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Kelsey M. Boudin Olean Times Herald OLEAN, N.Y. obert Paque is a gifted and community-minded young man. He graduated as Archbishop Walsh Academy’s salutatorian this year with loads of scholarships to George Mason University. He is one of a select few high-schoolers in the country to have contributed to a published, peer-reviewed collegiate study. He was one of four Big 30 Academic Scholarship winners for 2014. He works as a counselor at YMCA Camp Onyahsa on Chautauqua Lake. He ran a tutoring program for elementary students at Southern Tier Catholic School. The little ones affectionately dubbed it “Robert Care.” And after all he accomplished, Robert gave his salutatorian speech at graduation before classmates, parents and a clergy member and tearfully thanked Walsh administrators for not expelling him — for being openly gay. Walsh’s stance? Board President Beth Powers later said, “It was never even under consideration.” But as Robert, now 18, struggled with accepting his own sexual orientation and taking baby steps to make it public — all the while hearing news of religious schools elsewhere booting out gays — he feared his days were numbered. “I would like follow Facebook pages about gay pride and things like that,” Robert told the Times Herald six days after graduation. “There would just be articles posted about mostly schools in the South — and I don’t want to sound stereotypical, but they were mostly schools in the South —  saying that religious schools were expelling their gay students.” The day that haunted him never arrived. Conversely, Archbishop Walsh Academy


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BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK acebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot. The app is designed to appeal to fans of Snapchat and other messaging apps that let people send selfdestructing messages to friends. Slingshot draws inevitable comparisons to Snapchat. Facebook even tried to buy Snapchat’s maker — for $3 billion, according to published reports. But there are some key differences between the two. AVAILABILITY: Facebook began making Slingshot available Tuesday to U.S. users, though the com-


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pany accidentally released it last week in Apple’s app store, giving some vigilant Facebook watchers an early glimpse before the app was removed from the store. Slingshot works with both Apple and Android devices. A Facebook account isn’t required. HOW IT WORKS: After downloading, you can sign up either with a Facebook account or your mobile phone number. You add contacts based on your Facebook friends and phone contacts. Opening the app takes you to its camera, which has a “shoot” button for taking a snapshot and a “selfie” button for, you guessed it, a selfie. After taking a photo, you can type a message of up to 140 characters on it, or draw

a picture. You can then send it to some or all of your Slingshot contacts. UNLIKE SNAPCHAT: On Snapchat, people can see a photo sent to them by tapping on it and holding their finger down until it disappears, always within a few seconds. On Slingshot, you can see a message only if you send one back. Until you do, you’ll only see a pixelated preview of what’s in store. Facebook product designer Joey Flynn says this gives it a “reciprocal, kind of community feel.” Unlike with Snapchat, there is no time limit on when a message disappears. Once you are done looking at it, you can flick it off to the side and it self-destructs, much the same way you’d reject a potential mate on Tinder’s dating app.

Slingshot also allows reaction shots. This splits your screen in half and lets you snap a photo to return to the sender. In this case, the recipient won’t have to send back a message to view your response. SECOND TAKE: Facebook had a previous Snapchat-like app called Poke, but it never caught on. Slingshot is the second app to come out of Facebook’s Creative Labs, an internal project designed to develop separate apps in a startup-like environment. Ten people have been working on Slingshot since January. It grew out of a December hackathon at Facebook where people were trying to figure out out “new ways of sharing,” Flynn says.

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“It was just kind of like, ‘OK, we have a gay student in our school,’” Robert said. “Nothing changed. I’m still a student at the school. I didn’t act any different. I didn’t do my school work any different. It was just another fact, and it didn’t really change anything.” The Walsh board president has long touted Robert’s merits. In conversations with the Times Herald the last two years, Mrs. Powers often pointed to his work — from grades to a series of “love poems” written entirely in mathematical equations — as exemplary. “Robert is a wonderful person. He is respected by everybody in the school, young and old, teachers, faculty and the kids,” Mrs. Powers said. “He is hard working. He is respectful. He’s honest. He’s got a really upbeat perspective on life. “From the board perspective … this issue never came up. Nobody expressed any concerns about him being in the school. We think he’s a wonderful person, and it was never a point of discussion to have him leave the school.” Others elsewhere haven’t been so fortunate. According to national news media reports, some Catholic dioceses have taken a strong stance against homosexuality in their private schools. Indeed, Robert cited a Catholic school in the Bronx that expelled 17-year-old Amanda Acevedo for being a lesbian in September 2013. But students haven’t been the only ones affected. Openly gay teachers and administrators have also been ousted, as seen at a Seattle-area Catholic school where a vice principal reportedly was fired for refusing to divorce his husband. In another instance in 2010, a Catholic school near Boulder, Colo., expelled a preschooler — because she has lesbian parents. But Mrs. Powers pointed out a statement by Pope Francis, which Time magazine has called “the five most famous words of his papacy so far.” “Who am I to judge?” the pope offered when pressed on gays last July. Despite the concession, Pope Francis and Catholic doctrine haven’t budged from viewing homosexuality as a sin and condemning gay marriage. Still, especially in recent years which have seen a stronger push for gay equality, many in the Catholic hierarchy have strategically tip-toed around the subject. Robert fully came out as a junior. By eighth grade, he explained, he admitted to his close circle of friends he was bisexual.

That was just “a stepping stone,” he said. He continued dating girls “to fit in,” he said. “It was weird and none of my relationships lasted longer than a month. There was always something just missing.” Still, he stayed “pretty closeted” for several more years. In coming out, he said his parents, Jeffrey and Sara of Allegany, and other family members were supportive. “I just didn’t want to hide anymore,” Robert said. “It’s exhausting, hiding from things.” Shortly after that admission, however, his fears came to life in the form of a visiting priest in February 2013, he said. Mrs. Powers said the priest — she didn’t name him, but noted he pastors a Bradford, Pa., Catholic schism church that is not recognized by the Vatican — came to a Walsh classroom at the request of a former faculty member who has since been dismissed. “He was kind of just going around the room … and he looked at me and said, ‘You’re the one.’ So, like, apparently there was an intent for him to specifically talk to me when she was bringing him in,” Robert said. “He let me know with very strong words that he doesn’t agree with my lifestyle, and that when I die there’s going to be a special place for me to go to, and that I need to change my behavior or else I’m not going to be respected and I’m not going to be loved by people.” Robert cried. But he noted Principal Mykal Karl, shortly after hearing of the incident, brought him to her office to again express support and console him. “He was invited into a Spanish class, not a religious class, by a teacher who was not responsible for the religious program at the school,” Mrs. Powers explained. “That was an unauthorized visit, inappropriate and outside the subject-matter responsibility the teacher had. The school took the appropriate action to deal with that.” Robert added, “That was the first time I really knew that I was OK at Walsh and I was fine to be who I was.” He concluded he looks forward to returning for Archbishop Walsh reunions years from now — perhaps with a husband in tow. “Walsh has done nothing but support. They could easily have not, but they chose to support me,” Robert said. “They’ve allowed me to grow as a person how I see fit for myself without trying to sway me any way. They’ve accepted me in their school community, and I’ll be forever thankful for that.”

“I just didn’t want to hide anymore,” Robert said. “It’s exhausting, hiding from things.”

Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Willie Nelson performs during rehearsals for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at The Staples Center, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Willie Nelson picks up his pen on new LP

CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Willie Nelson, “Band of Brothers” (Legacy) illie Nelson has written a song, sometimes two, three or four, for every occasion, mood and moment. There’s Wistful Willie. Defiant Willie. Repentant Willie. Randy Willie. Preacher Willie. Populist Willie. Whimsical Willie. Vengeful Willie. Nelson the songwriter returns in all his wonderful guises on the first album of mostly new material he penned himself since 1996’s “Spirit,” the best album of the latter half of his 60-year career. Nelson wrote nine of the 14 songs on “Band of Brothers” with album producer Buddy Cannon, and each song is a perfect projection of its writer’s best qualities. They’re comfortable, familiar, well-worn, but


AP Photo/ Legacy Recordings This photo provided by Legacy Recordings shows the cover of Willie Nelson’s album, “Band of Brothers.” AP Photo/ Legacy Recordings also new and different. Nelson is 81 now, and the new songs make allowances for this. His defiant moments sound a little more world-weary, his regrets a bit more painful. But his sense of humor and philosopher’s personality remain undiminished. “Band of Brothers” opens with Defiant Willie staring down the storm on “Bring It On.” Wist-

ful Willie lets the “Guitar in the Corner” play him, Repentant Willie hits “The Wall” and Randy Willie leads us through a tall tale of all his “Wives and Girlfriends,” ‘’but may they never meet/ may they never know each other when they pass on the street.” Populist Willie provides the title track, a beautiful display of the sentiment that has made Nelson incongruously both an outlaw and a figure beloved by all. “We’re a band of brothers and sisters and whatever/On a mission to break all the rules.” Nelson positions that song between a pair of Billy Joe Shaver covers “The Git Go,” featuring Jamey Johnson, and “It’s Hard to Be an Outlaw” midway through the album, and this outlaw triptych serves as a powerful reminder of why we’ve loved Nelson all these years.

Blige solid on ‘Think Like a Man’ album

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bradford Neighborhood watch possible

MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER The Bradford Era BRADFORD, P.A. neighborhood watch program may be on tap for the Second Ward project neighborhood in the City of Bradford. However, both Elm Street manager Lisa Keck and Bradford City police officer Butch Bartlett cautioned the program cannot work without neighborhood involvement. At a committee meeting Tuesday night, Keck explained to the half-dozen residents in attendance that Bartlett has agreed to help with the program. “He’s going to be doing the training,” she explained. “People would be the eyes and ears of the community, not hands-on,” he explained. He described the program he envisions as having at least two people per “shift,” and would have them keep a log book of activities or anomalies in the neighborhood. He said. “It’s only going to be a help to the neighborhood.”


Tribute to a tree: ‘ Quercus’ exhibit to open at JCC

OLEAN, N.Y. he Cattaraugus County Arts Council invites the public to the opening of “Quercus,” a new exhibition of work by painter Sean Huntington, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Jamestown Community College’s Center Gallery on North Union Street. “Quercus,” named after the latin word for oak, is a scientific, historical, personal and artistic exploration of the white oak tree that towers over the artist’s childhood home. “The goal is to push my own boundaries in an interdisciplinary way,” Mr. Huntington said. “ My 9-to-5 job is art, mainly selling my work at festivals and at my studio in Ellicottville. “Quercus is the result of a growing desire to explore my ideas without the constraints of having to make something that will sell. The show I’m creating is free of those constraints and will explore how my own not-always-ideal history intersects with the tree that so influenced my imagination and artwork.” The exhibition will include both watercolor and oil paintings as well as a core sample from the oak tree that served as the show’s inspiration. The exhibition will remain on display through July 31 at Center Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public and includes happyhour refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a talk by Mr. Huntington.



ALLEGANY, N.Y. he Allegany American Legion will be hosting a line dance workshop and concert on Friday August 8th. Wellknown Scooter Lee will be performing and conducting the workshop. The doors will open at 6:00pm, the workshop will be held from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The concert will promptly follow the workshop. The Allegany American Legion is located on Rt. 417 in Allegany, N.Y. Tickets are $17 presale or $20 at the door. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at



BRADFORD, PA sbury United Methodist Church would like to remind the community about their summer free lunch program. Free lunches are served at the church from 11:30am - 12:30pm Monday through Friday. All kids up to age 18 are invited and encouraged to attend. The church is located at 385 East Main Street in Bradford and lunches are served in the basement. Feel free to call the church at 814-368-7885 for more information and details.


Coming home: Fort Hood survivor to lead Allegany parade

Christopher Michel Olean Times Herald ALLEGANY, N.Y. hometown hero will return to his native Allegany late next week. Maj. Patrick Miller, who was injured in the mass shooting at Fort Hood in April, is scheduled to touch down at Buffalo International Airport in the early afternoon June 27. He’ll be escorted from Buffalo to his parents' home in Allegany by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization that provides motorcycle escorts for military families and funerals around the country.


“I haven’t been home since Christmas, and I can’t wait to get back,” Maj. Miller told the Times Herald. “After everything that’s happened, my wife and I are really looking to coming home and literally celebrating life with my friends, family and the community.” At 6:30 p.m. the next day, Maj. Miller will be the grand marshal in Allegany Volunteer Fire Department’s Old Home Days week. He’ll ride in a convertible with his wife,

Ashley, down Main Street. The car will be adorned with signs displaying: “Maj. Patrick Miller, our hometown hero.” Area fire departments and service organizations with patriotic-themed floats also are expected to march in the parade. “He has a lot of friends in Allegany, and we all want to do something to honor him,” said Sherry Papasergi, the parade’s organizer. “Everyone is really excited for this. We’re hoping to see a lot of people at this. This is a big deal for Allegany.” It’s also a big deal for Maj. Miller. “I’m honored that they selected me as grand marshal,” he said. “Growing up in Allegany, I went to that parade every year. I have the utmost respect for police officers and firefighters everywhere ... To be selected as the grand marshal in the parade by the fire department in my hometown makes it so much more special.” Maj. Miller, a two-tour veteran of the Iraq War and an alumni of Allegany High School and St. Bonaventure University, was one of 16 soldiers injured in the mass

shooting at Fort Hood. The attack, carried out by Spc. Ivan Lopez, left three dead. The Allegany native is credited with helping his fellow soldiers in the line of fire find safety in an office. He was injured by a gunshot wound to the stomach as he helped his fellow soldiers take cover. Maj. Miller has undergone multiple surgeries, with two immediately after the shooting, to repair his wounds from the attack. He continues to recuperate and is on track to make a full recovery. During his time home, Maj. Miller said, he and his wife have one very important piece of business they want to take care of. “I’ve received so much support from people back home since everything happened,” he said. “I can’t wait to see everybody and finally be able to say, ‘Thank you,’ to them. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of hugs.” Old Homes Week is a weeklong festival organized by Allegany’s fire department. The event — which features a carnival, live music, firefighters’ games and more — serves as a fundraiser for the department.

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Time only strengthens friendship of Portville ‘brothers’

Tom Donahue Olean Times Herald OLEAN, N.Y. o matter how close your high school friendships, the typical life story goes something like this: You graduate, head off to college and careers, settle in places all over the country, and maybe run into each other at your 20th class reunion. And so it was with Dick “Hokey” Anderson and his “band of brothers” — six members of Portville Central School’s class of 1961 and one from the class of 1963. Only with one big exception. The seven friends never drifted apart. Sure, each went his separate way. One became a dentist, one a college dean, two were school teachers, one a school principal, another taught for the U.S. Department of Defense after a 20-year career with the Marine Corps, and another was a nuclear engineering consultant. Their home addresses are all over the map: New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida and California. Nevertheless, each knows what the others are up to, each could rattle off the names of kids and grandkids not their own, and each looks forward to get-togethers that come every few years. The glue that has held these buddies together for more than half a century? The Viking Dispatch is a combination chain letter, journal and scrapbook in a spiral-bound notebook that circulates constantly among the old pals. The dispatch has been around the globe, and even found its way aboard the Apollo 13 capsule on its ill-fated mission to the moon in 1970. Mr. Anderson and six of his best friends, Boyce McDivitt, Chuck Bennett, Earle Monroe, Jim Hawks, Don Bonsper and the late Norm Kahler, were known as the Vikings in high school. “I’m not sure where the name came from,” said Mr. Anderson, guessing it had something to do with his and Mr. Bosper’s Danish and Norwegian heritage. “We always hung around together, same


bunch of guys, and the name just stuck.” Their bond was forged on the football field at Portville Central, where all were members of the Portville Panthers team that won the Cattaraugus-Allegany County Championship in 1960. It was the era of leather helmets, required flat-top haircuts, free double lunches (for football players only) and a “we’re all in this together” camaraderie. “We were a unique group, I guess,” said Mr. Anderson. “I can’t say it was one thing or another, just a good bunch of guys. And after graduating from PCS, we all went our separate ways.” The dispatch’s unplanned and rather unceremonious start was a letter from a lonely Brockport State freshman to his pals back in 1962. “I must have been homesick, because I wrote a letter to the Vikings, put it in a manilla envelope and sent it to Hawks,” said Mr. Anderson, “I told him to read my letter, write one of his own, place both back in the envelope and send it on to the next Viking.” When the packet eventually made its way back to Mr. Anderson, he started the process again. “The dispatch would cycle about three or four times a year,” he said. “The letters, pictures and memorabilia kept our spirits up and kept us close.” In time, the dispatch made its way into a spiral notebook. Pages would fill up with handwritten entries, typed updates carefully trimmed and glued in place, and so many photos taped to pages that the notebook would eventually bulge to twice its original thickness. When one notebook filled up, a new one was started. And so it has gone for 53 years with only one interruption, a year when three of the Vikings, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Bosper and Mr. Monroe, were fighting in Vietnam. Mr. Anderson, now living in Dubois, Pa., after a 34-year career as a health and physical education teacher at his Portville alma mater, is credited with keeping the dispatch going. “Dick’s the driving force,” said Dr. McDivitt, a retired Portville dentist. “He updates addresses and



ccording to the International Telecommunication Union, there are nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as there are people on the planet. The ITU, which is the telecommunications agency of the United Nations, states there are 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions across the planet, which is home to seven billion people. If those figures seem staggering, note that the world became so cell phone-dependent in a little more than 20 years. The figures are even more eyeopening in the world’s wealthiest countries, where the penetration rates exceeded 100 percent thanks to individuals with more than one subscription. But penetration rates are similarly impressive in poor countries, where there are roughly 89 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. As cellular phones continue to rise in popularity, land-line telephone subscriptions continue to dwindle and the penetration rates in certain areas of the world are even laughably low compared with the penetration rates of cellular phones.For example, Africa has a land-line penetration rate of just 1.4 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, a figure that is dwarfed by the continent’s 63.5 cellular phone penetration rate.

keeps the old notebooks.” It’s hard to pin down one reason for the lasting friendships, he said. “I think it was mostly luck, the time we grew up in. Our parents had similar values, we played a lot of sports together and we just all formed very deep friendships that continue to this day,” said Dr. McDivitt. “The dispatch has been all over the world because several of the guys were in the military,” he said. “And we almost made it to the moon.” That moon mission comes courtesy of Mr. Bennett, Ph.D., retired dean of the College of Mathematics, Science, Technology and Health at Kentucky State University. Mr. Bennett joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the late ’60s and spent six years at the Kennedy Space Center, training Apollo and Skylab astronauts as their flight data file manager. “I basically was in charge of approximately 80 pounds of literature, flight plans and other materials, a document the astronauts took with them on their missions,” said Mr. Bennett. Clandestinely, “and probably illegally,” Mr. Bennett admitted with a laugh, he included among the flight data files loaded onto Apollo 13 two copies of a piece of paper mentioning the PCS football program and the names of the Vikings. One was to be among materials left on the moon, the other was to be returned to Earth and given to the school. But an oxygen tank explosion aborted the moon landing and a

build-up of carbon dioxide nearly cost the lives of the three astronauts on the mission. The ingenuity of NASA engineers is credited with averting a disaster. Theonboard fix came down to jury-rigging a square carbon dioxide scrubber to fit a round hole, requiring lots of filler material to hold it in place. “In that process, the document, and I assume the letter, was used as filler, so it became part of history,” said Mr. Bennett. He, too, is hard-pressed to explain the bond that has held the Vikings together all this time. “We were all fairly decent athletes, we were all competitive, even amongst ourselves, and we just came together under good leadership, whether it was coaches or teachers,” he said. “It’s a uniqueness you just don’t see anymore.” The late Mr. Kahler, who graduated in 1963, two years behind the other Vikings, died last year from a rare form of cancer. The Vikings said goodbye to their old teammate and friend at a reunion of the group in Ischua prior to his death. “We knew it was the last time we would all be together,” said Dr. McDivitt. “It was sad, but Norm was a very committed Christian and he knew this wasn’t the end. He lived a very fortunate and blessed life and it was time to move one.” To honor their friend, the other Vikings have created a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a graduate of Portville Central School. The inaugural award will be presented at the district’s graduation ceremony on June 28.

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Countdown continues to theater production

Rich Place The Salamanca Press SALAMANCA, N.Y. he sounds of dancing feet on its stage, of actors and actresses reciting lines and of directors and choreographers shouting directions have returned to the auditorium of the Ray Evans Seneca Theatre in Salamanca. There’s hope that in five weeks it will be filled by the generous applause of a captive audience, too. Rehearsals are well underway for the production of “West Side Story” at the theater, which has been absent of a full-scale production since “Ragtime” in August 2010. It’s being produced and performed by a team of more than three dozen volunteers led by Todd Wagner. By the end of this week, they’ll have rehearsed about 50 hours of the total 110 that are scheduled before “West Side Story” is performed July 17 to 20. “After what I’ve seen in the nine rehearsals we have had, it is going to be fantastic,” Wagner said Monday. He said by the end of this week, he expects the entire show to be completely choreographed. In other words, the remaining five weeks of rehearsals — about 60 hours worth — will be spent going through the show over and over. Wagner expects to have run through the show about 20 times beginning in July. Being able to run through the show multiple times is “when the magic happens,” he said. Many of the cast members in “West Side Story” will also be part of the production of “Rent.” Rehearsals for that show, which is scheduled for late August, are also expected to get underway this week at the theater. The cast is comprised mostly of performers from the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania. Many in the cast hail from the Jamestown area, Wagner said. Memorizing lines and learning choreography isn’t all that is needed to prepare for the show. Because “West Side Story” will be the first production in the theater in nearly four years, work has also been needed to prepare the theater itself for such an event. The majority of the stage lighting was replaced about two months ago, Wagner said. The group also recently ordered about a dozen high-quality microphones to replace old or missing equipment used in previous years. The play is under the umbrella of the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association, of which Wagner is a board member. The group has been the theater’s parent organization since the building was restored in the 1980s. Earlier this year, the CCLAA was one of the groups chosen to receive $10,000 from the city in casino revenue sharing payments. That money has been used to finance some of the equipment, according to CCLAA board


member Linda Freaney. The group also received a $7,500 grant from the Ray and Wyn Evans Foundation. Originally earmarked for seat repair, the money was used to pay for equipment after volunteers fixed broken or damaged seats. As performers get their lines and dance moves perfected, work still needs to take place on sets for the plays, Wagner said. He said the makeshift screen, which has been used by the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce to show movies since December, is expected to come down following the movie showing this weekend. “We still need crews to come help us build sets,” Wagner said. “Like I’ve said before, community shows take a community. We’ve developed a good cast but now it’s getting people in the community to help.” Tickets for “West Side Story” are $15 and are currently available at the Salamanca Public Library, Parkview Supermarket and Togi’s Restaurant in Bradford, Pa.

Salamanca Press Photo/Rich Place Playing Riff, James Bucki (standing, center), a music teacher at Salamanca school, leads members of “The Jets” during a rehearsal for “West Side Story” Monday evening at the Ray Evans Seneca Theatre. The show is scheduled for July 17 to 20

City police officer awarded honor for bravery

Olean Times Herald/Christopher Michel Patrolman Brian Cross (center) stands with Milburn “Mel” Cunningham, among members of the Olean Police Department. During a brief ceremony Thursday evening, Mr. Cunningham presented Patrolman Cross with a First Responders’ Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart for his selfless action to rescue an Olean resident from a fire in February. Christopher Michel Olean Times Herald OLEAN, N.Y. city police officer has again received honors for his heroics earlier this year — which likely saved the life of an elderly Olean resident.


Patrolman Brian Cross was given a First Responders’ Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart during a small ceremony held Thursday evening at the Olean Municipal Building. Milburn “Mel” A. Cunningham, a World


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War II U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart medal recipient, recommended Patrolman Cross for the honor. “Fireman and police officers are not entitled to a military medal, even though they do risk their lives sometimes,” Mr. Cunningham said. “I

read about what Officer Cross did when I was in Florida ... given what he did, he deserves this award because without any concern for himself, he entered a burning building and saved a life.” The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a civic organization dedicated to fostering camaraderie among combat-wounded veterans, promoting patriotism, and providing service to all veterans and their families. The order created the First Responders’ Award for police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on America. “I’m very honored to have received this award,” Patrolman Cross told the Times Herald after the presentation. “... This really

means a lot, it’s hard to find words for something like this.” While out on patrol around 3:30 a.m. Feb. 13, the patrolman noticed what he thought was steam coming from one of the industrial operations near Wayne Street. His investigation of the steam’s source led him 431 N. Ninth St., a two-story woodframed house that was on fire. After radioing dispatch, Patrolman Cross broke through the back door of the home and began searching for occupants. He found Mary D. Smith, 83, asleep in her first-floor bedroom and guided her safely outside. City firefighters ar-

rived on-scene minutes later and began their work to put out the blaze, Patrolman Cross took Ms. Smith back to the police department so she could contact her family. Firefighters battled the fire through the early morning in belowzero temperatures. The blaze, which investigators believe was sparked by an electrical malfunction, destroyed the 119-year-old home. For his bravery, Patrolman Cross was cited Feb. 26 in a special proclamation by Mayor Aiello. He also received letters of commendation from police department officials, including his captain and Chief Terry Schell.

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Bradford Landmark Society slates inaugural Creative Women’s Workshop

ALEX DAVIS The Bradford Era BRADFORD, P.A. n the Bradford area, four-wheeling, hunting and fishing are hobbies more geared toward men. “There really isn’t much women stuff,” said Sally Costik, who is the curator for the Bradford Landmark Society.

other objects with a burning tool. Students will learn the types of wood or objects to burn, how to hold a woodburning pen safely, and simple projects to start with. When she’s woodburning, Costik she said she loves creating designs of animals. But at the July event she will teach something simple, perhaps making a woodburn image of a flower. That’ll give people the concept of tackling the hobby, she said. On Saturday, July 26, that will change. “The Creative Women’s Workshop will be Participants will be able to learn everything fun,” said Costik, who is coming on 19 years from quilting to outdoor photography to of being with the Bradford Landmark Society. woodburning during a Creative Women’s The idea for the Creative Women’s Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at Workshop comes from the Northern Allegheny Crook Farm in Foster Township. Outdoor Women’s Association held in Warren, The event, hosted by the Landmark Society, which included gun shooting. Costik figured will be more like living history, Costik said. the Creative Women’s Workshop would be a One of the classes will be taught by Costik. perfect fit for the Bradford area. For about 20 years, she has been dabbling in What’s more, the Landmark Society’s woodburning, also known as pyrography. schedule for July is sparse, according to The hobby involves decorating wood or Costik.


The Creative Women’s Workshop won’t just provide participants with living history. “It certainly gets our name out there,” Costik said. The one-day event will feature 16 classes. Those include workshops on weaving, candlemaking, outdoor nature photography, outdoor macro photography, outdoor flower photography, outdoor portrait photography, raising chickens at home, knitting, pencil drawing, yoga, paper beads, create and make summer appetizers, know your car, woodburning, zen meditation sand garden, and quilting. There are 16 workshops, which will be about 45-minutes long, and they are open to those 16 and older. The cost for four classes is $30. Lunch will be provided. The Creative Women’s Workshop will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the Bradford Landmark Society at (814) 362-3906 or info@

Nearly two dozen in attendance at Allegany State Park Girls’ Day

Christa Nianiatus The Salamanca Press RED HOUSE, N.Y. oughly 20 girls trekked to Camp Allegany Saturday to explore their love of the natural sciences and learn how they can one day “make the outdoors their office.” Allegany State Park hosted its seventh annual Outdoor Girls’ Day at Camp Allegany June 7 for girls in grade 6 through 12. Presenters that work in the natural sciences provided interactive units for the girls to rotate through and also were part of a question and answer panel to address any of the girls’ inquiries about working in the field. “It’s a chance for (the girls) to really find out what careers are out there for them, and the fact that there are actually women out in these careers,” said Lynn LeFerber, supervisor for the environmental education department for the park. “When I graduated high school, my choices were teacher, nurse or secretary,” continued


LeFerber. “This shows girls that if they have an interest and they love nature, they can make the outdoors their office.” The units offered at Saturday’s event included bird banding, ant pollination, fishers, food webs, butterflies and creek creatures. In each, the girls got to do a hands-on activity provided by a specialist in that field. Some of the units included making seed balls for endangered species of butterflies or releasing birds that have been banded for tracking purposes. ““This is the age level when we tend to lose (girls) from the sciences and nothing generates interest, energy and passion for something than a hands on experience,” said LeFerber. “I think all of our presenters grew up and did things outside and then it was an interest and then they found a field to make a career out of,” said Adele Wellman, lead naturalist for Allegany State Park. “Programs like this give (the girls) an opportunity to look into different fields before

they start working.” LeFerber explained that girls at this age can often become overshadowed by boys in the classroom. While they may still enjoy the sciences and nature they may be intimidated to vocalize it. “Studies have shown that girls are just as interested in the sciences but may take a backseat to the boys in the classroom,” she said. “In this setting we remove that awkwardness and make it OK for them to express their interests.” Presenters in this year’s girls’ day included Sharon Dehn of Zaepfel Nature Sanctuary, Anne Rothrock of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Dr. Mary Puterbaugh Mulcahy and Dr. Denise Piechnik of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Meg Janis a New York State biologist, and Adele Wellman and Katie Vecellio of Allegany State Park. For more information on Outdoor Girls’ Day or other park programs, contact Adele Wellman at

Local libraries to offer online access to auto repair resources


eneca District libraries — those in Cameron, Elk, McKean, Forest and Warren counties — are offering online access to free auto repair resources through the state of Pennsylvania’s POWER library. Before your next trip to the mechanic, take an online detour and check out POWER Library, where repair information and specifications for more than 35,000 vehicles are available for free from the state’s POWER Library, And all you need to access the information is a free library card. The information in the Auto Repair Reference Center comes from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of the Chilton auto repair manuals. It has nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, about 99,000 technical services bulletins and recalls, and more than 158,600 wiring diagrams. The first step in using the Auto Repair Reference Center is to choose the year of the vehicle (anything from a 1954 Volkswagen Beetle to a 2014 Mazda 6), then work through the make, model and engine specifications. This resource contains repair information, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, full specifications, an estimator for labor times and costs, and diagnostic information for most vehicles. Each screen has several tabs. The vehicle search takes the user to the initial search screen for the vehicles. The AutoIQ tab has a short video presentation about the different parts and systems of a vehicle. The topics include fuel management, heating and air conditioning, and brakes. The Care & Repair Tips section provides links for information about caring for and repairing a vehicle, as well as the necessary tools for buying parts and supplies. This section provides information beyond what a mechanic says and can also provide information to help a person complete basic maintenance issues themselves. Finally, the Troubleshooting tab allows users to diagnose problems with their vehicle. There are several ways you access the POWER Library: Visit directly at and click on “List All E-Resources” at the top of the page, or visit any local library’s website for access.

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2015 Lexus RX: Luxury SUV doesn’t miss a beat


RDX, for example, has a starting retail price of $35,790 with front-wheel drive, 273-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic. Another competitor — the 2014 Lincoln MKX — has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $39,470 for a frontwheel drive model with 305-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic. Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury brand, hasn’t strayed far from the successful formula it initiated with the very first RX. Styling inside and out is not garish or showy, but the leather is soft enough to impress and shiny wood trim looks real. Power from the current 3.5-liter, four cam V-6 comes on smoothly and steadily. In all but the most aggressive driving, shifts from the automatic transmission are not noticeable. There’s decent low-end “oomph” when starting up from a stop. But the RX 350’s peak torque of 248 foot-pounds at 4,700 rpm is less than what some competitors offer. There are 280 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm in the Lincoln MKX and 251 foot-pounds of torque at 5,000 rpm in the Acura RDX. The test 2015 RX 350 was driven with some spirited accelerations and more leisurely, fuel-conserving segments. On average, the vehicle averaged 20.6 mpg, which is nearly equal to the government’s 21-mpg fuel economy rating. The RX 350 needs only regular gasoline, so filling the 19.2-gallon tank cost $70 at today’s prices. The suspension muted many road bumps, but the ride was not overly compliant. The interior was quiet for easy conversing. Most controls are easy to find and easy to operate. The test 2015 RX 350 was one of the easiest to connect to an Android cell phone, and it didn’t take a lot of looking through menus on a display screen to accomplish the linkup. But the position of the gated gear shift lever — angled out from the bottom middle of the dashboard — took some practice to get into “Drive.” Plus, the center console sits up a good bit between the front seats and can im- In this undated product image shows the 2015 Lexus RX 350 AWD.


ANN M. JOB The Associated Press uyers of luxury sport utility vehicles keep choosing one SUV — the Lexus RX — in greater numbers than any other. It’s easy to see why. The RX is a smartly sized and quiet, refined family vehicle with luxury appointments, good fuel economy and flexible seating and cargo space. It has upscale looks, and fit and finish can be top notch. Now into its 16th year, the RX also has a reputation for reliability. Consumer Reports said it expects much better than average reliability for the current RX and lists the RX as a recommended buy. Even price increases and the lack of a third row of seats haven’t stopped the RX from leading others in the luxury SUV segment. Last calendar year, for example, RX sales in the United States topped 100,000, which has been a regular occurrence for this SUV since its 1998 introduction. The second bestselling premium- or luxury-branded SUV last year was the Buick Enclave, whose sales tallied just over 60,000. For 2015, the base retail price for the fiveseat RX goes up by $1,035 to $41,705. This is for a 2015 RX 350 with front-wheel drive and 270-horsepower V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The lowest starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a 2015 RX 350 with all-weather drive — Lexus doesn’t call it all-wheel drive — also is increased $1,035 to $43,105. The RX comes in higher-priced models, too, such as the gasoline-electric hybrid RX 450h. This fuel-thrifty version starts at $48,355 and has a government fuel economy rating of 32 miles per gallon in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. The combined city/ highway mileage rating of 30 mpg for the frontwheel drive RX hybrid is 43 percent higher than the 21-mpg combined city/highway rating for a non-hybrid, front-wheel drive, 2015 RX 350. Buyers surely can find luxury SUVs with lower starting prices. The 2015 Acura

2015 Lexus RX 350 AWD


BASE PRICE: $40,795 for FWD; $42,195 for AWD. PRICE AS TESTED: $50,558. TYPE: Front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-passenger, mid-size, sport utility vehicle. ENGINE: 3.5-liter, four cam V-6 with VVT-i. MILEAGE: 18 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway). TOP SPEED: 112 mph. LENGTH: 187.8 inches. WHEELBASE: 107.9 inches. CURB WEIGHT: 4,343 pounds. BUILT AT: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. OPTIONS: Navigation system with additional options (includes voice control, 8-inch, high-resolution multimedia display, perforated leather seat trim, blind spot monitor, power moonroof, roof rails, heavyduty radiator and alternator, 12-speaker premium sound system, heated and ventilated front seats, rear armrest storage compartment) $7,394; envelope cargo net $59. DESTINATION CHARGE: $910. pinge on knee room. Other controls, such as for mirrors and windows, and the audio and ventilation controls are in familiar locations and have good-sized buttons. So, it does not take a lot of time to get inside the RX 350, get situated and then drive away. The RX 350 test SUV included a rectangular “mouse” that was fixed to part of the center console. A resting place for a person’s hand was just behind it to provide some bracing when the mouse control is moved. But the space devoted to the mouse and the hand resting spot meant only two cupholders were available for open, visible storage. Everything else had to go in the covered center console or glovebox, and when the cupholders were filled, the driver lacked for a easy-to-reach spot for cell phone, keys or key fob. A protruding brow above the Rx 350 display screen nicely kept sunlight from washing it out.

For 2015, all RX models come with standard 7-inch display screen and backup monitor. The RX 350 has 40 cubic feet of flat cargo space behind the rear seats. Because the cargo floor is up near knee level on most people, and there’s not a large protruding back

bumper, even a short stature driver can get items inside and still be able to reach them later. In fact, the test RX 350 accommodated two stuffed computer bags, plus two roll-aboard pieces of luggage and several shopping bags behind the seats without a

problem. One lever at the side of the secondrow seats moves the seatbacks down, expanding cargo room to 80.3 cubic feet, which is more than what’s in the MKX and RDX. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds in the RX 350.

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Value in Amazon Prime goes beyond shipping

AP Photo/ This screen shot shows movies and television programs available for free to Amazon Prime members. Amazon changed the dynamics in 2011 when it started offering movies and TV shows to Prime members for free. Unlike Netflix, Amazon offers only part of its collection for free. ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer AMHERST, O.H. pending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. After all, I can usually get free shipping by spending at least $35 on a single order. But Prime's benefits became apparent gradually over the nine months I've used it. During a trip last month, for instance, I got started on the first season of "The Good Wife" and read Michael Lewis' "The Blind Side." Last weekend, I added Journey's "Greatest Hits" album to my music library and began watching the spy drama "The Americans." I finished a book on photography on my way to work Monday. All that came for free with Prime. Some features work only with a Kindle ereader or tablet. If Inc. introduces a new smartphone Wednesday, as widely expected, those features will likely work there, too. Amazon might even introduce additional ones just for its phone. But there's plenty to enjoy, even without an Amazon device: UNLIMITED VIDEO: Since 2006, Amazon has been offering video for download, much like Apple's iTunes. Although TV episodes cost just $2 or $3 each, I hate paying for something that's been shown on television for free. Amazon changed the dynamics in 2011 when it started offering movies and TV shows to Prime members for free. Unlike Netflix, Amazon offers only part of its collection that way. Video is available on a variety of devices, but not Google's Chromecast or smartphones and tablets running Google's Android system, with the exception of Kindles.


As with Netflix, free video has typically been limited to streaming, meaning you need a persistent Internet connection. But last fall, Amazon began enabling downloads on Kindle tablets. That came in handy during my train trip through Ohio and other states last month, when I kept encountering stretches without cellular service and couldn't watch Netflix. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Lately, Amazon has been making exclusive deals to block shows from Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services. Prime is the only way to get free streaming of past seasons of "24" and classic HBO series such as "The Sopranos" and "The Wire." This summer, Amazon is making episodes of two CBS series, "Under the Dome" and "Extant," available through Prime just four days after the broadcast. Without Prime, you can still buy some shows digitally or on DVD. CBS is also making its shows available for free, though they will carry ads, while Prime will not. Amazon also has been getting into original programming, though none of its shows has gotten the critical reception that Netflix has had with "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black." After getting customer feedback on 14 shows, Amazon ordered full seasons for two comedies and three kids' series. So far, people who don't have Prime aren't able to buy episodes. E-BOOKS: You can borrow one book a month as long as you have a Kindle e-reader or tablet, but you're not offered everything that Amazon makes available for purchase. The selection includes the "Harry Potter" and "Hunger Games" series and several books by best-selling author Michael Lewis. But once I finished those, I struggled to find books of interest. Each month, Prime members can also

choose one of four books to own outright, regardless of whether they own a Kindle device. These books are all published by Amazon. So far, none has interested me enough to get — even for free. MUSIC: This is Amazon's newest benefit, debuting just last week. More than a million songs are available for streaming on Kindle tablets, Web browsers and Amazon's Music app for Apple and Android devices. In some cases, you can download songs for offline playback. As with books and video, free music is limited to a portion of what Amazon makes available for sale. Universal Music Group's catalog is missing, but you do get Grammies winner Daft Punk and plenty of '80s tracks from Journey and Madonna. FOR KIDS: Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service offers plenty of kid-friendly apps, books and video for a set monthly price. Prime members still have to pay, but they get a few dollars off the monthly fee. SHIPPING: And of course, there's the free shipping. I started out by saying that I could get free shipping by spending at least $35 on an order. However, that's for standard shipping, which takes up to eight business days. With Prime, I got a $14 corkscrew in just two days. That said, shipping isn't expensive, and you need up to 20 small orders a year to make it worth the $99 membership fee. Plus, scores of items are excluded from free shipping, including some running shorts I was looking to buy. The benefits of Prime clearly go beyond free shipping. None of the other perks is enough by itself, but as a package, they make Prime a great value.

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Understanding sun poisoninG


trip to the beach is an enjoyable way to spend a day. With warm waves lapping at your feet and a good book to enjoy, hours relaxing at the seaside tend to pass by quite quickly. While such days are often comfortable and relaxing, if you aren't careful, you may be putting yourself at risk of sunburn and sun poisoning. Sunburns are never a good thing, but sun poisoning can be even more severe and the symptoms can become quite serious and uncomfortable. Despite what the term "sun poisoning" implies, the sun does not poison the body. Rather, the term describes sensitivity to sunlight that results in a wide range of symptoms that can affect the skin and body as a whole. Sun poisoning can occur when one has a sun allergy, called solar urticaria. This is very rare. However, the greatest number of sun poisoning cases are simply a severe form of sunburn. Depending on the pigmentation of a person's skin and the severity of the sun, sunburn can occur in mere minutes. Many people can get a sunburn within 15 minutes of being in the sun. The sun's rays are most potent between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., making the majority of the day a prime time for skin damage. Although sunburn can occur quite quickly, many people do not realize anything has occurred right away. That's because sunburn symptoms can be delayed. It may take a few hours for redness to appear and discomfort to set in. Staying in the sun too long without wearing adequate protection, whether it be a wide-brimmed hat, protective clothing or ample amounts of sunblock, can lead to sunburn. Over time, sunburn can progress to sun poisoning. Symptoms of sun poisoning include a severe sunburn accompanied by blisters on the skin.

Pain and tingling may occur, as well as swelling where the sun touched the body intensely. Sun poisoning also may cause fever and chills, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, as the body's immune system attempts to kick into action. The best treatment for sun poisoning is prevention. Avoid blazing sun whenever possible and use sunblock and reapply frequently if you must be out in the sun for any duration of time. Otherwise, some cases of sun poisoning can be relieved with the application of cool compresses or by taking cool (not cold) baths. Application of aloe gels also can alleviate discomfort, in addition to taking a pain relieving NSAID pill. If at any point a fever occurs and spikes to more than 104 F, or if there is extreme pain and vomiting, head to the emergency room. Doctors may have to quickly reduce swelling and inflammation and administer fluids intravenously to get the body back on track. Keep in mind that blisters from sun poisoning can get infected, so it is adviseable to keep the skin clean and avoid picking at or popping blisters. Discuss any concerns about severe sunburn with a doctor. Frequent sunburns can be linked to accelerated skin aging and can put a person at a higher risk for skin cancer. According to the Cleveland Clinic, ultraviolet, or UV, radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, but UV light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Cumulative sun exposure causes basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer, while episodes of severe blistering sunburns, usually before age 18, can cause melanoma later in life. Sun poisoning and sunburns are nothing to take lightly. These conditions are easy to prevent by being smart about sun exposure.

Sun exposure myths THAT CAN BE DEADLY


o many people, sunshine equates to happiness, including fun times outdoors and walks on the beach. Despite warnings about excessive exposure to the sun, many people cannot get enough of the sun's potentially harmful rays. While taking in the sun is beneficial, it poses many dangers as well. Separating fact from fiction is essential for sun worshippers who plan to spend ample time outdoors. The Canadian Cancer Society says that every three minutes another Canadian receives a cancer diagnosis. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76,600 cases of skin cancer in 2013. Knowing the facts about sun exposure is essential to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Unfortunately, certain widely spread myths can make it difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. * Myth: Ineed to soak up the sun to get enough vitamin D. It's true that the sun helps the body produce vitamin D, but you do not need to spend hours in the sun to fulfill your body's need for vitamin D. Five to 10 minutes of sun ex-

posure is adequate, and you can include vitamin D in your diet by consuming foods and beverages such as oily fish, fortified milk and orange juice. Dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, also contain the vitamin D your body needs. * Myth: I have dark skin, so I don't need to wear sunscreen. The idea that more melanin the skin contains the more protected it will be from sun exposure is not necessarily a myth. Dark-skinned people typically do not burn as quickly as those with lighter skin. But many dermatologists agree that darker skin is not adequate protection against cancer and even premature wrinkling. According to Mona Gohara, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, a person with medium-brown skin has a natural SPF of around 13. However, it is adviseable to use SPF 30 for basic sun protection. * Myth: I'm wearing enough sunscreen. Many people underestimate how much sunscreen is necessary to protect the skin. It is recommended to use at least 1 ounce of sunscreen on exposed areas of the skin for maximum protection. Read the label of the product. You may need to apply the sunscreen every two hours or more depending on your activity level and how much sunscreen is lost to sweating or swimming. You even need sunscreen on cloudy days or if you sit by a window while you work. Also, wait 30

minutes between application and heading out into the sun. Chemical sunscreens take that long to work. * Myth: The skin on the legs and arms is not as delicate as the face. It's safe to get a little tan in these areas. Skin is skin, and no one area is less prone to sun damage and cancer risk than another. In fact, dermatologists say melanoma is most likely to form on the head and trunk of men and arms and legs of women. African-Americans are at a higher risk for lentiginous melanoma, which develops on the palms and the soles of feet. * Myth: Sunscreens cause cancer. In 2001, a small study on mice

suggested oxybenzone, an ingredient that is commonly used in sunscreens, produced free radicals that may contribute to melanoma. However, the FDAhas approved the use of oxybenzone and there is no definitive link between human use of the ingredient and melanoma. If you are worried about chemicals, select a mineral-based sunscreen instead. Despite what's known about sun exposure and skin cancer, many myths about exposure to the sun still prevail. Regardless of what you hear, it's best to wear sunscreen every day and cover up to protect your skin.


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Local leaders start book-sharing program

RUTH BOGDAN The Bradford Era BRADFORD, P.A. group of local leaders has started a book-sharing program in the Bradford area aimed at making literature readily available to growing minds. The project, “Leadership Begins with Literacy: Bradford BookShare Project,” is the work of one of the teams that graduated Friday from this year’s Leadership McKean program. Making up the team are Guy


Bennett, Ryan Baxter, Cara Costik, Tracee Howell and Kitzie Pingie. “After discussion, we discovered that all of us had a passion about early learning and literacy. Having the director of the Bradford Area Public Library in our group really helped us decide which way we wanted to go with our project,” said Costik. Bennett is the library director. “Literacy is so important, especially in the zero to five age group,” said Bennett,

explaining the enduring impact it can have on a child’s life. “Those magic hours before kids start school, they’re so open to learning and they absorb so much at that early age.” He noted the team met with Katharine Pude, superintendent of the Bradford Area School District. Bennett explained the school district has offered many literacy events, and Pude was pleased to have the Leadership McKean team joining in the district’s efforts.

Bennett added that while statistics on literacy rates in Bradford are “very, very good,” there are still some children who don’t meet proficiency standards. Through the project, crates of children’s books and literacy activities will be distributed throughout the Bradford area. These drop-off points will be places where children can take a book for free or leave a book for the next child to enjoy. According to Bennett, milk crates will be set at 20 locations in the area, and more than 1,000 books have already been donated to the cause. The locations are “places where people would be waiting,” such as the movie theater, banks or social service offices. Pingie said, “The locations we have secured so far are delighted to participate — they see the benefit for the children with great payback for our community. I’ve also been asked about this program being expanded to other communities, and we will pass along our resources so others can utilize the program in their area.” Howell described the role literacy programs can play in a society. “Research shows that communities reap lasting rewards when parents and caregivers read with kids,” she said. “Not only are more comprehensive gains in literacy seen, but children who share the gift of reading experience deeper development of social

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Arizona eatery shames art thieves on Facebook

Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, A.Z. wo accomplices in the theft of a painting at a Flagstaff restaurant have come forward after a shaming campaign on Facebook. The Arizona Daily Sun ( reported Tuesday that Tyler Christensen, the owner of McMillan Bar and Kitchen, went to social media instead of police after the painting went missing on June 9. Christensen posted an open letter and surveillance photo of a man putting the painting in his backpack while the two accomplices acted as lookouts. He says the two accomplices have since come forward and given $500 to cover the cost of the artwork. Christensen’s Facebook post has been shared more than 7,900 times and received more than 4,300 likes and nearly 770 comments. The artwork, however, was last seen hanging from a tree.




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Man tried to toss drugfilled football into prison

Associated Press JACKSON, M.I. ichigan authorities say a man tried to thr.ow a football loaded with drugs and cellphones into the yard of a state prison. The football landing between two fences, not in the yard where prisoners exercise. An officer at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility saw the man throw the football, and officers arrested the suspect. The ball allegedly contained heroin, marijuana, tobacco, three cellphones and chargers. Twenty-two-year-old Christen D. Moore was arraigned Tuesday in Jackson District Court on contraband charges and ordered jailed on a $50,000 bond.



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Aries, let your creative side take over this week. Your imagination is ready to run wild, and this burst of creative energy will have longlasting positive effects.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

Taurus, though you are known for being a tad stubborn, this week you are open to any and all suggestions. You may surprise a few people by being so open-minded.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

Gemini, while you may have natural leadership abilities, most of the time you do not want to pull rank. This week you may need to step things up a bit.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, now is a good time to travel, even if it means just a quick jaunt. But if a big vacation is on the horizon, know that you will likely have a smooth trip ahead.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

Your powers are magnetic this week, Leo. Others find you simply irresistible, which can bode well if you are looking for a romantic partner or want to step things up.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

Virgo, a busy week at work will require lots of cooperation among you and your coworkers. If ever there was a time to summon your leadership abilities, now is the time.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

Libra, many things are in disarray and you may need some help getting back to efficient living. Download an app to help you track expenses or keep tabs on your responsibilities.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22

You are bound to be the center of attention, Scorpio. Get over any shyness early on because you will be spending time with coworkers for most of the week.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

You will do some of your best work at home this week, Sagittarius. Spend ample time getting the house in order. A few days working from home could kickstart plans.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20

Capricorn, quickly curb any feelings of boredom by exploring a new hobby. Try taking a new fitness or art class. You’ll have chances to mingle, too.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18

Put the brakes on impulse buys, Aquarius. This week you may be tempted to spend more money than you have, and that will only lead to long-term financial concerns.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20

Pisces, it is time to rebrand yourself. This may start with a minimakeover or more significant changes to your life and career.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS JUNE 22 Cyndi Lauper Singer (61)

JUNE 23 Frances McDormand Actress (56)

JUNE 24 Mindy Kaling Actress (35)

JUNE 25 Busy Phillips Actress (35)

JUNE 26 Derek Jeter Athlete (40)

JUNE 27 Sam Claflin Actor (28)

Inspired comic chemistry in '22 Jump St'

JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer Things are always worse the second time around, the deputy police chief warns the buddy-cop team of Jenko and Schmidt in "22 Jump Street." He's talking about their next assignment, but of course, it's an inside joke — with the audience. "22 Jump Street," starring the inspired comic duo of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, is a sequel, and movie sequels are indeed often worse (especially when, as the chief also points out, the budget's bigger the second time around.) Self-referential jokes aside, things aren't worse the second time around for Hill, Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It's fine to make fun of sequels — and this movie does, all the way to a fabulous ending-credits bit that steals the film — when you know you've made a pretty darned good one yourself. Not that this film is perfect — some jokes go too far, or too long, or both, and one running gag involving prison sex is gratuitous, illadvised, unfunny, and, well, we'd say more but three adjectives are enough. Many more jokes, though — spoken and visual — succeed beautifully. And the cast? It's a pretty heavenly group, anchored of course by Hill and Tatum, who have a Laureland-Hardy-like implausible chemistry that keeps you laughing pretty much no matter what they're doing. If you never saw "21 Jump Street," no worries — the filmmakers bring you up to speed fast. The last film saw Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) go undercover to high school. This time, it's college they're ordered to infiltrate, to

thwart a nasty drug ring. ("I'm the first person in my family to pretend to go to college," Jenko says proudly.) The college setting provides its usual comic fodder, starting with a cute montage involving things you need to live in college dorms: Popup laundry hampers, bean-bag chairs, lava lamps, shower poofs, a bacon machine (don't ask.) There's also the obligatory frat house, which sets up the amusing BFF relationship between studly Jenko and studly frat leader Zook (Wyatt Russell, who brings to mind a younger Owen Wilson.) It's one of the film's best scenes, but no scene in the film proper rivals the closing credits — a sendup of sequels which includes its own notable celebrity cameo and is alone worth the price of admission. Will there be a "23 Jump Street"? If things are always worse the second time, wouldn't they be even worse the third? With Lord and Miller's track record, that's hardly a given. "22 Jump Street," a Columbia Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America "for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence." Running time: 112 minutes. Three stars out of four.

AP Photo/Sony Pictures, Glen Wilson This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jonah Hill, right, and Channing Tatum in Columbia Pictures' “22 Jump Street.”

18 • INDULGE | June 20 - June 26, 2014

Stuffed burgers can star at your barbecue


o backyard barbecue is complete without burgers. But just because burgers are a staple of such gatherings does not mean grillmasters cannot experiment with their burger recipes. Stuffed burgers are growing in popularity at restaurants across the country, but such delectable dishes can be enjoyed right in the comforts of your own backyard. Those who want to give burgers some new life at their next barbecue can use the following recipe for “Herb Cheese-Stuffed Garlic Burgers” from Andrew Schloss and David Joachim’s “Mastering the Grill” (Chronicle Books). Herb Cheese-Stuffed Garlic Burgers

6 hamburger buns, split Oil for coating grill grate The Grill Gas: Direct heat, medium-high 425 F to 450 F; clean, oiled grate

erate the burgers until the grill is ready. 4. Brush the grill grate and coat it with oil. Put the burgers on the grill, cover and cook for 9 minutes, flipping after 5 minutes, for medium-done (150 F, slightly pink). Add a minute per side for well-done (160 F).

5. To toast the buns, put them cut-sides down directly over the fire for the last minute of cooking. 6. If serving the burgers directly from the grill, serve on the buns. If the burgers will sit, even for a few minutes, keep the buns and burgers separate until just before eating.

Charcoal: Direct heat, light ash; 12-by-12inch charcoal

Makes 6 servings

bed (about 3 dozen coals); clean, oiled grate on lowest

2 pounds ground beef chuck, 85% lean 2 tablespoons chopped garlic


1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

U.S. Army Field Band to hold concert

Wood: Direct heat, light ash; 12-by-12-inch bed, 3 to 4 inches deep; clean, oiled grate set 2 inches above the fire 1. Heat the grill as directed. 2. Using your hands, mix the beef, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl until well blended; do not overmix. Using a light touch, form into 12 patties no more than 1/2-inch thick. 3. Put a portion (about 11/2 teaspoons) of cream cheese in the center of each of the 6 patties; top with the remaining patties and press together, taking care to seal the edges well. Refrig-

Herb Cheese-Stuffed Garlic Burger


it’s probably true


ALEX DAVIS The Bradford Era BRADFORD, P.A. or the second time this year, area residents will be able to enjoy music performed by U.S. military personnel. The U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform modern and Army-themed music on June 28 in the Bradford Area High auditorium. “We like to have the community exposed to this type of music,” said Garry Pugrant, one of the organizers of the show, on Monday afternoon. This will be the Army Field Band’s second appearance in Bradford this year. In April, the Jazz Ambassadors performed at the high school. Sixty-five members comprise the U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band, who have performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign counties. They’ve performed in front more than 100 million people, and the lineup has included marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos The concert band is the oldest and largest of the field band’s four performing components. The ensemble was formed in 1946. The Boston Globe has called the U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band “A cause to stand up and cheer.” The Soldiers’ Chorus includes 29 members, whom travel throughout the United States and abroad. They’re experienced in from opera and musical theatre. Founded in 1957, selections have come from Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet, and Americana. Also at the June 28 event, American Legion Post #108 will present the colorguard. The free concert is sponsored by the Rotary Club and The Bradford Era. Pugrant said he hopes residents from neighboring towns turn out for the event. For more information, contact Pugrant at (814) 368-6437.

“You can do anything, but not everything.” -David Allen

“To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.” -Abraham Maslow

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” -Baltasar Gracian


1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 tablespoons herbed garlic cream cheese, such as Boursin

Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching - Unknown Author “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzky “To change what you get you must change who you are.” - Vernon Howard



June 20 - June 26, 2014 | INDULGE • 19

20 • INDULGE | June 20 - June 26, 2014

Plan ahead for a fun day at the water parK


he search is on to find entertaining ways to fill the steamy dog days of summer. After days spent swimming in the pool or at the beach, adults and children alike may be looking for something new, and water parks are an ideal way to spend a summer afternoon. Such parks are not only adventurous, but they also make great ways to cool off when the mercury soars. As with any trip, preparation is necessary to make the most of your day at the water park. * Study the weather report. Summer weather can change in an instant. One moment it may be hot and sunny, while the next moment ominous thunderstorm clouds may soak anyone still outdoors. Many water parks shut down rides when there is thunder and lightning, and the park may close early if the weather is particularly bad. Double-check the weather report before making the trip so that your time and money is well spent. * Visit when the park is unlikely to be busy. Many parks are very busy during the summer, especially on the weekends when parents are not at work. So families who visit during the week might enjoy a less crowded park, which means shorter lines to get on the rides. Call ahead to inquire if any camps or large groups are scheduled to visit the park on a day you want to visit. * Research coupons and discount codes. Search the Internet to find out if the water park is offering any discounted tickets. Admission for a family of four can be expensive, but coupons or other discounts can cut those costs considerably. Find out if the park sells season passes, which will end up saving you money if you plan to visit the park on a regular basis. Certain amusement parks pair up with retailers and sponsors to offer discounts, so you may be eligible for discount tickets by dining out at a particular restaurant or collecting a coupon code from the back of a cereal box. * Measure the kids before you embark. Rides may have height restrictions. It is beneficial to understand these height limits so that you will know if your kids will be able to enjoy most of the attractions. In many parks, 42 to 48 inches is

the magic number. Some parks may allow shorter, younger children to ride when accompanied by an adult. If your kids are too small, it may be better to wait until next season when they can enjoy more of the fun. * Get there early or very late. The parking lot at the water park may be as large as the park itself. Get to the park early to avoid parking miles away from the entrance. Know when the water park opens and be the first one in line, which affords you the luxury of the best parking spot and first choice for rides. If you're not an early bird, visit the park just before closing. Crowds may have thinned out by then and the weather may be considerably cooler. * Wear brightly colored bathing suits. Many water parks have strict guidelines as to which type of clothing can be worn. Bathing suits are usually a must, as they won't get caught or tangled like shirts and shorts might. Choose brightly colored or patterned swimsuits so kids will stand out in the crowds. This will make it easier to keep them in your sights. Similarly, wear something that makes it easy for your children to find you should they get lost. * Invest in a waterproof money holder necklace. Chances are you will store many of your belongings in a locker so that you will not have to carry around too many items. But it is helpful to have a few dollars on hand for those times when lemonade or ice cream sundaes beckon, so purchase a waterproof necklace to secure and hold your money. * Bring along a change of clothing. Sitting around in a damp bathing suit, especially on the long car ride home, can be uncomfortable. Pack a change of clothes and different shoes. This way everyone will be dry, warm and comfortable. * Continue to apply waterproof sunscreen. Water reflects the sun's UV rays, making water park revelers highly prone to sunburn. Be sure to wear waterproof sunscreen and apply it continuously throughout the day to protect against painful skin damage. * Study and explain the safety rules. Water parks are frequently crowded, and children who wander off can easily become lost. As a family,

go over safety precautions, including what to do in the event someone gets lost. Children can go to a park employee or a security guard and ask for help. Or suggest to your children that they go into any of the shops and tell the counter staff that they're lost. Establish a meeting spot to enable everyone to gather together in the event of an emergency. * Plan break times. The water park may be overwhelming, especially for tired, hungry children. So take breaks for snacks, lunch and even a few moments to just settle down and catch your breath. Water parks are a summertime staple. With a few tips, visiting a water park with the family can be a safe and memorable outing.

siastic about those activities. But a good staff will know how to make kids feel welcome, which should help them come out of their shells and make the most of their summer camp experiences. The quality of staffs can vary significantly depending on the camp, so it’s important that parents ask camp representatives about their staffs before making any commitments. Ask how long the staff has been together and the types of training new and even veteran staff members undergo before the start of camp season? Does the training include first aid and emergency medical training and certification? It’s also good to

might want their kids to attend a more specialized camp, whether it’s a sports camp focusing on a particular sport or a music camp devoted to helping kids become better musicians. Regardless of the type of camp parents are considering for their kids, they should ask about what daily life at the camp is like. Ask to see schedules and how strictly camps adhere to those schedules. When considering specialized camps, ask the staff representative if kids will have the chance to simply have a little fun and which types of recreational activities are planned to give kids a break from what are often rigorous schedules. Camp goals

Water parks are a great way to spend a summer day staying cool and having some fun.

Things to consider before choosing a summer camp


hough February does not often elicit images of youngsters building campfires or playing games in the pool, the month more synonymous with the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day is a great time for parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids. Summer camp is often something kids look forward to, and something they will fondly recall long after they reach adulthood. For many kids, summer camp provides a first taste of independence, as youngsters spend significant time away from home without their parents for the first time in their lives. But as great an experience as summer camp can be for youngsters, it can be just as difficult an experience

if parents don’t find the right fit for their children. That’s why it behooves parents to start thinking about summer camps for their kids in winter, before camps start filling out their rosters, which tends to happen in early spring. The following are a few things parents should take into consideration when seeking a summer camp for their kids. Staff The right summer camp staff can make all the difference. Many children are understandably shy when arriving at a summer camp, as their friends from back home might not be joining them. That can make kids hesitant to participate in activities or less enthu-

ask about the vetting process the camp employs before hiring new staff, including the extent of its background checks. Are criminal background checks conducted? How many references must potential staff members supply to be considered for employment? A good camp will be forthcoming with answers to all of your questions, so eliminate those that appear hesitant to share information about their staffs. A day in the life When vetting camps for kids, parents should ask what a typical day is like once the season hits full swing. Many parents want their youngsters to have a well-rounded experience, while others

Another thing parents must consider before choosing a summer camp for their kids is the goals of each individual camp. A camp should be dedicated to ensuring kids have fun, even when kids are attending more specialized camps that tend to be more strict. In addition, parents should look for a camp that wants its attendees to foster relationships with their fellow campers. Camp can be lonely for some youngsters, especially those attending summer camp for the first time, but a summer camp that strives to promote friendship among its campers can reduce, if not eliminate, any feelings of homesickness.

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