Saturday, March 16, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Coach Dies in Pa. Bus Crash

Texting 911 in Steuben County | WENY-TV NEWS

Steuben County (WENY) - Texting is now a part of everyday life, and for some it's the easiest way to communicate. Now a new 911 service in steuben county is offering a texting option in an emergency. The service is available to any Verizon Wireless customers in Stueben county. If you're in trouble and you can't call just text the dispatch center and someone will be there to help.
At the steuben county 911 dispatch center in Bath, operators work around the clock to make sure neighbors are safe. A new service aims to help the hearing impaired, or someone who might not want to be heard.
"If you felt there was an intruder in your home and you don't want to make noise to alert them to the fact that you were there and you were seeking shelter in the closet," sasy 911 Emergency Center Director David Hopkins "Or maybe you were abducted and they were in the trunk of the car maybe they dont want someone to know they are communicating with us but they want to let us know whats going on."
Steuben county has had a 911 dispatch center since 2005, but before that getting emergency help meant memorizing a lot of numbers. The way it works is just type a new text message and send it to the number 911. The text will start a conversation with the 911 dispatcher. They will then ask you where you are, try to provide an address if you can. Because the message dosent automatically track your location. Right now, phone calls are preferred. Texting is only the beginning, soon other technology will be used to help people in an emergency.
"It will be another couple of years but the ability for someone to say there has been an accident and take a picture or video and send it to us is the next progression in what will be some really interesting stuff," says Hopkins.
Right now, 911 texting is only available for verizon wireless users in steuben county. Over the next year the 911 texting service will become available for other service providers.

Texting 911 in Steuben County | WENY-TV NEWS

Alfred-Almond: school board meets Wednesday

Alfred-Almond Central School

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING – March 13, 2013 – 6:00 p.m. – Auditorium






Grade 6 – Kate Baker, Andrea Lacey, and Bob Woughter


A. Approval of Minutes

Superintendent’s Recommendation – That the Board of Education approve the February 19, 2013 meeting minutes.

Tour bus carrying Seton Hill women's lacrosse team crashes on Turnpike near Carlisle; bus driver dead (VIDEO)

Tour bus carrying Seton Hill women's lacrosse team crashes on Turnpike near Carlisle; bus driver dead (VIDEO)

Across NY: Man causes $2,500 worth of damage to Saratoga Springs City Hall with fire extinguisher

 A Ft. Edward man is under arrest after Saratoga Springs police officers found him running through City Hall with a fire extinguisher.
Police department personnel heard a loud noise on the second floor of City Hall at around 4 a.m. Saturday, and officers responded to identify the problem.
They found Matthew R. Zecchini, 21 of Ft. Edward, running through City Hall with a fire extinguisher. Zecchini was apprehended after a short pursuit and taken in to custody.
He faces the following charges:
  • Criminal Tampering in the 3rd-Degree
  • Criminal Mischief in the 3rd-Degree
  • Burglary in the 3rd-Degree
Authorities believe Zecchini entered City Hall and discharged fire extinguishers on the second floor, and smashed out glass doors on the third floor. The preliminary cost of damage is over $2500.00.
Zecchini was processed and celled pending a court arraignment.

Parting Glass named among world's best Irish pubs

Parting Glass named among world's best Irish pubs

The Parting Glass in Saratoga has long been viewed as one of the Capital Region's best spots to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, the popular pub is now garnering some worldwide attention.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – "We planned on it. From day one, we had it all worked out,” said Joan Desadora, founder and owner of The Parting Glass. “We knew it was going to be this successful. I went in with a lot of confidence and haven't teetered from it."
From the moment she opened the doors for the first time on Saint Patrick's Day in 1982, Desadora knew she had a hit with her pub and restaurant in Saratoga Springs. 32 years later, her loyal customers are still filling The Parting Glass up.
"I've been coming here since the day it opened 32 years ago, great place,” said Saratoga Springs resident Tony Riggio.
"You feel like a member of the family when you come here,” said Tom Prusinowski, who moved to Saratoga about a year after the pub opened. “So, it's very nice."
Built on the staples of good food, great music and frothy beers, the Parting Glass has long been a Spa City staple, especially on the always festive weekend the pub celebrates its birthday.
"It's the only place to be, the only place to be," said Prusinowski of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.
"Can you tell I'm glowing?” Desadora joked. “I'm excited. 32 years and I'm still excited. The pans of corned beef have been boiling away for a week!"
While the secret has long been out locally, the pub is now garnering worldwide recognition.
Last month, the readers of the magazine "Ireland of the Welcomes," which claims to be the world’s most read subscription based publication for Irish readers, voted the Parting Glass third best Irish pub in the world.
"I'll tell you, I was speechless, I just went blank,” Desadora said. “Is that possible?"
While some might call it "Luck of the Irish," Desadora is quick to point out she's never strayed from the model that made the pub a success in the first place. It's no surprise her customers agree.
"I've been known to hit a few Irish pubs all around the place and this ranks up there with the best," Riggio said.
"It's just a nice place to be and we love it," Prusinowski said.
"This building and these walls are old and the feeling is here,” Desadora said. “When you walk in, no matter which room you walk in, it's a feeling.”
The Parting Glass’ Saint Patrick’s Day celebration begins Sunday morning with a traditional Irish breakfast, with step dancers set to perform at Noon.
For more information, visit the pub’s official website.
Parting Glass named among world's best Irish pubs


Pennsylvania voters turn to their neighbors in New York and New Jersey when they take an early look at the 2016 presidential field, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs best, with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie running second in a field of six contenders, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

            Ms. Clinton gets 47 percent to Gov. Christie’s 42 percent and leads U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan 55 – 38 percent and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio 54 – 36 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

            Christie leads Vice President Joseph Biden 51 – 38 percent and tops New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 53 – 32 percent.

            Biden gets 45 percent to Rubio’s 41 percent and gets 44 percent to Ryan’s 47 percent.

            Cuomo gets 42 percent to Rubio’s 38 percent and gets 44 percent to Ryan’s 41 percent.

“Former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is keeping her future plans to herself, but if those plans include another run for the White House, she starts in a good position in Pennsylvania,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“And if Ms. Clinton doesn’t go for it, Pennsylvania voters can look across the Delaware River at another contender, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie.  Another neighbor, Vice President Joseph Biden, a native of Scranton and former Delaware senator, doesn’t do nearly as well as Clinton or Christie.”
There is a huge gender gap in the Clinton-Christie matchup as men back the Republican 48 – 39 percent while women back the Democrat 55 – 37 percent.
A total of 53 percent of Pennsylvania voters “somewhat disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, while 37 percent “strongly approve” or “somewhat approve.” 
ACA will hurt them personally 40 percent of voters say, while 13 percent say it will help and 42 percent say it will have no effect.  There is little difference among income groups. 
From March 6 – 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,116 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. 

BREAKING: Tour bus crashes in PA

CARLISLE, Pa. — Emergency officials are reporting that a tour bus has crashed on a highway in central Pennsylvania. Serious injuries have been reported.
A Cumberland County public safety official says the crash was on the Pennsylvania Turnpike just before 9 a.m. Saturday. (photo courtesy of WHTM)

There are reports of multiple injuries, some serious.
The Associated Press says photos from the scene show the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it's not clear whether that was from impact or emergency workers attempting to reach people inside the bus. At least one person was wheeled away in a stretcher.
Authorities say, right now,  it's unclear how many people were aboard, where the bus came from or where it was going.

UPDATE: according to twitter reports, the bus was carrying members of the Seton Hill Lacrosse team. The bus driver was reportedly killed, 14 others injured., according to the AP.

Cuomo to strapped municipalities, schools: Merge |

The state budget being shaped in New York may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end of many small towns, cities and school districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is upping his conflict with local officials who are facing fiscal crises and asking for more help from Albany. He says Friday that if things are really that bad, they should consolidate services or merge outright.

Cuomo to strapped municipalities, schools: Merge |

Dansville woman wanted in Georgia

Coudersport man to face a judge

Pennsylvania troopers filed a criminal complaint in court making accusations against 25-year old Joseph Cumby Jr. of Coudersport. No court date has been set yet. The charges are:

Addison man dies in crash

By John Zick

NORTH CORNING | A 58-year-old Addison man hauling soybean oil was killed Thursday when his truck crashed on State Route 414 just north of the City of Corning.

Michael H. Duell, of County Route 119, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 1:40 p.m. Thursday on State Route 414 near Pine Hill Road, according to New York State Police in Painted

Duell was driving south on Route 414 when his vehicle drifted onto the west shoulder of the roadway and overturned into a ditch. Duell was pinned inside the truck after it crashed, troopers said.

Troopers are investigating the cause of the crash, and Duell’s body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The truck Duell was driving, which was owned by InstantHeat Wood Pellets of Addison, was hauling
2,500 gallons of refined soybean oil. It wasn’t immediately clear how much oil spilled as a result of the crash.

Troopers were assisted by Rural Metro Ambulance, T&R Towing, the state Department of Transportation, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response Team, the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, the Steuben County Sheriff ’s Office, the Corning Police Department and the North Corning and Corning fire departments.

Alfred: Two seek mayor’s post, three seek two trustee seats

By Brian Quinn, Daily Reporter (become an online subscriber today)

ALFRED — There will be a new mayor leading the village no matter what the outcome of Tuesday’s election is.Also, for trustee, voters will have three candidates to choose from for two seats. Voting takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Hall, 7 W. University St.
Now that Craig Clark
has chosen to end his public service after 18 years with the Village Board, including eight as mayor, there are two mayoral candidates to pick up where he left off. One is Justin Grigg, endorsed by
both the Republicans and Democrats for the twoyear term. Grigg, a geospatial technology specialist at Alfred University, has been on the village Planning Board since 2005.
“I haven’t run for office
before. I’ve been active on the Planning Board for a number of years,” he said Thursday. “I’ve been chair of the Democratic Party in the village. I was on people’s radar as a known commodity. When we learned that Craig wasn’t going to be running again, my name was put forward and, long story short, I agreed.”
Grigg noted the village received a New York Main Street award of $290,000, allowing 11 downtown property owners to make safety, energy efficiency and aesthetic improvements to their buildings.
However, he also said, “The village, while
wonderful, is missing opportunities. What I’m interested in is trying to engage the various stakeholders and empower them in ways to go do things.
In the mayoral election, there will be at least one write-in candidate. Alfred State English and Humanities Department Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Quinn said students put forth his
name and he agreed.
“As a write-in candidate, my main issue is ... the village has taken some hard stances on Greek (fraternity and sorority) housing,” Quinn said. “We all kind of decided it would not be a terrible thing if the students registered and voted in the town they live in nine months out of the year.”
The candidates for trustee are Tom McDowell, Jason
Rodd and Virginia
McDowell, who retired in 2007 from Alfred University, said he is running because he’s interested in
giving back to the village.
“The fact (is) that I’m a pretty even keel. I don’t jump to conclusions. I listen to everything that anybody’s got to say. I’m good at listening to all sides. I think I could do a pretty good job of working with the government of the community.
“Working with the budget over here is always an important thing. The
majority of the properties here are non-taxpaying,” he said. “Coming up with an equitable method of income is significant.”
Rodd said the majority of Alfred residents are students ages 18-24. He spoke of the student population
as a benefit to the
“There has to be a balance in the village that is good for permanent residents and good for students. That balance has
been broken,” he said. “One of the big things is treating people fairly. Individuals and groups should all be painted with the same brush of fairness.”
Rasmussen said it’s been several years since Alfred last had a contested village race.
“I work on behalf of all the constituents in the village because I care about them,” she said. “We have permanent residents, students, landlords, businesses and the challenge is to include all of them fairly. I like the process of finding solutions that work for everyone whenever possible.”

Two Hornell businesses remodeling

By Jeff Cole, The Evening Tribune (subscribe to the E edition today)
HORNELL — Two Hornell buildings are getting a makeover.
The City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency Thursday approved inducement resolutions for two remodeling projects.
One resolution allows Peebles to purchase and remodel its 25,748-square-foot department store building at 33 Broadway Mall in Hornell. The other permits Universal Health Network (UHN), 32 Broadway Mall in Hornell, to expand
into and renovate the roughly 18,000-square-foot structure at 111 Loder St.
Peebles has leased the Hornell building since opening a store there in September 2000. The department store chain will remodel the structure after the purchase deal closes in mid-April.
“Typically we don’t buy a store location. However, the people of Hornell have been very loyal to the store since it opened. Mayor Shawn Hogan and his staff have been instrumental in making this deal a reality,” said Russ Lundy, executive vice president of store
operations for Stage Stores, the parent company of Peebles.

According to a press release, the Peebles remodel will include opening the basement to expand the store’s selling area, adding an elevator and new Estee Lauder and Clinique cosmetic installations. A series of renovations, including new painting, carpeting and tiling, will update the look of the store. The remodel is scheduled for completion in late fall.
As for the second project, CHIDA CEO Jim Griffin said Pete Wall, president of UHN, is looking to start expanding his medical
billing and consulting firm into the building at 111 Loder St. on April 1. He said Wall also plans to provide office space for other professionals in the structure.
“He is going to employ a lot of people,” said Griffin, who estimated that the project will create about 90 jobs and retain roughly 30 positions.
According to Griffin, the Peebles project will create four jobs and retain eight positions and cost about $1.14 million. He said the UHN endeavor will cost $1.85 million and that each company will fund its own project.

Today in history March 16

Franklinville looks for candidates

The town of Franklinville has one vacancy on the zoning board of appeals and another on the board of assessment review. Those interested may contact Michael Brisky, supervisor, by phone at (716) 676-3077 or by email at

Man gets ticket following minor crash in Olean

Olean police say a man was charged after a two vehicle collision on Second Avenue. Police cited 20-year old Tom McRae of Portville with unsafe backing. Police said the man backed from a driveway and struck a vehicle operated by 40-year old Pamela Homuth of Black Creek. There were no injuries.

State Police Activity

·        3/16/13 1:43 a.m., During a traffic stop on East Main Street in the village of Bolivar, state police arrested 59-year old Gary J. Faulkner of Bolivar. He was charged with DWI and BAC at or above .08%. He was released to a third party for a later court appearance.

·        1/7/13 10:30 a.m., state police just released this information. Troopers arrested 19-year old Jordon Frysinger of Corning. He was charged with felony counts of rape and criminal sex act. Police said the alleged incident involved a “helpless victim.” Police said it happened in the town of Wayne May 24, 2012. He was jailed on $25,000 cash bail.

·        3/15/13 11:44 p.m., During a traffic stop on state route 415 in Bath, state police arrested 55-year old Timothy R. Ames of Bath. He was charged with DWI and will appear in court at a later date.

·        3/16/13 3:46 a.m., state police arrested two woman and charged them with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th and unlawful possession of marijuana. The incident happened in the town of Bath. Issued court appearance tickets were 56-year old Deborah L. Brewer of Hornell and 29-year old Laurel L. Cummings of Troupsburg.

·        3/15/13 9:10 a.m., state police arrested 16-year old Ryan Ross of Bath. He was charged with harassment 2nd with physical contact. The charge was the result of an incident in the town of Campbell. The teen was issued a court appearance ticket.

·        3/15/13 11 p.m., state police say a domestic disturbance in Tuscarora ended with an arrest. Troopers took 28-year old Adam L. Gilbert of Addison into custody. He was charged with felony strangulation 2nd and misdemeanor counts of menacing with a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and DWI. He was arraigned and sent to jail with bail set at $1,000.

New York State Police does not solicit funds

The New York State Police does not solicit funds over the phone or by any other means. If you receive a call from the New York State Troopers Foundation asking for money to benefit Troopers injured in the line of duty, please be advised that these calls are not from the New York State Police. Even though this is a legitimate organization, none of the funds that you donate will go to any local members of the New York State Police. As with any calls of this nature, please do not give out any personal information, credit card numbers, etc. If you wish to stop receiving calls from this organization, ask them to place you on their Do Not Call List.

The New York State Police mourn the loss of FBI canine, Ape

Photo: The New York State Police mourn the loss of FBI canine, Ape.  

From the FBI: "On March 14, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation Tactical K-9 “Ape” was killed in the line of duty while accompanying FBI agents who were attempting to arrest a dangerous individual suspected of multiple homicides.  

Ape will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia.  A memorial will be held at Quantico and his name will be added to a memorial wall.

Ape was a Czech German Shepherd born on November 17, 2010.  He began on duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing a demanding tactical training course which started on October 12, 2012.  

Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team.  His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed.  

 K-9s are a tremendous asset in tactical operations and enhance the safety of law enforcement personnel who routinely confront complex and high-risk threats.  

He will be missed by his FBI family."
From the FBI: On March 14, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation Tactical K-9 “Ape” was killed in the line of duty while accompanying FBI agents who were attempting to arrest ...a dangerous individual suspected of multiple homicides near Herkimer, NY.

Ape will be returned home to Quantico, Virginia. A memorial will be held at Quantico and his name will be added to a memorial wall.

Ape was a Czech German Shepherd born on November 17, 2010. He began on duty with the FBI on February 25, 2013 after successfully completing a demanding tactical training course which started on October 12, 2012.

Ape was doing what he was trained to do and made the ultimate sacrifice for his team. His actions were heroic and prevented his teammates from being seriously wounded or killed.

K-9s are a tremendous asset in tactical operations and enhance the safety of law enforcement personnel who routinely confront complex and high-risk threats.

He will be missed by his FBI family.

Allegany woman charged with driving drunk

Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Deputies stopped a car on East main Street in Allegany at 1:53 a.m. Saturday. As a result, they arrested 22-year old Samantha L. Ward of West State Street in Allegany. Ward was charged with DWI, BAC at or above .08% and speeding. She'll answer the charges in Allegany village court at a later date.

Bradford, PA man injured in Salamanca crash

Steuben County arrest

Drug Task Force makes early morning raid

Three people were arrested after an early monring raid in Olean. Charged with felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance were:
-Lawrence Smith, 20, of Buffalo.
-Starr Kitchen, 23, of 429 Third Avenue, Olean
-Tenisha Myszka, 22, of 429 Third Avenue, Olean.

Armed with a search warrant, agents from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force raided a home at 429 Third Avenue in Olean. Police said they found about 15 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription medications, scaled and other drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are possible. All three were held at the Olean Police Station for court arraignment.
Assisting at the scene were the Olean PD Street Crimes Unit, Cattaraugus County Special Response Team and Deputies along with state troopers.

Man killed in Friday night crash

Pennsylvania troopers say a man was killed when the Go-Kart he was driving was struck head-on by a  Chevy Silverado on Route 6, east of Port Allegany in Liberty Township, McKean County. Police said Keith Robinette, 24, of Port Allegany was fatally injured. The driver of the vehicle, Benjamin Price, 21 of Roulette, was not hurt. Troopers said the crash happened at 9:20 p.m. Friday. Police continue to investigate. They are asking anyone with information about the crash or Mr. Robinette to call Trooper Lance Schimp at 814-778-5555.

Wellsville Police Activity

DATE:  March 15, 2013

Acting on a bench warrant from the village of Wellsville court for failure to appear, village police arrest Brian J Goodrich, 30, of Wellsville.  Goodrich was processed and arraigned in village court where he was committed to the Allegany County jail in lieu of $175 bail. 

Village police arrested Brenda L Matson, 49, of Wellsville charging her with two counts of petit larceny.  Matson was processed and issued an appearance ticket for village court at a later date. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Potter County: Roulette man jailed on $100k bail

A criminal complaint was filed by PA troopers against 25-year old Adam Sallade of Roulette. He was charged with four drug counts connected to an incident earlier this month. District Judge Kari Stubbs heard the info...then decided to hold Sallade on $100,000 bail. He'll head back to court on Monday.

Coudersport man to face a judge

Coudersport-based troopers on Friday filed a criminal complaint in court charging 25-year old Joseph Cumby of Coudersport with possession of instrument with intent, criminal mischief and criminal attempt at theft. The charges are connected to a July 2012 incident in Eulalia Township. Cumby is awaiting a preliminary hearing before a judge.

State Police Activity

·        3/14/13 11:45 a.m., State police arrested 21-year old Nathaniel P. Appleby of Shinglehouse, Pa. Troopers charged him with petit larceny following an incident in the town of Genesee in November 2012. He was held to speak to a judge.

·        3/14/13 2:45 p.m., state police arrested 37-year old Daniel E. Fronczak of Wellsville at 38 Grover Street in Wellsville. He was charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He was held on cash bail.

·        3/14/13 4:29 p.m.,  state police arrested Curtis D. Howard, 29, of Limestone. He was charged with petit larceny resulting from a complaint earlier this month in Belfast. He’ll speak with a judge at a later date.

·        3/14/13 7:35 p.m., state police arrested 48-year old Adam J. Prentice of Allentown. He was stopped on Bill Allen Hill Road in Alma and charged with DWI and BAC at or above .08%. He was issued court appearance tickets.


Jan Kraska

Jan was born and raised in Poland and at the beginning of WWII he spent three years in a Nazi forced labor camp. After the war, until 1947, he was a guard with the occupation forces and later worked in a brewery in Germany. In 1956, he and Freida immigrated to the United States where they settled in Wellsville. Jan worked at CE Air Preheater in Wellsville, from where he retired in 1982. Jan was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church where he was an usher. He was also a member of the Olean Assembly 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Pulaski Club of Olean, Moose Lodge of Wellsville, 50-year member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder of Wellsville and the St Vincent DePaul Society of Buffalo. Jan had been an associated member of both the V F &W and the American Legion in Wellsville and enjoyed dancing and playing euchre.
Survivors include a daughter, Christal L. Kraska; a son, Jan T. Kraska; a sister, Julia Turek of Poland; several nieces and nephews, including his niece, Maria Cholewicka; a longtime friend and companion, Susie Allen of Wellsville. Jan had been predeceased by a brother and two sisters.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday (March 17, 2013) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Monday, friends are invited to attend a prayer service in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Father Thomas Roman will be the celebrant and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Jan’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wyoming County Sheriff Activity

SBU Theater to stage musical based on classic ‘Frog and Toad’ children’s books

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., March 15, 2013 —SBU Theater will present “A Year with Frog and Toad” from March 20-23 at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The musical, written by Robert and Willie Reale, follows the plots of Arnold Lobel’s classic “Frog and Toad” children’s books. Nominated for Tony Awards for best musical, best book of a musical and best original score in 2003, the show promises to delight audiences of all ages.
“We’re excited about ‘Frog and Toad’ because it’s a family musical and it’s always a thrill to have an audience of parents, children and students,” said Dr. Ed. Simone, director. “The energy between the actors, musicians, crew and the audience is just wonderful.”
The show features Brett Keegan and Ian Rogers as the titular characters. Additional cast members include SBU Theater veterans Makeda Loney, Brooke Perkins, Molly Schaefer and Tori Lanzillo as the show-stopping Snail, and newcomers Lea Battaglia, Christina Stenkewicz and Brianna Wilson.
“The musical is great because of its catchy songs and its endearing story of friendship,” said Lanzillo, a theater and journalism and mass communication major.
Professor Becky Misenheimer and senior Emily West designed the show using vaudeville as an inspiration. West said that the episodic nature of the play brought vaudeville to mind.
“It plays out like a series of vignettes,” said West, a theater and journalism and mass communication major. “We thought about how vaudeville was so overtly theatrical and how it was just meant to keep the audience as entertained and interested as possible, and it seemed obvious that this show should reflect that.”
Tickets for each of the 7:30 p.m. performances are $8 for the public, and $6 for seniors, subscribers, students and SBU employees. For this production, tickets for students under 14 are $2. For more information or to reserve tickets, phone the box office at 716-375-2494.
Free students rush seats are offered on an as-available basis one hour before curtain at the box office, one ticket per valid student ID, in person only.
Special group rates are available for students and teachers. Contact Evelyn Sabina, curator of education, at 716-375-2088 or at

Poet to give public reading, sign books March 21 at St. Bonaventure University

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., March 15, 2013 — Poet Catherine Wagner will speak to three classes and give a free public reading at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at St. Bonaventure University.
A professor of English, Wagner teaches in the Creative Writing master’s program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
The reading, to be held at the Loft in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will be followed by a book signing at 5:30 p.m.
Wagner’s critical writing and editing addresses feminism, motherhood, contemporary British poetry, and the economics of higher education.
“She attracts large audiences whenever she reads, and she is sure to have something to say to our campus community that proves fiercely intellectual as well as eminently understandable, timely, and engaging,” said Dr. Kaplan Harris, associate professor of English and director of the master’s program in English.
City Lights, the renowned San Francisco publisher, produced Wagner’s latest book, “Nervous Device,” in 2012.
Her other books of poems include “My New Job” (Fence, 2009), “Macular Hole” (Fence, 2004), and “Miss America” (Fence, 2001). She is also author of a dozen chapbooks — small booklets, typically under 40 pages — including “Bornt” (Dusie, Switzerland, 2009) and “Imitating” (Leafe Press, UK, 2004).
Wagner’s reviews and essays have appeared in MELUS, Chicago Review, Poetry Project Newsletter, Lana Turner, and How2. Later this year, she will become a regular columnist for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
She performs widely in the United States, and her readings have been featured at international festivals in England and Ireland.
Wagner’s visit is sponsored by the university’s Visiting Scholars Committee.
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Alfred University’s Master of Fine Arts in ceramics again ranked tops in nation

ALFRED – U.S. News and World Report has again ranked the Master of Fine Arts program in ceramic art at Alfred University tops in the nation as it has every time it has ranked graduate programs in fine arts.
In its 2014 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News says the Alfred program is number one in ceramic art, followed by Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.
“Our Master of Fine Arts program has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation for quality. We appreciate U.S. News and World Report’s recognition, but the real story should be the generations of excellence sustained by the faculty and students of the School of Art and Design,” said Charles M. Edmondson, president of Alfred University.
We are thrilled to have the strength and innovation of our programs recognized by U.S. News and World Report, said Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art& Design. “It is a credit to our students and our faculty.”
The School of Art & Design at Alfred University has offered a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramic arts since 1943. Other MFA programs include sculpture and dimensional studies, and electronic integrated arts.
Overall, Alfred University’s Master of Fine Arts programs are 11th in the nation.
Its MFA in sculpture is 15th in the nation.
The complete rankings for all graduate education programs is available on the U.S. News site:

The New York State Police remind drivers to not drink and drive this holiday weekend


In an effort to prevent tragedies caused by impaired driving, the New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The effort will begin on Friday, March 15, 2013 and run through Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and underage drinking and sales to minors details during the campaign.

“We are starting our enforcement St. Patrick’s Day weekend with full knowledge there will be numerous parties and events where alcohol may be consumed, and we are asking everyone who drinks to designate a driver or arrange safe transportation in advance,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico.

Last year during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, troopers made 503 arrests for DWI, and issued a total of 11,663 tickets.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010.

On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations almost twice legal limit of .08 percent.

SP Warsaw Trooper makes DWI arrest

Town of Perry, NY - March 14, 2013
On March 14th at about 11:00 pm, Tpr Jeffrey McDonald of SP Warsaw observed a vehicle with a Georgia registration, pass by him travelling in the opposite direction. The vehicle, police say, was speeding and driving with the high beams activated on East Lake Rd. in the town of Perry, N.Y. The vehicle was stopped and the operator identified as Kimberly S Packman of 1 Cove Dr. Savannah GA. Troopers say Ms. Packman was observed to be intoxicated and a subsequent breath test revealed her blood alcohol level to be a .15%. Tpr McDonald issued Ms. Packman traffic tickets to appear in the town of Perry court on March 20th , 2013 at 6:00 pm. 

Olean: Common Council cancels meeting

There will not be a meeting of the Olean Common Council on Tuesday, March 19. The next meeting will be held on March 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Alfred Police make arrest

Alfred Police Activity Report

DATE: 3/15/13

NAME: Michael R. Berry AGE: 22 ADDRESS: Ogdensburg, NY

CHARGE(S): DWI & B.A.C. < .08%

DETAILS: Arrested after officers observed Berry drive over a curb and across a sidewalk on N. Main St.

STATUS: Issued traffic tickets for Village Court at a later date and released to a third party.

Wellsville Police Activity

DATE:  March 14, 2013

Village police acting on a bench warrant from the village of Wellsville court, arrested Kelly S Fenti, 30, of Allegany, for failure to appear.  Fenti was processed and arraigned in village court where she paid her fine in full and was released. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Police: No Motive Found in NY Shooting Rampage

New York state police superintendent Joseph D'Amico says that investigators have been unable to find a motive for the shooting rampage that left four people dead on Wednesday. The suspect, Kurt Myers, was killed by police Thursday morning. (March 14)

Potter County: Austin man found not guilty of felony charges

A Potter County trial jury found an Austin man not guilty of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and other charges. The verdict was recently reached and vindicated 26-Gregory Barger, who was accused of breaking into an Austin home and stealing jewelry and cash. The crime happened in July 2009. According to the Potter Leader Enterprise, the jury deliberated for a few hours before returning its not guilty on all counts. When asked if he had any comment about the verdict, the defense attorney Walt Stenhach said, “He didn’t do it.”

Neurosurgeon Speaks in Favor of Gun Rights-WHAM TV

Rochester, N.Y. – In his 20 years as a Rochester neurosurgeon, Dr. Paul Maurer has operated on countless shooting victims, including Officer Anthony DiPonzio.
“I’ve seen my share of carnage, so I know the receiving end of what a bullet does,” he said.
One might think seeing the devastating consequences of gun violence would make Dr. Maurer an advocate of gun control. Instead, he’s a passionate supporter of the right to bear arms.
“I’m a believer in the Second Amendment and I think it’s an important part of the republic,” Dr. Maurer said. “I think it was an important founding principal and I think it’s once we should be very cautious about surrendering.”
He spoke publicly about his views for the first time this week at a Monroe County Legislature meeting Tuesday night. The Republican majority voted to oppose the state’s new gun control law, NY SAFE. Dr. Maurer doesn’t think the state law will dent gun violence.
“Go after the root cause of the crime,” said Dr. Maurer. “Let’s not make believe we can polish this up, cover this up, with a one-night bill that we passed in the dark of night and now we’re on our way to utopia. I think it’s a political gesture.”
Dr. Maurer first became familiar with guns during his service in the Army in Operation Desert Storm. He said he doesn’t have the solution to firearm violence, but said gun laws must be based on data. He urged the government to study the problem.
“In medicine, when you give someone a treatment that you know in your heart won’t work, but you’re doing something out of frustration, it’s worse than doing nothing, because you’ve made believe you did something,” he said. “I think that’s where we are with violence in this culture.”
Neurosurgeon Speaks in Favor of Gun Rights

Satellite TV Tax Proposed

Rochester, N.Y. – Satellite television subscribers could see their bills go up this year.

A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would impose a 5 percent tax on all satellite television bills. The bill’s sponsors say the tax would level the playing field with cable companies. Cable subscribers pay up to 5 percent of their bill to local governments as part of franchise agreements. The satellite television tax could bring in an extra $50 million to $100 million a year.

Satellite television companies say they don’t use anywhere near the public infrastructure as cable companies. DirecTV urges companies to sign a petition opposing the tax.

“I think it’s terrible. Why should I have to pay another 5 percent to watch television?” said Brian Confer, a DirecTV subscriber. “Everything is just tax after tax after tax and it’s too much.”

The bill has been referred to committees. In a press release, Senator George Maziarz called it "dead on arrival."
Satellite TV Tax Proposed

Wellsville woman arrested on parole warrant in Olean...few details

According to the Olean Times Herald...

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., acting on active parole warrants, police arrested Jeremy J. Combs, 34, of 310 Walnut St., Apt. 1, Elmira; and Teri M. Stanton, 38, of 42 E. Fassett St., Apt. 1, Wellsville. They were taken into custody at 429 12 Third Ave. No details on the alleged offenses were provided in reports.

Harrisburg Man Convicted On Federal Charges Related To Gun Violence Investigations In City

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that following a two-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, Carlos C. Hill, age 41, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The jury returned a verdict after three hours.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Hill and co-defendant Elijah U. Brown, Jr., were indicted in September 2012 following stepped-up federal efforts to partner with Harrisburg police and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office to fight violent crime in Harrisburg. Hill and Brown were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
The charges resulted from Hill brandishing a stolen firearm at a female victim in the 1600 Block of Park Street in Harrisburg on July 13, 2012.
The firearm was subsequently recovered by the Harrisburg Police Bureau.
Hill faces a statutory minimum of 15 years imprisonment. A sentencing date for Hill has not yet been scheduled. Brown is scheduled for trial on April 1, 2013.
The case was investigated by ATF in coordination with the Harrisburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith A. Taylor is handled the prosecution.
A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is life imprisonment. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Alfred State: Area organizations participating in Human Services Awareness Day, April 11

Alfred State is hosting Human Services Awareness Day on Thursday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot No. 8 on the Alfred State campus.

Presented by the college’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this career fair-style event is open to students, alumni, and people in the community who are interested in learning more about human services-related fields. Twenty area agencies are participating and many are currently hiring or recruiting for interns. Anyone interested in learning more about the human services field and the career opportunities that exist within it are encouraged to attend.

Participating area agencies include: the Accord Corporation, Alfred Montessori, Allegany County ARC, Allegany County on Alcoholism, Allegany County Probation Department, Allegany County Youth Bureau, Allegany Office of the Aging, American Red Cross, Arbor Housing and Development, Cattaraugus Community Action, Fidelis Care, Finger Lakes DDSO, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, Institute for Human Services, Kinship Youth & Family Services, Ontario ARC, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Steuben ARC, St. James Mercy Hospital, and Turning Point.

Alfred State: Sport Management Students Compete in Chapel Hill, NC

College Sport Research Institution teamA team of four Alfred State sport management students has been selected by the College Sport Research Institution (CSRI) to compete in the 2013 Undergraduate Student Case Study Competition in Chapel Hill, NC, on April 17. The event is hosted annually by CSRI and involves only 10 college teams from across the country. The competition is designed to give students a meaningful opportunity to research relevant issues in college sports. This year’s topic relates to conference alignment in college athletics and is presented to students in the form of an actual situation involving a college that made the decision to reject an offer to join an expanding conference. Each team must develop a solution paper containing a critical analysis of this situation and make a recommendation that they present to CSRI judges in Chapel Hill. Dr. Rhema Fuller, assistant professor, sport management, is the faculty advisor for the team. Students on the Alfred State team are, front from left, Michael Durkin of Jeffersonville and Shelby Gadsden of Olean; back row, Josh Simons of Campbell and Steve Snaider of New York City.

Potter County: Webinar March 21 On Methane Migration/Water Issues

A webinar on the complex topic of methane migration into groundwater is being presented by Penn State Extension at 1 pm on Thursday, March 21. Those who cannot participate in the hourlong public session can view an archived version of the program later on the Extension website (see below). It’s titled “A Geochemical Context for Stray Gas Investigations in the Northern Appalachian Basin,” and is part of a monthly series of one-hour webinars.
Speaker Fred Baldassare, senior geoscientist with Echelon Applied Geoscience, stresses the need to review each case of methane migration individually to determine its origin. He emphasizes that he is not diminishing the risk of drinking water contamination from gas drilling: “Key geochemical parameters reveal the stray gas that occurs in the aquifer and manifests in private water supplies can be the result of gas-well-drilling activity. That happens where pressure combined with ineffective casing cement bonds create pathways.”
However, Baldassare says there can be other sources: “The occurrence of methane in aquifer systems represents a natural condition in many areas of the Appalachian Basin. The origin can be the result of microbial and thermogenic processes that convert organic matter in the aquifer strata to methane, and lower concentrations of ethane and heavier hydrocarbons in some areas of the basin. Or it can result from the progressive migration of hydrocarbon gas over geologic time from the source and/or reservoir to the aquifer.”
Incidents of stray gas migration must be investigated at the site-specific level and must include isotope geochemistry to determine gas origin and diagnostic evidence to determine a mechanism of migration, Baldassare points out.
Other webinars scheduled by the Penn State Extension’s Marcellus Education Team are:
  • April 24 (2:30 pm): Utica Shale Reservoirs — Mike Arthur, professor of geosciences and co-chair of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
  • May 16 (1 pm): Shale Energy Development’s Effect on the Posting, Bonding and Maintenance of Roads in Rural Pennsylvania — Mark Gaines, PennDOT, and Tim Ziegler, Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies.
  • June 20 (1 pm): Royalty Calculations for Natural Gas from Shale — Jim Ladlee, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the website,, covering topics such as Act 13; seismic testing; air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; zoning; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of gas development on forestland. Those planning to participate in a webinar are advised to sign on early, as the process can take several minutes. Website is For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or .