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Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Lighting Tips from First Energy

(News Release) Akron, Ohio – The holiday season is the most popular time for home decoration.

FirstEnergy’s (NYSE: FE) utilities hope you will enjoy this festive season with family and friends while also remembering a few tips to ensure your holiday lighting displays remain safe throughout the season.

Outdoor Lighting Safety

Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets. Discard and replace any damaged light strings. 

Take extra care using a ladder to install lights – avoid contact with overhead wires and make sure the ladder is placed on solid, level ground that isn’t slippery. 

Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets. 

Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use. These cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet. 

Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters. 

Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed. Indoor Lighting Safety 

Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage, including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs. Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house. Discard and replace any damaged light strings.

Live trees should be kept well-watered

No more than three strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord. 

Make sure cords are placed where they won’t be stepped on, kinked or pose a tripping hazard. 

Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes, furniture or carpeting. 

Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home. Additional holiday safety information is available at

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Northwest to Acquire Evans Capital Management

(News Release) WARREN -- Northwest Savings Bank has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Evans Capital Management, Inc. (ECM), an Erie, Pennsylvania based financial advisory firm that manages or administers over $240 million in assets. The transaction is expected to close on January 1, 2014.

After that date, ECM will continue to operate under the management of its founder, Jeffrey W. Evans and current Partners Arthur A. Laneve and Steven T. Erhartic as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Savings Bank from its current location at 4740 Peach Street in Erie. The company’s ten staff members will continue to serve their clients in western Pennsylvania as they have in the past. Mr. Evans stated: “We are pleased to affiliate with Northwest Savings Bank. We look forward to introducing new bank services to our valued clients and to helping to expand the bank’s wealth management and financial planning activities throughout its footprint.”

Speaking for Northwest, Gregory C. LaRocca, Executive Vice President stated, “We are extremely pleased to be able to partner with ECM and its staff. This combination will bring the expanded services of a larger organization to ECM’s customers and it will significantly enhance Northwest’s wealth management activities in western Pennsylvania.” Upon completion of the transaction Northwest will hold nearly $2 billion in assets under management or administration.

Founded in 1983, Evans Capital Management specializes in comprehensive financial planning services for individuals, profit sharing and 401(k) plans, trusts, estates, charitable organizations and small business. The firm serves all of Northwestern Pennsylvania and has an extensive list of individual, business, non-profit and public clients.

Northwest has also agreed to acquire Employee Benefit Resources (EBR), an employee benefits and consulting insurance firm owned by Mr. Evans and his son, Jeffrey G. Evans. The EBR staff will become employees of Northwest Insurance Services and remain in place to serve EBR’s existing customers.

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PML Supports Small Business Saturday

(News Release) The Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) has announced its support of Small Business Saturday, calling on local leaders to participate in the day dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting local small businesses.

More than 1,400 communities across America are participating in events on Saturday, November 30 to recognize the contribution local businesses make to create jobs, boost local economies and preserve neighborhoods.

In its fourth year, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses including restaurants, shops and markets. Held annually on the day following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday supporters reported spending more than $5.5 billion at independently-owned businesses on that day in 2012.

“Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small businesses that are the backbone of our center cities and municipalities and all they do for our communities. The money that you spend at a small business goes right back into the local economy,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, PML President. “And that’s important, because statistics show that half of working Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create two out of every three new jobs.”

Supporters and participants of Small Business Saturday are encouraged to share their experiences on social media. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other services, please use the hashtag "#SmallBizSat." Learn more about Small Business Saturday at:

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History Prof to Sign Copies of New Book Tuesday

(News Release) Dr. Karen Robbins, associate professor of history at St. Bonaventure University, will sign copies of her new book on one of America’s forgotten founders Tuesday, Dec. 3, before the men’s basketball game.

Robbins, of Olean, will sign copies of “Forgotten Federalist” from 5 to 7 p.m. outside the SBU Bookstore in the Reilly Center.

Released Nov. 15, “Forgotten Federalist” is the first modern biography of James McHenry, a Scots-Irish immigrant determined to make something of his life. Trained as a physician, he joined the American Revolution when war broke out. He then switched to a more military role, serving on the staffs of George Washington and Lafayette. He entered government after the war and served in the Maryland Senate and in the Continental Congress.

As Maryland’s representative at the Constitutional Convention, McHenry helped to add the ex post facto clause to the Constitution and worked to increase free trade among the states.

As secretary of war, McHenry remained loyal to Washington, under whom he established a regimental framework for the Army that lasted well into the 19th century. Upon becoming president, John Adams retained McHenry, but Adams began to believe McHenry was in league with other Hamiltonian Federalists who wished to undermine his policies. Thus, when the military buildup for the Quasi-War with France became unpopular, Adams used it as a pretext to request McHenry’s resignation.

Yet Robbins asserts that Adams was mistaken, that the friendship between McHenry and Hamilton had grown sensitive and there was a brief falling out. Moreover, McHenry had asked Hamilton to withdraw his application for second-in-command of the New Army being raised.

Nonetheless, Adams’ misperception ended McHenry’s career, and he has remained an obscure historical figure ever since — until now.

“‘Forgotten Federalist’ is a welcome addition to the literature on the Revolution and early American republic, rescuing a misunderstood patriot from undeserved obscurity. Her fresh and fair-minded account of McHenry’s career as John Adams’s secretary of war is a particularly notable contribution to our understanding of these critically important years,” said Peter S. Onuf, author of “Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood.”

Robbins received her doctorate from Columbia University and is the recipient of two grants from the New York Council for the Humanities to commemorate the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Menorah Lighting at the State Capitol

Governor Tom Corbett assists in lighting the Menorah in the Capitol Wednesday evening, and later hands out candy to children who attended the ceremony.Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch, the Capitol Hanukkah celebration featured music by the children’s choir of Silver Academy, traditional holiday food and activities for the children. Hanukkah runs through December 5.

Provided by Commonwealth Media Services

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City of Bradford Police Log for 11/28/13

City of Bradford Police on Thanksgiving Day investigated a motor vehicle accident at Orchard Place and Vista Avenue and looked into traffic and parking problems on Rockland Avenue. They were also called about a disturbance on Jefferson Street and disorderly conduct on Main Street.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

One More for Hanukkah

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Spanish Brass Concert, Crèche Walk
Part of Holiday Events at St. Bonaventure

(News Release) Internationally acclaimed ensemble Spanish Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in a Holiday Concert at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The concert, the fourth of the 2013-14 Friends of Good Music season, is among a number of events taking place at the Quick Center over the holidays. Other activities include the second annual campus Crèche Walk, also scheduled for Dec. 13, just prior to the concert; the Dec. 4 lighting of the Quick Center’s giant Christmas tree; and a free concert by the university Music Department on Dec. 5.

Spanish Brass, founded in 1989, rose to the top of its genre in 1996 when it won the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Their music has been called sheer poetry.

In the past two decades, Spanish Brass, also known as Spanish Brass Luur Metalls, has established itself as one of the world’s finest brass quintets, often mentioned in the same breath as the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass Quintet.

The ensemble is known for its virtuosity, the wide variety of its programs, and for always maintaining the highest artistic standards. Each of its concerts — from Hong Kong to New York, from Krakow to Verona, and from Kiev to Lisbon — confirms the group’s special ability to delight their ever-growing legions of fans and admirers.

Friends of Good Music invited the ensemble to return for this year’s Holiday Concert after the group’s great success as the opening concert of the 2008-09 Friends season. The quintet will perform popular favorites and holiday music from several continents.

Prior to the concert, the Quick Center will hold its annual Crèche Walk to view the university’s collection of crèches from around the world. Participants in the walk will meet at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Quick Center.

The first stop on the walk is the Quick Center’s Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery to view the exhibition “Tidings of Great Joy,” featuring many of the crèches from the collection. Then, led by carolers from Portville High School, participants will walk together to the University Chapel, where additional crèches are on display on the side altars. There will be more caroling and an opportunity to give Christmas reflections.

The group will return to the Quick Center where hot cider and Christmas cookies will be served.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, prior to Theatreworks USA’s 6:30 p.m. performance of “A Christmas Carol,” local schoolchildren attending the performance will gather for the lighting of the Quick Center’s giant indoor Christmas tree. The theme of this year’s tree decorations is “Under the Sea, a reference to the Quick Center’s ongoing photo exhibition “Pearls, Tears of the Sea,” by Barbara Luisi. That exhibition has been extended until Jan. 10, 2014.

Rounding out the holiday programming will be the St. Bonaventure Music Department’s annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Quick Center offers something for everyone this time of year, said Executive Director Ludwig Brunner, “from the schoolchildren marveling at the tall Christmas tree and enjoying the Theatreworks USA interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ to everyone in the family listening to the sounds of the holidays with Spanish Brass and ending with a quiet reflection while viewing the many crèches in our collection. We invite people of all ages to visit the Quick Center during the holidays.”

For tickets to Spanish Brass and information about any events, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.

For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of the performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit The Quick Arts Center at

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Pitt-Bradford to Offer Advent Organ Recital

(News Release) Internationally known organist, composer, and conductor Roland E. Martin of Buffalo, N.Y., will play a recital of “Music for the Advent Season” on the Sarah B. Dorn Organ in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford at noon Dec. 6.

The recital is free and open to the public. Selections include a variety of pieces appropriate for the season.

Martin is a member of the music faculties of Buffalo Seminary, Canisius College, and the University at Buffalo. He also serves as organist-choirmaster and director of music at St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo, and as artistic director of the Freudig Singers of western New York.

As organist, Martin has given recitals throughout the United States, including the Washington National Cathedral, and he has performed in Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and England, as well as giving annual concerts in Belgium. In 1986, he performed the New York premiere and the third American performance of the complete collection of J.S. Bach’s recently discovered Neumeister Chorales.

In September 2000, Martin gave a critically acclaimed performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue on the Fisk Organ at UB’s Slee Hall, and in October 2000, he debuted as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the Rheinberger Organ Concerto No. 2.

An accomplished composer, Martin has more than 100 works in publication, with a number of commissions from universities, colleges, choral societies, churches, and various other organizations and individuals. As a conductor, he has served as both guest and interim conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and he has also conducted a number of operas in Buffalo.

The Dorn Organ was constructed by the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio. It consists of 17 ranks with 1,020 pipes and was custom-built for the Wick Chapel.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

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The 12 Scams of Christmas

As you gear up to get your holiday shopping underway an online security expert chats with Anne Holliday about how to keep yourself and your electronic devices safe.

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Reasons to be Thankful

Six months ago no one would have been able to tell me I'd be able to come up with anything for this list. I was beyond devastated and depressed and, for the first time in my life, could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. But, day by day, it's getting a little better. I still cry. It still hurts more than I thought was possible. But, I was able to find some things to put on my list.

I’m thankful that
~~ our program director has helped me think before I post on Facebook
~~ co-workers bring in cute little treats (see picture below)
~~ Scott went to a Bret Michaels concert with me so I can say “Something to Believe In” is much better live and in person
~~ I was blessed with an amazing mother who turned into my best friend
~~ last Thanksgiving I didn’t whine, “I don’t wanna eat Thanksgiving dinner at The Pavilion.”
~~ I have a supportive and strong family and group of friends who helped me get through the last six months
~~ I have awesome cousins
~~ so many people in this community are trying to make a positive impact
~~ I have previous lists to look at to remind me of all the people who have made -- and are still making -- a positive impact in my life.

Happy Thanksgiving ... and feel free to add your list to the comments.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Ruth Copeland

Ruth Virginia Copeland, 79, formerly of 37 Morris Lane, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born July 25, 1934 in Bradford she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Virginia (Moulton) Morris, Sr.

Mrs. Copeland was graduate of Bradford High School class of 1952. She attended Jamestown Business College, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and was a graduate of Olean Business Institute. She worked for Dresser Industries and later for her family's business, CJ Morris Oil & Gas. In the 90s, Ruth moved to Cleveland, OH, where she worked as a nurse's assistant in the Christian Scientist Nursing Home before returning to the Bradford area.

She was a devout and active member of the Church of Christ Scientist. She was compassionate, gracious, loving and kind, and enjoyed nature, animals, laughing, and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving is a son, Alan (Margaret) Copeland, a daughter, Mary (Al Swanson) Copeland a brother Thomas (Ann) Morris, Sr. all of Bradford, four grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death, by a brother Charles J. Morris, Jr.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration of Ruth's Life on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 11:00 in the Asbury United Methodist Church, with Rev. Matt Blake, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials, if so desired be made to the McKean County S.P.C.A in Ruth's honor.

Online condolences may be made at

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A Mark Twain Christmas

If you have a book lover on your holiday shopping list -- or if you love reading holiday books -- or both check out "A Mark Twain Christmas" by Carlo DeVito.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. DeVito this morning about the book.

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St. Bonaventure University Organizes
'Assisi and the Jews' Exhibition in New York

(News Release) The exhibition “Memoria: Assisi and the Jews,” constructed by St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will travel to New York City where it will take up residence from Dec. 5 through Jan. 10, 2014, at New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life.

The exhibition of historical photos and texts, first presented at the Quick Center in 2007, tells the story of a handful of Catholic clergy, private citizens and even a German officer who orchestrated the dramatic rescue of several hundred Jewish refugees in Assisi, Italy, following the city’s German occupation during WWII.

St. Bonaventure will host an opening reception in The Kimmell Center’s Stovall Gallery on Dec. 5. Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., university president, will speak about St. Bonaventure’s association with the people of Assisi and with Don Aldo Brunacci, who helped hide the refugees.

The exhibition tells the story of the Assisi underground from the perspective of Brunacci, a diocesan priest and canon of the Cathedral of San Ruffino in Assisi, and one of the original architects of the plan to hide the Jews.

After Germany took over central and northern Italy in 1943, Italian Jews from the region descended on Assisi, the city of Saint Francis, for help. Giuseppe Placido Nicolini, bishop of Assisi, directed that assistance be given the Jewish people in whatever way possible.

Brunacci, the bishop’s secretary at the time, helped oversee the hiding of the refugees in the convents, monasteries and friaries of Assisi, with the cooperation of a loose network of clergy and their supporters.

So well organized were their efforts, that the secret operations went undetected by the German occupation forces. Approximately 300 of Assisi’s Jews survived due to these efforts. Brunacci was arrested a month before Italy was liberated by the Allies in May of 1944.

Decades later, in 1977, he was awarded the medal of “Righteous Among the Nations” by the state of Israel.

Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center, said he is grateful to Jonathan Ross, director of operations of The Kimmel Center, for welcoming the exhibition.

“This makes it possible for St. Bonaventure University to showcase in New York City the history of its association with the diocese and the people of Assisi,” said Brunner. “The Kimmel Center and its connected building, The Global Center for Spirituality, are visited on a daily basis by countless numbers of students and faculty of New York University, as well as outside visitors. This important subject will receive wide exposure to a new audience.”

The Kimmel Center for University Life is located at 60 Washington Square South in New York City.

Pictured, Assisi, Italy, a photo in the exhibition ‘Memoria: Assisi and the Jews”

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United Way at 65 Percent of Goal

(News Release) The staff and Board of Directors of the United Way of the Bradford Area have a great deal to be thankful for this year, especially the current successes of the 2013 campaign, “Life Is Good When You’re UNITED,” which is at 65 percent of goal.

“I had set a personal goal of being at 50 percent by Thanksgiving,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “I knew that it was attainable, and I’m so grateful to everyone whose annual contributions are being accounted for in this update. Thanks for Giving!”

Davis cautions the community that, although they are pleased with the progress thus far, there is still a ways to go to achieve the $330,000 goal.

“We have to stress that we still are going to rely heavily on our community at-large to get us through the next few week,” said Davis. “We have just a couple more workplace presentations to do, then it will be following up with outstanding donors.

“Next week, I will be notifying the agencies who have applied for funding what their allocation potentially will be, based on attaining that $330,000 goal. If that is not reached, then the agencies’ allocations will have to be cut, which will obviously negatively affect the programming and services necessary in our community.”

The United Way will stop with any first-time solicitations on December 15th, but will take until January 5, 2014 finalize all of the efforts, if necessary.

“We have a great team who has put a lot of energy and passion into this year’s campaign, and I am so appreciative that they’ve offered their time and talents to the UWBA,” said Davis.

To learn more about the 2013-2014 Campaign: Life is Good When You’re United, or to make a donation, visit or call the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

Pictured, The United Way is using window advertising to acknowledge the donors in the Bradford community who have contributed to the 2013 campaign. The office announced that to-date, 65 percent of the $330,000 goal has been raised.
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Letter to the Editor:
Act to Prohibit Sale of E-Cigs to Minors

To the Editor:

Although there are several important issues facing the General Assembly in the fall and winter, I am urging my colleagues to give priority to making sure minors can’t purchase electronic cigarettes.

Earlier this year, I introduced Senate Bill 1055. My legislation would make it crystal clear to Pennsylvania residents and retailers that e-cigarettes should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Most Pennsylvanians don’t realize that the laws that apply to the sale of traditional cigarettes do not apply to electronic cigarettes. My legislation would fix that.

As electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity, particularly among individuals trying to switch from regular cigarettes, I worked on this legislation to make sure that minors cannot get their hands on this product. Right now, many retailers might not know how to monitor and regulate the purchase of e-cigarettes at their stores. This legislation is direct and to the point so that there can be no ambiguity. This product should be in adult hands only.

Electronic cigarettes could prove to be a useful tool for adult smokers to wean themselves off tobacco use. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still considering regulations on e-cigarettes, more than half of states have already outlawed sales to minors. Pennsylvania should quickly join them in order to prevent use of any nicotine products among our children.

I urge Pennsylvanians to join with me and call on their local state senators to move Senate Bill 1055 and vote to protect Pennsylvania children.

Sen. Tim Solobay
D-Washington County

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'Camo Sunday' at Local Church

(News Release) Inspired by the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty”, The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford will be holding a Camo Sunday at 11 a.m. on December 1 in the church at 692 South Kendall Ave.

Camo Sunday is a day when hunters, “Duck Dynasty” fans, and the general public come to church wearing their camouflage clothing. Pastor Chris Terbush thought it would be a great idea to have a Camo Sunday with this region big into hunting and fishing.

Terbush is also planning a special sermon for this event. The public is invited to come and take part in this unique church service. For safety reasons, people are asked not bring weapons inside the church.

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No Tax Increase for Bradford

City taxpayers will not see a tax increase, according to the 2014 budget unveiled by Bradford City Council Tuesday night.

Councilman Jim Evans, who oversees accounts and finances, thanked all city employees, especially City Clerk John Peterson, Deputy City Clerk Teri Cannon, Chief Financial Officer Mike Shanks and all the department heads for their work on this budget, and for keeping costs in line for 2013.

Specifically, he thanked them for “continuing to live within our budget, looking for new sources of revenue, making sure we leave no stone unturned” in terms of spending and looking for new revenue sources, and watching spending.

Evans said the city is “in a very enviable position,” noting that while the city is not “flush with money” it is “running in a very sound manner financially.”

After Evans read his letter to the city that declared no property tax increase, Mayor Tom Riel said, “... in the next couple of weeks, as numbers continue to come in, maybe we can lower them a little bit.”

In other matters, Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ron Orris commended city electrician Dan Tyger for getting the new holiday lights and decorations up and running in time for Friday’s Cruisin’ into Christmas parade.

Tyger is “just a gem of a person,” Orris said. “You’re very lucky to have that young man.”

Orris also thanked DPW and Parks Director Chip Comilla, Police Chief Chris Lucco and the city fire department.

He noted that the “decorated (fire) trucks were the biggest hit of our parade. … It was just a really great night for Bradford.”

On another holiday note, council OK’d free parking in the city’s business districts from today through December 31. The ordinance asks that all merchants and their employees refrain from parking in the spaces that are to be used for shoppers.

You can listen to the meeting by clicking the links below:

Part 1

Part 2

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Some Incoming Pitt-Bradford Students to
Receive More Money for Merit Scholarships

In a continuing effort to help families cover the cost of college education, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has increased the amount of merit aid some in-state and transfer students will receive.

The awards are provided to students at the time of their admission based on SAT and ACT scores, high school grades and whether or not they plan to live on campus. These awards are independent of whether they may qualify for additional, need-based aid.

In 2014, full-time freshmen who are Pennsylvania residents and plan to live on campus and who meet the academic criteria will receive an award of $6,000 per year, up $500 from the current academic year. If they continue to meet academic criteria and live on campus for four years, they can receive a total of $24,000.

Students transferring from the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville who meet the criteria and plan to live on campus will also have their award increased from $5,500 to $6,000 per year. Other transfer students from two-year colleges who are in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will also have $500 added to their merit award.

Eligibility for scholarships is determined by the offices of admissions and financial aid, but general awards are as follows:

New full-time Pennsylvania freshmen with an SAT of 930 or higher (math and critical reading only) or ACT of 20 or higher, and a high school GPA of at least 2.5 and living on campus can receive $6,000 per year for four years, and commuter students can receive $2,000 per year for four years. New full-time out-of-state freshmen meeting the same criteria and living on campus can receive $11,500 per year for four years, off-setting the higher out-of-state tuition.

New out-of-state transfer students who live on campus may receive up to $9,500 per year for four years, while new out-of-state freshmen commuters can receive $8,000 per year for four years.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford merit scholarships or financial aid, contact the Office of Admissions at (814)362-7555 or the Office of Financial Aid at (814)362-7550.

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PA Gives Up His Medical License

The physician’s assistant accused of sexually harassing and having sex with female patients has surrendered his medical license to the New York State Board for Professional Medical Misconduct.

Scott Piatt, who had practiced in Salamanca, Olean and Wellsville, admitted that he willfully harassed, abused or intimidated his patients.

He had inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old girl and at least seven women between the ages of 21 and 43.

He is also accused of saying a male patient was able to drive a commercial vehicle when, in fact, he was on medications that made him unfit for that type of job.

You can find more details about the allegations here. PDF

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Tips to Avoid a Turkey Frying Catastrophe

Harrisburg (News Release) – The Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner are cautioning consumers to be extra careful if deep frying a turkey is part of your Thanksgiving celebration.

While a tasty alternative to the traditional roast-in-the-oven main course, deep frying a turkey, if not careful, can lead to fire and serious injury. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports that nearly 4,300 fires occur on Thanksgiving, causing 15 deaths and almost $27 million in property damage, many of them due to deep frying accidents.

Here are some tips to keep you, your guests and your property safe:

• Read owner’s manual for proper set up and safety tips.

• Completely thaw the bird before frying (hot oil and water do not mix).

• Use the correct amount of oil. If overfilled, the oil may spill out of the pot and hit the burner of flames and fire will engulf the entire unit.

• Never leave the fryer unattended. Many don’t have thermostat controls to prevent overheating of the oil to the point it ignites.

• Keep children and pets away from fryer.

• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish an oil fire.

• Lid and handles of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.

• Do not deep fry your turkey inside your garage, on your porch or inside your home.

• Use your fryer outside, away from trees, walls, fences and other structures. Homeowner policies will cover things like the structure of your home, your personal belongings and liability protection against bodily injury to your guests, but it is best to do what you can to avoid these types of insurance claims in the first place.

For more information on homeowners insurance, or to download a fact sheet on turkey fryer safety, visit For more fire safety tips, visit

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Scarnati: New Transportation Funding Plan
Will Benefit Local Timber Industry

(News Release) The timber industry in Pennsylvania will soon see significant benefits as a result of the Commonwealth’s newly enacted Transportation Funding Plan, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

The Transportation Funding Plan was signed into law on November 25th, as Act 89 of 2013. The bill provides a comprehensive funding package to address the transportation needs of Pennsylvania, through an investment of over $2.3 billion in PA’s transportation infrastructure over the next decade.

“The timber industry is a vital part of my eight county district and is one of the many industries that depend upon a strong transportation infrastructure,” Scarnati stated. “The recently signed Transportation Funding Plan provides for much-needed maintenance, construction and safety upgrades for roads and bridges – all of which are crucial to our state’s future. As a result of this legislation the timber industry will no longer have to face the fiscal uncertainty and risk associated with state road closures and bridges being weight listed.”

“In addition, this funding will help to curtail skyrocketing road bonding costs which PennDOT had been assessing small timber companies throughout the region,” Scarnati proclaimed.

Scarnati explained that the timber industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in Pennsylvania, employing nearly 60,000 residents who work at more than 2,200 forest product processing and manufacturing operations across the state.

“Providing for a solid and stable transportation infrastructure will play an integral role in increasing economic growth and job creation, by offering businesses the reliability and assurance needed to grow,” Scarnati continued.

According to Scarnati, the bill will also benefit forest landowners in places like Potter County, which has seen less interest in timber products and a decreased price for timber. In some cases, purchasers have been placing no value on pulpwood because the cost or financial risk to move this material to market is too great. This improved situation for landowners applies to the timber sale revenue of DCNR and the PA Game Commission, resulting in a benefit to both Pennsylvania’s citizens and sportsmen.

“Families and businesses need to have confidence in state roads and bridges – especially in our rural areas where roadways are the primary way by which we travel,” Scarnati said. “I am pleased that as a result of enacting the Transportation Plan, we will offer industries the stability they need to facilitate strong economic growth across Pennsylvania.”

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Man Allegedly Made Threats at Doc's Office

A man was sent to jail for threatening to bring a gun to his doctor’s office.

Sheriff’s deputies say 35-year-old Floyd Berry of Brocton, New York, was disorderly during a doctor’s appointment and said he was going to leave and then come back with a shotgun.

Deputies were able to take Berry into custody without further incident. He’s charged with harassment and disorderly conduct.

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Funeral Service for Trooper Ross Riley

Thousands of people – including law enforcement officers from across New York State – attended the funeral for Trooper Ross Riley this afternoon in the Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University.

During the service State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said Riley was an outstanding state trooper and marine, but his family meant the world to him.

"During his Power Point presentations when he was teaching," D'Amico said, "he'd slip in pictures of his daughters. Some of him holding them. And even one of him and his daughter at the father/daughter dance. Not something a lot of guys would do. But for Ross, family came first and he was proud to show it."

His daughters are 10, 8 and 3 years old.

Riley died last week during a training exercise at Letchworth State Park.

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Bradford Man Accused of Trying to Rape
Girl Younger Than 13

A Bradford man is facing 20 felony charges related to raping a child.

32-year-old Roger Lee Schimp allegedly attempted to sexually assault he girl when she was between 10 and 12 years old.

The girl told police Schimp walked in on her when she was in the shower and touched her inappropriately, grabbed a razor and said he was going to shave her. When she grabbed a towel and ran to her bedroom, he followed her, shoved her onto her bed, took his underwear off and tried to rape her, according to court papers. He also made her watch pornographic movies and told her to touch him inappropriately.

Court papers say he also picked her up by the throat and held her until she passed out, hit her in the mouth and stomach, punched her in the ribs and shoved her into a wall.

Beside attempted rape and attempted rape of a child, he’s charged with attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted aggravated assault of a child, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

Schimp is in McKean County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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