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Village Talks Trash and Fall Fest

Ellicottville Eagle Seniors posing with ECS Football Alumni at halftime during game against Frankilnville with new jerseys donated by Alumni Football Team.

By Abby Turner Village officials are still working to close the gap between refuse removal costs and trash bag revenue, but they have reduced next year’s cost by about $10,000. Trustees accepted a bid of just under $50,000 from Nu Way Sanitation of Arcade, the lowest of three bidders, for the next fiscal year. At present, the village pays $60,000 annually for residential trash removal and receives about $7,000 in bag sales. Under consideration is the addition of a trash removal fee onto residential water/ sewer bills. Initial estimates came in at about $25 per residence per quarter, but would likely be closer to $20 with next year’s reduced cost. At present, business owners are required to arrange for their own trash removal. Any new fee structure the board creates would have to be adopted by local law. If a

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ECS Senior Spotlight Courtney Bradley By Chad Neal

Courtney Bradley is a senior at Ellicottville Central school this year and has been a student there her entire school career. Her mother, Christy Wiser, moved herself and Courtney to Great Valley when she was three-years old. Courtney has been an avid cheerleader since she was eight-years old. “I played soccer for one season in Middle School, but my passion has always been Cheerleading. I started as a Pee-Wee at age 8, and progressed to Midgets and then on to Varsity in 9th grade. I have also been cheering for basketball since 9th grade. I prefer to cheer football because I like being outside, performing under the lights. It also helps that our football team is having an amazing season,” Courtney shared. Courtney has received MVP awards for cheerleading for the past three years and has been academically superior for the past couple semesters, too. “I have maintained my position on either honor roll, or high honor roll, for the last two years at ECS, as well as maintaining High Honor Roll at BOCES, in their Medical Assisting class,” she said. Courtney’s plans for her own future include the medical industry. She plans on going to JCC, in Jamestown, next fall for their nursing program. “My plan is to become a Registered Nurse in the ER and live wherever my career takes me,”

Courtney strategized also claiming that she will come back to Ellicottville every weekend during football season to “cheer on the ECS Eagles.” Courtney is having a great senior year so far, she told EMVN. “I expect my Senior year to give me some great memories with my friends and family that I will treasure for the rest of my life. ECS has prepared me for my future and I am enjoying every moment of being a Senior., Courtney professed. When asked about her favorite memory cheerleading she responded, “Last year when we did a pop-up and the girls threw me up so high my feet were actually higher than the roof of the school.” Courtney is a fan of

country music, scary movies and, “My all time favorite TV show has been and always will be ‘Friends,’” She said and concluded, “I would like to say ‘Good Luck’ to everyone in the class of 2013. I would like to give a shout out to all my friends, I will miss you dearly, especially Alyssa, Bre and Hanna, to name just a few. To my boyfriend, Cameron, what can I say, I love you a ton, thank you for always being there and I know you will succeed in all that you do. As for my parents, Randy Wiser, Thank you for everything you do for my mother and me, we are blessed to have you. Mom, you are truly the most See COURTNEY BRADLEY on page 2

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Local Focus Frederick “Freddie” Joseph, Jr.

Ellicottville attracts character. Some of them are more extroverted than others, but, nonetheless the attraction is there. Frederick “Freddie” Joeseph Jr. is one of those characters. He has lived in Ellicottville for ten years and has made a place here. He is a drummer, and has been since he was eight, after watching Ringo Starr on TV. He knew he had the aptitude to play the skins and was proven correct by his drum teacher, “jazz drummer, Smitty, who taught at Omar’s Music, in Olean. Took three lessons, and he told my Mom that I had a ‘natural ear & coordination’ and he would continue to teach me to read drum music,” Freddie said. Freddie came to Ellicottville when he decided he needed a

change of pace and scenery. He had lived in Olean all of his life, and worked for his Father’s vending business, along with his brother, Jim. The vending business covered a large part of the area,

including Ellicottville, where Freddie first came to discover the town. Freddie is very fond of his family and heritage as he See FREDDIE JOSEPH on page 2

Legislature Hears About Local Military Personnel Legislator Howard Van Ranselaer introduced Daniel McLaughlin, former US Marine to the lawmakers at the October 10, 2012 meeting. McLaughlin, who is also a former member of the NYSP, mayor of Randolph, NY, and ambassador to the US Army Reserves was on hand to discuss the importance of the Army Reserve. He explained that the US Army reserves are no longer a strategic force, but an operational force without which (and the National Guard) the Army could not exist. Seventy-two percent of the Army comes from the Guard and Reserves. Fifty-four percent of the MP’s come from same. He said that the Army Reserves has a vision---being the premier force provider for planned and emerging missions. Electricians, plumbers, and police bringing a whole different force to the Army. “The Reserves provides trained and equipped soldiers to meet global

requirements,” said McLaughlin. They provide essential support units, regional support command which controls the entire northeast. With 14,661 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa, they are everywhere in the world and have more boats than the Navy. Eighty percent of the chaplains come from the Army Reserves as well as 20% from the Guard. Where the Guard is, “in there for the battle,” the Army Reserve has specialized capabilities, combat support. McLaughlin spoke about the program Heroes to Hire, encouraging businesspeople to hire veterans because of their discipline, they follow orders, show up on time and give a good days work for a good day’s pay. In other news: See LEGISLATURE on page 2

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FREDDIE JOSEPH continued from page 1 told EMVN about them. He is one of four adopted children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Joeseph. A beautiful story of love, connection and true American family spirit were riveting . He told of how his parents met, his fathers enthusiasm for music, and also about the vending business they owned, and Freddie worked, for every summer learning the trade and business. His upbringing, in a phrase, was a conventional one for the area in which he grew up. They lived on the Lebanese-Catholic side of the tracks in Olean, where he attended Catholic Schools all of his life; St Joseph Parochial, Archbishop Walsh High School, and St. Bonaventure University. Freddie was always a musician, though he did play some sports, like basketball and golf, but not on the school level as he said his parents weren’t the outdoor type. Freddie’s Ellicottville history started in 2002, when he decided to start over in a place he knew was a good time. He moved into the apartment above Hoagie’s that year, after a relationship ended. Before that, he was married for seven years, which gave him his two children, Frederick Joeseph III and Bridgette Whitlock. His son has a Masters in Music and is an operatic tenor, and is also in his third year of Law School,working as a clerk in Chicago. His daughter is in her last year for Radiology at University of PittBradford, and lives in Olean with her husband and daughter, Lillie Marie. You may know Freddie from his stage presence as a drummer in several different musical outfits performing around the Enchanted Mountains and elsewhere. His first real band, he said, he got into after his divorce in 1988, Blue Wax, “The hottest band in the Olean area for two years,” he boasted. His first public performance was as a youth when he drummed at the St. Joe’s graduation pageant and he was also in school musicals, as well. In his senior year at Archbishop Walsh, he was cast as Sir Lancelot, in Camelot. His first drum set, which he still has, as he is a collector of vintage drums and cymbals, is a Ludwig drum set he received when he was ten. His first Ellicottville performance started with Kuk at Foster’s in 2004, while he was still playing with Dan Sherwin in White

Lightnin’, who he played with for 10 years. Now, Freddie has a plate full of gigs as a drummer and singer on a weekly and monthly basis, and on special occasions, as well, with a handful of different bands. His main gig every Thursday is with Rod Tucker, and sometimes others as Freddie and Friends at the Gin Mill, which started out as Kuk and Freddie. Also, Freddie plays now with Joe Wagner at the Gin Mill on Wednesdays, too. Kuk and Freddie are booked all summer long in the Olean area, as well. He plays in a band called Nashville Express, in Allegany at the American Legion once or twice a month, and the trio, Three Easy Pieces, once a month with Rod Tucker and Jeff Johnson. Freddie is a self proclaimed “Beatleologist” and plays and sings a plethora of different kinds of music, including jazz, hard bop,big band, Lebanese dance music, traditional and country-not to mention rock and roll. Freddie Joseph strolled into Ellicottville a decade ago and has worked a few different jobs but his passion is music. He worked at the casino, in Salamanca and Hamburg, in the count room with his experience in the vending industry counting money, he also delivers Ellicottville Mountain and Valley News. His popularity has grown and his relationship status is “taken” as well. He now lives with his girlfriend, Lenore Farrell, a professional photographer from Toronto, in their log cabin in Maples. He is living a life he enjoys after growing and learning, the way he believes makes him happy. His “nerdy” like tendencies fit in perfect in Ellicottville, too. His collections of drums, and Beatles books, and symphonic film scores shows his passion for music. He found that his biological father was a drummer, too, which gave him an “aha” moment. Spending a few hours with Freddie showed me his whole life which is so much more than can be explained in this article. His willingness to share his life like an open book and enthusiasm gives one the idea his life and music knowledge is plentiful. He will play music with anyone, he even stopped in to ‘Church on Monday’ at Madigan’s this past week and backed up the Reverend Jack Darvaset and Deacon Dan in rocking the house. Freddie Joseph is one of a kind and a perfect fit for Ellicottville.

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Long time commissioner of the Dept. of Social Services, Wendy H. Bourgeois submitted her resignation. Authorized contract for roof repairs of The Pines in Olean Authorized printing of the 2013 County Activities Guide Authorized contract with NYS Dept. of Health

VILLAGE continued from page 1 local law is approved, the changes would take effect in June 2013. Trash isn’t the only thing the village is concerned about cleaning up. The atmosphere at this year’s Fall Festival upset residents and village officials alike – with reports of open container, public urination, and assaults. Mayor Charles Coolidge told a group of people expressing concerns at Monday’s village board meeting, “The Fall Festival has been a problem for quite a few years. There were 13 police officers on duty Friday and Saturday – that without the state troopers. So there was about 19 police.” Local businesswoman and village resident Betsy Peyser relayed that many local residents became concerned in the evening when the behavior of a number of festival goers took a turn for the worse. She observed that police were concentrated in the four corners of the downtown, near vendors.

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“Everyone talks about how scared they were. The police should be walking around the village to deter problems, like they did in the old days,” said Ms. Peyser. Mr. Coolidge praised Constable Howard Gifford and Officer Wayne Dunkleman for patroling on foot and working to enforce the village’s open container ordinance. The mayor expressed frustration that other police agencies, with which the village contracts for the duration of festival, do not appear to be making the same effort in regard to open containers of alcohol. In the near future, Trustee Patra Lowes will be calling a meeting of the Special Events Committee and seeking feedback on the festival. In other business, trustees approved local laws simplifying language in village water regulations and allowing village officials to follow best value standard in purchase contracts.

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Halloween Party at the Ellicottville Legion on October 31st from 6 to 8 PM. Sponsored by the Ellicottville Rotary Foundation for Youth and The Ellicottville American Legion Post 659. If anyone would like to donate candy call David Blanchard at 474-7024.

Happy 80th Birthday!

COUTNEY BRADLEY continued from page 1 inspirational person in my life, I’m so lucky to have a mom like you. I will miss you a ton, and I love you.” Courtney, like other seniors, has a good vision of her future. Seizing the day seems to be quite the motto for this class as they all realize they will be parting from the same kids they have been seeing every day for the past 13, or so, years. It can be a bittersweet time for students, but most likely they won’t be ruminating about it too much. Ruling the school is a deeply rooted agenda and making memories is high on their high school bucket list too. EMVN wishes Courtney the best of luck in her final year at ECS and her future.

Ed “Papa” Szpaicher is turning 80!! Come join us to celebrate on Saturday October 20th at the Gin Mill 5 PM. In lieu of gifts bring a nonperishable food item

Open House at the Fire Hall Many people attended the recent open house at Franklinville Fire Dept. on Sunday, October 14th. Kids of all ages had the chance to climb aboard a fire truck, an ambulance and see other equipment used to help people in fires and other emergencies.

Looking more like a scene from the TV show “Emergency” these Franklinville fire trucks were on hand at Sunday’s open house.

Brennan, Connor, Rosemary and Jacquelyn Isaacson have a photo taken with the Franklinville Fire Dept. Dalmation, “Sparky,” at the recent open house at the fire hall.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Edd Neal. Edd turned 46 on Oct. 15! Want to send Birthday Wishes to someone? Email us at Chris@ .

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Right: Franklinville Chief Jon Hyman explains the protective gear a firefighter must wear when on the fire scene. Air tanks along with self contained breathing apparatus allow the firefighter to be in a structure for approximately 15 minutes before they must be changed. The heavy canvas turnout gear keeps them safe.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH Chinese Auction - the Pines in Machias - Fri., October 19. Ticket sales will from 9:30am-12:30pm with the auction to be held at 1pm. You need not be present to win. Donations are greatly appreciated. For more info., contact the Activities Dept. at 353-8516 ext. 4612.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH Cattaraugus County Dementia Care Conference - Tues., Oct. 30, 1-5pm at The Pines in Machias - 9822 Route 16, Machias. Free for family caregivers and $30 for professional caregivers. Registration is required. For more info./vendor table call 1-800-272-3900.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Tickletown Permaculture group in Humphrey will be visiting seed saver/mushroom grower, Richard Price to tour the Massachusetts Avenue Project. (MAP) MAP works with youth and uses vermiculture, aquaponics and a 1,000 gallon rainwater catchment system in their gardens. See for more info. $2 suggested donation to MAP for the event. For more info. contact Tickletown at 716-945-5460. Carpooling available.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD New Merchandise/Christmas Auction - Saturday, November 3rd at the Franklinville Fire Hall, 75 N. Main St. Food will be available. Sponsored by the Franklinville VFW. For more info. contact Barb at 676-3127.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH & 21ST Olean Rod & Gun Club, Inc. Fall 2012 Gun Show - Sat., Oct. 20, 9am-4pm and Oct. 21, 9am-3pm at the Carter Event Center - I-86, exit 24 in Allegany (follow the signs). A $10 donation allows you free admission on either day and enters you into the 3pm drawing on Sunday.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County Meeting Wednesday, November 7, 7pm at the Olean Public Library meeting room, Laurens Avenue, Olean.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD & 4TH Little Valley VFD Sportsmen’s Showroom - Sat, Nov. 3, 9am-4pm, Sun, Nov. 4th, 9am-3pm at the Cattaraugus County United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar - Saturday, October Fairground, Rt 353, Little Valley. Admission is $5, there will 20, 9am-1pm at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, be over 150 tables. Buy, sell, trade. Refreshments available, Cattaraugus. Crafts, Christmas Table, Grandmas’s Attic, Bake armed security, plenty of parking. Cattaraugus County Pistol Sale, Coffee & Danish, Hot Soup Stop In and Browse, permit clerk will be available both days for the convenience of You may find a treasure to take home. Cattaraugus County residents.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22ND Breast Cancer Workshop - At King Memorial Library, 3-5pm on Mon., October 22 in the Community Room. The program is free and open to the public. Speakers include June Brennan and Amy Benjamin, both breast cancer survivors and advocates. The workshop is sponsored by ChautauquaCattaraugus Library System and the Susan G. Komen WNY affiliate. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. For more info., contact the library at 716-353-9915. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD Community Ski & Snowboard Club - Informational meeting and sign up Tuesday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 30th, 7 pm at the Franklinville Town Hall. A representative from Holiday Valley will be at the meeting to discuss the program. For more info., contact: Diane Finch at 676-3171.

Monthly dinner at Franklinville Fire Hall - Wednesday, November 7, 4:30-7:30pm. Roast beef dinner-$8, broccoli & cheese soup and sandwich--$4.

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and Humana. No insurance? Cost = $20.00. Sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Health Department. Wednesday, Oct. 17 - St. Bonaventure - Doyle Hall 2-6 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Salamanca Health Dept. 2 – 6 PM Monday, Oct. 29 - Olean County Building 2-6 PM Cattaraugus County Museum Announced that it will be open on the third Saturday of the month from May until October from 10am-2pm. The museum is located on the first floor of the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, Machias. For more info. 716-353-8200 Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm. ELLICOTTVILLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY • Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm. The November 14th book is “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira. Contact Bev Webster at 945-4089 for more information. • New Display - The Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System received a grant through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization to purchase library materials. The Ellicottville Library received 32 books, 5 DVDs, 1 book on CD and a variety of handouts on breast cancer and cancer in general. These items are currently on display and are available to be checked out of the library. • Local artwork on display – the gallery area of the library currently has artwork on display by Judy Leasure, pastel artist from Smethport, PA. Judy specializes in custom pet portraits however she chose a variety of subjects to display this month. Stop by the library and check out these amazing pieces of art. • Growing With Music Class – Classes will meet at the Library on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. This music and movement class for pre-school age children is designed to facilitate developmental skills through the magic of music. Children play various rhythm instruments, use their imagination and sing old-time favorites while sharing special moments with a parent. For more information, contact Terri Steinbar at 257-9619. • Exercise classes – We have a variety of exercise classes being offered throughout the week. Please call or stop by the library for a list of dates and times. • Story time is every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH Community Health and Wellness Fair - Wednesday, November 14, Noon-3pm at the JCC-Olean Campus’ Cutco Theater. The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and Bene-Care Agency are hosting this fair to promote its many health and wellness members while supporting a healthier community. Vendor space is available and priorities are given to those that may provide health and medical screenings, which include dental, vision, blood pressure, child immunizations, senior health, smoking cessation and asthma; chiropractors, hospice care, massage therapists, nutritional food options, and are GOACC members. GOACC and Bene-Care will present the Health Insurance Open Enrollment options for its members enrolled in GOACC’s pro- •Franklinville Area Chamber of Commerce - Meetings grams. For more info. contact the Greater Olean Area Chamber are the first Wed. of the month, Morgan Hall, Franklinville of Commerce at 716/372-4433. Franklinville Central School Weight Room Open for the SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH public to use on Monday and Thursday, 5:30am-7:30am and Ham & Turkey Raffle - Sat., October 27, 7 pm at the Fire FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH Hall, 828 Lyndon Center Road. In addition to raffle items such Ham & Turkey Party - Friday, November 16, 7pm at Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-8pm! The public also has access to the walking track. as gusn, meat and cash, there is a Chinese auction, 50/50, Franklinville Fire Hall. door prizes and free refreshments and food. Contact Cherie Franklinville Senior Citizens - 4th Tues. of the month. Slocum at 716-676-2277 for more info and to make donations. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH HOLLYDAY FAIRE - Saturday, November 17, 9am-3pm at the Dinner - 5pm, Meeting - 6pm, Presbyterian Church, S. Main Scarecrow Contest sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 10093 - Sat- Family Life Center of Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, St., Franklinville. urday, October 27, 1-3pm at Park Square in Franklinville. Bring 44 Kenneday St. in Bradford, PA Crafters and vendors are being GENESEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE EVENTS your dressed scarecrow in for judging! sought for this 18th Annual event. Organizers are looking for All events will be at the main campus in Batavia. handmade goods and quality gift items. For more info. contact • Abraham Lincoln: A Man of his Time, A Man for All Time ExHalloween Party - at the VFW in Franklinville - Saturday, Ms. Cline at 814-368-4194. hibit - October 1st - 28th, Alfred O’Connell Library, the event October 27th, 7-11pm. You must be 21 years of age or older to starts at 11:00AM on October 1st.Gilder Lehrman Institute of attend. For more info. contact Barb at 716-676-3127. ON-GOING EVENTS & MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous - Meetings Saturdays, 8pm, American History National Endowment for the Humanities. • Excelsior Brigade Fife and drum Corps Performance & SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH & 28TH Franklinville Free Methodist Church, 41 S. Main St. “School of the Soldier” Presentation- Saturday, October 20 at Gun Show at the Seneca Allegany Events Center - Sat., Oct. 27, 9am-5pm and Sun., Oct. 28, 9am-4pm. Just in time Alzheimer Support Group Meeting - Second Fri. of the 12:30PM in the Forum. After the live performance of the Exfor hunting season, this first annual gun show will take aim month, 1pm, The Pines Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, celsior band, Civil War re-enactors will present “School of the at an extensive showcase of hunting rifles, ammunition, ar- Machias Campus. For caregivers and family members or Soldier” for young people to learn about the Civil War soldiers’ chery products, outdoor gear, etc. Free prize drawings with friends of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. Public is encour- uniforms, weapons and drills. • Discover Lincoln Contest - Contest Deadline: October 20, over $9,000 in prizes. For more info., contact Jim Buck, show aged to attend. For more info. 716-353-8516 4:00PM. Illustrate this question and transport our legendary chairman at 716-569-6810. American hero into today’s presidential election; If Abraham AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES • Tues., Oct. 23, 2-7pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9037 Lincoln was running for president today, what would his camOtto-East Otto Rd., Otto. Notes: Buy any large pizza, receive paign look/sound like? For complete details and entry form visit: personal pan pizza (up to 3 toppings) FREE • Thurs., Oct. 25, 11am-4pm at Cattaraugus County Build- covery-contest/ ing, 303 Court St., Little Valley. Notes: Open to the public from 1-4pm. Buy any large pizza, receive a personal pan pizza Girl Scout Cookie Sale through October 27th. FREE • Tues., Nov. 6, 9:30am-2:30pm at Ellicottville High School, Howe-Prescott Pioneer House in Cadiz open by appointGreat Valley Ellicottville Rd., Ellicottville. Notes: All present- ment - 716-676-2590. ing donors can enter the Turkey-A-Day raffle for a chance to Memorial Library Of Little Valley Crochet Classes - the win a $50 Grocery Gift Card • Wed., Nov. 7, 2-7pm at St. Johns Church, 5381 Depot St., 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm in the ComWest Valley. Notes: All presenting donors can enter the Tur- munity Room. Everyone is invited and there is no fee. Please All meetings are at 7 PM unless otherwise stated key-A-Day raffle for a chance to win a $50 Grocery Gift Card bring a ball of cotton yarn, a G crochet hook, scissors, and a skein of your favorite color yarn. The instructors will be Linda McCubbin and the graduates of last years class. We look BLOUNT LIBRARY FRANKLINVILLE Ashford - (4th Tuesday) November 27th 7:30 forward to seeing everyone. The next class is September 25th Mon. 9am-7pm; Tues.-Thurs. 9am-6pm; Fri. 9am-5pm; Cattaraugus County Legislature - (2nd & 4th at 7 pm to 9 pm. For more information please call the library Sat. 9am-1pm Wednesdays) 3 PM November 14th & 28th at 938-6301 or Linda McCubbin at 938-9430. • Bridge Lessons are being held on Tuesdays, Noon-2pm at the Cattaraugus Village - (2nd Monday) November 12th Centerville - (2nd Tuesday) November 13th library. Please come and learn how to play. East Otto - (2nd Tuesday) November 13th • Breakfast Every Sunday - Breakfast will be served every Sun., Museums Open by Appointment - the Miner’s Cabin, loEllicottville Town (6 pm) - (3rd Wednesday) 21st 8-11am, Franklinville VFW. Breakfast Buffet on the last Sun. of cated at 9 Pine Street in Franklinville and the Howe Prescott Ellicottville Village - (2nd Monday) November 12th every month (except in December). Kingsbury Hill Rd and Hardy’s Pioneer House in Cadiz will be open by appointment only. To Farmersville - (3rd Monday) November 19th tour either of these Ischua Valley Historical Society buildings, Corners Rd., Franklinville. For more info. 676-2058. Franklinville Town - (2nd Tues.) Nov. 13th (7:30 PM) • Quilt classes - October 1, 7pm will be an information ses- please call 716-676-2590 to make an appointment. Franklinville Village - (2nd & 4th Mon.) sion. Projects start October 15 and 22. Classes approximateNovember 12th & 26th ly 2 hours long. Students are asked to bring their own sew- Narcotics Anonymous - Every Sun., 7 pm, Franklinville Great Valley - (2nd Monday) November 12th ing machines and a small amount of supplies (needles, thread, Free Methodist Church, 41 S. Main St., Franklinville.The Humphrey - (2nd Monday) November 12th scissors) Kits will be available for $2-$3. Space is limited, group is open to anyone experiencing problems with subIschua - (2nd Tuesday) November 13th Little Valley Town - (2nd Monday) November 12th sign up today! The class is for anyone 13 years of age or older. stance abuse. Little Valley Village - (4th Tuesday) November 27th If anyone is younger than 13, call the library for more information. Lyndon - (2nd Tuesday) November 13th Overeaters Anonymous - Sundays - 4541 Route 219, Great Machias - (3rd Monday) November 19th Potluck Lunch At The Brooklyn Free Methodist Church Valley. 8:00 PM No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone welMansfield - (3rd Monday) November 19th - 9387 East Otto Rd., E. Otto the first Sunday of the month come! (716) 945-2683 Otto - (3rd Tuesday) November 20th after the morning service. Anyone and everyone from the Salamanca City - (2nd & 4th Tues.) Salamanca Historical Museum is now open Tues., Thurs., community is welcome to attend. November 13th & 27th Sat from 10am - 4pm. Three floors of Salamanca history. Salamanca Town - (2nd Tuesday) November 13th Cattaraugus County Tea Party Patriots - 1st & 3rd Mon., Please visit us at 125 Main Street Salamanca, NY. “WE Rushford - (2nd Monday) November 12th (8 PM) 6:30pm, John Ash Senior Center, 112 N. Barry St., Olean - MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE” - free of charge and totally Yorkshire - (2nd Monday) November 12th Ellicottville CS Board - (2nd and 4th Tues.) Meetings are open to the public. The group was formed by lo- handicapped accessible. November 13th & 27th cal residents concerned about excessive government spending Franklinville CS Board - (3rd Thurs.) November 15th Supper & Study - every Thursday evening at the Machias and regulation UM Church, 9741 Route 16 in Machias. Supper is at 6PM. 2012 COUNTY Craft Group - Meets every Monday (except holidays) at 2 PM Study at 7PM. Call 716-353-4641. PLANNING BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE at the Franklinville First Presbyterian Church Fellowship All meetings are held at 7 PM on the last Thursday of Toastmasters - Have you always wanted to learn public Hall. Bring a craft, learn a craft, teach a craft! each month, at the County Center, 3rd Floor in the large speaking or perhaps hone your skills in the art? Did you know committee room- 303 Court Street, Little Valley, NY.,unless that the public speaking group meets each month? 2nd Tues. CATTARAUGUS COUNTY INFLUENZA SHOT CLINotherwise scheduled. of the month, 7pm, JCC College Center, Olean, Room 227. ICS All items/referrals to be placed on the Agenda must be reGet your flu shot! Bring your insurance card – we will bill ceived in the Planning Office no later than noon the Thursthe following: Medicare, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Independay prior to the meeting. dent Health, Univera, Fidelis, Today’s Options, Evercare,



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Pitt-Bradford to Host Fall Open Houses The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s admissions office will host two open houses this fall for high school students and their families. The first will be held Oct. 20 beginning at 1 p.m. Visiting students will learn about campus life, financial aid, the admissions process and university academics. In addition, they’ll have a chance to meet faculty, staff and students. “Open House events are an excellent opportunity for visitors to tour our campus and to decide if Pitt-Bradford is the right fit for them,” said Vicky Pingie, associate director of admissions. Dr. Livingston Alexander, president, will welcome guests to PittBradford at the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall at 1 PM Members of a faculty forum will answer questions about academic programs, and members of a student panel will talk to students and families about campus life. Members of the admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions, and student ambassadors will provide tours of the campus. The Open House will also include presentations from Alex Nazemetz, director of admissions, who will discuss the details of the admissions process, and Jason Honeck, assistant professor of athletic training, who will give a talk on college academics. Registration for the open house will begin at 12:30 PM in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Students who attend the Open House will have their application fee waived. A second open house will be held Nov. 3. For those who cannot make the Saturday open houses, a First Friday admission session will be held on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. Students attending First Friday will be able to attend a presentation from the admissions office, a tour of the campus, and lunch in the dining hall. For more information or to register for admissions events, visit www.upb. or call the Admissions Office at 800-872-1787. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@



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DEC Issues Emergency Regulation for Chronic Wasting Disease to Prohibit Importing Certain Animal Parts Action Taken to Protect New York’s Deer Population in Response to Pennsylvania Discovery

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued an emergency rulemaking that revises the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations in response to a confirmed case of CWD in Pennsylvania, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Effective immediately, the revision prohibits importing certain parts of whitetailed deer or American elk taken in the state of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed the first case of CWD in Pennsylvania on October 11 at a deer farm in New Oxford (Adams County), PA. CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain in infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. In response, DEC amended its CWD regulations to prohibit importing the following parts of deer or elk taken in Pennsylvania: brain, eyes,

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spinal cord, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen or retropharyngeal lymph nodes. “Hunters who take a deer or elk in Pennsylvania must now butcher

the animal and remove the prohibited parts before entering New York State,” said DEC Commissioner Martens. “This action is necessary to protect New York’s populations of deer and moose. Most successful hunters already opt to butcher a deer and put the meat in a cooler before traveling back to New York.” DEC’s ongoing extensive surveillance program, initiated in 2002, first confirmed CWD in New York State in 2005 and has not discovered any additional cases of CWD since that time. DEC recently revised its surveillance plan and efforts this year will concentrate on collecting tissues at taxidermists as well as deer processors. It is not known exactly how CWD is transmitted. The infectious agent, a prion, may be passed from animal to animal through feces, urine or saliva. The minimal incubation period between infection and development of clinical disease appears to be about 16 months. The maximum

incubation period is unknown, as is the point at which shedding of the CWD agent begins during the prolonged course of infection. The movement of infected material is believed to be one of primary routes of transmission. This amendment to the CWD regulations prohibits importing those parts of a deer where the disease is most likely to be found. DEC advises hunters not to consume the meat of any animal that acts abnormal and to exercise precautions when butchering animals, such as using rubber or latex gloves. Also, DEC urges hunters to dispose of deer parts that will not be consumed in a municipal landfill. Additional information about CWD can be found on DEC’s website at: animals/7507.html and http:// html. Information is also available on the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance’s website at http://

Cornell Professor to Speak on Latinos in the U.S. at Pitt-Bradford Dr. Hector Velez, adjunct associate professor of sociology at Cornell University, will speak next week at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford about “Latinos in the U.S.: A Remaking of America?” Velez’s talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Rice Auditorium in Fisher Hall and is part of the Behavioral/Social Sciences Symposium series. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Velez did his undergraduate work at Lehman College of the City University of New York and has a master’s and doctoral

degree from Cornell. He has served as a tenured professor at Ithaca College, where he served at different times as chairman of the Department of Sociology and as director of the Minority Affairs Program. While at Ithaca College, Velez started an interna-

tional program that took students from both Ithaca and Cornell on a threeweek-long experience in Latin America. Through this program, he took students to Colombia, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. This opened the way for other faculty members to experience the joy of traveling with students and has become a successful program at Ithaca. He also served as one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca. At Cornell, he is one of the founders of the Latino Studies program, which has just celebrated

its 25th anniversary, at which Velez was the keynote speaker. Velez is also a faculty fellow at Cornell, working mostly with the Latino Living Center and is also the advisor to various student organizations, such as the Dominican Student Association, Sabor Latino, the Cornell Student Dance Ensemble and Lambda Upsilon Lambda, the alpha chapter of what is now a national Latino fraternity. Velez has traveled to Paraguay as an emissary of the Latin American Studies Association and has been an advisor to the

Dominican government on issues of community organization for better housing for poor communities located near areas heavily hit by hurricanes. He is currently working on a book on the history of Latinos at Cornell from 1865 to the present and teaches the course Latinos in the United States. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Klausner, associate professor of sociology, at (814)362-7627 or For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

Joseph M. Giglio Announces Election Bid for Assembly Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I— Gowanda) announced today that he is running for re-election in the new 148th Assembly District, which encompasses all of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties and the towns of Greenwood, Jasper, Troupsburg and West Union in Steuben County. The 148th Assembly District ENU ITE W M MS NE

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will have 65 towns, 19 villages, 2 cities and most of the population of the Seneca Nation of Indians. “Representing the Southern Tier and Western New York in the State Assembly has been an honor. I’m hopeful that I will be fortunate enough again this year to earn the faith and trust of the voters who have sent me to Albany. I’ve always considered myself to be a delegate legislator; I go to Albany to represent the residents of the district in a manner that they feel I should,” said Assemblyman Giglio. First elected in a 2005 special election, Giglio was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010 with over 60% of the vote in each election. Prior to

serving in the Assembly, Assemblyman Giglio was a New York State Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Western New York Office. As an Inspector General, it was Giglio’s role to investigate fraud, waste and abuse by employees of various State agencies and those who may have done business with the State. Assemblyman Giglio’s expertise in law enforcement has earned him a lead role on the Assembly Ethics & Guidance and Corrections Committees. He also serves on the Codes, Aging, and Children & Families Committees. “I want the voters to know that I work every day to bring an independent approach to the State Assembly, and I have always represented the diverse views of the residents,” said Giglio. “The last several years have been very difficult economic times for taxpayers and businesses in the State of New York, and I have worked very hard to change that economic climate. I will continue to promote and support policies that will hold the line on spending, streamline

bureaucratic and burdensome regulations for our taxpayers and businesses, fight for mandate relief for local governments and school districts, and continue to advocate for efficiencies and cost saving measures in the Medicaid program, which is one of the most expensive in the Country. I believe that my record is clear…I’ve resisted the status quo and have been calling for reform from the top down.” One of the most important priorities that Assemblyman Giglio will continue to promote is Assembly Rules reform. The system is way out of control and needs reform desperately. The rules of the Assembly chamber and the method in which the Assembly is run is undemocratic. Too much legislative power is concentrated in the position of Speaker. Rank and file members from both sides of the aisle have very little input on the process and on the legislation that reaches the Assembly for a vote. Changes are necessary to bring fairness to the legislative process which will benefit all of the State of New York. Assemblyman Giglio is a member of the Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team. For the past two years, the team has been dedicated to reviewing the Medicaid system from top to bottom and working to secure savings in the program. Many of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s proposals have been enacted as part of the State budget. The result was approximately $2.5 billion in savings to

the taxpayer. “Administrative costs of the Medicaid program will soon be taken over by the State rather than paid for by local property taxpayers,” stated Giglio. “The State recently phased in a gradual takeover of the 3% local share of Medicaid costs, but I believe that more must be done for local property taxpayers. Counties have no control over the rules or eligibility for Medicaid, but county taxpayers are stuck paying for a significant portion of the cost. That must end and that is why I am supporting legislation to end the county share of the cost.” Assemblyman Joe Giglio has been endorsed this year by the National Federation of Independent Business, New York’s leading small business association, by Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan organization focused on making State government more accountable to taxpayers, was named by the New York State Farm Bureau as a member of its “Circle of Friends,” and received an A+ rating and endorsement from the National Rifle Association. “Senator Cathy Young and I have made a great team for the Southern Tier while in Albany,” said Giglio. I hope that the voters of the 148th District continue to believe that I’ll do my absolute best to represent them. Election Day is a little under four weeks away, and I’ll be visiting with voters and taxpayers from now until then getting out the message.”

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Know your Roller Derby Girls Roller Derby Shelly Anderson a.k.a.


Shelly “Shell Shocked” Anderson Rivas rolls on the track with Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby (EMRD) league as a blocker. Hailing from Chandlers Valley, Pa., Shell Shocked was a student at Eisenhower High School and Youngsville High School. She said she played a couple sports in school, and was always on wheels as a youth. “I played softball and basketball growing up, throughout school, and, of course, yes, roller skated in my teenage years! I pretty much lived at the Russell Roller Rink when growing up. It was the big hang out back then,” Shocked said, and went on to share an anecdote about stealing to the said hang out, “I will never forget Jen, my sister, and me sneaking out and walking down the hill we lived on and we were going to hitch a ride at the bottom to go to the roller rink, but when we got to the end of the hill, our dad drove by, so we threw our skates and made up an excuse, and we never saw our skates again, They went missing.” Shocked grew up with two older sisters, Jen, a.k.a. “Jen Rae-Venge” (also a skater for the EMRD) and Brenda Anderson aka “ShelQuila.” She said that her father brought them up by himself, although Shocked’s grandparents did live next door, where they also spent a lot of time. She said she gives him credit for raising three girls. Now, Shocked lives in Salamanca with her fiveyear old son, Dominic, her mother, sisters, and niece. “I was living in Irvine, Pa. when my sister, Jen, was

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playing for EMRD and she knew I wanted to play because we loved to skate, so she found a league close to me that I could join. It was the Chautauqua County Roller Derby (CCRD) league. But, when I moved to Salamanca, I joined EMRD. Happy they accepted me, as I was friends with most of them before joining, knowing them through my sister,” Shocked recalled. Shocked is very enthusiastic about roller derby. “The very first time I played in a bout I was speechless! I had the biggest high from the adrenaline rush that was going on in my body. It was pretty up there, just about the same when I jumped out of an airplane, skydiving. I was on a natural high,” Shocked proclaimed. “I wasn’t scared at all. I was ready to show my team I was worthy of playing with them, and for them. I also wanted to get those awesome blocks and hits in. I still get buzzed whenever I play or bout. I just get so pumped!” Shell Shocked got to prove all her hard work paid off when she received the MVP Blocker award at a bout. Her derby name, “Shell Shocked,” was given to her just as soon as she hit the track. Her friends helped her figure it out and so did circumstances, “Well my name is Shelly, so that turned into Shell, and I got Shocked because a lot of the players were shocked I came to roller derby practice and jumped right into it and took off! So came Shell Shocked. Also, I want to shell shock the other players from the other teams,” Shocked boasted, sharing her

reason for wanting to be on a roller derby team. “I went into playing roller derby expecting to meet and make new friends and for once do something for myself that I loved to doskate! It’s helping me to meet a whole bunch of new people that become family and friends. No matter what, every roller derby lady has each other’s back. No matter what!” Shell Shocked has some personal goals as well to go along with her newfound family. She wanted to change her lifestyle a bit and has proved that her goals are within reach, thanks to roller derby. “I want to become physically healthy and get in shape to be a positive role model for my son, and what a better way to do it, playing roller derby,” She asserted, adding, “It has helped me to want to and finally quit smoking. I have been a non-smoker for about a month now. The one thing I love the most is how awesome our league of ladies are with each other. There is not one word that could explain how amazing every derby gal is on our league, they are their for you good or bad.” Shell Shocked admitted that she does have a slight fear of getting a severe injury that would keep her from playing “or making me not able to walk,” She said she wants to play derby for as long as she can. Like most of the other girls EMVN has interviewed, her family is 100-percent behind her. “My son and niece, Jasmine, are the most excited of all. They love coming and watching us play,” Shell Shocked said, “Best thing ever is the fans, the more pumped they are and cheering you on the more we get pumped and want to please them and give them a good show!” Shell Shocked gave some insight into her mind set as she skates into a bout, she says she becomes a new person. All of her daily stresses leave her , her mind becomes empty, and she only focuses on roller derby. Her strategy of keeping the opposing team’s jammer in the dust and advancing her team’s jammer are the only things she is pondering, “It’s like I am in a whole new world, I become the baddest super hero ever! Your mind is all about derby! I call it my ME TIME! Because it’s the one thing I do for myself,” Shell Shocked explained, “You got to love dressing for derby too. Everyone has their own unique style.” As this years roller derby season has run it’s course the skaters are all excited about next year’s season. They are always recruiting as well and information can be found on their Facebook page, Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby.

Franklinville girl booters win two In CCAA girls’ soccer action last week, Ten Broeck Academy of Franklinville won both games in two starts. Franklinville improved to 8-5. Franklinville beat visiting West Valley in a CCAA III game on October 10, 9-3. Ashley Leederman scored three goals for a hat trick to lead the Panthers, while Linnea Pollock netted two goals and passed out one assist. Cheyenne Stauffenberger also netted two goals. Vanessa Pfeiffer scored one goal and passed out one assist, while Kelsey Brown also scored a goal. Ally Ciesla and Megan McKune dished out one assist each.

Goalie Carli Lembicz saved 10 Wildcat shots. For West Valley, who is 7-4-1, Andrea Gentner, Ashley Blackman, and Brooke Smith scored one goal apiece. Goalies Blackman and Kaitlyn Snayzuk combined for 19 saves. In a battle of Panthers, Franklinville beat host Pine Valley of South Dayton in a CCAA III game on October 12, 4-0. Goalie Lembicz saved 13 shots and earned the shutout. Leederman netted two goals and passed out two assists, while Stauffenberger and Pollock scored one goal apiece.

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SPORTS Ellicottville Eagles Play Panama Panthers Again to Secure Sectional Playoffs At the Ralph The Ellicottville Eagles Varsity Football team, coached by Tim Bergen, are going to the playoffs in hopes of playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium, in Orchard Park,the home of the Buffalo Bills. Bergen has been coaching the Ellicottville Eagles for decades and has taken them to sectionals on several occasions. EMVN asked Bergen what his team was doing right this year and he replied, “Winning! We are playing good offense. Our offensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage.” This Friday evening, under the lights at Ellicottville Central School, the Eagles will be playing against the Panama Panthers for the chance to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium, in the Sectional Playoffs. The Eagles played against the Panama Panthers in Panama, Oct. 6. Ellicottville clinched a playoff spot by beating the Panthers 35-to-8, and six days later, beating rival Franklinville, 22to-0, to end up as the top seed going into the playoffs. Last year, the

Phalla Musall has gained 600 yards in teh past thre weeks for the Ellicottville Eagles Ellicottville Eagles made the playoffs as the four seed, but were defeated by the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds, who, incidentally, won their Sectional Playoff at Ralph Wilson Stadium. “It’s a good feeling,” Bergen said about going into the playoffs again. The Eagles ended their regular season with five wins and one loss in their league and 5-and-2, overall. They scored the most points in their league to secure the number one

seed status with a plus-87 and a 20 point differential. The Eagles started their season on the last day of August, beating the Forestville Hornets, 36to-6, but lost their second game against the Clymer Pirates, 14-to-20. The Eagles’ second, and final, loss was to the St. Mary’s Lancers, falling 41-to-,0 after downing the Pine Valley Panthers 24-to-0 the week before. In the rest of their games, the Eagle’s beat their opponents with a collective score of 91-to-29, against the Sherman/ Ripley Wildcats, Panama Panthers, and the Franklinville Panthers. Coach Bergen also said in the last three weeks, sophomore ,Phalla Musall gained over 600 yards. The Ellicottville Eagles Varsity Football team is gaining momentum and are determined to wreck Panama Friday night to pave the way to Ralph Wilson. “E double-L I C O double-T V I double-L E! GO EAGLES!” They’ve already tamed the Panama Panthers, not to mention two other Panther teams and a Wildcat team. ECS is the BEST!

Ellicottville Gridders Beat Panthers

Host Ellicottville defeated Ten Broeck Academy of Franklinville in a Class DD football game on October 12, 22-0. The game served as the Eagles’ homecoming and the win keeps them alive for the first seed in the 2012 Section VI Class DD Playoffs. Ellicottville led the Panthers at halftime, 8-0, and added on two second half scores for insurance. Phalla Musall ran in two touchdowns for the Eagles on runs of three and 47 yards, plus he ran in one conversion. Cam Wilson ran six yards for an Eagle touchdown and also ran in one conversion. The Eagles gained 278 total offensive yards for 11 first downs, all on the ground (the Eagles had no yards passing and went 0-for-3). The Panthers gained 113 total offensive yards for seven first downs, with 87 yards rushing and 26 yards passing. Peter Kopp was 2-of-7 for 26 yards, with two passes intercepted. Ellicottville lost 1-of-5 fumbles and Franklinville had no fumbles, but the Eagles still won the turnover battle 2-1. Ellicottville finished the regular season at 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Section VI DD League. The Eagles, Clymer, and Sherman-Ripley are tied for first place. Tie breakers will determine their seedings for the four-team DD Playoffs

that start October 19-20. Franklinville finished at 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the DD League. Panama also finished 2-4, but

beat Franklinville in the regular season to win the tiebreaker and take the fourth DD Playoff spot.

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Police Reports Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office 10/14/12 – David A. Doner, Jr., 35, of Conewango, was arrested on a charge of third-degree assault after patrol responded to his residence for a domestic dispute. He was taken to the Town of Napoli Court for arraignment where he was released. He is due to return to court at a later date to further answer the charges. 10/10/12 – Renee L. Preston, 42, of Freedom, was arrested on a charge of issuing a bad check. Preston was arrested on a warrant issued by the Franklinville Police Department. She was transported to the same department for arraignment. 10/10/12 – Deputies responded to a report received by Pioneer High School Officials of a 14-year old possibly in possession of marijuana on school grounds. After an investigation, deputies arrested the student on a charge of juvenile delinquency. No further

State Police Barracks, Machias, NY information is available at this time. 10/5/12 – Thomas N. Bowersox, 66, of Olean, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08 percent, and unsafe backing after a property damage accident at the Seneca Allegany Casino. Bowersox was relesed on an appearance ticket for the Salamanca City Court at a later date to answer the charges. 10/4/12 – Barrington A. Johnson, 36, of Randolph, was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and assault. Johnson turned himself in to the Cattaraugus County Jail on a warrant

Sports Continued Salamanca Downs TBA Girl Swimmers

Host Salamanca defeated Ten Broeck Academy of Franklinville in a CCAA girls’ swimming meet on October 11, 114-69. Coached by Franklinville native Laura LaffertyJohn, the Warriors improved to 10-0. The Panthers won seven events. Whitney Farrand and Johanna Farrand quadrupled. Whitney Farrand and Johanna Farrand joined Jessica Schneggenburger and Connie Miller to win the 200-medley relay (2:09.32). Whitney

Farrand and Johanna Farrand joined double winner Miller and Cheyenne Wright to win the 400-freestyle relay (4:31.28). Johanna Farrand won the 100-butterfly and set a new Franklinville school record with 1:04.43. Johanna Farrand also won the 200 IM (2:36.91). Whitney Farrand won the 50-freestyle (27.04 seconds) and 100-backstroke (1:08.74). Schneggenburger also doubled, winning the 100-breaststroke (1:24.40).

F’ville Boy Booters Lose Two Ten Broeck Academy of Franklinville lost both boys’ soccer games in last week’s action. Visiting Ellicottville defeated Franklinville on October 9, 4-0, in a CCAA III game. Pat Snyder, Carl Herman, Patrick McMahon-Eagan, and John Alzate netted one goal each, while Luke Zlockie had one assist.

Goalie Jeremy Bordini stopped six shots and earned the shutout for the Eagles. Goalie Jared Finch stopped 23 shots for the Panthers. In a CCAA interdivisional game on October 12, visiting Cattaraugus-Little Valley beat Franklinville, 5-0. Goalie Finch stopped 26 Timberwolf shots.

for the charges. It is alleged that he struck his one-year old in there face and left bruises. Johnson was araigned in the Town of Randolph Court and remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. She was due to appear in th eSalamanca City Court at a later date to answer the charges.

10/2/12 – Kristan K. Seyfang, 23, of Claendon, Pa., was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after patrol was called tho a domestic incident between two females at the Seneca Allegany Casino’s Cafe. As patrol was separating the females, it is alleged that Seyfang continued to use vulgar language and yell after being told to stop. She was arrested and arraigned at the City of Salamanca Court and remanded to the

10/9/12 – Carolyn M. Fisher, 22, of Franklinville, was involved in a property damage-only accident on Route 19 and Tucker Hill Road in the Town of Caneadea.

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10/9/12 – Jared M. Kraft, 20, of Machias, was involved in a personal injury accident on Laidlaw Road. at Peavy Road. in the Town of Farmersville. One person was listed as injured. 10/9/12 – Robert W. Oldro,

10/11/12 – Dustin J. Dashnaw, 29, of Machias, was charged in the Town of Machias with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property regarding an incident that was reported May 20, 2012 in the Town of Yorkshire. He was also charged with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property regarding an incident reported on June 19, 2012, also in the Town of Yorkshire. Dashnaw was given appearance tickets and both incidents are under investigation. 10/12/12 – Keven G. Willacy, 47, of Butler, Pa., and Brian A. Gabel, 22, of New Rochelle, were involved in a two-vehicle property damage accident on Main Street at State

Route 242 in the Town of Machias. 10/13/12 – Alan Robert Hunt, 53, of Ellicott City, Md., Ashley E. Delgado, 28, of Hamburg, and the unknown owner of a parked vehicle,were involved in a three-car property damage-only accident on Route 219 at Ashford Hollow Road in the Town of Ashford. 10/13/12 – Miles D. Perry, 24, of Machias, was charged with one count of fourth-degree stalking. Perry was released on his own recognizance. 10/14/12 – Elaine H. Cole, 66, of Houghton, was involved in a property damage-only accident on Route 242 at Upper Street in the Town of Rushford. 10/14/12—Two Franklinville girls, age 14, were both charged with one count of violation of family court regarding an incident of a missing child reported on Oct. 13, 2012. Both were arrested in the Town of Farmersville and were given appearance tickets.

Pitt-Bradford to Observe Disability Awareness Month with Film and Exhibit

For its observance of National Disability Awareness Month, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will offer a free showing of the HBO movie “Temple Grandin” and a traveling exhibit next week in Blaisdell Hall. The week starts off with the movie at 6:30 PM Oct. 25 in Bromeley Family Theater. The movie, “Temple Grandin” tells the story of an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her disability to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry. It won seven Emmy Awards and brought the autism advocate’s work to a

broader audience. Shortly after the release of the movie in 2010, Dr. Vaughn Bicehouse, assistant professor of education, took a group of students to meet Grandin at one of her lectures. “Dr. Grandin inspired us as educators to learn how to differentiate lessons to help students with disabilities, especially individuals such as her who learn in pictures, not words,” he said. Beginning Oct. 25 and continuing through Oct. 31 the campus will host a traveling exhibit from the Museum of DisABILITY History in

Buffalo, N.Y. The exhibit, “Reel Life: DisABILITY Goes to the Movies,” draws attention to motion pictures that have disability themes or actors with disabling conditions. The exhibit will be on display in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall. The events are being co-sponsored by the Office of Disability Resources and Services, TRiO Student Services and the Division of Management and Education. For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)3627609 or

Keller to Seek New Term as Country Treasurer

Cattaraugus County Treasurer, Joseph G. Keller, has announced that he will run for re-election in November. Mr. Keller is completing his fifth term in office (20 years). He has been the County’s Chief Fiscal Officer since taking office in 1993. The Treasurer stated that he is proud to have been able to report surpluses and positive fund balances during each of his annual reports to the Legislature since taking office.

He stated that during his tenure, the County has received positive audit reports and that the County’s bond rating has been upgraded on several occasions.

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Keller also reports other accomplishments including the County receiving an award from the National Association of Counties for the on-line Tax Collection System developed by the Treasurer’s Office and Information Services Department. The County also received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting during his service. He has held property auctions, over saw the County’s assets, administered loan funds, consolidated bank accounts, reviewed

investments, implemented the County’s Occupancy Tax, and instituted the County’s Purchase Card program, which frees employee time and provides more purchasing controls within the County. Keller has been endorsed by the Republican, Democrat, Conservative and Independence Parties. Keller expects to run unopposed. Keller and his wife, Peggy, have two sons, Dr. Christopher Keller of Long Island, New York, and Matthew (Kelly) Keller, of Olean, New York.

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Jean L. Mark Franklinville

Jean L. Mark of Second Ave. passed away unexpectedly October 13, 2012 at her home. Born October 18, 1922 in Oberlin, Ohio she was the daughter of Charles E. Lapham and Dorothy E. McGill. On November 29, 1947 in Franklinville she married the love of her life, Ronald F. Mark who survives. Mrs. Mark was a 1940 graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville and then went on to be a 1945 graduate of E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (ECMC). She was employed at Olean General Hospital, Cattaraugus Co. Nursing Home and did private duty nursing for several years. Jean’s favorite activities were centered around, the love she held for her family, friends, and her church. She was an active, giving, and dedicated member of the Presbyterian Church of Franklinville for over 50 years. She volunteered at both the Blount Library of Franklinville, the Olean General Hospital, and delivered Meals on Wheels for over 20 years. She was past President of the Franklinville Woman’s Club, and the Philomathic Club, and also volunteered at Franklinville Central School and its reading program.

Many wonderful meals were prepared and served for gatherings in her home. She loved being a hostess, and taking care of her family and friends. Jean accomplished this with class and humility. Jean and Ron loved to travel. They traveled cross country to Washington State and back 5 times to visit their sons, and family. They were always on the go attending concerts, plays family functions, and ball games. She was as active supporter of high school sports, and loved attending the Bonnie’s Basketball program and held season tickets for many years. One of her highlights commonly reminisced about was meeting Bob Lanier and many other players. After retiring, Jean and Ron spent winters at

their home in Florida (“the hut”). They spent time with family, and made many new friends. Jean participated in chorus, plays, golf, and supporting the “Betmar” community in many ways. She touched many lives with her kindness and generosity, and will be missed by all. Surviving besides her husband of Franklinville are 2 sons Ronald W. (Dawn) Mark of Arcade, and Roger C. (Jodi) Mark of East Wenatchee, Washington, 2 grandchildren Natalie Mark and Jesse Mark, and 4 great grandchildren, a sister D. June Eaton of Zephyrhills, FL, and a nephew. Friends will gather with the family in the Presbyterian Church 25 S. Main St. Franklinville, where a memorial service will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11 AM, with Rev. Jason Cashing pastor officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Franklinville. Memorials may be made to the Blount Library 5 N. Main St, Franklinville NY 14737, or the Franklinville Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home in Franklinville where on line condolences can be sent to

Jane Alethia Simmons formerly of Machias

Jane Alethia Simmons, (Denapole), age 82, of San Jacinto, California, passed away on October 4, 2012. Jane was born on November 17, 1929 to Frank and Grace Denapole in Machias, New York, a birthday she shared with her sister Frances who was born 2 years later in 1931. She married Robert Klink in 1948 and Delbert Simmons in 1966. Jane is the beloved Mother of her 7 children, Rebecca Pierce, Linda Crawford, Robert “Doc” Klink Jr., Brenda Rauch, Terry Klink, Loretta Moore, and John Klink. She is also survived by her 24 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-

grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and her daughters Rebecca and Brenda. Jane was a nurse, feminist, and an avid reader. She was a

remarkable woman who showed tremendous strength and courage in the face of adversity. She was an extremely active member of the National Organization for Women. She fought tirelessly to have the Equal Rights Amendment passed. A Visitation was held on October 12, 2012 at the Miller-Jones San Jacinto Chapel, 165 West 7th Street, San Jacinto, California and Funeral Services were on October 13, 2012 at the Chapel. She was interred at Riverside National Cemetery. Jane touched many lives and will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Fire Prevention Starts at Home Fire prevention starts at home with children. A child who is coached and taught proper fire prevention and safety has a better chance of surviving should the unthinkable happen. Children should recognize the sound of a smoke alarm and know what to do when they hear it. Teach them to get outside quickly and crawl low if there is smoke. When it comes to opening doors, teach children to touch doors with the back of your hand before opening. If it is hot, use an alternative exit and never go back into the building for a pet or toy. Teach the child if their clothes catch on fire to immediately stop, drop to the ground, and roll back and forth quickly to extinguish the flames. Keep matches and lighters out of

Fire Prevention Tips October is fire prevention month and the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York wants to take precaution in your home. Install smoke alarms in your home if you have not done so already. They are widely available and fairly inexpensive. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly. Do not overload circuits or extension cords. Avoid high traffic areas to prevent tripping and possible sparks catching something on fire. Never place cords under rugs. Check electrical connection by checking the fit of the plug in the outlet. If the plug is loose, inspect the outlet to find out why. A poor connection can cause overheating and could start a fire within minutes. Unplug all appliances when not use. When arranging a home, place appliances carefully. Try to keep TVs, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains. If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly. Also, keep appliances away from water sources –like rain coming in from windows or near a sink. This can help prevent wiring damage which can lead to a fire. Finally, conduct regular home inspections. Check all outlets and equipment plugged in. Taking time to check the wiring at least once a month could save you from a fire in your home. For more fire prevention tips visit www. The American Red Cross of Southwestern NY is a United Way agency

reach of children and keep candles and gasoline out of reach of children. When in the kitchen, keep children away from cooking and heating appliances. Never leave the kitchen while cooking. Remove anything that could catch fire away from the stovetop. Cook with pots and pans on the back burners with handles away from the front and edges of the stove. Sometimes children are scared of a firefighter and may hide from them during a fire. Take time to tour your local fire station so children can see a firefighter in full gear so they know that they are there to help them. For more fire safety and prevention tips, visit The American Red Cross of Southwestern NY is a United Way agency.

Don’t Let Your Home Become a Fire Statistic Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured, and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Eighty three percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences. The most devastating statistic- many of these fires could have been prevented. In order to protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristic of fire. Fire moves fast. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Fire produces gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may actually fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio. Finally, fire is hot - heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the superhot air can sear your lungs and can cause severe burns from things such as doorknobs. The best way to keep a fire from hurting your family is to put fire prevention practices in place. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Properly working smoke alarms decreases your chances of dying in a fire by half. They can detect smoke and wake you up so you can leave the home. Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement. Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area near the bedrooms. Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms every ten years. Common causes of home fires start with heating sources. When using space heaters, place at least three feet away from flammable/combustible materials and use only the type of fuel designed for your space heater. Check all furnaces and stoves before heating your home. Clean all flumes and vents.

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Buffalo’s Brawny Race for a New Sport to the Northeast Ice Cross Downhlll

Five of the Fastest Athletes, Including Local Hero Jay McKee, Qualify for 2013 Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice skated into Western New York today holding the only northeast qualifier for the first Canadian stop in the World Championship in Niagara Falls. Two local Buffalo competitors, one from Niagara Falls, one Midwesterner, and one Canadian Buffalo Sabres alum player will represent the US on December 1. Adam Green had the fastest time of the qualifier, completing the pre-set course in 22.66 seconds. His Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship experience has already taken him to Munich, Germany in 2009 and St. Paul, MN

last year ranking him 69 overall. “My ambition is to be in the top 16 in Niagara,” said a confident Green, a student hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. “I, no doubt, will be the fastest US competitor.” Local celebrity and the most experienced on the ice, Buffalo Sabres alum Jay McKee, finished confidently in fourth place with a time of 25.63. “I’m just proud to be a small part of this awesome sport,” said McKee, who currently resides in Elma, NY. “It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies like myself.”

Also heading to Niagara in second, third and fifth place are John Corda, Edward Spiesz and Daniel Buchanan, all hailing from the Buffalo area. In addition, the only female skater willing to go against the men of Red Bull Crashed Ice will be planning a homecoming, seeing that she is currently a local firefighter in Niagara Falls, NY. Tamara Stewart, 24, will compete amongst some of the fastest, toughest and bravest Ice Cross Down Hill Skaters that Canada and surrounding countries have to offer. “I’m going to train hard

because I don’t want my experience to end in Niagara,” says Stewart, who has been playing hockey since she was five-yearsold. “I’ve always competed with the boys. It’s just made me better.” r those that couldn’t make it, there are additional qualifiers in the US for the Minneapolis stop later this year. Check www.redbullcrashedice. com for more details. Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Season Opener – November 29 - December 1, 2012 In Niagara Falls, On 2012/13 Race Calendar December 1, 2012:

Niagara Falls, Ontario (Canada) January 26, 2013: Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA) February 16, 2013: TBD (Russia) March 2, 2013: Lausanne (Switzerland) March 16, 2013: Quebec City, Quebec (Canada) About Red Bull Crashed Ice A combination of hockey, boardercross, and downhill skiing, Red Bull Crashed Ice sets a thrilling stage for intrepid male and female amateur and pro hockey players from around the globe. No flat surfaces here – instead, daring racers hurtle down

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an ice track showcasing their strength, speed, and technique while battling massive jumps, gaping drops, hairpin turns and each other to the icy, epic finish. Each stop of the 2013 World Championship features shoot-outs for national and international athletes. The fastest 64 Canadian and 64 international athletes from each shoot-out advance to the elimination round where the ice mavericks are seeded into brackets of four, as the two skaters from each bracket with the highest speeds advance to the finals

Celebrating 65 Years of Marriage

blessing from Fr. Ron Mierzwa at Holy Name of Mary R.C. Church in Ellicottville earlier this month. Rudy retired twenty five years ago as a purchasing agent at Fisher Price. Ruth retired from the Erie County DPW where she was a principle clerk. In a phone conversation Rudy and Ruth Labelle with Ruth she said that posed after Mass on they had a big breakfast Sunday, October 14th. They on their anniversary this celebrated their 65th wedding year at a local restaurant. anniversary on October 4th. When asked what their Photo by A. Zendarski secret is for a good marriage, Ruth said, “a Rudy and Ruth Labelle sense of humor, and Rudy celebrated their 65th would say, “all you have to wedding anniversary on do is say, “yes, dear.” October 4th, 1949. Married The Labelle’s have 5 at St. Theresa’s R.C. children—four daughters Church in South Buffalo, and one son. they received a special

rs o b h g i e N r u o Y t W ha in g y a s e r a What have you done to help humanity Rachel P. J. I donate to the Gave kids a new Big or Small? Steve food pantries in opportunity in

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“It’s nice to be nice.” A friend of mine said that. Why is it so difficult to get everyone to be nice? The Utopia I speak of involves no greed and plenty work for everyone. But, this pipe dream will never exist due to greed. Evil has a tight grip on the souls of man, and humanity, as a whole, wants peace and serenity. Alas, it is a dog-eat-dog world so, the small things that help the greater good are often overlooked and the my, me, mine mindset pulls on the reigns of our psyche. Helping people is a full-time job for many people. Some for profit, some just to help make life easier for others. Deep down, the satisfaction of helping is a selfish motive, but as long as the energy exchange levels out the playing field and one person can feel good for helping another feel better, the universe is in check. I often hold doors, and try to do nice things to show I am polite and make people smile and this sensation gives me elation. I try not to squander it. Sometimes I know I cause others to dispense negative feelings. No one is all good. As long as using positive energy in the exchange is conveyed, we can feel better about living. What have you done to help humanity, big or small?

Ellicottville to join a sport that the school didn’t offer.

Rick J.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sarah T.

I am raising my I locked up many kids not to be scumbags over the Ellicottville and jerks. They have years in my previous Springville and give manners, say career, and taught blood whenever I please and thank many classes on can you. Also I give scams and fraud blood as often as I can and just got my bone marrow donor card in the mail a few weeks ago.

Toni M.

I just turned in $2,000 at the 2nd Annual Jamestown Paranormal Convention for the American Cancer

Maria B.

For the last four years I volunteered as varsity soccer coach and part time mom to a bunch of teen girls. I tried to guide them and teach them to treat each other with respect in a world of cyber bullies and petty teen drama. Hopefully they learned something and a little soccer along the way.

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How Financial Aid Letters Often Leave Students Confused and Misinformed

by Marian Wang ProPublica The financial aid award letters that colleges send to prospective students can be confusing: Many mix grants, scholarships and loans all under the heading of “Award,” “Financial Assistance,” or “Offered Financial Aid.” Some schools also suggest loans in amounts that families can’t afford. Take Parent Plus loans, a federal program that allows families to take out as much as they need, after other aid is applied, to pay for their children’s college costs. As ProPublica recently reported with the Chronicle of Higher Education, Plus loans are remarkably easy to get. With minimal underwriting and no assessment of whether parents can actually afford the loans, families can end up overburdened by debt. Colleges often exacerbate things when their letters lay out, or “package in,” large Plus loans to cover unmet need when student aid falls short. Just like the government, many colleges recommend loans without regard to family income or ability to repay. The practice can leave students feeling misled. As ProPublica reported, Agostinha Depina, a 19-year-old college student, said that one of her award letters — from her top choice, St. John’s University in New York — “made it seem like they gave me a lot of money.” After consulting a counselor, she realized that “it was more loans in the financial-aid package than scholarship money.” St. John’s did not return ProPublica’s request for comment. “Financial aid award letters need to be more transparent around laying out aid that doesn’t need to be paid back and loans that do,” Education Department spokesman Justin Hamilton said in an email. The department has laid out what it says is a better op-

tion. Earlier this year it created a model award letter which separates “gift” aid — grants and scholarships from the school or the government — from “loan options.” Parent Plus loans are included in a separate category — “Other options” — with no suggested dollar amount.

The award letters many students are actually getting from schools look very different from the Education Department’s preferred — but not required — layout. Here’s one package from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a public school. Notice that the student in this case — whose name ProPublica redacted for privacy — was suggested a $16,800 Plus loan in the financial aid award letter, bringing the student’s total estimated financial assistance to $33,200. Conveniently, the figure matches the stated cost of attendance for that year. Not so conveniently for this student, it was beyond what her family could afford. (MassArt has yet not returned ProPublica’s request for comment.) The language on award letters can also leave the wrong impression. The MassArt letter starts by saying the student will be “eligible to receive the following assistance” — even though getting the Parent Plus loan requires a credit check and applicants are sometimes denied. Another award letter from Pace University, a private university in New York City, also packages in the Parent Plus loan to bring the total “offer of financial assistance” to just a few dollars short of the full cost of attendance. The student

Pet Blessing at St. Paul’s Lutheran

in this case also qualified for a federal Pell grant — needbased aid that typically corresponds to a household income of $50,000 or less. Pace still suggested a nearly $19,000 Parent Plus loan for just one year. Robina Schepp, Pace’s vice president for enrollment and placement, said the school offers financial aid counseling and information sessions for parents and students.

Long Island University, another private university in New York, also packages in the Plus loan to match the estimated costs down to the dollar. An LIU spokesman did not comment. Some colleges do consider parental income when they suggest Parent Plus loans. Ringling College of Art and Design uses an algorithm to determine the recommended loan amount. The school’s letter notes that the listed amount is “an estimate of what you may wish to consider borrowing, and is partly based on your income.” Parents, it says, “may apply for more or less.” Similarly, Drexel University — a private university in Philadelphia — packages in Parent Plus but “does take into account the ability of the family to contribute to the education cost for the suggested Plus loan amount,” said Niki Gianakaris, a university spokeswoman. (Gianakaris said the school is also revamping its award letter to make clearer distinctions between grants, scholarships and loans.) It’s not clear whether these more conservative approaches to packaging in Parent Plus loans actually result in more conservative borrowing: At Drexel, the average Parent Plus loan was more than $24,000 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Meanwhile, the average parent loan at Ringling topped $26,000. That’s much higher than the average Plus loan across all schools that year: $11,877. As of late last month, more than 300 schools — representing about 10 percent of all undergrads — had adopted the Education Department’s model letter. Some members of Congress have tried to go further. Earlier this year, Sen. Al Franken sponsored legislation that would make it mandatory for all institutions of higher education to adopt a standardized financial aid award form. The bill is still in committee. “Students and parents are not getting consistent, accessible and comparable information about college costs and their financial aid offers,” Sen. Tom Harkin said in an emailed statement. Harkin is chairman of the Senate education committee and a co-sponsor of Franken’s bill. “A concerted effort at all levels — campus, community, state and federal — is necessary to ensure that families have the information they need to make the decision that is best for them.” *** The article was made available by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The article and links to related documents are online at

Rev. William L. Kay was on hand to bless a variety of pets on Sunday, October 14 at the church. From cats and dogs to chinchillas, each pet was blessed individually at the 3rd annual event. Rev. Kay, pastor at St. Paul’s said that pets, “truly are gifts,” saying they give unconditional love. Pet owners shared stories about their pets and each pet received a treat and scarf.

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