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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Main Street's Newest Store Holds Grand Opening

Denise Bean, Lynne Kuntz and Allison Ambrose cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Downtown Bradford's newest business, Santo Vida Natural Wellness Center.

Besides a large assortment of natural and healthy products, they will be offering a 13-week weight loss program that covers nutrition, exercise "and all the things you need to know to make good choices and transform your life," Kuntz told WESB.

A naturopathic doctor will be available three times a month on Fridays for consultation.

Santo Vida will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce photo

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Kids' Fest Today in Bradford

Hundreds of people attended today's Kids' Fest at the Bradford YMCA. The event is sponsored by the Y and the McKean County Collaborative Board and is designed to give parents of young children a look at all the programs and activities in the county that are available to them.

Developmental screenings are also a big part of the event.

WESB's Frank Williams was broadcasting live from Kids' Fest.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pitt-Bradford Students Head Off to
Graduate School, Work

Some University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students may be seeing quite a bit of each other even after they graduate on Sunday, having been hired by the same employer or headed to the same graduate school.

Max Asinger, a business management and computer information systems major from Bradford, will be a programmer analyst at Zippo Manufacturing Co. while working on a Master of Business Administration at St. Bonaventure University.

Among his co-workers at Zippo will be fellow computer information systems and technology majors Nathan Debockler of Port Allegany, who will also be a programmer analyst, and Daniel Yeager of Rew, will work as a systems support analyst.

Another trio of students will be staying close to their alma mater by working at American Refining Group in Bradford.

Lincoln Dorward, a computer information systems and technology major from Bradford, will work as an information technology services technician; Rachelle Heffner, a human relations major, will be a customer service representative; and Eric Marasco, a business management major, will also work at ARG while pursuing a master’s degree at St. Bonaventure.

Three sports medicine majors -- Joey Buchanic of Murrysville, Kayla O’Brien of Russell, and Devon Welch of Ulster – are all headed to Gannon University to study toward a master’s degree in exercise science.

Some students with local connections will go on to graduate school. Sara Bova, a history-political science major from Bradford, will attend American Military University to earn a master’s degree in intelligence studies.

Nikki Kellogg, a criminal justice major from Cuba, N.Y., will attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to study international and human rights.

Jessica Martin, a sports medicine major, will attend Villa Maria College in Buffalo, N.Y., to become a physical therapy assistant.

Other students with local connections will be going straight to work, such as broadcast communications major Joshua Bower of Ellicottville, N.Y., who will join WGWE radio in Salamanca, N.Y., and attend Umpire School in Florida.

Renee Carter of Warren, an environmental studies major, will go to work with the Department of Agriculture in Erie.

Janelle Gilmore, an early education major from Kane, will work in the unique education program at Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps in Knox, an agency that combines education with public service to build homes, teach computer skills, take on environmental projects and more.

Sarah Glover, a history-political science major from Mount Jewett, will work for McKean County Economic Development, where she worked as a student documenting and photographing properties in downtown Smethport and researching possible state grants for fa├žade improvements.

Megan Mesler, a criminal justice major from Shinglehouse, will work with Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems.

Oluwatomi Ogundayo, an environmental studies major from Bradford, will teach English for the government in Madrid, Spain.

Several nursing majors will be headed to area hospitals: Melissa Dibble of Smethport and Danielle Schoonover-Wils of Bradford, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport; and Jodi Irons of Bradford, Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Among students joining the military are Torrey Johnson, an entrepreneurship major from Eldred, who will become an active duty U.S. Army ordinance officer. Environmental studies major Calvin Pfeil of Bradford will be joining the U.S. Navy nuclear program.

Other graduates who have their plans set include Chuanyn “Moose” Chen, a computer information systems and technology major who will attend Carnegie-Mellon University to earn a master’s degree in computer science and e-commerce.

Mariah Cole, a biology major from Milan, Pa., will attend the University of Pittsburgh for a Master of Science degree in microbiology and infectious diseases.

Brittni Cumberland, an environmental studies major from Effort, will attend the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology to earn a master’s degree in environmental health and safety management. She also will be a graduate assistant in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at RIT.

Hunter Ferris, a sports medicine major from Emlenton, will work toward becoming a doctor of chiropractic at the New York College of Chiropractic in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Michael Moran, a history-political science major from White Haven, is headed to Michigan State Law School.

Ashley Young, a broadcast communications major from Philadelphia, will spend her summer as a film and media intern in Mumbai, India, before heading this fall to the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design to work on a master’s degree in film and television production.

Pictured, Eric Marasco, a business management major who will be working at American Refining Group, and Sarah Moore, a general studies major who is a marketing specialist for Control Chief Corp. They are both from Bradford.
Photo by Alan Hancock

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Duke Center Man Hurt in
Crash That Closed Route 59

A Duke Center man was hurt and Route 59 was closed for about 6 hours after a tractor-trailer crashed just east of Kinzua Dam this morning.

Police tell WESB 44-year-old Todd Barrett was headed east and going around a curve when the tractor rolled onto its passenger side and hit a guiderail. The impact caused the semi-trailer’s tank to rupture and spill diesel fuel.

Barrett was taken to Warren General Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Clarendon and Glade volunteer firefighters, Warren County Emergency Management, PennDOT, the US Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers and Red Cross were among the agencies on the scene.

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Singh to Receive Inaugural
Presidential Teaching Award at UPB

Dr. Om Singh, associate professor of biology, will receive the inaugural President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford during its commencement exercises Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, will present Singh with the award, which was created to recognize faculty who perform at the highest level in the principal areas of faculty responsibility: teaching, scholarship and service.

“We’re fortunate to have on our campus exceptionally talented faculty members who enthusiastically share their knowledge and experience with our students,” Alexander said. “This award will shed a spotlight not only on superior work in the classroom, but also on high levels of productivity in research and service to the campus and the community. Dr. Singh has performed admirably across all three areas and is well-deserving of this award.”

Singh, who has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford for six years, instructs several biology courses for biology majors as well as non-majors. He is an experienced, engaging and popular teacher, illustrated by the need to add another lab for one of his upper-level courses, which also has a waiting list.

He is a prolific researcher, having published dozens of scholarly articles. He is the editor of two recently published and extensively researched academic books: “Bio-Nanoparticles: Biosynthesis and Sustainable Biotechnological Implications” in 2015 and “Extremophiles: Sustainable Resources and Biotechnological Implications.” Singh also supports undergraduate research and supervises a team of students on multiple research projects. Of the more than 50 peer-reviewed journals articles and book chapters he has written, his students have co-authored at least eight of them. He has also assisted his students with their science posters and presentations, which has resulted in their receiving honors for their work.

In nominating him for the award, Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology and chairman of the Division of Biological and Health Sciences, wrote, “He deserves this award for his astonishing success at helping our students succeed in their long-term goals of becoming professional scientists and scientifically literate citizens. Dr. Singh has a strong belief that our students have the ability to achieve great things, and his genuine confidence in our students is something that motivates our students to work incredibly hard in and out of the classroom.” One of those students is Mariah Cole, a graduating biology major from Milan, Pa. “Dr. Singh gave me the chance to conduct research with him in the microbiology lab, and I instantly fell in love with research, and I knew that this would be what I wanted to do for my future. Thanks to the opportunities and support Dr. Singh has given me, I have decided to attend graduate school with the goal of achieving a Ph.D.”

Cole will attend the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health this fall to study in its master’s program for microbiology and infectious diseases.

“I believe Dr. Singh is one of the major factors in why I have finally made the right decision about my future,” she said. “Dr. Singh’s qualities have made me want to work harder and accomplish something great in my future.”

Singh lives in Bradford with his wife, Rashmi, and children, Manav and Ojas.

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Glen Campbell's Family in Bradford

In case you didn't see this on our Facebook page, the family of legendary music star Glen Campbell was in Bradford last night for a screening of the documentary "I'll Be Me" about Campbell's -- and his family's -- journey with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Wine Walk Coming to Bradford

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Kiinzua Dam Report

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ARG Oil Prices

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Watkins Glen Partners With
Seneca Resorts & Casinos

Watkins Glen International has announced that Seneca Resorts & Casinos are now its official resort and casino, effective immediately.

Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, says in a news release sent to WESB, they are thrilled to partner with Seneca, and are excited to get started.

Doni Taube, senior vice president of marketing for Seneca Resorts & Casinos says Watkins Glen is one of the legendary motor sports venues in North America, and the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino – the premier resort in the Southern Tier – is just a short drive away. He says the experience visitors have at both places should bring them back to the region time and time again.

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Shipment of Contaminated Baby Clothes
Seized at Lewiston Bridge

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Lewiston Bridge seized a shipment of baby clothing found to contain lead.

On March 19, CBP officers, working in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, examined a shipment of children’s clothing manufactured in China. Preliminary findings resulted in the discovery of possible lead contamination. Samples were shipped to CPSC’s Product Testing and Evaluation Center which confirmed that the clothing contained excessive and violative levels of lead on component parts of the clothing. The shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed.

Thursday, the shipment was seized under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act and will be destroyed.

“Our close working relationship with CPSC prevented extremely harmful clothing from entering the commerce and potentially prevented some serious health issues,” said Joseph Draganac, acting port director for the Port of Buffalo.

Photo provided by CBP

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Water Authority Watershed Gates
Closed Through May 31

Due to continuing spring weather conditions, road gates of the Bradford Watershed shall remain closed through the end of May.

Despite these gate closures, all lands of the Watershed are available for public hunting throughout the junior and adult spring gobbler turkey season.

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Potter Co. Growing Operation Discovered

Two Potter County residents are in jail after their indoor marijuana growing operation was discovered Thursday in Genesee Township.

State police executed a search warrant at 214 Main Street in Genesee and then seized 197 marijuana plants, two pounds of processed marijuana and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Then they arrested 46-year-old Matthew Andrews and 36-year-old Chelah Ryan. They’re both jailed on $100,000 bail.

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Tanker Crashes Near Kinzua Dam

UPDATE: 3:30 PM -- Route 59 has re-opened.

UPDATE: PennDOT says the road will be closed at least until "early evening." They have posted detours using US Route 6 and Route 321.

A tanker carrying diesel fuel crashed on Route 59 just east of Wolf Run Marina this morning.

The driver was able to get out safely, with only minor injuries, but the tank is leaking.

State police say they expect to keep one lane of the road open.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

City of Bradford Police Log for 4/23/15

City of Bradford Police on Thursday investigated thefts on Main Street and Constitution Avenue, and a disturbance on South Avenue. They were called to a domestic on Main Street and a report of criminal mischief on Summer Street. Officers also got a call about a public drunk on Main Street. They also issued a traffic citation at Jackson and Davis streets, and three at Congress and Elm streets.

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Man Chokes, Beats, Threatens Ex

A Bradford man is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, choking her until she was unconscious – twice – and kicking her in the head.

Court papers say Michael Byerly was inside the victim’s Willard Avenue home when she got there at 12:30 on the morning of April 11. He yelled at her, grabbed her by the hair, threw her onto a coffee table and started choking her.

While choking her until she was unconscious, he kicked her in the head. When she came to, her choked her again and then kicked her in the face, spit on her and threatened to kill her. He also stomped on her right foot before leaving the home.

Byerly was scheduled for a preliminary hearing today, but that’s been moved to May 6. He remains in McKean County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Mader Speaks to Administrative Assistants

About 50 people attended the Administrative Assistant Luncheon on Wednesday, coordinated by the Potter County Education Council at the beautifully renovated Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Galeton. Those in attendance enjoyed an inspiring presentation by Julie Mader, PA Wilds Juried Artist (pictured). Julie spoke to the group about her journey as an artist and the value she finds in journaling. Each guest received the gift of a journal to commemorate the day and to discover the joy of journaling.
Photo and information courtesy of the Potter County Education Council

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It's Never Too Early to Help
Children Learn to Love Reading

State Rep. Marty Causer read to kids at the Bradford Family Center this morning. They read "Number One Sam" as part of the "Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child" early literacy initiative.

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Conservation Districts Get Grant Money

Agencies in McKean, Elk, Warren and Potter counties are among those sharing more than $300,000 in grant money that will go toward educating young people about environmental issues.

Conservations districts in McKean, Elk and Potter counties will all receive $3,000, as will the Austin Area and Warren County school districts.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the money will be used for a variety of initiatives, including summer camps, farm field days and exploratory learning activities.

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Rose Schiappa

Rose M. Schiappa, 78, of Lewis Run, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on July 6, 1936 in Bradford, the daughter of the late Antonio and Assunta Palazetti Serafini.

She was a graduate of the St. Bernard School.

On May 3, 1958, in the St. Bernard Catholic Church she married Ralph Schiappa who survives.

She enjoyed travelling with her husband to visit relatives. Raising and caring for her family was the most important part of her life.

In addition to her husband of 56 years, Ralph Schiappa of Lewis Run, she is also survived by two sons, Nick Schiappa of Bradford and Steve (Brenda) Schiappa, Sr. of Bradford; one daughter, Sue Schiappa of Lewis Run; one brother, John Serafini of Delray Beach, FL; six grandchildren, Alan Lentz, Jr., Rocco Lentz, Angela DiFonzo, Uriah Schiappa, Stephen Schiappa, Jr. and Vince Schiappa; one great granddaughter, Leah Rose Schiappa and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one brother, Rudy Serafini, Sr.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Lewis Run, with the Rev. Stephen Collins as celebrant.

Burial and committal ceremonies will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

Online Condolences can be expressed at

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