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Police Investigating Burglaries, Theft

State Police in Coudersport are investigating two burglaries and a theft that all happened earlier this week.

Someone got into garage of Austin resident James Diefenderfer and stole at ATV. Some got into property owned by Linda Smith of Austin and stole a portable generator and a table saw.

On Sunday someone stole prescription medication from 27-year-old Christopher Hall of Galeton while it was in a cow barn at the Potter County Fairgrounds.

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Nine Pets Die in Friday Night Fire

Eight people were left homeless and nine pets were killed by a fire that damaged a two-story apartment building on Elm Street Friday night.

Bradford City Firefighters got the call at just after 10 p.m. and saw smoke and fire coming from a second story window when they arrived at 54 Elm.

Firefighter Greg Lewis tells WESB and The Hero they started “a defensive attack from the outside prior to gaining entry” into the building.

“That pretty much knocked the fire down,” Lewis said. “Once they made entry, there were only a couple of hot spots they had to extinguish from the inside. Most of it was knocked down from outside.”

Two dogs, two birds and five cats died in the fire. One cat survived. No people were hurt.

The building is owned by Guider Investments of Loveland, Ohio. Samuel Crowley is the property manager.

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Rally in the Valley Continues in Olean

One of the highlights during Friday's Rally in the Valley events was parachutists from Freefall Oz. A giant fireworks showed capped off the evening.

Rally in the Valley continues today at Bradner Stadium in Olean from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Carnival games and mechanical bull riding start at noon. Bike games start at 3. The band Steel Reign performs from 4:30 to 7. The Burnt River Band takes the stage from 7:30 to 10:30.

Peggy Austin photos

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Homer Everett

Homer M. Everett, 90, of 1 Parkway Lane, Bradford, passed away, August 23, 2012 at the Pavilion at BRMC.

Born August 23, 1922, in Homestead, he was a son of the late Homer D. and Alice M. (Miller) Everett.

On April 30, 1949 in Scranton, he married Jean K . (Kingdom) Everett who survives.

Mr. Everett graduated from Hazleton High School in 1940. He attended Wharton School of Business until he entered the service. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1948 receiving a BS degree in Accounting.

Mr. Everett enlisted in the US Army Air Force in October 1942 and served in North Africa. He was discharged from active service in 1946. He enlisted in the inactive Air Force Reserve and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War from August 1951 to August 1952, returning to inactive duty until February 1953.

Mr. Everett had worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and then in construction as a field office manager. In July of 1962 he went to work for the federal government - Inter…

Fire Damages Silo, Hay

Fire damaged a silo and several round bales of hay on a farm in Ridgway Township this morning.

The fire started at just after 10 a.m. at 753 Kemmer Road. State Police Fire Marshal Greg Agosti determined that the fire was accidental.

Damage is estimated at $4,700. No one was hurt.

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Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble Results

On Sunday, August 19, the 17th Annual KCH Charity Golf Scramble took place at Kane Country Club. Seventeen teams enjoyed a beautiful day of golf.

Five teams shared the Scramble's $2,000 plus purse. First Place -- (low gross) went to the foursome of Randy Larson, Doug Johnson, Joe Gentile and Scott Bizzak; Second Place (low net, first team) went to the team of Joe Geer, Ralph Tassone, Rich Geer, and Brian Brinkley; Third Place (low net, second team) went to the Team of Scott McCann, Mike Washington, Tom Drumm, Bob McCann; Fourth Place (low net, third team) went to the foursome of Karl Swanson, Rick Walter, Dick English, Joe Haulik; and Fifth Place -- low net, fourth team, went to Sam Lindberg, Chris Sundberg, Randy Durante and Ron Carty.

Skins contest winners were: Eagle on #2 and #4 by the team of Joe Gentile, Scott Bizzak, Doug Johnson and Randy Larson; Birdie on #5 was the team of Joe Rupp, Eric Bond, Tony Cecchetti, Bill Cecchetti; Eagle on #6 by team of Scott McCann, Mike …

SBU Professor Part of Team Awarded
$1.2 Million NSF Bioinformatics Grant

After four years of coordinated effort and countless hours of research, the true work now begins as Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, assistant professor of biology at St. Bonaventure University, launches a collaborative bioinformatics project with colleagues at the universities of Maryland and Iowa.

Dr. Zhang is part of a team of biologists and computer scientists awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Division of Advances in Biological Informatics of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a tool that will enhance the workflow and aid in discovery for biologists. The research team is developing an automated tool that will create relationship patterns for genes of interest using annotation data from public repositories.

“Our goal is to help biologists shorten their time when looking through decades’ worth of literature and extracting association patterns for the area they are interested in,” said Zhang. “The tool we are developing relies on The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR, www.a…

Butch DuBois

Darryl E. "Butch" DuBois, 67, of 53 Eschrich Road Lewis Run, passed away, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at his residence.

Born in Olean, on December 31, 1944, he was a son of the late Betty (Carpenter) DuBois and Charles "Red" Russell.

A 1962 Graduate of Bradford High School. He was a Union Brick Layer in the late 60, early 70's. He worked up and down the east coast helping to build highways and large commercial buildings. He returned to Bradford in the late 70's and continued brick laying for many local Commercial buildings and residential homes, including the University of Pittsburgh.

He was member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craft workers Local 9. He was an avid Motorcycle rider and was a founding member and past president of the Wanders Motorcycle Club. A true free spirit whose passion in life was to help his friends to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. He leaves behind many true friends whose memories will help keep him in their hearts forever.


Pitt-Bradford Greek Students Attend
Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute

Three students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were chosen to travel to Bloomington, Ind., this summer to attend the Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute (UIFI) the premiere national Greek leadership institute. The leadership institute trains students to develop their personal leadership style based on a wide array of study including case studies, journaling, discussion, and hands-on training.

According to Dr. Ron Binder, associate dean of students, this five-day leadership program consists of 80 student leaders from Greek chapters across the United States. The purpose being that the students will return with a newfound knowledge of what it means to be part of the Greek community locally and globally and how to better their community. Binder said he hopes that what the students learn will infuse, “enthusiasm, ideas, and passion throughout the Pitt-Bradford Greek community.”

Attending were Michael Vadney, a broadcast communications major from Erie; Cassie Chase, a socia…

Man Allegedly Raped Young Boy

A Warren man is accused of raping a child a number of times more than 10 years ago.

Police received a complaint about 41-year-old Kelly Patz back in July. Earlier this week they charged him with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, all felonies; and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Patz allegedly had sexual contact with a boy from the time the child was 10 years old until he was 14. The alleged incidents happened between 1998 and 2002.

He is free on $75,000 unsecured bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 19.

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Man Accused of Abusing 2-Year-Old Girl

A 67-year-old Sinclairville man is accused of having sexual contact with a two-year-old.

Sheriff’s deputies say Robert Calvey had the contact with the child earlier this month at the Hillside Estates trailer park.

Calvey is in jail on $50,000 cash bail.

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BonaResponds Hosting Blanket Making,
Collection Day on September 29

On September 29th BonaResponds will be hosting its first ever Blanket Making and Collection Day. The day will be done with the help of WarmSnugglyBlanket, LiveStrong, and Soles4Souls. The goal of the day, like that of all BonaResponds Days, is simple: To help.

WarmSnugglyBlanket is a part of BonaResponds whose main aim is to help people with cancer. It was started to honor the late Marge Mahar who, previous to losing her battle with Breast Cancer this past Spring, had wanted to help those in their own personal battles with cancer.

The blanket idea came out of an experience that Marge had during her final weeks when she had trouble sleeping. She shared that, as she sat on her bed coughing and worrying, she thought about all of the people who had reached out to her from all around the world to let her know that they were praying for her. She felt fortunate to have so many people supporting her in her fight, and she decided to pray for all of those people who were praying for her. Ma…

Supreme Court Hearings to be on PCN

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today announced that its entire Sept. 13 oral argument session, which includes hearings on the state’s second legislative redistricting plan and the voter ID law, will be televised live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The hearings are being held in the court’s Philadelphia City Hall courtroom.

Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Supreme Court’s Philadelphia courtroom, room 456 of City Hall. Strict decorum will be observed. Because of limited seating, observers will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Once the courtroom is full, those not admitted may wait in line to take a seat as those who were seated leave.

The sessions held on the 11th and 12th will be taped for future airing by PCN.

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AG Statement on NYC Shooting

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released the following statement regarding the shooting of nine people outside of the Empire State Building this morning:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims of today’s tragic shootings and their families. For those of us in government, and in law enforcement, the news of yet another mass shooting so close on the heels of the massacres at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and in Aurora, Colorado, should make it crystal clear that our current laws have failed to protect the public from gun violence.

We must redouble our efforts to protect public safety so that New Yorkers don’t have to live in fear of the next deadly attack.”

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Forest Service to Distribute $308 Million
Under Secure Rural Schools Program

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has announced that payments totaling $308 million will be provided to states under the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program between now and the end of 2012.

On June 29, 2012, Congress passed a one-year reauthorization of the SRS program (H.R. 4348), which was signed into law on July 2, 2012.

“The Forest Service has announced that payments totaling $308 million will be provided to counties through Secure Rural Schools between now and the end of the year,” said U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry. “For counties choosing to receive payments, these resources will become available beginning in December and paid out through the end of 2012.”

Under the Weeks Act of 1911, counties located in national forests are entitled 25 percent of the total revenues collected through timber sales in the local national forests. In 2000, as a result of a significant d…

Baby Fire Survivor Released from Hospital

The baby who survived a fire that killed his grandmother, brother and sister has been released from the hospital.

14-month-old Charles Holmes had been in Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo for treatment of smoke inhalation following the fire at his grandmother’s home in Bolivar, New York, early Sunday morning. He was released from the hospital Thursday and placed in the custody of Potter County Children and Youth Services.

The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Mary Holmes of Shinglehouse, is in jail on felony drug charges, and for endangering the welfare of children. His father, 29-year-old Jesse Holmes, was released from prison a week ago. He was put in jail for failing to appear in court to answer charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Mary Holmes’s mother 42-year-old Tina Kemp, along with 3-year-old Eric Holmes and 2-year-old Jessica Holmes died in the fire. Kemp’s boyfriend, 62-year-old Terry Green was able to escape with Charles.

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BRMC Sleep Disorder Center
Receives Program Accreditation

Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) has announced that the hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). BRMC joins Olean General Hospital as the region’s only two sleep centers accredited by AASM.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the BRMC Sleep Disorder Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Sam Fleishman, AASM president. “The BRMC Sleep Disorder Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center’s facility and staff, including an evalu…

Successful Falcon Nesting Season

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s peregrine falcons had another successful nesting season in 2012, according to Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, Pennsylvania Game Commission peregrine falcon program coordinator.

“We confirmed 32 pairs of falcons nesting across the Commonwealth, and 22 of them bred successfully, raising 62 young falcons,” Dr. McMorris said. “Also, we banded 42 of the young falcons in an ongoing effort to assist the recovery of the population. These numbers compare well with those of last year, when 32 pairs raised 68 offspring.”

McMorris said that peregrines nested in 15 counties across Pennsylvania, with particular concentrations in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas.

“This year’s young falcons are now becoming independent of their parents,” McMorris said. “In fact, many have left their natal sites and begun wandering in search of suitable wintering areas and, ultimately, for sites where they may begin nesting themselves when they reach the age o…

Three FCI-McKean Inmates Indicted

Three inmates at FCI-McKean have been indicted by a federal grand jury in separate incidents.

27-year-old Toylawuo Galtogbah is accused of assaulting another person with a dangerous weapon on May 9. He could face 10 more years in prison if convicted.

27-year-old Marcus Luther allegedly had a weapon in the prison on March 28. He could face another 5 years in prison if convicted.

34-year-old Wahidullah Hossaini is accused of submitting a fraudulent letter in an effort to be admitted to the Resident Drug Abuse Program at the prison back in March. He could face an additional 5 years in prison if convicted.

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Advisory Council Report Provides
Roadmap to Grow Manufacturing Jobs

The manufacturing sector has actually posted employment gains in two consecutive years. It currently employs 574,000 Pennsylvanians, but Governor Tom Corbett says we can do better. Corbett and key members of his administration unveiled the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council report at four, statewide events Tuesday afternoon.

Zippo President and CEO Greg Booth is a member of the advisory council.

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Pictured, Westport Axel Director of Manufacturing, Allen Fink gives Governor Tom Corbett a tour of the Lehigh Valley manufacturing facility. The Governor was there to announce the Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council findings and recommendations during a visit to the company.

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Inmate Charged with Criminal Mischief

An inmate in the Chautauqua County Jail is accused of destroying a smoke detector.

At just before 9:30 Wednesday morning 21-year-old Nathaniel Hollins Jr. of Silver Creek sprayed cleaning solution into two smoke detector heads in the housing unit, causing a malfunction in the system and destroying one of the heads. The replacement parts are valued at $150.

Hollins is charged with criminal mischief, criminal tampering and obstructing governmental administration.

He was originally jailed on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.

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Motorcycle Collides with Tractor-Trailer

Only minor injuries were reported following a head-on crash between a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer Wednesday night on Route 76 in Ripley.

The crash happened at just before 7:30 when the motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Aaron Craig of North East went out of control and hit the tractor-trailer. Craig was thrown from the bike but suffered only road rash injuries and was treated at the scene.

The tractor-trailer driver, 58-year-old Charles Hall of Warren, was not hurt.
Sheriff’s deputies cited Craig for driving at an unsafe speed and failure to keep right.

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Inmate Charged with Criminal Homicide

An inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County is dead and another inmate has been charged with criminal homicide.

26-year-old Elwood Braswell is accused of repeatedly punching 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, stepping on his head, placing a pillow on his face and sitting on it until Kirkland stopped breathing.

Kirkland was found dead in his cell at 5:25 Wednesday morning.

Police say Braswell also tied the end of a bed sheet around Kirkland’s neck and tied the sheet to the top of a bunk bed frame, and also put bars of soap in a sock and hit him multiple times in the head with it. He then allegedly urinated and defecated on him.

Besides criminal homicide, Braswell is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and abuse of a corpse.

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Weight Limit Reduced on Elm Street Bridge

The weight limit on the Elm Street bridge will be reduced to 3 tons based on the most recent bridge inspection.

For everyone’s safety, the City of Bradford is asking that all motorists comply with these new weight restrictions which are effective immediately.

Violators may be cited.

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Bradford Airport Gets Grant Money

Bradford Regional is one of 19 airports across the state that will share $3.7 million in grant money.

The Bradford airport will receive $365,000 to continue improving its fueling facility, acquire land for airport development and improve runway approach areas.

Also, the DuBois Regional Airport in Jefferson County will receive $75,000 to rehabilitate an aircraft maintenance hanger.

“Pennsylvania recognizes that smaller, regional airports are becoming more and more important to jobs, economic development and quality of life, particularly in rural areas,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “By improving these airports, we give local leaders another marketing tool to draw in new businesses and jobs to our area, which is currently seeing a great deal of growth due to Marcellus Shale development.”

The grants are provided by PennDOT’s aviation development program. Funding for the aviation program comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages more than $1.2 million in local matching funds. Public-u…

Lewis Run Bridge to Re-Open Friday

The Lafayette Avenue Bridge in Lewis Run will re-open tomorrow.

A detour has been in place since June 25 so the old bridge could be removed and a new one could be built.

Although the detour has been in place since June, work started in May. Work will continue into late September with temporary flagging and an alternating traffic pattern.

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Economic Impact Study Confirms Pitt-Bradford's Contributions to the Region

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford contributed $67.5 million to the regional economy in 2011, according to a new study by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research, which has performed economic impact studies for small colleges across western Pennsylvania.

Conducting the study were Dr. Sabina Deitrick, director of the Urban and Regional Analysis Program at the Center for Social and Urban Research; Christopher Briem and William Lafe, who noted that “the institution has expanded and become an even more critical part of Bradford and its regional economy. As we move further into the 21st century, Pitt-Bradford’s role will likely expand even more, helping to grow the region, improve the quality of life of its residents, and add to prosperity across sectors.”

The researchers examined economic data from the Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Elk, Warren and Cattaraugus County…

Pitt-Bradford Named a
'Best in the Northeast' College

By Kimberly Marcott Weinberg
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford as one of the best colleges in the northeast.

“We are very pleased that Pitt-Bradford once again has received this national recognition,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president. “We are even more pleased this year that The Princeton Review specifically cites our affordability since everyone on our campus works very hard to ensure that students get a quality education that is affordable.”

The education services company selected Pitt-Bradford as one of 222 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its feature “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Pitt-Bradford to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn thei…

Bona Women's Basketball to Participate in
1st Basketball HOF Challenge, Play UConn

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team has been selected to participate in the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge during the 2013-14 season and will face off with seven time national champion UConn during the event.

The NCAA women's exempt tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will conclude on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., as the culminating event that will also include three previous games held at Ohio State University and the University of Connecticut.

Four of the eight teams participating in the event advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. (UConn, Ohio State, Marist, St. Bonaventure)
The Bonnies will play UConn, Old Dominion and Boston University at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut Campus prior to meeting Bowling Green at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

The games played on the Connecticut campus will take place between Nov. 22 - Nov.…

Bradford Library Holding Logo Contest

Imagine all that the Bradford Area Public Library does. Now imagine all the library encompasses in a one-inch logo.

That’s just what library officials want – a logo for multimedia use – and has started an open call for those interested to submit what logo they feel best represents the library. The open call is just that – open for anyone whether they are a student or professional graphic artist.

The logo may be in color or black and white and must be applicable to a graphic design. All entries must be the artist’s original work and be accompanied by release giving the library permission to use the work as its own. If any professional is seeking reimbursement for his or her work, a cost should be indicated when the design is turned in.

Entries must be received by Tamara McIntyre, library president and chief executive officer, no later than Sept. 10 and must be accompanied by a signed authorization form that gives the library the permission to use the logo.

Logos can either be e-mailed or d…

Bradford Couple Arrested in Allegany

A Bradford couple is facing charges following a traffic stop last week in Allegany.

Sheriff’s deputies say they saw a Jeep Commander on Route 417 going back and forth on the road and stopped the vehicle. They learned that the driver, 37-year-old Stephen Moore was driving while intoxicated.

During the stop they saw a small bag of cocaine on the center console of the vehicle, and arrested 28-year-old Rhonda Moore.

They are both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Stephen Moore is also charged with aggravated DWI and failure to maintain a lane. His bail was set at $7,500. Hers was $5,000.

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Jury Selection Starts in Trial for
Accused Rapist, Kidnapper

Jury selection has started in the trial for a Jamestown man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl a year ago.

22-year-old Eric Chant allegedly broke into a house on August 12 of last year, kidnapped the girl who was sleeping in her living room, and then forced her into a stolen van and took her to a secluded area in Pomfret.

Chant is charged with rape, kidnapping and burglary. Distirct Attorney David Foley expects the trial to last 2 ½ weeks.

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Newspaper Receives Letter That
May be from Fugitive Thomas Smith

The Cameron County Echo newspaper received a letter sometime Monday that claims to be from fugitive Thomas Smith.

According to the Endeavor Media Facebook page, authorities are not sure if the letter is actually from Smith and are examining video footage taken by Sheetz security cameras that may have captured the delivery of the letter.

The letter says Smith plans to turn himself in.

Police have not released any further information because of the ongoing investigation.

Smith is accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint on August 8. She was able to get away.

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David DeFrank

David M. DeFrank, 53 of 16 Fairway Drive., passed away, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, peacefully, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born in Bradford July 16, 1959, he is a son of Eugene and Helen (Loughlin) DeFrank.

He was a 1977 graduate of Bradford High School and attended Pittsburgh Technicians Training School.

He was employed as a Electrician for the City of Bradford and previously worked at Bradford Hospital and Zippo Manufacturing Company.

He was a member and past board member of the Pine Acres Country Club, the LaStella Lodge, he was active in the Big 30 and Kiwanis Kapers.

David is survived by his parents, a daughter, Ariel DeFrank, of Bradford; his companion, Kimberly Ann Holleran; two brothers, Michael (Linda) DeFrank, of Villa Hills KY and Dan (Theresa) DeFrank, of Bradford; one nephew Andrew DeFrank; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Ma…

Pitt-Bradford to Offer
Petroleum Technology Course in St. Marys

ST.MARYS, Pa. — A course in petroleum technology will be offered in St. Marys starting Aug. 29 as part of Pitt-Bradford’s expanded program offerings.

The introductory class is worth three academic credits and will meet on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties and cover a multitude of topics, including energy requirements ranging from local to worldwide levels, geological issues, drilling practices, petroleum production, and the role of petrochemicals in the field.

The course also exposes students to an overview of the potential career opportunities for students expected to transition into the petroleum technology field. Students will be able to apply three academic credits earned from this class to the associate degree program in petroleum technology.

For more information, contact Bob Dilks at 800-872-1787 or at or call the CEC at 814-781-3437 or email at

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Chautauqua County Told to
Accommodate Spanish-Speaking Voters

Chautauqua is one of 10 counties in New York that has been told to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters from Puerto Rico as required by federal law.

Letters sent this month by Civil Rights Bureau Chief Kristen Clarke to the counties' election commissioners note the Voting Rights Act requires jurisdictions with significant numbers of Puerto Rican residents with limited English to ensure they can vote.

Measures include making all voting materials and ballots available in Spanish and having Spanish-language interpreters available at polling places. The letter notes that counties without effective plans could face civil liability.

Erie and Monroe counties were among the others that got the letter.

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House Destroyed in Fatal Fire
Was Also Scene of Drug Raid in 2009

The woman who died in a house fire that also killed her grandchildren Sunday morning had been arrested back in 2009 following a raid at the house by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

42-year-old Tina Kemp of Bolivar and her boyfriend, 62-year-old Terry Green, were charged with a total of 12 counts of criminal possession and sale of various kinds of illegal drugs, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Kemp and two of her grandchildren, 3–year-old Eric Holmes and 2-year-old Jessica Holmes were trapped inside the burning house and died. Green and another child, 1-year-old Charles Holmes, were able to escape. The baby is being treated for smoke inhalation at Women & Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Authorities are still looking into the cause of the fire, but do not think it was suspicious.

A neighbor tells the Wellsville newspaper the home was in deplorable condition and children should not have been living there.

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Road from ANF to Chapman State Park to
Close Temporarily for Repairs

Pennsylvania Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor Richard T. Cramer announced the temporary closing of a 5.3-mile portion of Dunham Siding Road on State Game Land 29 in Warren County for necessary road repairs.

According to Cramer, who oversees management of State Game Lands in Forest and Warren counties, the road runs through SGL 29 from Dunham Siding on the Allegheny National Forest to Chapman State Park.

“As part of the road project, we will replace 76 culvert pipes and upgrade the existing road surface,” Cramer said. “The project is designed to alleviate soil erosion and drainage issues that affect the water quality in the West Branch Tionesta Creek. To further improve water quality, the entire road surface will have a new, updated stone running surface.

“Presently, we expect the project to be completed by the end of September, and we will reopen the road at that time, just in time for the start of the small game and archery deer seasons.”

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