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Friday, March 7, 2014

Connor English

Connor James English, 21, of Warren, PA died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in a snowboarding accident at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY.

Born on July 26, 1992, in Warren, he was the son of Gregory Allen and Beth Ann Williams English.

Connor was a 2010 graduate of Warren Area High School where he was involved in baseball, football and wrestling. He was a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford where he was majoring in Environmental Studies and was a member of the Ski Club and Pool League. Connor was a member of First United Methodist Church in Warren and the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways Club. He was loving, helpful, a good friend to many and lived life to the fullest. When he was younger, Connor enjoyed playing the saxophone and viola. He also enjoyed paintball, ping pong, camping, kayaking and fishing.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his brother, Jordan Gregory English of Warren, PA, his sister, Mariel Elisabeth English of Warren, PA, paternal grandfather James W. English and his wife, Jeanne, of Warren, PA, maternal grandmother, Patricia Williams of Warren, PA, longtime girlfriend Hannah Marie Ploss of Warren, PA, many aunt, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Anna Frances Halle and maternal grandfather, Charles A. Williams.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service to be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA. Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. with Rev. Jon Swart, Parish Associate, officiating. There will be no visitation hours observed. Memorials in Connor’s memory may be made to Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, Post Office Box 533, Warren, PA 16365, or to Shiners Hospitals for Children, 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505, or to the Warren County Humane Society, “Paws Along the River,” 212 Elm Street, Warren, PA 16365. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Upper Allegheny Health System Appoints
New Vice President of Quality

OLEAN, NY -- Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS) has announced the appointment of Gail A. Bagazzoli, BSN, RN, to serve as Vice President of Quality for UAHS and member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. Her responsibilities will include oversight of all aspects of quality management, patient safety, performance improvement, risk management and infection control at both hospitals.

Mrs. Bagazzoli has served in numerous capacities at Olean General Hospital for nearly 33 years including Infection Prevention and Control Manager, Emergency Department Nurse Manager, Employee Health and Occupation Wellness Center Manager, Manager of Education and Training, and Manager of Nursing Education.

Presently, Mrs. Bagazzoli serves as a board member of the Greater Buffalo Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and currently holds the role of President with the Kathi Ward Foundation Board of Directors.

Bagazzoli earned her Bachelor Science of Nursing from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and is an alumnus of Olean Senior High School.

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Code Enforcement Shuts Business Down

The City Code Enforcement Office shut down an East Main Street business after a faulty wood stove caught on fire this morning.

City Fire Department Captain Matt Rettger tells WESB In and Out Tire was burning “trash and debris” in the wood stove. He added that some of it was construction debris including particle board, paneling and furniture.

He says the business will be closed until code enforcement deems it safe to reopen.

The fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. Rettger says firefighters were on the scene for about an hour “making sure the building wasn’t on fire.”

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Northwest Savings Sponsoring 5K Run/Walk

Northwest Savings Bank will sponsor a 5K run and walk to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. The race is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014 in downtown Warren.

Check in will take place at the Northwest Community Room on Second Avenue from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The race starts at 10 a.m. in front of Northwest’s downtown Warren Office at Liberty Street and Second Avenue.

Participants can register online or by mail. The cost of the race is $15.00 if registered by March 27, and $20.00 if registered after March 27.

To register online, visit

To register by mail, pick up a copy of the race registration form at all Northwest Savings Bank locations in Warren, the Warren YMCA, Jefferson Davis DeFrees Family Center and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry. Mail the completed form with a check payable to “Northwest Savings Bank” to: Northwest Savings Bank, Attn: Krista Jamerson, 100 Liberty Street, Warren, PA 16365.

A long sleeve performance shirt is guaranteed to the first 200 registered participants.

Awards will be given to the 1st place male and female overall and the top three finishers in each of the seven divisions.

The race is co-sponsored by Whirley DrinkWorks, Tim Hortons, Great Lakes Custom Graphics, Inc and Thorne’s BiLo.

Questions can be directed to Krista Jamerson at 814-728-7649.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing awareness about good breast health. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal.” The goal of the program is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. A national program, survivors can participate locally at the Warren YMCA.

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The United Way in Smethport

Helen Cole, secretary of the Elderberries Club of the Smethport Senior Center, looks on as Mandi Wilton Davis, Executive Director of the United Way of the Bradford Area, explains the application to request funding through the Smethport Campaign for United Way. Applications are due April 1 and can be received at or by request at For more information, please contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

Nushawn Williams to Remain Locked Up

New York’s so-called HIV predator will remain locked up, despite having completed a 12-year sentence for knowingly infecting more than a dozen Chautauqua County residents with HIV in the late 1990s.

A judge has ordered that Nushawn Williams be kept in a secure treatment facility under the state’s civil confinement law, which says people can held after completing their sentence if the state believes they are still a threat to society.

Last June, a Chautauqua County jury decided Williams had a mental abnormality and should remain in custody.

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Probation Officer Charged with MIsconduct

A probation officer from Sheffield is accused of sexual misconduct for having inappropriate contact with a woman he was supervising.

37-year-old Jeffrey Collins is accused of sending lewd text messages to the woman as well as groping her. The alleged incidents happened between February 10 and Sunday in Warren County.

Collins is charged with indecent assault, official oppression and harassment. He has been suspended without pay and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 2.

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AAUW-Bradford Hosts Presentation on
Lack of Females in Sciences

Have you ever wonder why there are so few females in such fields as science, technology, engineering and mathematics? What does that stem from?

The American Association of University Women-Bradford Branch is hosting meeting that will tackle that issue. The public is invited to attend a presentation at 10 a.m. Saturday in Room 218 in the Frame-Westerberg Commons at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The program will include two speakers from Pitt-Bradford – Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology and division chairwoman for the biological and health sciences, and Dr. Denise Piechnik, assistant professor of biology.

Saturday’s discussion will center on the low number of women in those (STEM) fields with suggestions on how to encourage more girls to take an interest in the sciences.

Part of AAUW’s mission is to promote equality for women.

“We feel this is an important topic that should be discussed,” said co-presidents Sharie Radzavich and Sandy Rhodes. “We want to take this time to invite the public to take part in this important discussion as well as see what AAUW is all about.”

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Pitt-Bradford Student Dies While Snowboarding

A University of Pittsburgh at Bradford student died last night in a snowboarding accident at Holiday Valley.

Connor English was a junior environmental studies major from Warren.

Staff members in the Office of Counseling and Health Services are available for members of the Pitt-Bradford community in Room 226 of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Liberty Twp. Gets Grant for Water, Sewer Services

HARRISBURG – The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has awarded a $1.54 million grant to Liberty Township, McKean County, for much-needed infrastructure improvements that will help promote job growth in the area, Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

Specifically, the grant will help fund the extension of sewer and water services from Port Allegany Borough to portions of Liberty Township, including the Portage Industrial Park and surrounding residential and commercial properties. It also will support replacement of existing infrastructure in Port Allegany to increase capacity at the borough’s treatment plant.

“This grant not only helps fulfill a current need in the community but also makes an important investment in our future,” Causer said. “We cannot grow and expand job opportunities for our citizens without the necessary infrastructure. I commend the local officials and business leaders who saw this need and worked together to get the funding necessary to make this project happen.”

“I’m very pleased that McKean County is receiving state funding for these important infrastructure improvements, which will help make needed upgrades to better serve local families and businesses,” Scarnati stated. “This substantial investment will help to strengthen the region through providing for crucial updates that will aid with protecting our local water supplies and public health, while also increasing job opportunities within our community.”

The lawmakers praised Liberty Township and Port Allegany Borough officials, as well as the McKean County commissioners and local business leaders for their joint effort to boost economic growth in the region. Development resulting from the project is expected to create approximately 25 new jobs, retain 23 existing jobs and attract as much as $2.2 million in private investment to the project site within five years. The project also will help both municipalities comply with Act 537 sewage requirements from the Department of Environmental Protection.

The total estimated cost of the project is $2.05 million with the impacted municipalities and businesses making up the difference between the grant and the actual project cost. Construction will likely begin this summer.

The grant was awarded through the Pennsylvania First Program, a comprehensive funding tool to facilitate increased investment and job creation in the Commonwealth. The program provides grants or loans to invest in infrastructure, equipment, land and building improvements, site preparation, equipment and more.

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Newbery-Winner Avi to Speak at Pitt-Bradford

Avi, the Newbery Award-winning author of more than 70 books for children and young adults, will visit the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford March 19.

The presentation, “A Conversation with Avi,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the Pitt-Bradford Hospitality Management Program will provide refreshments.

The visit, sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford education program and the Education Club, is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact Dr. Wayne Brinda, assistant professor of education, at

Most recognized for his Newbery-winning Crispin series, Avi will talk about how he gets his ideas and thoughts on using adolescent literature and will read excerpts from his most recent story, “Sophia’s War,” and other books. A book signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase.

Avi says that engaging his readers is one of the key reasons he keeps writing, and he has been fortunate enough to hear directly from readers about the impact his books have had. “I have been touched many times by readers who find some special connection between their lives and something I have written: the Danish girl who read something of mine in Danish, and struggled to communicate that in her halting English; the autistic boy who somehow found something meaningful about my books that reached his own inner life; the women who have told me how important ‘The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle’ was to them when growing up; the boy who felt a new sense of courage after reading ‘Crispin.’”

Beyond his fans’ questions about the characters he has created, the writer’s most commonly heard question may be about his own use of the single name “Avi.”

“As a young adult, I was a reader of French literature, which has that one name tradition: Moliere, Racine, Anouilh, Gide, and so forth,” he explains. “Then too, Avi (which is not my birth certificate name) was given to me by my twin sister when we were infants, and it stuck. Then my family was opposed to my becoming a writer because they considered my writing poor (which it was, then). By using my own name (Avi), I was having my revenge on family.”

Although he believes — and has the awards to show — that his writing skills have improved, writing still does not come easily to him, despite having more than 70 books to his credit. “I never studied writing in any formal sense. I taught myself to write by reading and by imitating what I was reading,” he says.

Avi earned the Newbery Award in 2003 for the first of his “Crispin” books, “Crispin: The Cross of Lead.” The Newbery is given annually by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children for that year.

Avi also received Newbery honors for “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” and “Nothing but the Truth,” both of which also received Boston Globe Horn Book Awards, along with “Poppy.” He has earned the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award for “The Fighting Ground” and the Christopher Award for “Encounter at Easton.”

In addition to his evening talk, Avi will also visit students at School Street and St. Bernard elementary schools, Fretz Middle School and Bradford Area High School during the day.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

SOTUS Will Not Hear Appeal from
Jailed 'Kids for Cash' Judge

The Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a former Luzerne County judge convicted in the "kids for cash" scandal, meaning his conviction and sentence will stand.

Mark Ciavarella Jr. is serving a 28-year prison sentence after his 2011 conviction on federal corruption charges. Prosecutors say Ciavarella and a second judge took millions of dollars from the owner and builder of two for-profit juvenile detention centers where he was sending thousands of young offenders.

A jury convicted Ciavarella of racketeering and conspiracy. His former colleague Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge.

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