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Friday, September 27, 2013

Trooper Remains in Critical Condition
Shooter Dead; Shooter's Son in Custody

WESB/WBRR News Director

The man who shot and critically injured a state trooper Thursday afternoon shot himself early this morning as a Special Emergency Response Team unit surrounded his Brockway home.

60-year-old Kenneth Lees Sr. was found dead inside his home when the SERT when into the house at 1 a.m.

The incident began as members of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Jefferson County Drug Task Force were serving a search warrant on the occupants of the Kenneth Lees Sr. residence at 1881 Cemetery Hill Road near Brockway (about 4 minutes from the Main Street Sheetz) at about 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Upon approaching the front door of the residence and announcing their identity and possession of a lawful search warrant, the officers were met with gunfire from an occupant of the home. Trooper First Class Bradley Wilson was struck in the neck and upper torso by two bullets fired from the residence and was immediately incapacitated. Troopers and officers on scene then returned fire and successfully extricated the wounded Trooper from the scene, state police said in a news release.

During a news conference this morning, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett said, “Knowing how Trooper Wilson was extricated from that scene by people who were in harm’s way was nothing less than heroic. I can’t hardly think about it without getting emotional when I think about how they selflessly took care of Trooper Wilson. It was an amazing, amazing thing.”

Wilson was taken by ambulance to DuBois Regional Medical Center and, once stabilized, was transferred by medical helicopter to UPMC Altoona for emergency surgery. He was then taken to UPMC in Pittsburgh for further treatment, and remains in critical condition there.

During the news conference State Police Captain Bernard Petrovsky explained that they couldn’t go into the house right away for a number of reasons including concern about other people who could have been inside, and the possibility of dangerous chemicals being inside the home. They were looking for evidence of a meth lab, but declined to say anything further about the drug investigation because it’s ongoing.

Petrovsky said they also had to get people around the house away from the area.

“We wanted to render the scene safe for everybody,” he said.

They also attempted to contact Lees and get him to surrender.

Lees’ son, Kenneth Lees Jr. is in police custody following a vehicle and foot chase with police last night.

Police issued a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) for Lees Jr. at about 9:30 p.m. When they spotted him he took them on 15- to 20-mile chase. They put “stop strips” down, which incapacitated his vehicle. He then fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, a trooper hurt his back when he encountered a bank in the woods that had a 5-foot drop. He was treated at a hospital and then released.

Burkett said he expects Lees Jr. to be charged with aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding law enforcement. He didn’t say anything about drug charges.

The house remains an active crime scene, but all the neighbors have been allowed to go back to their homes.

Wilson is a 24-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police. He has a brother who is a station commander in Clarion and a nephew who is at the State Police Academy in Hershey.

He said Wilson is “a big part of the state police family. This is a big loss for us. We’re a family and when we see something like this it hurts everybody.”

Brockway schools were put on lockdown Thursday afternoon and all after school activities were cancelled. Buses started taking students home at about 6 p.m. Before that, they were served dinner and spent the afternoon watching movies.

Petrovsky said the schools were on lockdown because the situation was “fluid, ongoing” and they didn’t know how many people were in the house.

“We wanted to make sure we had the situation 100 percent contained” before releasing the students, he said.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 Holds
Third Annual Youth Outdoor Hunt

by Jasmine Carlson
Ridgway High School '15

On September 13-15, 2013, Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 had its 3rd Annual Youth Outdoor Hunt. This hunt is for kids with disabilities and life threatening illness. I’ve been involved every year and I’ve learned something new from each youth.

This year the chapter took two wonderful boys and their families. Reece Scolari, 10, is in remission for kidney cancer and Ryan Tucker, 17, who has cerebral palsy and is paralyzed from the chest down. Both boys are from St. Marys.

The boys were ecstatic when they arrived at the Queenstown Hunt Club where there is a lodge owned by Rosebud Mining of Kittanning. The first day at the lodge consisted of a greeting dinner, gifts and trap shooting. During the meet and greet I meet both families they all were amazed at the beauty of Rosebud’s lodge.

Both families were then gathered around the fire place. Reece and Ryan were given hunting equipment, hunting vests and field chaps.

They got dressed quickly and raced down to the trap lodge. Ryan is in a wheel chair and rode down on Pheasants Forever’s own invention of a car seat welded to the front of an ATV. There is a gun stand for extra help for the shooter and Ryan said the ride was really comfortable.

Reece was the first to shoot, hitting one clay bird after another. Everyone said he was a natural!

After every boy took their shots we all headed off to bed, except for me. I was so excited because tomorrow was the day I got to be a guide for one of the boys. I was also nervous thinking to myself “what if something goes wrong what if it rains, what if…” it went in and out of my head all night.

In the morning everyone woke up to the amazing smell of the Tim and Mary Jo Schneider’s cooking.

After everyone ate it was time to hunt. Being a dog handler is a lot of work. I had to organize the tracking and e-collars, let the dogs burn off steam, making sure the dogs are well hydrated and focused and last but most importantly making sure your hunter knows safety.

I was the guide for Reece’s hunt. The closer we got to hunt the more butterflies I got in my stomach. I introduced my dog Gabby to Reece and we were off to hunt.

As soon as we hit the field Gabby was on point; meaning she found a bird. Reece was told to slowly get behind Gabby and when he was ready the bird would flush. I told her ‘easy’ so she would not chase the bird and she stood like a statue until I gave her the okay to flush the bird. Reece said the bird was in perfect view, he picked up his gun and Gabby flushed the bird. This was Reece’s first bird he ever harvested. When the bird hit the ground I was overwhelmed with emotions I was so happy I had tears in my eyes. I was just glad that I help a kid that truly deserved this experience get his first bird! His family was just so appreciative. I hugged Gabby.

We continued to hunt and found and harvested many more birds.

When we got back to the lodge Reese could not hold back how excited he was about his birds. He would probably broadcast it on the news.

Ryan went out with Tim Rowan and they harvested lots of birds. Even though I was not with Ryan for his hunt, I still felt a feeling accomplishment. Pheasants Forever really put a lot of effort into taking kids hunting and giving kids like Ryan and Reece a chance hunt.

Both boys also went fishing on a nearby pond owned by Ron and Deanna Vlassich, where both boys caught many crappie, trout, catfish, bass and sunfish.

After all the hunting and fishing was done, the boys got the chance to go geocaching. The prizes were scattered all though the lodge’s back yard and the boys had to use a GPS to find them.

After a long day full of fun activities we sat down to a wonderful supper of chicken and roast beef. Our bellies were filled and no one left hungry. We all had some pretty fun conversations and I got to know each boy better.

While everyone was visiting, Emily Schneider and I got together to make surprise scrapbooks for each boy.

Emily was one of the first foundation hunt participants. Emily has spina bifida and her family helped cook this weekend to give back for the time they had when Emily had her hunt. Emily and I became close friends in 2011 during her hunt and we’ve been friends ever since. This year Emily decided to help me with the scrap books and we were up in until 2AM trying to reach perfection in our work.

The next day the boys wanted to go hunting again. I took Reece once again because he told me that he loved Gabby. The group was reunited me, Reece, Gabby, his family with some new additions, my other dog Teddi and John Bilodeau and his dog Morgan.

Reese and Ryan both shot more birds and came back to the lodge where Emily and I handed the families the boys’ scrap books. Dick Bodenhorn gave a speech about how Emily and I both came involved in Pheasants Forever and both families thanked us.

Reece’s mom, Jennifer spoke up and said something that really hit home to me. She said “This weekend our family made lifelong friends!” This meant a lot to me that I made an impact - I made a change in someone’s life. After all the heart breaking goodbyes, I left the lodge with a smile on my face. This weekend that Pheasants Forever organized made me a huge part of the two families’ lives.

I would have never experienced any of this if it weren’t for my Dad pushing me to try my best along with all the members of PF Chapter 630. I would have never heard of Pheasants Forever if it was not for their PF Mentored Youth Hunt. I want to tell Pheasants Forever thank you for making a difference in not only my life but other youth and families lives too!

The next meeting of local Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 is, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Capital City fire hall on Front Street in Ridgway, PA.

Pictured, Ryan Tucker was happy to have a pheasant to hang in his room as a reminder of an excellent day at the Queenstown Lodge near East Brady; Reese Scolari and Jasmine Carlson showing off their rooster at the Pheasants Forever #630 PF Youth Outdoor event.
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Community Nurses Offering Flu Shot Clincis in
McKean, Cameron, Elk Counties

The Community Nurses are offering flu shot clinics at all area senior centers in Cameron, Elk and McKean counties.

Anyone 18 and older is eligible to get their flu shot at these clinics. The general public is welcome to attend. Seniors should bring their Medicare cards and all insurance cards. Others can pay a fee for their shots. No appointment is needed.

The Community Nurses say anyone can get the flu, and it can be serious. They recommended you protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu immunization at any of these upcoming flu clinics.:

Oct. 7 10-11:30 a.m. Kane Senior Center
Oct. 7 12:45-1:45 p.m. Mount Jewett Senior Center
Oct. 8 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jones Township Senior Center
Oct. 8 1-2:30 p.m. Johnsonburg Senior Center
Oct. 9 9:30-11 a.m. Eldred Senior Center
Oct. 9 1-2:30 p.m. Bradford Senior Center
Oct. 10 10:30-11:30 a.m. Retired Citizens Association of Ridgway
Oct. 10 1-2:30 p.m. Bennett’s Valley Senior Center
Oct. 14 10-11:30 a.m. St. Marys Senior Center
Oct. 14 1-2:30 p.m. Fox Township Senior Center
Oct. 15 10-11:30 a.m. Port Allegany Senior Center
Oct. 15 1-2:30 p.m. Smethport Senior Center
Oct. 16 10:30-11:30 a.m. Driftwood Senior Center
Oct. 16 1-2:30 p.m. Emporium Senior Center

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Rural Community College Initiative to be
Topic of State Senate Public Hearing

HARRISBURG - A Senate proposal to increase post-secondary educational opportunities to underserved counties in the Commonwealth through the creation of a Rural Community College Initiative will receive an in-depth review by the Senate Education Committee, senators Mike Folmer and Joe Scarnati announced today.

The committee hearing will focus on understanding the need for rural regional community colleges and how to best support and implement these institutions. The measure to be examined is Senate Bill 1000, which was introduced by Scarnati earlier this year. SB 1000 would help to create a public community college initiative in rural Pennsylvania.

“Education is a vital component of providing for Pennsylvania’s future,” Scarnati stated. “We want to help provide cost effective educational opportunities to students so that they have the necessary skills to meet the demand for new jobs.”

Scarnati explained that Senate Bill 1000 is a bi-partisan measure which is based largely on recommendations by a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study completed in December 2011.

Senate Resolution 147 of 2011 called upon the LBFC to examine public community college programs in rural counties. The LBFC study concluded that there is a significant need for public community college programs in rural Pennsylvania. According to the report, by 2018 most jobs will require post-secondary education training, however 25 of the 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community college programs.

“Community colleges provide an affordable and accelerated higher education opportunity for our citizens, and especially in times of a down economy, provide the training and courses needed for specialized and in demand professions,” Folmer said. “I am interested in learning more about the need for rural regional community colleges and how Pennsylvanians in rural areas can have access to this type of higher education.”

Testifiers at the October 2nd hearing will include the North Central Workforce Investment Board, American Refining Group Inc., Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Rural Community College Alliance.

“Currently over one third of Pennsylvania counties have no community college program to offer local residents,” Scarnati stated. “Providing rural communities with access to affordable higher education is critical to providing new career opportunities for students and improving the economy.”

Scarnati stressed that in the current job market higher education in the form of skilled training, certificate courses, two-year and four-year degree programs are all crucial to preparing students for future employment opportunities or to retrain them for new jobs.

“Senate Bill 1000 will help set the foundation for establishing rural public community college opportunities in Pennsylvania,” Scarnati said. “We look forward to hearing from testifiers and interested parties with ideas of how we can best serve the educational needs of students in rural areas.”

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David Schwab

David B. Schwab, 84, of 2 South Ave., passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born March 4, 1929 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Delmar Schwab and Charlotte (Nancarro) Barrett.

Mr. Schwab was a 1947 graduate of Weston High School, in Weston, WV and attended Grove City College.

He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church since 1942 and one of its oldest and most faithful members.

A gifted pianist, he played for services for the Christian Science Church and often played at worship at the First Presbyterian Church.

There will be no public visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 12:15 PM, Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the chapel of The First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Robert Klouw, Co-Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Friendship Table or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences may be made at

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Secure Rural Schools Program Extended

The federal program that mandates the US Forest Service to pay timber harvest receipts to the states to be used for roads and schools where national forests are located has been renewed by Congress.

The forest service pays 25 percent as partial compensation for the tax-exempt status of federal lands. As a result of a significant decrease in timber harvesting on national forest lands during the 1990s, Congress created the Secure Rural Schools program to help compensate for the loss in revenue. The House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday voted to extend the program for one year. The bill now awaits the president's signature.

“The Secure Rural Schools program has been and remains a critical resource for our local communities in the Allegheny National Forest region,” said Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson. “This extension offers the certainty of knowing this funding will be available, and will help our local communities pay for schools, roads, and many other essential services.”

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Sexual Assault Case Scheduled for Trial

A 40-year-old Port Allegany man charged with statutory sexual assault will be going to trial.

Jeffrey Pinchock is accused of smoking marijuana with a 15-year-old girl and then sexually assaulting her in August of 2012.

He is scheduled for backup trial on October 30 in McKean County Court.

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State Trooper Injured in Jefferson County

UPDATE 10:45 a.m. :The man police believe shot and critically injured a state trooper Thursday afternoon shot himself early this morning as a Special Emergency Response Team unit surrounded his Brockway home.

Kenneth Lees Sr. has been identified as the dead man. His son, Kenneth Lees Jr. is in police custody. State trooper Brad Wilson of the DuBois barracks remains in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona.

The state police news conference originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. has been moved to 11 a.m.


UPDATE 9 AM: The standoff ended at about 7:30 this morning. Police have not identified the shooter yet, and they have not commented on his condition. They are expected to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

The state trooper who was shot Thursday afternoon remains in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona.


UPDATE 9:30 PM: A state police Special Emergency Response Team unit is still surrounding a Brockway house where a state trooper was shot this afternoon.

The injured trooper is in critical but stable condition at UPMC Altoona. His named has not been released, but he is from the DuBois barracks.

Two troopers were serving a warrant to a man on Cemetery Hill Road when shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. The incident prompted a lockdown of Brockway schools until about 6:30 p.m., when students were either released to their parents or bused home.

State police expect to hold a news conference later tonight.


UPDATE: The school lockdown was lifted at about 6:30 p.m. The shooter is inside his house and police have it surrounded. The injured state trooper is in stable condition at UPMC-Altoona


UPDATE: One state trooper was shot and has been taken by helicopter to UPMC Altoona, where he is conscious and alert. The other trooper was not shot, but was shot at while the two were serving a warrant at a home on Cemetery Hill Road. The shooter is still at large. Schools are still on lockdown. A police SERT (Special Emergency Response Team) unit is on its way to the scene.


UPDATE: Two state troopers were shot. The gunman is still at large and schools are still on lockdown as of 4:02 p.m.


A state trooper has been injured and Brockway schools were on lockdown this afternoon in what police are describing as an “ongoing situation.”

They have not elaborated on the extent of the trooper’s injuries.

The incident happened on Cemetery Hill Road, just outside of Brockway.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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Man Admits to Critically Injuring Girl

A man pleaded guilty today to all charges related to his assault of an 11-year-old girl.

28-year-old Kevin Collins of Duke Center got angry with the girl back in April and then choked her, slapped her and slammed her to the floor, knocking her unconscious. She was critically injured and had to be treated at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn tells WESB, “I would not offer Collins a plea agreement given the nature of the charges.”

Collins remains jailed on $50,000 bail and will be sentenced at a later date.

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Police Make Contact with 'Missing' Man

Police have made contact with the Warren man who had been considered missing and endangered since Saturday, but he wouldn’t tell them where he is.

24-year-old John Michael Sheehy now also as a felony warrant for theft against him. He was charged with 2 felony theft counts, along with prohibited possession of a firearm back in June.

Anyone with information on Sheehy’s whereabouts is asked to contact Warren-based state police.

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No Injuries in Pickup Truck Crash

No one was hurt in a one-vehicle crash early this morning on Whittimore Road near Emporium in Cameron County, about a mile south of Barton Street.

Police say 45-year-old Timothy Aikens was going around a curve at about 2:10 a.m. when his pickup truck went into the opposite lane of travel, then hit a guiderail.

The pickup was severely damaged and had to be towed from the scene. Police say Aikens will be cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

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... Chats with Anne Holliday

Another Sasquatch Sighting in McKean County?

Bradford resident John Stoneman chats with Anne Holliday about pictures he took near Kinzua Bridge State Park which may, or may not, be a Bigfoot -- or two.

Now the question is: Did the Bigfoot Calling Contest during the Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival the day before the pictures were taken really work? Stoneman is still not sure if he believes in the creature, but Bigfoot believers have called him about the photos, and he's heard from The Animal Planet, which produces the TV show “Finding Bigfoot,” and has already been in the area to talk to McKean, Warren and Elk county residents about Sasquatch sightings.

You can hear what Stoneman has to say about the pictures here.

To find a link to the pictures go to

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Former Firefighter Scheduled for Court

The former Bradford paramedic accused of stealing drugs from the fire department’s ambulance service and altering paperwork to cover it up is scheduled to be in McKean County Court this afternoon.

Brandon Landuyt will appear for a formal arraignment at 1 p.m.

He was charged in July and fired from the fire department in August. Landuyt is free on $75,000 bail.

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'Most Wanted' Fugitive Behind Bars

A man on the Cattaraugus County 10 Most Wanted List was picked up during traffic stop Tuesday afternoon in Olean.

34-year-old Justin Spencer of Olean had several warrants against him, including one for failure to appear in court to answer charges and another for family court.

Spencer is jailed without bail.

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ARG Conducting Fire Extinguisher Training

American Refining Group will be conducting its annual Fire Extinguisher Training for employees starting at 7:30 this morning.

The training involves extinguishing live fires at the fire training grounds off Bolivar Drive at Foster Brook.

Smoke from fires may be noticeable throughout the day.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 9/25/13

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated thefts on Cole, Jerome and Oakwood avenues and on East Main Street, as well as a motor vehicle accident on Elm Street. Officers also looked into harassment complaints on Main, East Main and High Streets and Kiwanis Court, disturbances on West Corydon and High streets and on Chautauqua Place and animal complaints on Melvin Avenue and Clarence Street.

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Jackson Center to Host Karen Korematsu

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Robert H. Jackson Center will host Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, for “A Conversation with Karen Korematsu” on October 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public.

Ms. Korematsu is the daughter of Fred Korematsu, one of four men who defied Executive Order 9066, which established the American concentration camps, and ordered that Japanese Americans be forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated during World War II. His 1944 landmark case before the United States Supreme Court challenged the constitutionality of the mass incarceration, but the Court upheld his conviction for violating the exclusion order in a 6-3 ruling. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson disagreed strongly with the court, and although in the minority at the time, his dissenting opinion continues to be read today in law schools as a major definition of the rights of the individual versus the power of the government.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education was co-founded by Ms. Korematsu in 2009. The Institute, which advances pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education, develops and distributes free curriculum about Fred Korematsu’s story, the Japanese American incarceration, and current civil rights issues, to classrooms around the United States. As such, Ms. Korematsu will present lesson plans and other classroom materials during a Jackson Center-sponsored Western New York Teacher Conference held earlier in the day.

Founded in 2001, the Robert H. Jackson Center advances the ideals of the late Justice Robert H. Jackson, a leading advocate of American democracy and justice, who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1941 to 1954. A former country lawyer in Chautauqua County, Jackson was the architect of the Nuremberg Trials following World War II.

The Center is located at 305 East Fourth Street, Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m., Monday–Saturday, or by appointment. For additional information about this and other events, contact the Jackson Center at 483-6646 or visit

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Olean Student to Perform in Nashville

OLEAN, NY — Clarice Ambroselli, a senior from Archbishop Walsh Academy has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Miss Ambroselli will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on October 30, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Miss Ambroselli is 1of 49 first sopranos in the United States, and 1 of 2 first sopranos from New York State. To earn this honor, she was selected to attend the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Area All State Choir, made up of vocalists from 6 counties of NY, the NYSSMA All- State Conference Choir made up of vocalists from the whole state, and the NAFME All Eastern Choir made up of vocalists from the 13 states of the Eastern Sea Board of the US.

Exceptional students, such as Miss Ambroselli, will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker. Christopher Dockey, Music Director at Southern Tier Catholic School/Archbishop Walsh Academy said, “Over the years, I have seen Clarice evolve into a well-rounded vocalist. She has shown us that if a genuine passion is present, big things can happen in small places. I want to express how proud the entire school community is of the hard work that Clarice has put in to earn this impressive accomplishment."

The NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus will have approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN. For program and ticket information please visit

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Toomey Wins 'Taxpayers' Friend Award'

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a nonpartisan citizen group, has announced that U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has won the 2012 Taxpayers’ Friend Award.

The Taxpayers’ Friend Award is given to members of Congress that achieve an “A” grade in NTU’s annual ratings. The rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a score to each member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation.

“I made a promise to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania that I would fight for them by tackling Washington overspending while championing lower taxes and less government red tape. To help boost our economy and job growth, I will continue my efforts to lessen the tax burden families and employers shoulder,” said Sen. Toomey. “I thank the NTU for recognizing and supporting my efforts on behalf of Pennsylvania taxpayers.”

“As our nation continues to confront challenges to a strong economic recovery, fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. has never been more important,” NTU President Duane Parde said. “Fortunately, Pennsylvania can count on Sen. Toomey to whom National Taxpayers Union is proud to present a Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”

Sen. Toomey has championed legislation that would eliminate costly taxes and regulations that harm job creators in Pennsylvania, such as medical device makers. Sen. Toomey also supports simplifying the tax code and lowering rates for all taxpayers to encourage economic growth and make American companies more competitive.

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Woman Hurt in Two-Vehicle Crash

An Emporium woman was hurt in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Sizerville Road in Shippen Township.

Police say a car driven by 61-year-old Cheryl Housel was traveling south when she didn’t see a vehicle operated by 18-year-old Joseph Caldwell of Emporium stopped in front her and hit it.

Housel was flown by medical helicopter to Altoona Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. She was cited for careless driving. Caldwell wasn’t hurt.

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Man Allegedly Punched Girlfriend

A Salamanca man is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face during a fight at about 2 a.m. Monday on Route 353.

Sheriff’s deputies say 20-year-old Joshua Koleta also punched his girlfriend several times in the arms, injuring her, and took her cell phone so she couldn’t call 911.

He was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, and was sent to jail on $1,000 bail.

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Networking Luncheon, Block Party, More at
Pitt-Bradford Alumni and Family Weekend

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will continue its 50th Anniversary celebration during Alumni and Family Weekend Oct. 4-6.

The weekend will feature a networking luncheon, a block party, and the annual Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association awards brunch and Athletic Hall of Fame induction.

During all three days of the celebration, an exhibit in the KOA art gallery will celebrate the campus’s history as the site of Bradford’s original airport. The exhibit will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and offers historical photos and memorabilia as well as a video featuring interviews with local historians, pilots and members of the Pitt-Bradford staff who grew up near the original Harri Emery airport. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Friday’s activities begin with an Executive Speaker Series and Networking Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Mukaiyama University Room featuring Carolyn Boser Newhouse ’86, deputy secretary for innovation and investment for the state of Pennsylvania.

Newhouse has more than 20 years of demonstrated business expertise in the private sector. She is the founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including SuperUser Technologies Inc., an information technology company that provides wired and wireless communications; Newhouse Enterprise LLC, a retail business entity; Newhouse Family Limited Partnership, a partnership for commercial real estate; and SuperUser Solutions Inc., a successful engineering company that specializes in supply chain automation.

Newhouse earned her undergraduate degree in computer science from Pitt-Bradford and is a graduate of the entrepreneurship leadership and advanced entrepreneur leadership programs at the University of Buffalo (N.Y.).

The luncheon is free to Pitt-Bradford students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the public. For tickets visit, or call 814-362-5091.

On Saturday, Pitt-Bradford’s largest block party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle. Family activities include entertainment, inflatable games, food, and photos with the panther statue.

From 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of Hanley Library will have a sale of gently used books in the lobby of the library.

At the Kessel Athletic Complex, men’s soccer will take on Mount Aloysius at 1 p.m., and women’s soccer will also play Mount Aloysius at 3 p.m.

A 50th anniversary chapel service will begin at 5 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

Alumni, parents and guests can join the Welcome Back reception at 6 p.m. that day in the Mukaiyama University Room with tastings by Straub Brewery.

The annual PBAA Awards Brunch and Athletic Hall of Fame moves to Sunday this year and will be held at 11 a.m. in the University Room.

Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of sports medicine will be honored by PBAA with the Teaching Excellence Award. Kelly has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford for nine years, directing the sports medicine program and serving as director of freshman seminar for several years.

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The Bradford native and Pitt-Bradford graduate is active in the community. He is the head coach of the girls’ cross-country team and the assistant coach of the boys’ track team at Bradford Area High School, referees and works as a physical activity instructor with KidShape, an obesity prevention and wellness program for children. Joe Colosimo, a 1994 graduate, will accept the distinguished volunteer award. He was nominated by Dr. Stephen Robar, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of political science. Colosimo will be honored both for his 15 years of volunteering to help Pitt-Bradford students at career events, but also for his leadership in Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, through which he created internship opportunities for students in the environmental studies program. The Athletic Hall of Fame will induct Pitt-Bradford’s first two coaches. Art Schake was hired by the university to lead the physical education department. He arrived in August of 1963, shortly before classes started, and introduced intramurals to the student body. Ultimately, he would serve as the school’s first athletic director and head coach, leading the university’s first intercollegiate team – men’s basketball. He will be honored posthumously. Keith Smith was hired in 1964 as a physical education instructor and coached the first-ever men's soccer team at Pitt-Bradford. Smith was promoted to athletic director and head basketball coach in 1968 with the departure of Schake. The basketball team won a then-school record six games. He, along with his wife, Janet, will be on hand to receive the award. The brunch is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for adults; $6 for children 6 to 12. Children five and under are free. For reservations, call 814-362-5091 or visit For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Road Work to Start on Hutchins Drive

MOUNT JEWETT – Paving work will get underway Monday on Hutchins Drive in the Hutchins area of McKean County.

The work zone stretches for about one mile in Sergeant Township, south of the McKean County Landfill.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday crews will perform full-depth reclamation work, with the addition of a cement stabilization agent. Flaggers will be in the road to direct an alternating traffic pattern. Motorists need to remain alert for flaggers, sudden stops, and short travel delays. When work is complete, this section of the road will re-open to two-way traffic.

Once the road treatment cures, a three-inch asphalt overlay will be placed. That paving is scheduled for the week of Oct. 7, weather permitting. Completion of the overlay work is expected by Oct. 12.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Allan A. Myers, a company of American Infrastructure, is the contractor for this $500,000 roadway improvement, which is being funded by Shell Exploration & Production Co, Seneca Resources and Casella Waste Management of Pennsylvania, Inc.

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Old Route 219 to Close for Part of Next Week

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has announced that the inspection of the former Route 219 (South Cascade-Miller Road) Bridge over Cattaraugus Creek in the town of Concord, Erie County, and the town of Ashford, Cattaraugus County, is scheduled to begin on September 30, 2013.

Due to the limited access at the bridge site and size of the inspection equipment, it will be necessary to temporarily close the bridge for a period of time to facilitate a portion of the inspection. The bridge is scheduled to be closed on Monday, September 30 thru Friday, October 4, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The remainder of the bridge inspection will be done while the bridge is open, with traffic restricted to a single lane controlled by flaggers.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour routes. Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

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National Public Lands Day is Saturday

Volunteer Opportunity at Loleta Recreation Area

Be a part of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, 2013! The Allegheny National Forest is looking for volunteers to assist in the construction of stone retaining walls along Sugarcamp Run at the Loleta Recreation Area. The retaining walls will reduce stream erosion and preserve the wooden foot bridge stone abutments at the day use area.

According to Curt Bowley, Recreation Forester, “Volunteers are crucial in the completion of work projects that may not otherwise be accomplished. We are looking forward to another successful National Public Lands Day project.”

The Loleta Recreation Area is located 6 miles south of Marienville on Route 3002. Volunteers should meet at 9:00 a.m. near the bath house and bring lunch, water, gloves, and sturdy waterproof work boots. Work is expected to last until 3:00 p.m. Tools will be provided. The event will occur rain or shine. For more information please contact Curt Bowley at 814-927-5782.

Saturday, September 28, is the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), a day where volunteers are recruited to help spruce up our nation’s public lands. For more information on NPLD visit

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

City of Bradford Police Log for 9/24/13

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday investigated a theft on Roberts Street, criminal mischief on Pleasant Street and harassment by communication on Jackson Avenue. They also got calls about disturbances on Summer Street and Lorana Avenue, and suspicious activity on Congress Street.

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Another Mexican Restaurant Coming to Bradford

Bienvenido de nuevo, la comida Mexicana.

Bradford City Council on Tuesday authorized a lease agreement that will bring Mexican food back to Main Street.

Mauricio Feria-Espana plans to rent 109 Main Street for one year and bring in a new Mexican restaurant.

OECD Executive Director Sara Andrews said Feria-Espana owns a Mexican restaurant in Olean, New York, that, she says, is “bright, cheery clean.”

She says the food was good and service was excellent when she went to the Olean restaurant recently.

“We’ve done our due diligence … and we’re looking forward to having them come into our community and bring back a Mexican restaurant,” Andrews said.

Also Tuesday, council accepted a quote of $7,972 from IA Construction for the paving of the access road to the Callahan Park ice rink and the side lot next to the rink. The money will come from the General Obligation Bond Fund.

Council also authorized the execution of a grant contract for $50,000 in Keystone Communities Program grant money to be used for fa├žade improvement in the city’s Downtown Historic District. DCED deputy secretary Champ Holman announced the grant on Thursday.

Council gave permission to submit an emergency medical service operations fund grant in the amount of $9,100 that will be used to buy new portable EMS radios and automatic external defibrillators for the new fire truck and ambulance.

Council also appointed Stacy Wallace to the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation. She will fill the unexpired term of McKean County Judge Chris Hauser. The term expires in January.

Listen to the meeting here.

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