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Friday, August 15, 2014

Local Rail Project Gets Grant Money

An Eldred Township project is one of 39 that will get a total of $36 million in grant money.

$448,000 has been earmarked for the Western New York PA Railroad Company to repair a railroad bridge including timber repairs and replacements, as well track approach repairs.

The Farmers Valley Branch Line serves the International Waxes plant.

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The Mo Show in Williamssport

Mo’Ne Davis needed only 70 pitches to shut out Tennessee in the opening round of the Little League World Series – and get herself into the record books in the process.

The 13-year-old became the first girl to pitch a winning game in series. She allowed two hits, struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone in the six-inning complete game victory.

Her phenomenal play is getting some attention from big leaguers – including the Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon who tweeted to her that he was pulling for her and her teammates on the Taney Dragons from the Philadelphia area. The Dragons play again Sunday evening.

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Alexander, Kane to Testify at
Hearing Addressing Heroin Epidemic

The president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the state attorney general are among the people who will be participating in the fourth and final public hearing concerning increased heroin use in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Livingston Alexander and Kathleen Kane, as well as Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney are just three of the people who will be testifying at the hearing Tuesday morning at Clarion.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania says information from this hearing and the three previous hearing can be used to develop legislative policies that may help curb the use of heroin and other opioids that are having an effect on rural Pennsylvania.

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United Way Kicks Off Campaign

The 2014 United Way campaign begins today, and officials are approaching this appeal aggressively, beginning with a goal of $345,000.

“We’ve increased the goal this year to accommodate the increase in requests from the local agencies to meet the needs of our community,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “We are currently funding the highest number of agencies and programs we’ve ever done with 29 and 51, respectively.

“We’re very confident that this is an attainable goal – although a lot of effort and commitment will be put into it – and we’re looking forward to celebrating with the community at the end of the year,” said Davis.

This year’s promotional theme – “Be A Champion” – is a call to action for donors, but also a fitting tie for the campaign co-chairs, Lisa Minich and Jeannine Schoenecker, who say it (theme) represents their personal passion for giving back to a community they’re proud to call home.

“Our hope this year is to not only reach the monetary goal, but to raise awareness through the community that giving to the Unite Way is still the easiest way to touch the greatest number of lives,” the pair said.

One of the biggest efforts for the start of the campaign is attracting more volunteers through the campaign cabinet. Officials say that there are roughly 30 people who have agreed to participate in fundraising and advocacy efforts over the next four months.

“We’ve got a great group of people who are all committed to our cause, and who are looking forward to seeing the impact of our collaborative efforts,” said Davis. “They are all excellent resources for our organization, but most importantly, they’re all friends!”

The community is encouraged to help celebrate this year’s campaign at the 16th annual pig roast/clam bake, presented by Northwest Savings Bank, which is scheduled for September 4th at the West Branch Community Center. Tickets are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner, desserts and beverages. A cash bar, 50/50 tickets and raffles are also available. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Tops Supermarket, Penn Laurel Realty and Glenwood Beer Distributors, as well as an in-kind contribution from Bradford City Beers. Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way. Those wishing to attend can reserve their tickets online at www.uwbanews.org or by calling the office.

“As co-chairs of the 2014 campaign, we are committed to leading by example and giving back at the highest level,” said Minich and Schoenecker. “We challenge all community leaders to join us!”

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

American Refining Group Inc. Marks
20th Year of ISO Certification

SAI Global, an ANAB accredited organization, recently completed the audit that marks the 20th year of certification for the Bradford, PA based oil refinery. In 1994, the Bradford Refinery became the first refinery in the USA to carry the esteemed ISO 9002 certification and has continued to meet the strict requirements for the past 20 years. Most recently the company met the criteria needed to utilize the ISO 9001:2008 seal.

“It is cause for celebration,” stated Jennifer Taylor, Marketing Communications Manager for American Refining Group. “The fact that our refinery continues to meet the criteria for maintaining the ISO Certification speaks to the dedication of our employees and Leadership Team in providing consistent quality products and services to our customers.”

ISO 9000 (International Organization for Standardization) was first published in 1987, and has become a mandatory requirement for many purchasers. Over a million organizations throughout the globe have been certified, making ISO 9001 arguably the most widely used tool for Quality Management System certification in the world. Carrying the ISO certification gives customers an added guarantee that certain standards are being met, assuring that they are receiving quality consistent goods with each purchase.

“We modestly applaud the 20 years of ISO registration as confirmation that we have the necessary systems in place to safely continue our journey of constantly improving our products and processes,” stated Ray Reask, Quality Director for American Refining Group, Inc.

American Refining Group, Inc and its employees embrace the importance of being an ISO Certified organization. Reask states, “The improvement work doesn’t end with registration. The registration audit is more like a state vehicle inspection. A few key system components are checked for road worthiness. If we only maintained our cars to pass the inspection, eventually, we will experience an unwanted breakdown. If we only maintained our quality system to pass the audit, we’d have serious quality issues. We focus on quality improvement every day, not just inspection day. ”

The American Refining Group, Inc.’s unique, privately owned facility is situated on approximately 131 acres in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the heart of McKean County and the birthplace of the U.S. domestic oil industry more than 100 years ago. The refinery has a rated capacity of 11,000 barrels per day and processes light sweet paraffinic crude. This type of crude is available domestically, and ARG purchases the majority of its crude from sources in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia. It is also the oldest continuously operated lube oil refinery in the world. We strive to supply our customers with consistent quality products and flexibility in working together to succeed and service that is second to none.

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Wilderness Comes to the Quick Center

The public is invited to view the new exhibitions for fall at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University. Among the highlights are exhibitions celebrating the wilderness of the United States, Asian art and a Day of the Dead celebration.

The exhibition “On Nature’s Terms: Paintings by Thomas Paquette Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act” opens Aug. 28 in the Beltz Gallery and runs through Nov. 22.

Fifty years have passed since the Wilderness Act of 1964 was signed into law, protecting the wildest remaining lands in the United States. This exhibition celebrates the places preserved by that law — places that thrive not by dint of industry and scientific progress but by the forces of nature alone, protected from significant human intrusion.

Paquette’s paintings in “On Nature’s Terms” were inspired by his journeys to federal wilderness areas all across the country. The great diversity and vitality of environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System — from southwest canyons and high peaks, east and west seashores, to lowland swamps and deserts — are reflected in these gouache and oil paintings. Subjects include Okefenokee Swamp in the South to Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the North, and other wilderness areas from New Hampshire to California, including places in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Wyoming.

“On Nature’s Terms” is a tribute to the importance of protecting some lands forever as wild.

The artist will present a gallery talk at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept, 4, at the Quick Center. An opening reception will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Seven other exhibitions open Aug. 22.

The Marianne Letro Laine Gallery will feature “Asian Art Collection.” The Asian Art collection given by the Col. Michael Friedsam Foundation in 1942 was the start of the University Art Collection. Portions of this vast collection are on exhibition alongside a loan of ancient Asian artifacts from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. As a special feature to the exhibition, Dr. Chisato O. Dubreuil, assistant professor of art history at St. Bonaventure, has curated the exhibition featuring traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

The exhibition “La Ofrenda” will be on display in the Front Gallery at the Quick Center.

The Day of the Dead is an ancient Aztec celebration of death, the bittersweet companion to life. Over hundreds of years, the Day of the Dead has become a part of the Catholic tradition in many Latin American countries as a time to remember family and friends who have died. Everyone is invited to participate by making and placing offerings, or “ofrendas,” at the altar in the Front Gallery of the Quick Center. Support and programming for this exhibition comes from the SBU Damietta Diversity Center and LASO, the Latin American Student Organization.

The Paul and Toni Branch Gallery will feature “Contemporary Woodblock Prints” by Catherine Shuman Miller, a Buffalo artist. Shuman Miller has created a series of woodblock prints that interpret the Hamsah, (symbol of the hand, and a good luck charm) with playfulness and humor. Hamsah literally means five (as in the five digits of the hand) and is derived from both the Hebrew and Arabic languages. The artist will visit campus during fall semester for a gallery talk and demonstration.

European and American paintings from the University Art Collection will be on exhibition in Dresser Foundation Gallery. This paintings gallery holds a chronological representation of painted works from the Italian Renaissance through American works from the early part of the 20th century.

The Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery will be host to 20th and 21st century works from the University Art Collection. Recent gifts to the collection from the Andy Warhol Foundation were the impetus to redesign the Quick Center’s Contemporary Gallery for fall. The exhibition will feature silk screens and photographs by Warhol, as well as works by Frankenthaler, Jenkins, Dali and Picasso.

The University Art collection of statues by John Rogers will be exhibited outside the Kenney Gallery. The exhibition will feature the art center’s newest addition to the collection, a gift from Joseph and Linda LoSchiavo titled “Ha! I Like Not That!” imagery taken from Shakespeare’s play of Othello.”

The Quick Center will also host an exhibition to complement the 2014-15 All Bonaventure Reads selection “The Promise of a Pencil” by Adam Braun. This interactive exhibition in the Mezzanine Gallery will explore the All Bonaventure Reads book and address cross-cultural connections and how a freshman at St. Bonaventure can get involved. The exhibition runs through late October.

Opening Dec. 4 is the annual K-5 juried art show with entries from elementary schools in the six-county area surrounding St. Bonaventure’s campus.

Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit The Quick Center online at www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.

Pidtured, “Beyond Mile High,” Raggeds Wilderness, Colo., oil on linen by Thomas Paquette; Blue Eyes woodblock print by Catherine Shuman Miller

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PSP: Gun in Brockport Shootings was Stolen

The gun a Brockway man used to kill himself after shooting a bartender in Brockport last night had been stolen earlier in the day.

State police say the gun used by 31-year-old Eric Carlson had been stolen from the vehicle of a 57-year-old man while it was parked at the Brockport Army & Navy Club.

Police say Carlson shot a 20-year-old woman from Brockport after they argued about her closing the bar at just before midnight. As she lay injured on the porch near the door, Carlson shot himself.

The woman was flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment. Police did not release her name or give an update on her condition.

They are continuing their investigation.

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Cops: Man Had Sexual Contact With Teen

A 31-year-old man is Cattaraugus County Jail for allegedly having sexual contact with a child.

State police say John Cutler of Machias had inappropriate contact with the child two years ago.

Cutler was charged with criminal sexual act, course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. His bail is set at $5,000 cash.

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Man Arrested for Catt County Burglalry

A two-month investigation into the break-in at a Cattaraugus County gas station has led to the arrest of an Arcade, New York, man.

State police say 23-year-old Justin Stanboro broke into the Kless Boys Gas Station on Route 16 in the Town of Yorkshire on May 16.

Stanboro is scheduled to appear in Town of Yorkshire Court later today to answer the burglary charge.

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Domestic Dispute Lands Man in Jail

A domestic dispute with his girlfriend has landed a Machias man in jail.

46-year-old Lawrence Pope got into the fight with the woman on August 3. When police got to the scene and told him he was going to be arrested for criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, he told them that he was not going to be arrested, and then resisted while troopers attempted to take him into custody.

In addition to the domestic-related charges, he was also charged with resisting arrest, and was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.

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Dam Water Being Released

Boaters and anglers on the Allegheny Reservoir are being advised to use extra caution over the next few days because the US Army Corps of Engineers is releasing more water from the Kinzua Dam than usual due to heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Dam resource manager Doug Helman says they need to bring the water level down so there’s enough room in the reservoir when the next heavy rainfall hits.

He said it takes three or four days for the water level in the reservoir to drop so, during that time, boaters and anglers will experience higher water levels.

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Megan's Law Offender Jailed

An 18-year-old Megan’s Law offender who was living in the Hotel Holley when he said he was living on Linwood Avenue – is now living in McKean County Jail.

Lucas Mills had been living at the Holley since mid-April but didn’t register with state police as required by Megan’s Law.

The Megan’s Law offense happened when Mills was younger than 18, so he does not appear on any sex offender registry, but he will when he turns 21 on November 12, 2016.

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16-Year-Old Threatens Father With Rifle

A 16-year-old Cattaraugus County boy is accused of chasing his father around their home with a weapon and threatening to kill him.

State troopers say the incident happened Wednesday in the Town of Freedom when the boy chased his father with what appeared to be a long gun while children were in the home. Later, they learned it was a .22 caliber air pellet rifle.

The boy, whose name has not been released, is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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More Information Released on Gorge Rescue

Sheriff’s deputies have released more information about the rescue operation conducted Tuesday morning after five teenagers went missing in the Chautauqua Gorge.

They say one of the hikers got separated from the group and was found at about 3:30 a.m. and brought out safely. The other four were stuck on a ledge about 30 feet above the bottom of the gorge. Because of hazardous conditions, rescue personnel had to wait until daylight to attempt to get them out. At around 8:15 a.m. the four were brought out safely.

No one was hurt. Two of the hikers are from Israel; one from Houston; one from St. Louis; and one from Woodmere, New York. Three are 17 years old; two are 18.

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Suicide, Attempted Murder in Brockport

A man shot and seriously wounded a bartender late Wednesday night as she was trying to close the Army and Navy Club in Brockport, and then turned the gun on himself.

State police say a 20-year-old woman from Brockport was bartending and was trying to close the bar at just before midnight. 31-year-old Eric Carlson of Brockway got upset with her and they started arguing. As he was standing by the door while she was trying to get him to leave, he shot her multiple times with a pistol. As the woman was lying on the porch near the door, Carlson shot himself.

The woman was flown to UPMC Altoona for treatment. Carlson died at the scene.

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Man Charged for Raping Child

A Bradford man is in McKean County Jail on $1 million bail after being charged with seven counts of raping a child, and more than 100 related offenses.

30-year-old Shaun Michael Howard was arraigned this morning by District Judge David Engman. Court records say he had sex with an 11-year-old girl at least seven times starting in June of this year. The girl reported the incidents to police yesterday.

Police interviewed Howard yesterday, when he admitted to sexually assaulting the girl, who is a relative of his.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next Thursday.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 8/12/14

City of Bradford Police on Tuesday got a harassment complaint form Bushnell Street and an animal complaint from Summer Street. They were also asked to look into suspicious circumstances on Davis Street and Colegrove Avenue.

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Man Admits to Kidnapping Teen

A man has admitted to taking a 13-year-old girl from her Clarion County home and traveling to South Dakota with her.

33-year-old Joshua Baker, who was 31 when he took the girl across state lines, bragged about having a sexual relationship with the child. They met a year earlier at a family function. Baker’s cousin is the fiancĂ© of the girl's mother.

The FBI caught up with Baker and the girl in Rapid City after an employee at a store where they went to by eyeglasses for the girl was suspicious, got Baker’s license plate number, did an Internet search for him and saw the missing person’s report pertaining to him and the girl. She then called police.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 2, and it’s possible Baker could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Threat Charges Bound to Court

Charges against the Bradford man accused of threatening two pre-teen girls have been bound to McKean County Court.

36-year-old Harley Sellers is accused of going into the bedroom of an apartment on Pleasant Street where two girls were sleeping at around 1 a.m. on March 29. He then kicked the bed, and yelled at screamed at the girls, telling them that if they didn’t get out of bed he was going to beat their faces with a hammer, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.

The papers say the 11-year-old girl who lives in the apartment told police they were so scared they were crying and that her friend called a grandparent to pick them up.

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Charges Against Store Manager Dismissed

Charges against a store manager accused of trading merchandise for drugs have been dismissed.

Eric Little of Limestone had been charged in connection to alleged incidents at Family Dollar in Bradford from June of last year until January.

District Judge Dominic Cercone said there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to continue.

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Burglary Charge Withdrawn

Charges against a man who had been accused of breaking into a Bradford doctor’s house and making threats have been withdrawn.

28-year-old Lachlan Ross was charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal trespass, as well as three misdemeanors in connection to the incident that happened back in May.

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Salamanca Road Collapses

Some Salamanca residents are stranded after a part of Old Route 17 collapsed today following heavy rain on Tuesday.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department says a 30-foot section of the road fell in after rain washed away a culvert.

Old Route 17 is closed between Breed Run Road and Center Road, and the state department of transportation says there’s no estimate on when the problem will be fixed.

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Police Officer Resigns, Faces Charges

Two weeks ago we told you about a Titusville police officer accused of fondling a clerk at a Tobacco store last month. The latest on that story is that the police officer, 55-year-old Clarence Peterson has resigned, and has been charged with indecent assault and harassment.

State police say Peterson was on duty at around noon on July 24 when he went into Spanky’s Tobacco World and grabbed the buttocks of a woman as she was stocking shelves.

Peterson resigned from the police department on August 1. He’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 17.

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Kelly Says 'No' to DWTS

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has been on TV a lot lately, but one place on television you won't see him anytime soon is on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Erin Kelly, the daughter of the former Buffalo Bills star, tweeted that her father turned down an offer to appear on the hit show because he needs to continue to recover from cancer treatment.

Erin did suggest, however, that Dancing with the Stars should go for newly inducted Hall of Famer Andre Reed.

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Motorcycles Collide in Sheffield

Two motorcyclists were hurt in a crash late last Wednesday night on Main Street in Sheffield.

State police say that at 11:15 p.m. 55-year-old David Frost of Marienville suddenly slowed his motorcycle down, and then a bike driven by 50-year-old Gregory Bloom of Marienville hit the first bike.

The collision caused both drivers to lose control of their motorcycles and crash. Both men were taken by ambulance to Warren General Hospital, where they were treated for head injuries. Bloom was cited for following too closely.

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