, August 23, 2013

Reed Meets with Emergency Responders Board

Rep. Tom Reed, county police, sheriff, fire and emergency services departments gathered at Cornell University Thursday for an Emergency Responders Advisory Board meeting. The group focused primarily on funding opportunities including grants made available to emergency and first responders.

“With the relationships we’re building with local emergency and first responders, we have a better understanding of what they are looking toward Congress to help them with,” Reed said. “Fire departments, EMS organizations, police departments – they all have specific equipment and personnel needs and the better we understand those needs, the better equipped Washington will be to address them and address them fairly.”

“As the Chief of Police at a large Ivy League University that works closely with other first responders in our community, this type of forum is essential to communicating what our needs are to do the best job in responding to and preventing emergencies,” said Chief Kathy Zoner of the Cornell University Police. “It’s rare that we have an opportunity to draw together a large group from such a large area of our state. It is clear that we are all faced with the same challenges despite the differences in our locations and jurisdictions. It was reassuring to hear from Congressman Reed that several issues that members of our group wished to bring forward were issues that he was already aware of and is seeking to take steps to address.”

COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) and AFG (Assistance to Firefighters) grants were all discussed. Reed recently hosted a workshop for local fire departments and EMS organizations to help these groups better care for and meet their emergency response needs. The workshop was held in conjunction with the AFG program to help these groups understand what resources are available.

Rep. Reed also gave an overview of legislation passed thus far in the House of Representatives during the 113th Congress and upcoming bills relating to emergency responders. Reed and the House of Representatives recently completed the appropriations process for Homeland Security (which includes FEMA and firefighter grants). Reed went through that process with attendees.

“Whether we actively think about it or not, we rely on first responders every day to be there for us should we need them,” Reed continued. “Now it is our turn to care for them and listen to ways we can help them do their jobs a little bit easier.”

Representatives from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, Geneva Fire Department, Hornell Fire Department, Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Elmira Fire Department, Cattaraugus County Department of Emergency Services, Schuyler County Fire and Emergency Services Department, Steuben County Department of Emergency Services, Ithaca Police Department, Jamestown Fire Department, Tioga County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Tompkins County Department of Emergency Services, New York State Police, and Cornell University were in attendance.

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Toomey Hosting Town Hall Meetings

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey will host a couple of of town hall meetings with constituents in the region next week.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday he will be at VFW Post 813, 114 Fuller Street in DuBois.

At 12:20 p.m. Thursday he will be at the Gunzburger Building, One North Main Street in Coudersport.

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Obituary
Jane Thompson

Jane F. Thompson, 94, formerly of 287 Congress St., passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013, in The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 24, 1918, in Bradford, she was a daughter of H.K. "Kirby" and Veronica (Cummiskey) Dougherty.

On June 5, 1947 in Bradford, she married Charles P. Thompson, Jr. who died, September 14, 2007.

Mrs. Thompson was a 1936 graduate of St. Bernard High School and a 1940 graduate of D'Youville College in Buffalo. She had worked at Corning Glass.

She was a member of St. Bernard Church. a member of the Catholic Women's Club, a member of the Bible Class at Church and the Rosary Confraternity. She was also a member of the N.A.R.F.E. and A.A R.P. She was an accomplished artist, enjoyed painting with oils and writing poetry.

Surviving are two daughters, Maria (Joseph) Montaruli of Irvington, NY and Aimee (Richard) Mack, of Bristol, RI; three sons Joseph Thompson, of Bradford, Michael Thompson, of Washington, DC, and John (Mary) Thompson, of Peterborough, NH; a daughter in law, Beth Thompson of Bradford; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son Patrick Thompson and a brother William Dougherty.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., where a prayer service will be held on Monday, August, 26, 2013, at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Elementary School 450 West Washington St Bradford, PA 16701 or charity of the donor's choice .

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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Fantasy Football at Seneca Casinos

NIAGARA FALLS, SALAMANCA and BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two great offerings – Seneca Casinos and fantasy sports – are now one for the 2013 football season. Every day from September 2 through December 29, guests can head to each of the three Seneca Casino locations in Western New York to play fantasy football for free and win a share of cash and prizes in the $175,000 All-Star Fantasy Football Challenge.

Playing is simple, quick and fun. At all three Seneca Casinos, interactive kiosks will be available in the lobbies and other select areas on property. Using a free Seneca Player’s Club card, guests can play every day at each property starting on Mondays at noon through Sundays at 11 a.m. for the Sunday and Monday football games the following week.

At the end of each week at each property, those among the top five scores will receive cash and Free Slot Play credits ranging from $200 to $1,500. The top three scores for the entire season (consolidated by property) will win $15,000, $7,500 and $5,000, respectively, in cash and Free Slot Play credits.

To play, guests must enter one of 10 player choices for each of eight positions: quarterback, running back #1, running back #2, wide receiver #1, wide receiver #2, tight end, kicker and defense. For any or all of the positions, guests also can select a “quick pick” option for a random player. Points are earned based on a variety of factors, such as touchdowns and yardage gained. The top weekly and ongoing cumulative scores will be posted at approximately 4 p.m. each Tuesday on the kiosks and the Seneca Casinos Facebook page.

Seneca Casinos has partnered with Database Dynamics for the on-site kiosks and overall game logistics. Database Dynamics is an associate member of the National Indian Gaming Association and provides support for fantasy sports games and other interactive promotions at dozens of casinos throughout the United States.

“In 2010, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimated that more than 36 million people play some version of ‘fantasy sports,’ and that number grows every year,” said Wayne Schonfeld, chief executive officer, Database Dynamics. “Database Dynamics is proud to team up with Seneca Casinos and to bring their players the best free game available anywhere. The great thing about this promotion is that anyone can win, regardless of whether that person is a novice or a sports fanatic.”

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Blood Donors Could Win Disney Trip

Labor Day Weekend is normally one of the three worst weekends of the year for blood usage so having a safe blood supply before the holiday is important for public safety. The local blood supply has been in and out of shortage territory for about a month now.

The Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive this Monday August 26th at St. Bernard's Catholic Church located at 95 East Corydon from noon to 5:30pm.

From Aug. 1-31 everyone who comes to give blood at any Community Blood Bank blood drive can enter to win a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando! This trip is valued at $4,000 and includes airfare, hotel stay at a Disney hotel and four Park-Hopper tickets to Disney parks for four people!

"Labor Day weekend is approaching fast and we need to be ready." Said Dan Desrochers at the blood bank, "Hopefully our Give Blood: Go To Disney! promotion will give us a little magic!"

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Kelley, Colosimo to be Honored

Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of sports medicine, and alumnus Joe Colosimo ’94 will be honored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association during Alumni and Family Weekend at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Kelley, director of the sports medicine program, will accept the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award.

Kelley has taught at Pitt-Bradford for nine years, directing the sports medicine program and serving as director of freshman seminar for several years.

Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he was a graduate teaching assistant in the anatomy lab at Slippery Rock University. He has worked with the Bradford Family YMCA developing a diabetes program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Kelley holds a doctoral degree from Capella University in leadership for higher education, a master’s degree in exercise and wellness promotion from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine from Pitt-Bradford, which he earned in 2003.

His research interests include physiological responses to endurance athletes, high altitude and body composition.

A Bradford native, Kelley is active in the community, serving as the head girls’ cross-country coach for Bradford Area high School, where he is also the assistant boys’ track coach, and working as a physical activity instructor with KidShape obesity prevention and wellness program for children.

A runner in his own right, Kelley has six marathons under his own belt.

“Mark is an extremely qualified and inspirational individual,” wrote Kate Hetherington ’08, one of the alumni who nominated Kelley. “When teaching, he makes sure that everyone is involved and fully understands the subject matter. Outside of the classroom, Mark is a professor who is easy to talk to and is more than willing to help guide a student through his or her academic journey.”

Past recipients of the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award are Dr. Vincent Kohler, Dr. Marvin Thomas, Dr. Michael Stuckart, Dr. Patricia Bianco, David Blackmore, Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dr. Richard Frederick, Jeffrey Guterman, Lizbeth Matz, Isabelle Champlin, Dr. Gautam Mukerjee, Dr. Warren Fass, Don Lewicki, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Stephen Robar, Dr. Shailendra Gajanan and Dr. Tony Gaskew.

Colosimo, who was nominated by Robar, will receive the PBAA Distinguished Volunteer Award for his career work with students for the more than 15 years. Most recently, through his leadership with Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, he has created learning opportunities for Pitt-Bradford students.

Colosimo participates in alumni career programming such as the annual Backpack to Briefcase program and mock job interviews. He also volunteers his time to deliver financial planning education to students and meet with students individually about career planning.

Colosimo, who lives in Warren, is active with PKP, a group working to construct mountain biking trails in the area of Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.

Last fall, Colosimo worked with Robar, who directs the environmental studies program at Pitt-Bradford, to have students prepare an environmental survey of the area, cataloguing wildlife and plants. The survey took place this summer.

“Joe consistently puts the interests of his alma mater and its students first and foremost whenever and however he can,” Robar wrote in his nomination.

Former recipients are Dennis Lowery ’63-’65, Susan Silvestri ’72-’74, Gregory Silvestri ’73-’75, Bill Krieg ’64-’66, David Higie ’74-’76, Sharon Knouse ’88, Sandra Macfarlane ’80-’82, Anita Dolan ’88, Tim Fannin ’78, Ward Garner ’89, Craig Hartburg ’73-’75, Ryan Race ’07, and Danielle Munksgard.

Other notable events that will be a part of Alumni and Family Weekend are the Annual Block Party Saturday, Oct. 5, and a Welcome Back reception.

Also at the awards brunch, the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted.

The PBAA Awards Brunch will be held in the Frame-Westerberg Commons in the Mukaiyama University Room at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children less than 5. The public is welcome to attend. For registration, visit www.upbalumni.org/afw.

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Witnesses: Road Repairs,Building Projects
Go Undone Due to PA's Prevailing Wage Law

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage laws costs jobs, taxes and economic development according to municipal officials who testified before the House Labor and Industry Committee Thursday in State College. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), who presided over the meeting, said reform of the Prevailing Wage Law is needed for the benefit of taxpayers.

“Prevailing wage prevents local governments from funding necessary projects,” said Bloom. “Under prevailing wage, Pennsylvania’s municipalities and school districts just can’t afford to complete projects or don’t do them at all.”

Those who testified included township managers, supervisors, a county commissioner and union officials.

“Clearly, the prevailing wage mandate results in less roads paved and at a higher cost,” said Vana Dainty, Bellefonte Borough Council vice president, who indicated that the borough has postponed “true maintenance that was needed for our roads and was forced into doing more patching projects.”

Clinton County Commissioner Pete Smeltz agreed, saying, “It’s a matter of simple mathematics. If we pay as much as 20 percent more to complete a project by most common calculations to meet prevailing wage, we must bid less jobs. Most commissioners today in Pennsylvania will not increase taxes for major building projects but instead will use debt service and a number of small to medium projects are simply left undone.”

Ferguson Township, Centre County Manager Mark Kunkle said prevailing wage caused a project to go from $20,990 to $32,980, an increase of 57 percent “without any additional change to the scope of work. In my opinion the township did not receive any better quality of work by paying more for this portion of a project.”

“The Prevailing Wage Law is a mandate; and an expensive one at that,” Bloom said. “Prevailing wage law is squelching jobs and putting an unnecessarily high burden on taxpayers, and it’s one of the big factors driving up property taxes.”

The hearing was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, the first in a series on the topic of Prevailing Wage Law reforms. Additional hearings are slated for Stroud Township, Monroe County, on Aug. 29; Williamsport, Lycoming County, on Sept. 10; and Johnstown, Cambria County, on Sept. 16.

Pennsylvania’s Prevailing Wage Law requires municipalities and school districts to pay the “prevailing minimum wage” to those individuals working on public construction projects. The Prevailing Wage Act does not specify how the “prevailing minimum wage” in a locality is to be determined, and the act leaves much discretion to the secretary of labor and industry as to how to set the wage. Currently, the secretary of labor and industry is opting to use the area union wage rates as the prevailing wage rate that is to be paid on public projects. It is argued by Prevailing Wage Act reform proponents that union wage rates are more comparable to wage rates paid in larger cities, and often do not reflect the actual prevailing wages paid in rural areas. Reform advocates believe that basing prevailing wage rates in rural counties on union wage rates inflates the costs of public projects anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent.

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Smethport Funding Applications Due

The deadline to apply for the second phase of funding through the United Way of the Bradford Area’s Smethport allocations is Tuesday, September 3.

Eligible non-profits providing services throughout the Smethport area may submit a request for up to $500. Applications may be received by visiting United Way’s website at www.uwbanews.org, the United Way office, or by request at admin@uwbanews.org.

All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of United Way Board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval.

The United Way of the Bradford Area managed the fundraising efforts for Smethport and the surrounding areas during the 2012 solicitation process, and is doing the same for the 2013 campaign. The recipients of the first phase of funding announced in March of this year were: the Hamlin Memorial Library, the McKean County Historical Society, the Smethport Recreation Center/Memorial Pool, Futures Rehabilitation Center and the YWCA of Bradford.

For more information regarding the application process, please contact the United Way office or visit www.uwbanews.org/Smethport.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 8/22/13

City of Bradford Police on Thursday were called to disturbances on East Main and Bank streets, as well as Walker Place, and a domestic incident on Linwood Avenue. They also got complaints about animals on Summer Street and Harris Court, and suspicious activity on East Main, West Washington, Chestnut and Congress streets.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 8/21/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated reports of a sexual assault on East Avenue and a burglary on Mechanic Street. Officers also looked into reports of illegal drug use on Main Street, criminal mischief to automobiles on Pine Street, a theft on Euclid Avenue and harassment on West Corydon Street. Police were also got calls about a domestic incident on High Street and suspicious activity on Main Street.

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Car Hits Jamestown Apartment House;
More Than a Dozen Folks Left Homeless

A car hit an apartment house Wednesday afternoon in Jamestown leaving more than a dozen people homeless, and the woman who left the unattended has been cited.

Police say 50-year-old Tracy Abbey left the car in front of a house, parked in the wrong direction, when it rolled down a hill and into the building.

The building had to be condemned because of structural damage, leaving 14 tenants homeless.

Abbey was ticketed for having an unsecured, unattended vehicle.

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Campfire Fight Lands Man in Jail

A fight around a campfire ended up with one man in the hospital and another in jail.]

Donald Walters and Jake Avenali were at the campfire in the woods in Hamilton Township early Sunday morning when Walters tried getting Avenali’s gun out of its holster, and then hit him in the head, according to papers filed in District Judge Bill Todd’s office. Walters also tried to choke Avenali while he was lying on the ground.

Another person pulled Walters off Avenali and then took Avenali to Kane Community Hospital for treatment of broken bones in his face. Walters was charged with assault and harassment and sent to McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Tools Taken from Elk County Home

Tools were taken from an Elk County home sometime over the last week.

Police say someone went to a Wilcox Road home in Jones Township between Friday and yesterday and took a number of hand tools, floor jacks and other tools.

The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Ridgway-based state police.

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Man Jailed for Fight with Child's Mother

A Kersey man is jail after getting into a fight with the mother of his child.

Police say 24-year-old Sam Reed and the 20-year-old woman were arguing over the child and when the woman attempted to leave the house, Reed grabbed a rifle from a closet and blocked her so she couldn’t leave.

Reed was charged with simple assault and harassment and sent to Elk County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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New Weight Restrictions on PA Bridges

Harrisburg – Today, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch authorized his department to add or increase weight restrictions to about 1,000 structurally deficient (SD) bridges statewide to ensure bridge safety and preserve our aging bridge system.

PennDOT must take this step because of legislative inaction this past June on transportation funding, leaving the department’s future resources in question.

Reducing the weight traveling on these bridges will slow down their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain.

“For months I’ve been explaining to Pennsylvanians and to lawmakers that there are very real consequences to not enacting a transportation funding plan,” Schoch said. “Without additional revenues anticipated in the future, I have to make the safe and responsible decision to reduce how much weight is crossing these deteriorating bridges.”

As PennDOT has regulatory oversight over all bridges in the state, Schoch’s authorization applies weight restrictions to 530 state-owned and about 470 locally owned bridges. In an effort to maintain safety for all motorists, a change in PennDOT’s weight-restriction criteria must be implemented for all bridges, regardless of owner. Pennsylvania currently has 567 state bridges and 1,685 local bridges posted with weight restrictions.

To this point, the department has waited longer to place weight restrictions on bridges because of anticipated funding that allowed bridge repairs to be scheduled. With declining revenues and a well-documented funding need, the department is changing how it applies the national standard to weight restrict bridges earlier in their deterioration stages.

National bridge weight-limit posting criteria allow restrictions to be applied anywhere from when a bridge’s ability to handle more than 80,000 pounds begins to decline, down to when a bridge has lost half of this ability.

Pennsylvania currently leads the nation in the number of SD bridges with 4,479. Pennsylvania ranks 35th in the nation with the percent of SD bridges that are posted or closed – after these new restrictions are put in place, Pennsylvania will rank 27th in the nation.

“In the past we’ve been able to hold off on restricting bridges, but now we have to be more conservative,” Schoch said. “We have some of the oldest bridges in the nation and many of them need major repairs.’’

“We have a serious funding need and the legislature still has not acted to pass a comprehensive transportation plan. I have to look ahead to the future and preserve these bridges because, without action, we will not have money to invest in them for a long time.”

Even if the legislature passes a transportation funding plan in the fall, the earliest the weight restrictions could be removed would be when their repairs can be programmed for funding within two years. If conditions warrant, the restrictions could remain in place until repairs are made.

PennDOT will begin posting bridges with weight limits as soon as Aug. 29. Notifications to school-bus operators, emergency-service providers and other local officials will begin today. Posting on local bridges will take place at a later date after PennDOT discusses these changes with local bridge owners.

To view the bridges with new or lowered weight restrictions or to learn more about bridge weight restrictions and PennDOT’s bridge-inspection program, visit the PennDOT homepage at www.dot.state.pa.us  and click on “Bridge Information.”

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Hanger Brings Bus Tour to Bradford


Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate John Hanger visited Bradford this morning as part of his Save Our Schools bus trip across the state.

But he talked to WESB about more than schools. The former head of both the state Public Utility Commission and Department of Environmental Protection says he has a proven track record of saving Pennsylvanians money.

Hanger says his new “Zero Tuition College Plan” will save students thousands of dollars by not having to pay for one year of college – or two years of community college – and then paying into a state fund after they graduate and start working.

Listen to Hanger's talk with Anne Holliday here.

Pictured, Hanger steps off his bus on Main Street in Bradford.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Man Hurt When Pickup Flies Over Driveway

A pickup truck flew about 15 feet over a driveway during a crash on Rich Valley Road in Cameron County.

Police say 43-year-old Shane Lyon was in Shippen Township when his pickup went off the road, went into a ditch and hit a pipe before going airborne and then back into the ditch.

Lyon suffered moderate injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

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Burglar Steals Man's Medication

Someone broke into an Emporium man’s home and stole some medication.

Police say between 4:30 and 5:30 Tuesday afternoon someone went into Scott Geleen’s home on South Mountain Road and took the medication.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Emporium-based state police.

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Man Allegedly Spit on Sheriff's Deputy

Spitting on a sheriff’s deputy is never a good idea. It’s an especially bad idea when you’re caught red-handed committing a crime. Allegedly committing a crime.

Deputies say they got called to an Arkwright building for a report of a larceny at just before 7:30 last night, and when they got there, 45-year-old Steven Riley of Forestville was still on the scene. While he was being taken into custody he allegedly fought with deputies and then spit on one of them.

He’s charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Riley was sent to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

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Pitt-Bradford to Celebrate
50th Anniversary with Founders' Day

Employee Band Staff Infection to Perform

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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Founders’ Day celebration Sept. 3, 50 years from the day it first opened its doors.

In the 50 years since that momentous first day of class, Pitt-Bradford has grown from a fledging institution comprised of a hodgepodge of buildings in Bradford to a nationally recognized university with a campus of its very own. Its enrollment has grown by more than 455 percent from 288 students on its first day to about 1,600 students this year, and it has produced more than 10,000 graduates from all 50 states and several countries.

“Pitt-Bradford would not have been established had it not been for several forward-thinking individuals in the community who recognized the need for an institution of higher education in this region and for those residents who contributed to the cause,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, Pitt-Bradford’s president.

“We greatly appreciate the hard work and support they gave 50 years ago and continue to be grateful for all of the generous support we still receive from the Bradford community and the region. We hope our friends and neighbors will help us celebrate this momentous event in the life of Pitt-Bradford.”

Founders’ Day events will be held in the Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complimentary lunch and dessert will be served throughout the event next to Fisher Hall and the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

At 12:15 p.m., officials from Pitt-Bradford will offer brief remarks in front of the Commons, and then they will unveil a new bronze panther statue, which was created by Bradford native David Hodges. The statue, which is 2 ½ times larger than a living, breathing panther, will be permanently perched in front of the Commons. Anyone who would like to have a picture taken with the bronze beauty will be able to do so from 1 to 2 p.m. when photographer Shawn Murray will be taking photos. The photos then will be posted on the university’s Facebook page for all to see and share.

Adding to the festivities will be a performance by Pitt-Bradford’s employee band, Staff Infection, which will play music from the 1960s and ’70s in front of Swarts Hall. The band is comprised of Dan Songer, director of campus police and safety on drums and vocals; Rhett Kennedy, director of auxiliary services on vocals and percussion; Ed Bahan, men’s and women’s swimming coach on bass guitar; Alan Hancock, textbook buyer in the Panther Shop on lead guitar; and Dave Clark, maintenance worker on vocals and rhythm guitar.

The Friends of Hanley Library will be in front of the library asking visitors to sign a guestbook, which will be added to a time capsule that will be buried next spring and unearthed in 25 years. Members of the Communications and Marketing staff will be in front of Fisher Hall giving away anniversary-related gifts. Additionally, anyone wearing Pitt gear to Founders’ Day has a chance to receive a special, limited-edition gift. Bradford radio station 100.1 The Hero, WBRR-FM, will also be broadcasting live from the event in front of Fisher Hall.

Members of the Admissions staff will be offering tours of campus from 1 to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in taking a tour is asked to meet in front of Hanley Library.

Another piece of the Founders’ Day celebration is the opening of the 50th Anniversary Airport Exhibit in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. The exhibit, compiled by former Pitt-Bradford employee Linda Delaney, will feature numerous artifacts dating back to when the land upon which the campus now sits was home to the Harri Emery Airport.

The exhibit will run through Sunday, Oct. 6. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. However, special tours of the exhibit can be arranged by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at 362-5155 or Colosimo@pitt.edu  

Those attending the Founders’ Day celebration are asked to park in one of three lots on campus: the lot adjacent to the Harriett B. Wick Chapel, the lot across from the Hangar Building on Dorothy Lane, and the lot between Blaisdell Hall and Dorothy Lane. The ATA trolley will provide rides to the quad.

Pictured, the bronze Panther statue by Bradford native David Hodges suspended above a workman while he drills holes in a rock for its placement in the Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle. The panther statue will be unveiled during the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Founders’ Day celebration Sept. 3.
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Cameron County May Stop
Offering Paramedic Services in November

Cameron County Ambulance is planning to stop offering paramedic services in November.

Veteran paramedic and local first responders’ union president Mike Valilne tells WESB and The Hero the union is concerned.

Mike Valine

He says if someone is having a serious health crisis and need more care than what an EMT can provide, that person may have to wait another 30 minutes for a paramedic to come from St. Marys or Coudersport.

The board of Cameron County Ambulance said in a news release that a reduction in volume has led to a significant budget deficit, and that eliminating paramedic service is necessary for the financial health of the non-profit organization.

Valine says the union gave Cameron County Ambulance a list of suggestions to stay fiscally sound without eliminating paramedic service, and still hopes they can make it work.

"I've heard people all over the place worrying about the same thing," Valine said. "What if it's my loved one having a serious heart attack and the ambulance takes too long to get there?"

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Bar Cited for Liquor Law Violations

A Port Allegany bar has been cited by the state police bureau of liquor control enforcement.

Shooters Grill & Bar has been cited for allegedly serving alcohol to a person who was 20 years old on June 10.

Also the business allegedly did not post signs as required by the Clean Indoor Air Act, and allowed smoking in the building on June 10.

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Warren Men Picked Up on Drug Charges

Two Warren men are in Chautauqua County Jail on drug charges.

Jamestown Police say they stopped a vehicle at 8:40 Tuesday morning for not using a turn signal and learned the driver, 60-year-old Robert Proctor, does not have a driver’s license. While police were interviewing him, they saw a bag with more than half an ounce of cocaine on the floor of the vehicle.

Proctor and his passenger, 42-year-old Anthony Russell, are both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

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Fugitive Picked Up in Potter County

Coudersport-based state police picked up a fugitive from justice on Monday.

They say they stopped a vehicle they thought may have been involved in a hit-and-run crash and soon learned Patrick Danielewicz of Wellsville had arrest warrants in new York.

He was arraigned as a fugitive from justice and sent to Potter County Jail to await extradition to New York.

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Man Jailed for Marina Assault

The Johnsonburg man accused of punching another man at Wolf Run Marina on Saturday was found and arrested in Kane.

29-year-old David Boylan allegedly punched Gerard Caribardi of Wilcox so hard that Caribardi had to be taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment.

Boylan is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct and is jailed on $10,000 bail.

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Bradford Men Facing Drug Charges

Two Bradford men are facing drug charges after state police saw drug paraphernalia fall out of one man’s lap during a traffic stop.

Troopers say they stopped George Duke Jr.’s car at just before 2 a.m. Sunday for a vehicle code violation and as they were approaching the car, 23-year-old Russell Tallentire got out of the passenger side, and that’s when the paraphernalia fell onto the ground. He had an active bench warrant and was taken into custody.

Police seized Duke’s car and got a search warrant. Monday, they found several packets of heroin, a small amount of marijuana, un-bottled prescription pills, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Doctor Arrested on Drug Charges

The Clarion doctor who had an office in Kane has been arrested, and state attorney general Kathleen Kane says he was the largest buyer and distributor of Subutex in the country during the first five months of 2012.

67-year-old Thomas Radecki has been under investigation for about a year and surrendered his medical license in September. He is accused of over prescribing medications as well as trading drugs for sex.

Radecki is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients who are addicted to heroin and highly addictive pain pills through the use of the controversial prescription medication Suboxone.

Radecki is free on $25,000 bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 3.

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