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Friday, April 10, 2015

Craig Hartburg to Receive Pitt-Bradford's
Presidential Medal of Distinction

Craig Hartburg, chairman of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s Advisory Board since 2005, will receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the university’s highest honor, at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, will present the medal to Hartburg at the 2015 commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. April 26.

“Craig has provided outstanding leadership for the last 10 years as chair of the Pitt-Bradford Advisory Board,” Alexander said. “He is very deserving of the high honor not only for his service and leadership, but also for his longstanding support and commitment to our campus and its students.”

Hartburg said, “It is a tremendous honor to receive the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Pitt-Bradford. I am humbled to join the company of those who have received this esteemed award.”

Hartburg has been a member of Pitt-Bradford’s Advisory Board since 2000 and also serves on its Executive Committee and Governance Council. Additionally, he is a member of Pitt’s Board of Trustees since 2009, one of two trustees from Pitt’s regional campuses.

Hartburg, who attended Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 1975, went on to graduate with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

“As a graduate of this institution and a member of this community, it’s a special honor for me,” Hartburg said of serving as chairman of the Advisory Board. “Through its leadership and vision, the board has been an integral part of the growth that you see on campus today.”

Hartburg and his wife, Nancy, have established the Craig and Nancy Hartburg Family Scholarship for students who are graduates of Bradford Area High School and participate in the Blue and Gold Society or who are eligible for the Labor Scholarship Program at Pitt-Bradford.

In 2010, Hartburg was honored as the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association’s Distinguished Volunteer, having been an active alumnus almost since the time of his graduation from Pitt. He has served in various posts in the PBAA.

David Higie ’74-’75, who also serves on the Advisory Board, said that “Craig has been a true leader for Pitt-Bradford at both the university level and in the community. He has recruited students to Pitt-Bradford, raised a significant amount of funds for the school and now has the highest ‘civilian’ position at the university as head of the Advisory Board, where he does an outstanding job.”

Hartburg is the owner and has been president of Servco Services Inc. since 1995. He has filled several executive roles with the company since beginning his tenure in 1977. Servco provides building services to commercial, institutional, health care and industrial customers in Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina.

Hartburg lives in Bradford and is active in the community, serving on many organizations’ boards of directors. He is past campaign chairman and past board president of the United Way of Bradford and received its prestigious Red Feather Award, which is presented to exceptional volunteers.

Hartburg currently serves on the Board of Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems as chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee and as past chairman of the board. Recently he received the organization’s B.E.A.C.O.N Award for service to the Agency. Hartburg also serves on the boards of Stairways Behavioral Health Systems in Erie, Control Chief Corp. in Bradford, and the Bradford Educational Foundation.

Hartburg is the 27th individual awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, which is presented to a person who has either volunteered his or her time for several years; supported the university either financially or with expertise or advice; served the university’s service region through community, government or business affiliation; or has made distinctive achievements in his or her field that have affected Pitt-Bradford.

Recent medal winners include Chancellor Emeritus Mark V. Nordenberg, the Rev. Leo Gallina, George Duke, Thomas Bromeley and former University of Pittsburgh Provost James V. Maher.

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Francis Gleason

Francis E. "Nut" Gleason Sr., a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, 85, of 36 Rockland Ave., passed away, Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Olean General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 4, 1930, in Olean he was a son of the late Stanley M. and Ellen (Durnein) Gleason, Sr.

On December 26, 1953 in St. Francis Church he married Nancy (Young) Gleason who survives.

Mr. Gleason was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard High School. After high school he worked for Denning Construction. On April 4, 1951 he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. On January 11, 1953 he was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He returned to Bradford and worked for Denning construction again until he and his brother, Stanley purchased the company and renamed it S.M. Gleason & Company. Fran served as vice president for several years. The company built many projects in the surrounding Bradford area. Fran was well known for his bricklaying skills. One of his proudest accomplishments was the construction of the W.R. Case emblem on the Case building. He also laid the bricks in Veteran's Square.

Mr. Gleason was a member of St. Bernard Church, the Knights of Columbus, Pine Acres Country Club, and the Brick Layer's & Allied Local #9 of PA.

He was an avid golfer and sports fan, and especially enjoyed going to his son's and grandchildren's sporting events. He was named "Rambler Booster" of the year in 1979. He along with his wife Nancy enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida.

In addition to his wife Nancy of 61 years, he is survived by four sons Donald (Jill) Gleason of Bradford, Francis (Ginny) Gleason, Jr, of Crown Point, IN, William (Kelly) Gleason, and Joseph Gleason all of Bradford, one sister, Marjorie (Robert) Guthrie of Bradford, seven grandchildren, Michael Gleason, Kate Gleason, Lindsay Sherman, AJ Gleason, Christie Gleason, Courtney Gleason, and Francis E Gleason III, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, James Gleason, Stanley M. Gleason, Jr and Richard Gleason.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Full Military Honors will be accorded after Mass at the Church. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

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SBU Senior Prepares to Present
Original Production ‘…as yet untitled’

By Jessica Joy Laursen
SBU ’17

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., April 10, 2015 — St. Bonaventure University senior theater major Victoria “Tori” Lanzillo is preparing to present her capstone project, an original showcase production titled “…as yet untitled,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Garret Theater.

Admission is free and the show is open to the public.

All theater majors at SBU do a capstone project, which can take the form of a staged play or showcase, a design or research project.

After four years of acting, directing, design and tech classes in theater, Lanzillo, of Victor, N.Y., said she knew she wanted to showcase what she has learned to complete capstone project requirement.

She decided to put together “…as yet untitled,” which features some of her favorite scenes, songs and monologues. Selections in the show include scenes and monologues from “Elemeno Pea,” “Proof,” “More Than Before” and “Almost Maine,” as well as song duets from “The Baker’s Wife” and “The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown.”

The title of Lanzillo’s capstone, “…as yet untitled,” came about not only because she couldn’t devise a title that would represent everything happening in the show, but because it represents the stage she is at in her life.

“I can do so many different things when I graduate, and I am not entirely sure what I will be doing,” said Lanzillo, who has auditioned for and applied to various graduate school programs in theater and acting.

Senior theater major Lea Battaglia and freshman theater minor Bryce Spadafora will join Lanzillo in the cast of “…as yet untitled.” Their stage manager is junior theater major Chernice Miller.

“I have worked with Lea, Bryce and Chernice in past shows, and they are great and so talented,” said Lanzillo. “I wanted to be able to work with them for my last SBU performance.”

Battaglia is excited to be part of this production.

“I think this show is a nice way to end my time at St. Bonaventure,” she said.

Lanzillo said she has learned more about herself by working on this project. It has helped her realize the importance of knowing all aspects of theater. But Lanzillo knows how much she loves acting, and that is what she wants to pursue after graduating from SBU.

“This production is the perfect way for me to complete my capstone requirement, doing what I love and showcasing all the training that I have been given here,” said Lanzillo.

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Shinglehouse Man Escapes Injury

A Shinglehouse man escaped injury when his car flipped over on Kings Run Road in Ceres Township Thursday afternoon.

Kane-based state police say 19-year-old Austin Dickerson was just east of Barbertown Road at 5:15 p.m. when his car left the road and flipped onto his roof.

Dickerson was wearing his seatbelt, and was cited for not staying in his lane.

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Police Looking for Vehicle Vandal

City police need your help.

Sometime overnight a person or persons seriously damaged a vehicle on Collins Court. It was spray painted, the front and back windows were smashed out, and three tires were flattened. The words “Got Ya” were painted in gold on the driver’s side door.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 887-4911 or leave them a message on Facebook.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

City of Bradford Police Log for 4/08/15

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigation a possible drug equipment violation on School Street as well as disturbances on West Washington, South Center and Clarence streets. They also looked into suspicious activity on Chestnut Street and dealt with traffic issues on Tibbetts and Belleview avenues, and East Main and Petrolia streets.

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Downtown Bradford Receives
National Accreditation

HARRISBURG, PA- Downtown Bradford is one of 40 Pennsylvania downtowns that have been named “National Accredited Programs” by the National Main Street Center. Receiving National Accreditation Main Street Program status is seen as a prominent recognition.

Accredited Main Street programs are evaluated annually by their coordinating program. PDC, the coordinating program of Main Street programs in Pennsylvania, is proud to see these downtowns acknowledged for their determination to meet Main Street principles. All of the 40 communities have met the ten performance standards required by NMSC. These standards include topics such as training requirements, planning methods, and community involvement.

All Main Street programs involved have worked together to build an accomplished community revitalization effort through training and education. Receiving national accreditation shows that these programs are dedicated to creating a change in their community and leading as an example for other programs in the revitalization process.

Founded in 1987, the mission of Pennsylvania Downtown Center is to build and support the capacity of local nonprofit organizations, municipalities and individuals to enhance the overall well-being and sustainability of Pennsylvania’s communities. For more information about the accredited communities or the Main Street program, contact Maria Wherley at (717) 233-4675 ext. 116 or email here.

Ridgway's Main Street program was also recognized.

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Speaker Turzai Visits Bradford

Speaker of the State House Mike Turzai this afternoon participated in a roundtable discussion on DEP's proposed regulations for conventional oil and gas drillers. It was held in the Wick Chapel at Pitt-Bradford. In the evening, he was the keynote speaker for the McKean County GOP spring dinner.

The roundtable discussion focused in large part on new drilling regulations being proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and how those regulations could devastate the industry. The lawmakers heard from representatives of Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP), Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), Penn Grade Crude Coalition (PGCC) and American Refining Group (ARG).

“I invited the speaker to come here because it was important that he hear from the conventional oil and gas producers who are on the front lines fighting to keep their businesses afloat – and their workers employed – in the face of overregulation by DEP,” Causer said. “This is an industry that has existed in Pennsylvania for well over 100 years. It is vital to our local and state economies, and we cannot afford to let it be regulated out of business.”

“You all have been nothing but good stewards of the environment over the years, and now we have more opportunities to develop oil and gas to create more jobs, work toward energy independence and boost manufacturing,” Turzai said. “But we’ve been on defense. We’ve been so apologetic about the development of oil and natural gas. It’s time to go on offense.”

Back in 2012, the General Assembly passed Act 13, which enacted an impact fee on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. As a result of that act, DEP also began to draft new regulations to address the development of unconventional wells. However, when the first draft of the regulations came out last year, they were drawn to apply to conventional wells also.

“There are vast differences between conventional and unconventional drilling,” Causer said. “Those differences certainly warrant separate regulations, and in fact, we passed legislation to require them. Our intent was for DEP to take a step back and start fresh on the regulations for conventional wells; instead, they simply changed the name and kept moving them forward.”

Turzai agreed. “We thought the law to separate the regulations would end this fight, but clearly we have to keep fighting and use all of the tools available to do that,” he said. “Regulations are necessary and expected, but they need to be reasonable, relevant and realistic for the industry.”

A new draft of the regulations was recently released and is now open to public comment through May 19. DEP also announced it will hold three public hearings on the proposal, including two in the Northern Tier. The exact dates and locations have not yet been announced.

Industry leaders and lawmakers remain deeply concerned about the regulations.

“Upon receiving and reviewing the final draft of the Chapter 78 regulations, it is apparent that the DEP’s goal is to regulate the conventional oil/gas industry out of existence,” said Mark Cline, president of PIPP. “These final regulations were drafted by DEP officials (with no field experience) in Harrisburg. The DEP, in writing other regulations in the past, has always consulted the field inspectors, who understand our industry and how it works to make comments on proposed regulations. This time the oil and gas inspectors have told us they were not consulted. Also the comments and testimony from the oil and gas industry were ignored.”

Recognizing the problem, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to create a Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council to help ensure people with firsthand knowledge of the industry are more involved in the regulatory process. Under House Bill 600, the council would be charged with studying existing regulations to assist with changes to better address the differences between conventional and unconventional oil and gas production. It also would serve as a public-private partnership charged with promoting Pennsylvania’s historic conventional oil and gas industry and advocating its future development.

“It’s clear that the regulations needed to oversee deep drilling in the Marcellus Shale region simply shouldn’t apply to the very different process of shallow well drilling,” Turzai said. “We need to go over these regulations line by line and identify the problem areas with the regulations themselves and with the process by which they were drafted. We need to be prepared to make our case.”

In addition to DEP’s public comment period, the lawmakers noted the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the regulations for Wednesday, April 22, at the Capitol. Causer and Turzai were joined at the roundtable by several other lawmakers in the region, including Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Butler/Clarion/Forest/Venango/Warren); Rep. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson/Indiana); Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk); Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler); Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest); Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest); and Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Cambria/Clearfield).

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Rick Pecora

Richard P. Pecora Jr. 45 of Bradford, passed away, Wednesday April 8, 2015 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, after a brief battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. Online condolences may be made at

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BRMC Post Surplus for Fourth Year

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC), a member of Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), posted a surplus of $2,078,035 in 2014. The announcement was part of Wednesday’s presentation at the Bradford Club by Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of BRMC and Upper Allegheny Health System, before an audience of more than 100 community members at the hospital’s Annual Meeting.

Finan reported the surplus on hospital revenues of $70,826,456 in 2014. It was the fourth consecutive year BRMC has posted an operating surplus. Finan said the four years of surpluses came after several consecutive years of losses by the hospital prior to the formation of Upper Allegheny Health System. “The formation of Upper Allegheny Health System has provided $4 million of financial benefit annually to our member hospitals,” Finan said in a news release provided to WESB. “Had it not been for the formation of UAHS, our hospitals would no doubt be in a difficult place today.”

While pleased with the results, Finan also emphasized the challenging and “hostile environment” faced by rural hospitals. He noted that many hospitals will find it difficult to survive in the years ahead. “Not long ago there were 7,000 hospitals in the U.S. Currently there are fewer than 4,700. Not far down the road we may see fewer than 3,500,” Finan said.

“If a large city hospital closes, it’s a sad day but typically there are others down the street. That’s not the case with rural hospitals, “Finan said. “Rural hospitals are critical to the well-being of the communities, which are both sole providers and economic anchors for their respective communities.” That’s why we are working so hard to ensure that our community hospital not only survives but flourishes.”

He said the rate of inflation is no longer keeping up with reimbursement for hospitals. “The payment rates we are seeing from health plans, including Medicare, average, in the aggregate, only about 1.5% per year,” Finan said. “The annual rate of inflation is running at 3.0%. This has been occurring year after year and is largely responsible for the difficulties many hospitals find themselves in.”

“He said one major initiative in 2014 was the creation of the UAHS Clinical Integration Organization. “It’s essential that hospitals, physicians and other medical providers work in unison to better manage patient care, and share both financial risk and reward,” Finan said. “We believe the establishment of our Clinical Integration Organization provides the building blocks for success in the future.”

“For hospitals to succeed they will need to not only provide quality care and lower costs, but become successful in keeping people out of hospitals. We need hospitals, physicians and health plans working together to achieve that goal.”

During his presentation Finan said he was extremely proud of the quality improvement efforts at BRMC in 2014. “Quality care is our number one priority,” he said.

“We introduced Computerized Physician Order Entry to our physicians, which allows direct input of physician orders into the patient chart, avoiding potential errors previously incurred due to medical transcription of hand written orders,” he said. “Clinical data suggests that CPOE can reduce interpretation errors by more than 80 percent.

“In 2014 Bradford Regional Medical Center earned the “Safety Across the Board” Excellence Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN). To earn the Safety Across the Board Award, BRMC had to meet or exceed target goals on at least two-thirds of 11 adverse event areas,” Finan said.

“We also introduced the Patient Speak Up campaign, where we encourage patients to bring their quality and care concerns to the attention of staff. To put more emphasis on quality we also introduced Safety Champions to our quality program. These are 45 BRMC employees who volunteered to become safety advocates at the hospital.

Finan said the hospital saw renovations and improvement to The Pavilion in 2014. “There were significant renovations to resident lounges, rehab space and public spaces,” he said. It comes following the 2013 opening of a new garden and patio area for residents at the Pavilion.”

He also said he was extremely proud of the hospital’s community service efforts, particularly its Community Connections program, where hospital managers volunteered to offer a sun safety program, asthma management camp for children and furnishing of school back packs for 200 children at three schools.

Pictured, Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center, addresses community members at BRMC’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday. The hospital reported a $2,078,035 surplus in 2014.
Photo courtesy of BRMC

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Man Who Distributed
Indecent Material to Minors Sentenced

A man who admitted to distributing indecent material to minors in two counties last year will spend the next year-and-a-half to three years in a New York state prison.

24-year-old Shawn Washington gave the material to a minor in Olean on August 23, according to previous WESB reports.

The Cattaraugus County sentence will run at the same as the sentenced he’s currently serving for handing out materials in September in Belmont. In December in Allegany County Court he was sentenced to 2 ½ to 7 years for that.

Washington was on probation for a string of burglaries in Allegany County in 2012 when he committed the other crimes.

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PSP to Carry Naloxone

Harrisburg – The Wolf Administration today announced that the Pennsylvania State Police would begin carrying the life-saving opioid overdose reversal antidote, naloxone.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name “Narcan” is a prescription medicine that rapidly reverses heroin and other opioid overdoses. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more people than fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, about 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose.

“Pennsylvanians are dying every day from drug overdose, so it is critical to have naloxone in the hands of our state police and first responders who may be first on the scene of an overdose situation,” said the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Gary Tennis. “We are grateful for the donations and support that we have received from the health insurance community to ensure we have naloxone available statewide. I thank them for their support which is a first steps towards saving more lives from overdose.”

With a combination of grants donated by Aetna, Geisinger Health, Health Partner Plans, and Highmark, every state patrol car in Pennsylvania will be equipped with two naloxone doses. “The Pennsylvania State Police is working together with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and other partner agencies to provide training and distribute this life-saving drug to our troopers statewide," said Pennsylvania State Police Acting Commissioner Marcus L. Brown.

"At times, our troopers may be first on the scene of an overdose and this gives them another tool to deal with the emergencies they encounter.” In November 2014, Act 139 or David’s Law took effect, which made naloxone available to law enforcement, first responders, family members, friends or other persons in a position to assist an individual at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose. The Physician General signed a standing order at the event today giving law enforcement officers and firefighters the ability to access naloxone.

“Working closely with Secretary Tennis has been a priority of the department as we continue to educate Pennsylvanians about Act 139, aka David’s Law, and the lifesaving resources that are now being made available to communities across the commonwealth,” said Department of Health Acting Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “These partnerships contribute to Governor Wolf’s vision for creating a government that works.”

“Today we move Pennsylvania forward by ensuring our state police are equipped to save the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “I am honored to sign the standing order that helps get naloxone into the hands of the police who are often the first to arrive on what can be a devastating scene.” I

n addition to the funds providing Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone doses, several major health insurers across the state have contributed nearly $300,000 in additional funds to pay for naloxone for municipal and campus police. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has also granted an additional $100,000 for local police. For more information, visit

Doctor Sentenced for Child Porn

A Corry-area family practice doctor will spend three years and three months in federal prison on child pornography charges.

47-year-old William Blazes had thousands of images and movies on his computer showing children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The images were discovered by employees at Corry Memorial Hospital.

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Tractor-Trailer Crashes into Creek

A tractor-trailer crashed on I-86 this morning and then dove into Ishua Creek just west of the Hinsdale exit.

The driver, 51-year-old Jeffrey Spencer of Ohio was still in the cab of the truck when firefighters got there to find the entire rig halfway submerged.

A swiftwater rescue team was called in to get Spencer out of the truck. He was taken to Olean General Hospital for evaluation. Portville Truck was able to get the tractor-trailer out of the creek, but it had to stay on the side of the road until all the water drained out of it.

Police haven’t said yet what caused the accident but they do say it was raining and the road was slick when the crash happened at around 9 a.m.

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