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Friday, April 18, 2014

Thomas Szafran

Thomas A. Szafran, 64, of 296 Seaward Ave., Bradford, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, in his residence.

Born August 7, 1949, in Oil City, he was a son of the late Joseph and Frances (Woloszyn) Szafran.

On June 29, 1991, in the First Baptist Church, he married Geneva Szafran who survives.

Mr. Szafran was a 1967 graduate of Oil City High School and a 1971 graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in Health and Physical Education. While in college, he was on the cross country and track team. He served four years in the United States Navy.

He had worked for the Oil City Chamber of Commerce and owned and operated the Ultimate Record Store in Oil City. He then worked for the Chamber of Commerce in Bradford, was a substitute teacher for the Bradford Area School District and worked at Temple Inland for ten years. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a supervisor for McKean County Children and Youth Services.

He was a member of the YMCA and volunteered for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Penguins, running, biking, gardening and do-it-yourself projects. He was a history buff, loved trivia and rescued many cats over the years. His most favorite times were spent with his grandchildren.

He attended the First Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Susie (Brad) Walker, of State College, and Katie Szafran, of Las Vegas, NV, two grandchildren, Dexter Walker and Nolan Walker, two brothers, James (Frances) Szafran, of High Point, NC, and Frederick (Christy) Szafran, of Oil City, a sister-in -law Laurel (Todd) Homet of Waynesburg and several nieces and nephews.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., and again on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00am in the First Baptist Church, 71 Congress Street, followed by funeral services at 11:00am with Jeremy Childs, pastor, and Rev. Leon Canfield, retired pastor co-officiating. Committal services, full military honors and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA PO Box 113 Bradford, PA 16701 or Big Brothers and Big Sisters 110 Campus Dr., Bradford, PA 16701 or the American Heart Association 823 Filmore Ave. Erie, PA 16505.

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Baby Homicide Victim Identified

Police have released the name of the 16-month-old girl who was beaten to death Wednesday night in Jamestown.

Nayla Hodnett was first taken to the emergency room at WCA Hospital, but was later taken to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, where she died of blunt force trauma.

Police say Nayla’s mother and her boyfriend are considered “persons of interest” in the little girl’s death, which has been ruled a homicide.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 4/17/14

City of Bradford Police are investigating a sexual assault on Linwood Avenue and a theft on Oakwood Avenue. Also on Thursday officers were called to a fight on Brennan Street, a domestic incident on High Street, harassment on Cole Avenue and an assault on Oakwood Avenue. They also received a report about suspicious activity on Main Street.

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Cleland Appointed to Preside Over Libel Case

McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland has been appointed to preside over a libel suit brought by state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife, five days after the co-owners of Philadelphia's two major newspapers won a bid to recuse the entire Philadelphia bench.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts recommended Cleland, who was later approved by Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor.

Cleland presided over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial and was also chairman of the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice that looked into the Kids for Cash scandal in Luzerne County.

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Fatal Fire in Chautauqua County

UPDATE: The victim is a 93-year-old man.

A person died in a house fire Thursday night in the Chautauqua County Town of Ellicott.

Sheriff’s deputies, who have not identified the person yet, say a “male subject” was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner John Sixbey. He believes the victim died of smoke inhalation.

The fire started when an electrical wire had been compromised in a crawl space under the kitchen. The wire shorted out, causing the floor joist to ignite and spread to the rest of the house.

The death and the fire have been ruled accidental.

About a dozen fire companies were on the scene for more than seven hours.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SBU to Welcome 400 for
Annual National Girls, Women in Sports Day

By Kiara Catanzaro
SBU ’15

St. Bonaventure University will host its 28th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.

Local high school girls and their coaches will participate in sporting event programs throughout the day with St. Bonaventure’s female student-athletes and staff.

The event, sponsored by the School of Education, the Department of Physical Education, the Department of Athletics, the Department of Military Science and the Visiting Scholars Program, will host 15 school districts including 400 women student-athletes along with their coaches and teachers.

Students from the following school districts will attend: Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh, Austin Area Schools, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Bradford, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Franklinville, Jamestown-Lutheran, Portville, Randolph, Seneca Nation, South Park and Southwestern.

After 9 a.m. registration, students will listen to a keynote address from alumnus Amy Moritz, ’95, a sports reporter for The Buffalo News and former St. Bonaventure women’s basketball manager. During her address, “Women in Sports Media: Moving Beyond the Pink Ghetto,” Moritz plans to talk a little bit about her personal story, how the place of women in sports media has evolved and what challenges still lie ahead.

There will be two 45-minute clinics for students with the following St. Bonaventure women’s sports teams: softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, swimming and cross-country.

Army ROTC, physical education and sport studies majors will present a fitness challenge and strength and conditioning option for participating students. Claire Watson, chair of the Department of Physical Education, will host a health and wellness promotion as part of the fitness challenge. Becky Misenheimer, assistant professor of visual and performing arts, will host an exhibition with the Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby.

After both clinics, students will receive lunches donated by St. Bonaventure students. Visiting students will also have an opportunity to meet Pat Laczkowski from Rugby NY’s Project 2020.

From 1 to 2 p.m., St. Bonaventure’s admissions team will provide tours of campus for students.

At 3 p.m., students and their coaches with have an opportunity to attend an optional St. Bonaventure women’s softball practice.

The National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition started in 1987 in remembrance of Flo Hyman, an Olympic volleyball player who died in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.

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Current, Former Pitt-Bradford Presidents to
Sign New History Book During Event

A book chronicling the rich 50-year history of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been published, and current president Dr. Livingston Alexander and former president Dr. Richard E. McDowell will autograph copies at a book signing next week on campus.

The book-signing event, being held to mark the release of the book, “A History of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The event will begin with brief remarks by Alexander and McDowell in the Commons’ first-floor lobby. Following the remarks, Alexander and McDowell will move to the Panther Shop, where they will sign books. The book is currently available for pre-order at the Panther Shop’s online store at Anyone pre-ordering the book will receive a 10 percent discount. Books also will be available for purchase beginning April 25 at the Panther Shop.

The book signing, which is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Hanley Library, is free and open to the public.

“This is an inspiring story of how a fledgling, resource-starved regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh emerged as a significant player in Northwest Pennsylvania higher education,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “This is truly a story worth telling, and we’re delighted that this comprehensive and fascinating narrative now becomes the official history of our cherished institution.”

The book was written by Sherie R. Mershon, an independent scholar and freelance writer and editor from Pittsburgh. The book and its release are part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration this year.

The 370-page book spans the entire history of the university. It begins with a brief history of the region followed by a detailed account of the efforts of many individuals in Bradford who recognized the need for an institution of higher education in north central Pennsylvania and mobilized to help make it happen.

The final chapter, “Going Beyond, 2003-2013,” highlights the university’s more recent advances and accomplishments, from the naming of Alexander as the third president to the addition of several new academic majors and extensive expansion and renovation of the campus.

In writing the book, Mershon assembled details from various documents and publications from Pitt-Bradford as well as the community, including The Bradford Era and the Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald; Portraits magazine, the university’s alumni magazine; The Source, Pitt-Bradford’s student newspaper; the Bradford Landmark Society; minutes from various administrative meetings; and official documents from other sources on campus. Mershon also gathered information from the University Archives of the University of Pittsburgh.

Mershon also conducted interviews with several members of the campus community, including McDowell, who was Pitt-Bradford’s president from 1973 to 2002; Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs who has been at Pitt-Bradford since 1976; Bill Higie, a longtime Advisory Board member and former chairman for 22 years; Dr. Andy Dzirkalis, associate professor emeritus of political science who taught from 1976 to 2006; Tom Bromeley, a longtime Advisory Board member; and Isabelle Champlin, an alumna who taught anthropology for more than 40 years.

In addition to the written history, the book also features numerous photos from the 1960s up to 2013. Some of the historical photos include the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the first day of school on Sept. 3, 1963, featuring then-president Dr. Don Swarts and Bert Fisher, the first Advisory Board chairman; students peeking out of the windows of Emery Hall, which served as the university’s first residence hall; and a class in session in the Hamsher House. Recent photos include the inauguration of Alexander as Pitt-Bradford’s third president; Harriett B. Wick in front of the chapel on campus that bears her name; and then-student Tim Rooke using equipment in the Crime Scene Investigation House.

You can hear Dr. Alexander talk about the book on WESB's LiveLine by going to and clicking on the "Local Programs tab.

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Bill Would Give VFDs Tax Credits

(News Release) Responding to a growing shortage of volunteer firefighters, Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Senator Sean Wiley (D-49) have joined forces to introduce a bill to give municipalities the power to waive their local earned income tax for volunteer first responders.

Volunteers at nonprofit emergency medical service (EMS) agencies would also be eligible to receive the tax credit.

“If every local government in Pennsylvania had to convert to a paid firefighting force, it would cost an estimated $6 billion,” Baker said. “Giving firefighters a small break on their local taxes is a simple benefit that will compensate them in some small measure for their priceless life-saving work.”

Senator Wiley agreed, noting, "Erie County is home to over 30 volunteer fire and EMS companies, organizations that give countless hours to ensure the safety and well-being of our neighbors. I am proud to work with Senator Baker on a piece of legislation that gives back to these brave men and women who give so much without hesitation."

The idea for the legislation was bolstered by a joint hearing on firefighter and EMT retention and recruitment held last fall by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, which Baker chaired for seven years, and the Majority Policy Committee.

Extending an earned income tax credit was among a menu of solutions offered by experts as a good recruitment and retention tool.

Under the legislation, municipalities would have the power to set the amount of the tax credit and the guidelines of the program, including specifying the number of calls to which a volunteer must answer and the level of training they must have.

“Although the tax credit program would not be mandatory, we hope every municipality will see the virtue of keeping and attracting its volunteer firefighters. When those first flames begin, we cannot afford to sound the alarm and have no one come,” Baker explained.

Baker and Wiley said the bill is expected to be part of a larger package of incentives to fill the rapidly declining ranks of our volunteer firefighters and EMTs, which have dropped from 300,000 to 50,000 in 30 years. The decrease is blamed largely on the prevalence of two-income families, an over-emphasis on fire department fundraising, local leadership conflicts, and the stagnant economy. Baker has formed a working group to advance other strategies for a comprehensive First Responder Relief package.

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Several Hurt in Route 219 Crashes

Four vehicles crashed at around 8 o’clock Tuesday night on the Mill Street Bridge of Route 219.

First reports said 7 or 8 vehicles had crashed, but police say the rest of the vehicles had stopped to help the people involved in the accident.

The bridge was completely iced over, which police say caused the crash. The road was closed for nearly 2 hours while police waited for PennDOT to treat it.

Several people were taken to BRMC with minor injuries.

Also last night, the southbound lanes of Route 219 from Bradford to Lantz Corners were closed at around 10 o'clock after two tractors trailers got stuck on a hill. South Kendall Avenue was closed from Looker Mountain Trailer to the top of the hill because of a tractor-trailer that was stuck.

Again, it was because of icy conditions.

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Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing Child

A jury has convicted a man who forced a child to have sex with him from June of 2008 to June of 2013.

39-year-old David Frederick of Duke Center was found guilty of corruption of minors, sexual in nature, and endangering the welfare of a child. The child was younger the 13.

Frederick will be sentenced July 17 in McKean County Court.

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Cops: Man Pointed Gun at Woman, Teen

A Bradford man is accused of pointing a 12-guage shotgun at two people because he didn’t like the way a 13-year-old boy was looking at him.

29-year-old Eric Travis pointed the gun at a woman and the boy while they were in the Dairy Queen Drive-Thru and pumped it as if he was loading it. Travis told police he pointed the gun because the teenager stared at him in an odd way, but he wasn’t going to shoot them, according to court papers.

Travis was sent to McKean County Jail on $25,000 bail.

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Beverly Jackson

Beverly Jean Jackson, 67, of 87 Olean Road, Derrick City, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at her residence.

Born August 3, 1946, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Laura Jean (Stowell) Robbins.

On May 29, 1965, in Bradford she married Jim Jackson, Jr. who survives.

Mrs. Jackson was a 1964 graduate of Bradford High School. She, along with her husband, have owned and operated the Dari Hut for 23 years.

She enjoyed camping and reading.

In addition to her husband of 48 years she is survived by three daughters, Laurie (Art) Howell, Brenda (Jeffrey) Stack, and Angela Jackson; two sons, Kevin Jackson and Matthew Jackson; a sister, Susan D. Kunig, five grandchildren, and a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Gabriella Jackson.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 33 South Ave., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 19, 2014, with Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park

Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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Burglars Damage Elementary School

Burglars did about $5,000 worth of damage to St. Boniface Elementary School in Elk County overnight.

Police say the burglar or burglars removed an exhaust fan to get into the cafeteria, and then damaged the walls, doors and other items in the building. Then, they took about $145 in cash.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Ridgway-based state police or Elk County Crime Stoppers.

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PSP: Elderly Man 'Fed Up' with Shopping
Assault Wife at Wal-Mart

An 81-year-old guy just couldn’t handle Wal-Mart anymore. Or, more specifically, his wife shopping there.

Ralph Ross of West Salem Township near Sharon is accused of pushing a shopping cart into the electric car is wife was driving, and then choking and shaking her.

Police say Ross told them he got fed up with his wife wandering around the store and just lost it.

He’s charged with assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

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Sexual Abuse Charges Dropped

Sexual abuse charges against a school bus driver accused of having inappropriate contact with a child have been dropped, but the man has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

67-year-old John Hitchcock of Randolph had been accused of abusing young boy on a number of occasion between September and October of 2012 between Randolph and Ashville.

Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley says he made the plea deal so the young victim would not have to testify in court, but Hitchcock would still be held accountable.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14.

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Man Who Took Gun to Casino Sentenced

A man who took a loaded gun into the Seneca Niagara Casino because he was upset with other gamblers at a card table will spend 4 years in prison.

The US Attorney’s Office says after 38-year-old Mashama Hill of Niagara Falls got upset he threatened to leave and come back with a gun. A short time later, he came back, wearing different clothes. Security saw him on video surveillance, searched him, and found the loaded gun.

Hill had previously been convicted of a felony and was not allowed to have a gun.

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Feds: Galeton Man Stole from Union

A Potter County man is accused of embezzling more than $6,000 from his union.

The US Attorney’s Office say 46-year-old Robert Vargeson of Galeton was responsible for the financial records for the local branch of Communications Workers of America and, during 2012 and 2013, he falsified those records to cover the theft of about $6,300.

If convicted, Vargeson faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marissa Buchheit to Perform in
'Jesus Christ Superstar'

MIDLAND – Bradford resident Marissa Buchheit will be performing in the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar this month at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

Presented by the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center Professional Company show dates are April 25-27 and May 2-4.

Buchheit will be featured as Soul Girl in this concert version which brings to life the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice from the award-winning musical about the last days of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas.

Based on the Gospels, the critically acclaimed rock opera profiles Jesus and those closest to him. Using contemporary elements, Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert highlights the struggles between Jesus and Judas and ends with the crucifixion.

Currently a senior at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Buchheit will graduate May 3 with bachelor’s degree in acting and a minor in broadcast journalism.

During the past year her other professional credits have included Carla in In the Heights at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh and Janet in the Brisbane Management Group production of The Rocky Horror Show.

She is a graduate of Bradford Area High School and performed in numerous musicals and shows during her school years including the Bradford Little Theater production of Disney’s High School Musical and was a featured soloist and choreographer for Kiwanis Kapers.

She is the daughter of Pete and Karen Buchheit of Bradford.

According to the show’s director, Gavan Pamer, "Most people may not know that 'Jesus Christ Superstar' was originally developed as a concept album and the first live performance in the United States took place in Pittsburgh.

“It's exciting to bring the show back to the basics, while still incorporating visuals that serve only to further the story instead of getting caught up in the expansive production aspects," Pamer said. "We're thrilled to present this musical in its truest form."

Information on tickets and show times is available at

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Melissa Etheridge Coming to Salamanca

NIAGARA FALLS and SALAMANCA, N.Y. – The area’s best summer entertainment series just got better. Joining the all-star Summer Rush 2014 lineup at Seneca Casinos are a solo acoustic performance by Melissa Etheridge at Seneca Allegany Events Center on Sunday, June 22 and “The Voice” Live Tour on Friday, July 11 at Seneca Niagara Events Center.

After a sold-out performance of boisterous rock in July 2011, Melissa Etheridge returns to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, N.Y. – this time as part of her subdued and acoustic “This Is ME Solo” run of intimate, live shows. She will perform on Sunday, June 22 at 5 p.m.; tickets start at $50 and go on sale Monday, Apr. 21 at noon. Etheridge’s heartfelt lyrics and soulful, raspy voice are the hallmarks of emotional singles such as “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” “Like the Way I Do” and “I Want to Come Over.” Her latest single, “Uprising of Love,” became the inspiration for a new coalition by the same name that supports the safety and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Russians. The two-time Grammy Award–winner is also gearing up to release a new solo album this fall.

Seneca Niagara Events Center will be Western New York’s destination for “The Voice” Live Tour as it comes to Niagara Falls on Friday, July 11 for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets for the tour, presented by CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™, start at $50 and go on sale Thursday, Apr. 17 at 10 a.m. Fans of the hit reality singing competition on NBC will see their favorite contestants from the current sixth season as well as top finalists from past seasons, such as Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin from last season. Also joining will be Dia Frampton from Season One; this season’s first-, second- and third-place winners, and; a fan favorite from this season as voted via social media. This season’s finale is slated for May 20.

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Annabelle Bottone

Annabelle A. Bottone, 90, a loving mother and grammie of 5866 North St., Limestone, NY, passed away, Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her residence.

Born January 13, 1924, in Limestone she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mabel Giardini.

On January 1, 1942 in Limestone, she married Francis T. Bottone, who died on March 15, 2001.

Mrs. Bottone was a 1941 graduate of Limestone High School. She had been employed at Zippo Manufacturing and retired after 30 years of service. After her retirement she worked for her son at Raffael's Cafe for 16 years.

She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Annabelle enjoyed camping at Red Oak with family and friends and her trips to Las Vegas playing the slot machines. She was the happiest spending time with her family which was almost daily and cooking for them. Anytime you stopped at Annabelle's the coffee pot was always on.

A couple years ago she adopted a barnyard kitty and named him Bubbie. He was a faithful companion to the end and the light of her life.

She is survived by two daughters, Marianne (the late Richard) Baxter, of Apex, NC, and Bonnie (John) Spry, one son Ralph (the late Patricia) Bottone all of Limestone, 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 2 brothers Richie Giardini and Berto Giardini.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 3-5pm & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, April 17, 2014, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor of St. Bernard Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.

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

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Lee McKinley Jr.

Lee A. McKinley, Jr., 76, of 23 Orchard Valley Road, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born January 4, 1938, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Lee A. and Ruth (Moore) McKinley.

On July 2, 1960 in Olean, NY, he married Sandra (Habgood) McKinley, who survives.

He was a 1955 graduate of Bradford High School, where he was on the state championship football team. He attended the University of Buffalo, then transferred to Embrey Riddle Aeronautical Institute, where he earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

Upon completing his education, Mr. McKinley began his career with Pan American Airways in Miami, FL. In 1963, he and his family moved to Guatemala and he spent most of his career in the commercial airline industry working throughout Central America, South America, The caribbean and Mexico.

In December of 1978, he returned to Bradford and began working for National Aviation Underwriters and then he worked for Avemco Insurance. He then formed Aviation Insurance Resources with other partners and was active in the company until the time of his death.

An avid outdoors man and animal lover, he enjoyed trap and skeet shooting, playing tennis, and was a sports enthusiast. His greatest passion was for aviation and piloting his own plane.

He was a member of the Bradford Club and The Pennhills Club.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by two children, Jeffrey H.(Heather) McKinley, of Roswell, GA and Melissa McKinley-(Troy) Smith, of Bradford; Eight grandchildren, Trent McKinley, Trevor McKinley, Samantha McKinley-Schuster, Colton McKinley, Paityn McKinley, Conner McKinley, Madison Lee McKinley and Declan Smith; three step grandchildren, Reagan Thompson, Jillian Thompson and Jason Thompson; two great grandchildren, Keegan Schuster and Delilah Schuster and various nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lee A. 'Bert' McKinley, III, on June 15, 1986, and two sisters, Gloria McKinley and Mary McKinley-Rosner

At the request of the family, there will be no public visitation, and services will be private. Mausoleum entombment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to The Bradford Hospital Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Willow Creek Triathlon Offering New Duathlon

There are several reasons to do the Willow Creek Triathlon –money helps disabled veterans and gives people a chance to do something for those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Now there are two more reasons. Participants have the option of doing a duathlon this year.

The committee organizers added individual duathlon and team duathlon – paring down the stages to the 15-mile bike and three mile run – for both individuals and teams. This is in addition to the standard sprint triathlon on the same course, which is a 300-yard swim in Quaker Lake in Allegany State Park, the bike leg to the Corydon Hotel and the run to Willows Restaurant. Registration is under way at or This year’s event is set for Saturday, Aug. 2.

“We added the duathlon for teams and individuals for those who may not want to do all three events,” said Race Director Gregg Reynolds.“The triathlon is in its ninth year and we felt like we could expand what we offer participants.” Reynolds noted that registration is still capped at 400.

Last year, the triathlon topped the $100,000 mark in what it has raised for the Disabled American Veterans of McKean and Warren counties over the past nine years. Last year alone, the triathlon gave more than $30,000 to the two local DAVs. “We feel very strongly that we are supporting the true heroes of our community,” Reynolds. “And we could not be more grateful that the community, as well as triathletes from all over, agree.”

Information packets will again be available, for the athletes’ convenience, on Friday, Aug. 1, at the YMCA on Boylston Street, Bradford, from 2 to 7 p.m. Registration and packet pick-up will also start at 8 a.m. at Quaker Lake the day of the event.

The cost for those who pre-register by July 18 is $40 per individual or $80 per team. This includes both the duathlon and triathlon. After that, the registration fee is $50 for individuals; $90 for teams.

There are also female and male Clydesdale divisions. Weight requirements are 200 lbs; for men and 150 lbs. for women. “This is such an amazing event that has grown year after year. To see the runners come in to the open arms of veterans and the applause of onlookers is something everyone should experience,” Reynolds said, adding that even if you can’t participate in the duathlon or triathlon, everyone is welcome to watch and cheer the athletes on.

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Dr. Flora Wei Receives
Chairs' Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Fang-Yi “Flora” Wei, associate professor of communications, has received the 2014 Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

“Flora Wei is a real gem of a teacher at Pitt-Bradford who uses the latest technology with ease in the classroom and is always ahead of the curve,” said Jeff Guterman, associate professor of broadcast communications and chairman of the Division of Communication and the Arts.

Wei was chosen for the award by the chairmen and chairwoman of Pitt-Bradford’s five academic divisions.

In choosing an award recipient, the chairpersons review letters of recommendation, student evaluations of teaching, syllabi and grade distribution. They also consider the teachers’ knowledge of subject matter and their advising and dedication in working with students beyond the classroom in activities such as internships and research projects.

The award, which is now in its 13th year, is open to any full-time faculty member who has taught at Pitt-Bradford for at least three consecutive academic years.

“Her students love her,” Guterman said, adding that Wei has excelled as a scholar as well as a teacher. “Her empirical studies on text messaging have brought her much acclaim as a researcher in the communications field, and she has been quoted by literally dozens of national and international news outlets.”

Wei has taught public speaking, organizational communication, quantitative research methods, mass media culture and society, mass media effects, communication research methods, broadcasting and social media.

She has worked with fellow Pitt-Bradford faculty Dr. Y. Ken Wang, assistant professor of computer information systems and technology; Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology; and Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of psychology, to study the effects of students’ text messaging in class on their ability to learn and focus. She also taught a social media course that was among the first of its kind in the country.

Wei will leave Pitt-Bradford following the summer term. She has accepted a position at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta in order to live nearer to her family.

Past recipients of the Chairs’ Faculty Teaching Award are Dr. Francis Mulcahy, Dr. Tammy Haley, Isabelle Champlin, Dr. Hashim Yousif, Dr. Jean Truman, Andrea Robbins, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Joanne Burgert, Dr. Nancy McCabe, Donald Lewicki, Dr. Donald Ulin and Dr. Lauren Yaich.

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Power Outages in McKean County

Power outages in Foster Brook and Eldred. Penelec expects power to be restored in Eldred at around 10:30 this morning. Crews have just been dispatched to Foster Brook, so there's no estimate on restoration yet.

Kane is also experiencing a power outage. It should be restored by 10:30 a.m.

All the outages are believed to be weather-related.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Burglary at TJ's Corner Store

Police are investigating a burglary at TJ’s Corner Store in Lafayette Township early this morning.

They say a white man between the ages of 35 and 45 dropped off a white man between the ages of 25 and 35, and the second man forced his way into the store and attempted to steal money and cigarettes. He was leaving with the store with two cartons of cigarettes when a citizen temporarily apprehended him in front of Tack’s Inn.

The driver of the gold Chevy Lumina the dropped than man off then drove toward the citizen at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting him. The two the left, traveling east on Route 59.

All the items the men were trying to steal were recovered, but two doors and a cash register were damaged. The estimate for the damage is $2,000.

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

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