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Friday, January 24, 2014

Frank Muto

Frank L. Muto, 86, of 440 Congress St., Bradford, formerly of Bolivar Drive, passed away, Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born November 22, 1927 in Rochester, NY, he was a son of the late Anthony D. and Susan (Chiapetta) Muto.

In 1956 he married Virginia M.(Sweitzer) Muto who preceded him in death on June 25, 1992.

Mr. Muto was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School. He was Captain of the undefeated Football Team under Coach Pflug. He was selected to play on the Pennsylvania All State Football Team.

On September 18, 1950 he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Cpl. in Japan during the Korean War. On August 22, 1952 he was honorably discharged.

He was a member of the Italian American Club, American Legion, VFW and the former Bradford Moose Lodge.

He owned and operated the Option House for many years,. He was involved in Commercial Real Estate in the Bradford Area for some time. He managed the kitchen at Howard Johnson's and later was the Chef at Casey's Restaurant.

Surviving are two children, a daughter, Maria A. (Tim) Heraty, and a son, Mark C. (Barbara) Muto, all of Pittsburgh, a brother, Anthony Muto, of Browntown Township, MI, 4 grandchildren, Kelly Muto, Emily Muto, John Heraty and Michael Heraty, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 sons, Anthony Muto, who died July 1, 1993 and John W. Muto who died January 20, 1995 and one sister Phyllis Beyer.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30am on Monday, January 27, 2014, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Military Honors and burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Hospice, VNA 1223 East Main Street Bradford, PA 16701.

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Limestone Shooter Has Died

The man who shot his estranged wife, her boyfriend and then himself has died at UPMC Hamot.

38-year-old Daniel Podolski had been hospitalized since shortly after the double homicide in Limestone Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies say he ambushed 43-year-old Kimberly Podolski and 50-year-old Dennis Larweth when Kimberly went to her former home on Nichols Run Road to pick up some belongings.

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Scott Plowman

Henry Scott Plowman, 44, of 172 Elm St., Bradford, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born February 17, 1969, in Greensburg, he was a son of the late Henry John Plowman and Linda R. (Stough) Plowman, who survives.

He attended Derry Schools and completed his professional firefighter training at the Firefighter Academy in Maryland in 1992.

He worked in Bladensburg, Montgomery County, and Rockville Fire Department in MD. He was a paid firefighter for companies in South Conway, SC and Washington, DC for ten years with Engine Companies 1, 16, and 32, and was a first responder at the 911 attack on the Pentagon. He worked for a private fire fighting firm in Iraq for a year and then for the City of Bradford Fire Department for the last five years.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Derry, the Derry Rod and Gun Club, the Eagle's Club in Bradford and the VFW in Austin. He was an avid gardener with awesome gardens. He loved the outdoors so that he could hunt or fish every season of the year. As well as many sports playing baseball, hockey, football, golf, and snow skiing. He was on the ski patrol at Seven Springs Resort. In his earlier days he was a guide in Colorado. He was a die hard Steeler and Penguins fan as well as enjoying his "Coors". He also enjoyed his cats. He lived his life to the fullest every day and truly enjoyed going to work as a firefighter as he loved his job and his brother firefighters through his career.

In addition to his mother Linda of Millwood, he is survived by a sister, Rhonda (Ron) Charles, of Sylvania, OH, one brother, Robert Von Plowman, of Friday Harbor, WA, his fiancee, Helen Bogenschutz of Bradford, an adopted step brother Tim Gump of Derry, four nieces all of Ohio - Kristin, Jessica, Allison and Ashley, two great nephews, Tyson and Levi, one great niece, Valencia, one great niece very soon, Leah and one cousin Craig Sell of Millwood. He was preceded in death by his father and one niece, Megan.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday January 29, 2014 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 372 East Main St., Bradford. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 30, 2014 in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrant. Burial will be in Hillview Cemetery in Greensburg.

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

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Bradford City Fire Department.

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Kimberly Podolski

Kimberly L. Podolski, 43, of 591 Bolivar Drive, Bradford, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 as a result of domestic violence.

Born March 24, 1970, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Wanda R. (Sweet) Mills and James Griffin.

Ms. Podolski attended Bradford schools and graduated from Nurses Training at BOCES.

She had worked as a Nurses Aide at Olean General Hospital. She enjoyed cooking, the outdoors, all animals, spending time with her family but most especially spending time with her beloved children.

Surviving is one daughter, Kendall Podolski of Limestone, two sons Dylan (Staci) O'Quain, and Mason Podolski, both of Newark NY

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday January 29, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave., Bradford, at which time funeral and committal services will be held. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Andover, NY.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701.

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Pet Project

WESB News Director Anne Holliday displays a plaque presented to her by "Pet Owners of McKean County" (who wish to remain anonymous) in recognition of "her continuing efforts to promote the well-being of animals."

WESB photo

Richard Clark

Richard J. Clark, 85, of 37 Keating Ave., Bradford, passed away, Friday, January 24, 2014, at The Pavilion at BRMC.

Born May 30, 1928, in Bradford he was the son of the late George and Ida (Frutiger) Clark.

Mr. Clark attended Bradford Schools. On August 15, 1945 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, and served during WW II. He was stationed in Hawaii and was honorably discharge in August of 1946.

On September 30, 1949, in the First Presbyterian Church in Bradford, he married JoAnne (Sparks) Clark who died March 3, 2001.

He had been employed at Dresser Manufacturing for 48 years. He had been a Little League Coach, a McKean County Boy Scout Leader, which included an expedition to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was a member of the Mt. Jewett American Legion, and the Bob Swanson Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

Mr. Clark enjoyed his retirement, camping and boating with his friends at the Onoville Marina. He and his wife were members of the Beer Can Collectors of America, traveling to the annual Canventions in the US, Canada and Europe.

Surviving are 3 sons, Greg (Diane) Clark, of Bradford, Jerry (JoAnn) Clark, of Westline and Tom Clark of Pittsburgh, one sister, Ruth Harriett, of Tionesta, 4 grandchildren, Kristie Clark, Kevin Clark, Nicole Clark and Melanie Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother George Clark, and an infant son, John.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 27, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., Bradford, where funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, with Rev. Rob Klouw co-pastor, of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Military Honors and burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Kinzua Valley Trail Club, 31 CCC Road, Westline, PA 16740.

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Winter Wildlife Feeding Suspected in
Trophy Bull Elk's Death

A trophy bull elk was found dead earlier this month on Pennsylvania’s elk range, the apparent victim of winter wildlife feeding, which is illegal for elk.

Test results returned last week cited rumen acidosis as causing the death of the 6- by 7-point bull found Jan. 9 in Byrnedale, Elk County. The disorder affects wild deer and elk, as well as domestic animals such as cattle and sheep, and in wild animals often is linked to supplemental feeding by humans.

Rumen acidosis is brought on by the sudden introduction of carbohydrates, usually grain and often corn, to an animal’s diet.

The diets of wild deer and elk vary by their home ranges, and often change throughout the year. Their bodies adjust to accommodate those changes, but if their diets change suddenly rather than gradually, their bodies are unable to digest the newly introduced food. If they eat enough of that food, it can kill them.

That appears to be what happened with the bull elk. An elk’s diet is made up mostly of grasses and other soft vegetation. When the bull suddenly overloaded on corn, its body produced too much lactic acid in an attempt to digest this new food, causing its death.

Though it’s not yet clear how the bull came in contact with the corn on which it fed, it’s likely the corn was placed intentionally by humans, perhaps because they believed their actions would help wildlife. The incident occurred just after a nasty cold snap, a time when concerned individuals begin to worry about the survivability of wildlife. As shown by this case, intentional feeding can have a counter effect of harming wildlife.

Additionally, the feeding of elk anywhere in Pennsylvania is illegal, meaning that if the bull’s death stems from intentional feeding, it also stems from an illegal act.

“Most times, the best way to help wildlife make it through the winter is to step back and allow the animals’ instincts to take over,” said Cal DuBrock, director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management. “In a natural setting, most wildlife will change their behaviors to adapt to colder temperatures and scarcer food supplies. Supplemental feeding can alter that behavior and have detrimental, and sometimes fatal, effects.

An investigation into the circumstances that led to bull’s death is ongoing. But the incident serves as a timely reminder on the law prohibiting the feeding of elk, as well as other concerns associated with the supplemental feeding of wildlife.

While the feeding of wildlife remains legal in many circumstances, there are some accompanying risks.

Supplemental feeding can cause animals to lose their natural fear of humans, which can cause problems for both the animals and other people. For this reason, it is unlawful to intentionally place any food or other substance that causes bears to congregate or habituate in an area. Bears that become habituated to humans often become nuisances, causing property damage and creating other problems.

Supplemental feeding also causes animals to concentrate at unnaturally high densities, increasing their risk of spreading disease to one another, giving predators an advantage and exposing them to other dangers they otherwise might not encounter.

Among other reasons, the supplemental feeding of elk remains unlawful because it can encourage the elk to spend more time near population centers where the potential for conflict with humans increases.

Those convicted of illegally feeding wildlife face penalties that could include hundreds of dollars in fines and court costs, and additional penalties could result if an animal dies because of illegal feeding.

Rumen acidosis can be caused by many foods other than corn. Wheat and barley also are commonly responsible for causing the disorder, while apples, grapes, bread and sugar beets can cause the disorder, but are less commonly involved. Animals severely afflicted by rumen acidosis typically die within 24 to 72 hours, but the disease might also shorten the lifespans of the animals that survive the disease.

DuBrock said he can appreciate people who want to help wildlife through the winter, but they can make a more beneficial contribution by improving wildlife habitat on their properties. Feeding often creates more problems than it solves, and some feeding activities are unlawful, he said.

“These are things to think about when placing out food for wildlife,” he said. “Those who want to help wildlife should also know about the potential for harm that could result from their actions.”

It is the official policy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission to not support the supplemental winter feeding of game birds or game animals.

Pictured, the 6- by 7-point bull elk that was found dead Jan. 9 in the town of Byrnedale, Elk County. A necropsy performed on the animal revealed its death likely resulted from supplemental winter feeding, which is illegal for elk and can do more harm than good for other wildlife.

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Woman Allegedly Stole Firearms

An Allegany woman is accused of breaking into a home and stealing several firearms.

Sheriff’s deputies say 41-year-old Roberta Shawley broke into the Harriet Street home in Allegany at about 10 o’clock Wednesday night.

She’s free on bail.

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Crosby's Robber Sentenced to State Prison

The Bradford man who kidnapped a Crosby’s employee after robbing the store where she worked will spend the next 3 to 6 years in state prison.

39-year-old Robert Hannon Sr. was charged with robbery and kidnapping to facilitate a felony in connection to the December 12 incident. After taking about $3,000 from the store’s safe he drove the employee in her car to Allegany State Park, took her cell phone and left her there.

Hannon’s wife Alice, who drove her husband to the store knowing he was going to rob it, was sentenced last week to 11 ½ to 23 ½ months in McKean County Jail. She told law enforcement officials she didn’t know her husband planned to kidnap the employee.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Pitt-Bradford to Hold Series of
Indoor Gardening Workshops with Bob Harris

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sustainability Committee will sponsor a series of free workshops on indoor gardening with master gardener Bob Harris during January and February.

All three workshops will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel on campus.

The series begins January 25 with terrariums. Participants can bring their own clear glass or plastic containers and purchase plants for the terrarium for $3 each at the workshop, which will also include learning the old art of terrarium sand painting.

The second event will be Indoor Gardening for Your Health on Feb. 8. Learn how to use indoor plants to improve your indoor environment, health and well-being.

On Feb. 22, Harris will teach another make-and-take workshop on Zen sand gardens. Participants can bring any favorite colored sand or rocks they may have.

Harris is a certified master gardener through Penn State Cooperative Extension, the primary gardener at Pitt-Bradford as a member of the maintenance crew and the host of “Around the Home,” a weekly call-in gardening show on 1490 WESB radio.

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Two Dead, Shooter Clinging to Life

A woman and her boyfriend are dead and the woman’s ex-husband is clinging to life in a hospital after a shooting in Limestone Wednesday afternoon.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb says 38-year-old Daniel Podolski shot 43-year-old Kimberly Podolski and 51-year-old Dennis Larweth at a home the Podolski’s own on Nichols Run Road before turning the on himself.

Daniel Podolski is in critical condition at UPMC Hamot.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Comment Period on Oil, Gas Regulations Extended;
Additional Hearing Scheduled for Warren

HARRISBURG -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) announced today that the public comment period and series of public hearings on the proposed oil and gas surface activities regulation will be extended.

"One of the clear messages we’ve been getting through this hearing and comment process, from both industry and environmental groups, is that we should hold additional hearings and extend the comment period," DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. "Public participation is a key component when crafting these regulations, and we are happy to accommodate this extended period."

The public comment period, originally scheduled to end on Feb. 12 is extended for 30 days to March 14.

Two additional public hearings will also be held, both beginning at 6 p.m. Dates and locations for the additional hearings are as follows:

• Feb. 10: Troy High School, 150 High St., Troy, PA 16947
• Feb. 12: Warren County Courthouse, 204 4th Ave., Warren, PA 16365,

“Nine public hearings and a total of 90 days for public comment is unprecedented; we are committed to understanding the concerns of all Pennsylvanians on this important state regulation,” Abruzzo said.

The hearings are being held by the EQB for the purpose of accepting comments on a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities. The EQB is a 20-member independent board that adopts all DEP regulations and considers petitions to change regulations.

Members of the public wishing to present verbal testimony are requested to contact the EQB to reserve time by either calling 717-787-4526 or using the address listed below. Those who are not able to sign-up in advance of the hearing will be given the opportunity to sign-up at the hearing and will be called upon to speak after those who pre-registered. All relevant written and oral comments that are received at a public hearing will be considered when finalizing the regulation.

Witnesses are limited to five minutes of testimony and are requested to submit three written copies of their testimony to the hearing chairperson at the hearing. Organizations are limited to designating one witness to present testimony on their behalf at each hearing.

Individuals in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the EQB to discuss their needs at 717-787-4526 or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD) or 800-654-5988 (voice users).

Members of the public who are unable to attend the hearing will have several other options for submitting their comments on the proposed regulations.

Online Comments Comments and a one-page summary may be submitted to EQB by accessing the EQB’s Online Public Comment System at

Written Comments
Written comments and summaries should be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

The summaries and a formal comment and response document will be distributed to the EQB and available publicly prior to the meeting when the final rulemaking will be considered.

Email Comments
Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online or by email is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

All public comments must be submitted to the EQB regarding the proposed rulemaking by March 14, 2014.

To view materials for the proposed regulation, visit and click the “Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations” button.

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Possible Murder-Suicide in Limestone

From the information I gathered this is about where the shooting took place. Anyone who has better info can feel free to let me know.

UPDATE 5PM: Whitcomb says a man shot his ex-wife and her boyfriend then shot himself. The shooter is in critical condition, and being guarded, at UPMC Hamot in Erie. >{> UPDATE: We've learned that a man and a woman are dead and the person who shot them is being treated for a gunshot wound at UPMC Hamot.

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb tells a situation in Limestone is "still developing" at this hour, but he believes they are looking at a murder-suicide.

He does say "all the players are accounted for and there is no threat to the community."

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Derrick City Man Admits to Grand Larceny

A Derrick City man has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from an Olean business while he worked there.

36-year-old Jared Lindstrom took more than $21,000 from Valley Tire Company on North Union Street between October of 2011 and August of last year.

He is scheduled for sentencing on May 12 in Cattaraugus County Court.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Woman Charged with Burglary, Trespassing

A woman who was seemingly making herself at home is facing charges – because she was making herself comfy in someone else’s home after breaking in.

Sheriff’s deputies say 33-year-old Elaine Monnin of West Valley broke a window at a house on Gooseneck Road in Ashford, damaged two doors, brought numerous possessions, including a large dog, into the house and “created a large mess.”

Deputies were able to track Monnin down by using numerous papers and pay stubs she left inside the house. She was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief and sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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Australian Dies in Route 60 Crash

A 49-year-old woman from Australia is dead following a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the Town of Pomfret.

State police say Carolanne Boulionis was driving a pickup truck on Route 60 when it went out of control, crossed the road and hit a truck driven by 50-year-old Matthew Wick of Cattaraugus. A third vehicle, driven by 32-year-old Alexander Thurston of Silver Creek, was also damaged but Thursston was not hurt.

Boulionis was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where she died. Wick was taken to Brooks Memorial with a complaint of chest pain.

Boulionis has been visiting the U.S. for the past four to five weeks and had been living in Jamestown.

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Peeping Tom Picked Up

Police picked up a Peeping Tom at a trailer park last weekend.

Troopers got a report of the peeper in Twin Lakes Trailer Park in Yorkshire and when they went to investigate, they followed footprints in the snow to the home of 27-year-old William Church.

Church is charged with trespass and harassment and an order of protection was issued. He’ll answer the charges in Town of Yorkshire Court.

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Foster Township Gets PENNVEST Loan for
Sanitary Sewer Extension Project

(News Release) HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced approval of a $4.8 million loan by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for the Foster Township Sanitary Sewer Extension Project.

The project will extend public sewer to 335 structures in the township and eliminate malfunctioning on-lot sewer systems in the area.

“A safe and reliable infrastructure is vital to efforts to facilitate growth and improve quality of life in our community,” Causer said. “This is an important investment in our future.”

The project includes the installation of 100,000 linear feet of low-pressure gravity collection main, 2,100 linear feet of gravity sewer, two pump stations, 335 individual grinder pumps and all related equipment. The term of the loan is 20 years with an interest rate of 1 percent for the first five years and a rate of 1.743 percent beginning in the sixth year through maturity.

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Chautauqua Co. Teacher Wins Grammy Award

A teacher from Chautauqua County has received the first-ever music educator Grammy Award.

Kent Knappenberger, who has been a music teacher and choir director at Westfield Academy and Central School for 25 years, was chosen from among 30,000 nominees. He will be flown to Los Angeles to receive his award on Saturday and will be a guest at the televised Grammy Awards show on Sunday.

The Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy created the award to highlight the influence music teachers have on their students. Neil Portnow, president of the Grammy Foundation and The Recording Academy, says “Many musicians would not be expressing their gift for creativity had it not been for the dedication and encouragement of a music teacher who inspired them to pursue a professional career.”


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Bradford Man Dies in Congress Street Crash

A Bradford man died in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning on Congress Street in Bradford Township.

Police say an SUV driven by 29-year-old Cody Frantz slid off the road and hit a tree. Frantz was pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill. Frantz’s passenger, 23-year-old Kyle Dewyer of Bradford, was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie for treatment.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Four Fatal Weekend Fires

Four fatal house fires happened over the weekend.

A fire in Allegany on Sunday claimed the life one man.

No other details have been released. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. One man died in an overnight blaze in Warren County.

The fire started at just before midnight in Pittsfield. Firefighters were on the scene until 7:15 this morning. Two other people were able to escape the house uninjured.

A St. Marys man died and his wife was severely burned in a Saturday morning fire on Brussells Street in St. Marys.

77-year-old James Robbins was not able to get out of the house and died of smoke inhalation. 69-year-old Joan Robbins was flown to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh for treatment of severe burns and smoke inhalation.

The house was destroyed. The fire remains under investigation.

Careless smoking is believed to be the cause of a fire that killed a Tionesta woman on Saturday.

50-year-old Diana Clark was rescued from her burning apartment and resuscitated. She was then flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, where she later died.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Book Talk
Has Moved

Because I have so many author interviews already this year I have decided to move and expand Book Talk to Anne's Book Club.

Now it includes not only author interviews but reviews, special book offers and more.

Tomorrow I will be adding an interview with Jim Pransky, a scout with the Tampa Bay Rays who has written a book about Josh Rabe and Port Allegany/Potter County's Josh Kinney. He'll be my guest on WESB's LiveLine and I'm looking forward to speaking with him.

Also tomorrow I'll be speaking with Chang-rae Lee, author of "On Such a Full Sea."

So, check out Anne's Book Club. It's free and easy to use, just like radio.