Rising Water Causes
Campus Class Closures -
BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford evacuated about 160
students from on-campus housing along the Tunungwant Creek early Wednesday
morning after hours of steady rain caused the creek to flood.
Pitt-Bradford also canceled classes for the day and asked about 100 students
to move vehicles from parking areas along the creek.
About 100 students spent the night in the Frame-Westerberg Commons, said Dr.
K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs. “We had some
students playing cards, some watching TV and some playing board games,” he
said. Some students rolled up their socks and started a game of baseball in
the Mukaiyama University Room, which became their diamond for the overnight.
Around 3:00am, Dan Howard, general manager of dining services, came in and
opened up the KOA Dining Room for bagels, ice cream and cereal.
Students slept on couches and in corridors.
“They were pretty much all over the building,” Evans said. “The students
have been just wonderful. They saw it as an adventure.”
With colder temperatures turning precipitation to snow and water levels
falling by mid-morning, students were allowed to return to their residences
at 9:45 a.m.
Evans said the students were evacuated when water was within a few inches of
the tops of the stoops of the townhouse-style residences.
“We always evacuate when the water’s that high,” he said, as a precautionary
measure. Water did not reach the first floor of the buildings.
Peter Buchheit, director of facilities management, said that although water
reached crawl spaces, none reached the occupied areas of buildings.
Maintenance crews will spend their day pumping out crawl spaces, clearing
logs and other debris left by receding floodwaters and keeping sidewalks and
roads clear as rain turns to snow.
Early in the morning, campus police jumped into action to contact about 100
students whose vehicles were endangered by flood waters. If a student could
not be reached, police had his or her vehicle towed to safety.
Announces Nearly $500,000 in Flood
Protection Grants to Benefit 19 Communities
- HARRISBURG -- Governor Edward G. Rendell
today stressed the importance of protecting communities and citizens from
flooding threats -- and especially since Pennsylvania is among the most
flood-prone states -- as he announced the latest round of flood protection
grants for projects in 15 counties.
The Governor said this latest investment
totaling $477,934 builds on the commonwealth's commitment to improve and
reinforce Pennsylvania's flood-control measures and water infrastructure.
“We regularly see the devastating effects floods can have on our
communities. When floodwaters rise, they can destroy homes and businesses,
creating incredible hardships for people that disrupt their lives,” said
Governor Rendell. “That’s why it’s so important that we invest our resources
to help communities protect against this threat.
“The funds we’re announcing today will do
just that. Whether it’s purchasing new equipment that help municipalities
maintain their existing flood-protection measures, making structural
improvements, or developing the plans to make sure communities and residents
are prepared, these grants—and others we've made in the past eight years—are
an important investment in public safety.”
Since 2003, the Rendell administration has made improving the state’s
flood-related infrastructure a priority by making critically needed flood
control and prevention investments in 60 Pennsylvania counties. All told,
the commonwealth has invested almost $200 million in more than 600 projects
that have been completed or will be finished within the next few years.
Projects include maintaining and rehabilitating existing projects, building
new flood protection or stream improvement measures, and removing dams that
contribute to flooding or pose a safety risk.
To review the Department of Environmental
Protection’s investments through the flood protection grant program, and
Growing Greener II dam safety and watershed protection programs, visit
www.depweb.state.pa.us and click on “Grants and Loans,” then on “DEP Grant
and Loan Programs.”
The state’s total financial support for communities battling floods includes
$14 million for seven flood control projects through the H20 PA program,
which Governor Rendell signed in 2008. The $800 million H20 PA package
dedicated $85 million to flood-prevention measures. To see the list of grant
recipients through the program, visit
Flood protection grants like those announced today are awarded annually to
municipal and county governments that sponsor existing projects authorized
by DEP, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service. The grants allow
communities to ensure flood protection projects are properly maintained and
function as designed during high-water events. Grants reimburse sponsors up
to 65 percent for project improvements and non-routine maintenance, and up
to 50 percent of the costs to purchase specialized equipment for monitoring,
operating and maintaining the project.
The maximum grant award for project
improvements and non-routine maintenance is $65,000, and the maximum for
specialized equipment is $50,000. Grant amounts are based upon expected
benefits of the project in terms of improving emergency response and
extending the life and functionality of the infrastructure.
For more information, visit
Area Counties include:
Bradford District Flood Control Authority - $29,172 for gravel bar removal,
slope restoration, sediment removal, concrete repair, foundation repair,
sealing concrete slope walls, and tree removal.
Genesee Township - $1,000 to purchase 100-gallon skid sprayer.
City of Williamsport - $15,365 to purchase new slope mower.
Lawrenceville Borough - $24,608 to cut trees, shrubs and vegetation on the
levees, spray vegetation and eliminate animal burrows.
City of Warren - $14,524 to remove vegetation, trees and brush and cut
stumps to ground level for Indian Hollow Run flood protection project;
remove vegetation, unwanted growth, and steps and railings from the levee's
land side at the Glade Run FPP and spray Japanese Knotweed.
The plan is expected to face opposition
from the current hydroelectric power operators, however, as both bids to
operate are considered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
constructed the dam in 1964 to prevent flooding in the Pittsburgh area. In
order to do so, Seneca land was condemned and flooded. About 600 Senecas
watched homes burned or bulldozed in order for the dam to be constructed.
Senecas received about $15 million for the land they considered sacred. Some
of that money was used for education.
A newly elected administration, the first
ever that includes its three highest-ranking officials being college
educated, will announce plans to benefit from the waters at the dam at a
news conference today.
Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter,
along with Wendy Huff, Kinzua Dam Re-licensing Commission executive director,
will discuss the nation's application to the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to operate the Seneca Pumped Storage Project at the dam. Porter
is expected to provide an overview of the re-licensing process and review the
dam's history and impact on the nation.
The Seneca Pumped Storage Generating
Station began operations in 1970 as a hydroelectric power plant. The
451-megawatt power plant uses water to generate electricity to accommodate
peak electric use. It stores energy in the form of water so when there is
high electric demand, the water is released through turbines. The station is
located near the dam in Warren. It is operated by the First Energy
Generation Corp. of Akron, Ohio.
Celeste Miller, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission spokeswoman, said First Energy's license to operate the facility
will expire Nov. 30, 2015. Notices of intent to apply for a license to
operate are due five years prior to the current license's expiration,
meaning any notices of intent for the project would be needed today.
Mark Durbin, spokesperson for First
Energy, said it filed a notice of intent Nov. 24 to reapply for its license
to continue hydroelectric operations. Ms. Miller confirmed that the notice
has been received by federal officials.
"We believe we're the strongest operator
for this," Durbin said about why First Energy filed its intent for license
He said the company has experience
operating the hydro-electric project since it began and "has every intention
of continuing to do so." He said it has invested millions of dollars in the
facility to make power available for purchase by a number of entities to
whom he said First Energy sells. As part of its application, it had to make
other area governments aware of its filing, including Seneca Nation
During the three years until First Energy's
permit expires, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will determine who
is best suited to operate the Warren facility.
Warren County and the Warren County School
District had been working to collect back taxes of almost $1 million for
2004 to 2006 on the power station reservoir from FirstEnergy until
settlement was reached in April. The power reservoir was assessed at
$3,753,230, according to the county treasurer's office. The amount of taxes
owed was $893,393. Possible penalties and interest bumped that number close
to $1 million.
The reservoir, built in 1966, was not
taxable until an act by the Pennsylvania state legislature removed its tax
exempt status in 1999. First Energy protested the taxes on the basis that
the reservoir is located within the Allegheny National Forest, and that a
current appraisal of the property was needed. The company began making
payments in 2007 "under protest."
Warren Times Observer
Backs Airport Loans
By Martha Knight
SMETHPORT—McKean County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to
back Bradford Regional Airport (BRA) as it seeks loans to help finance
construction of a multi-tenant facility.
According to one of two resolutions commissioners adopted
concerning the project, the county will provide a loan guarantee assuring
repayment of up to $400,000.
BRA will solicit loan offers from a number of private lenders,
according to commissioner chairman Joe DeMott. The loan probably will have a
20-year term. The county’s guarantee will expedite BRA’s efforts to secure a
loan at favorable terms.
In the second resolution concerning financing of the 30,000
square-feet facility, the commissioners also agreed to guarantee short-term
borrowing of up to $750,000, which would be used for cash flow during the
construction period. That borrowing could be thought of as a line of credit,
Both loans are based on the understanding that “the facility will
be funded in large part by state and federal grants.” The county’s guarantee
must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
The up-to-$750,000 guarantee is contingent upon DCED approval of
the $400,000 one, and upon the project receiving grants from Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation, Economic Development
Administration (EDA) and other sources.
The short-term borrowings would be repaid as the grant funds come
in. DeMott said those are expected to be paid to BRA as reimbursement for
amounts spent in the course of the project.
Airport director Tom Frungillo attended the meeting. He said the
future multi-tenant facility already has one tenant signed up, and foresees
that the units will attract additional tenants of several kinds. Marcellus
shale drilling and production activity is stimulating air travel and
shipping, he noted.
John Satterwhite of Bradford was appointed to a new five-year term
on the Bradford Regional Airport Authority. Frungillo said Satterwhite has
the most years of service of any authority member.
The commissioners voted to authorize an intergovernmental
cooperative agreement between McKean County Commissioners and Potter County
Commissioners whereby McKean County’s chief assessor, Angie Tennies, will
provide Potter County with tax assessment/CPE services as Potter County
seeks professional staff for their tax assessment office. Tennies has been
helping out in Coudersport, recently, with her qualifications and
certifications being necessary for certain duties.
Commissioners approved an invoice from Mt. Jewett Borough in the
amount of $2,266, representing payment for their completed Liquid Fuel
Project. Future Liquid Fuel funded projects were given the go-ahead: an
Eldred Borough one to cost $1,650, and an Otto Township project to cost
Real estate refunds were approved for Jason Roth, $228.56; NW Land
Development, $149.49; Bradford Rentals, Inc., $273.42; James and Margaret
Fox, $110.92; Abraham Rosenberg, $89.18; and Joseph and Joni Britton,
Real estate exemptions for 2010 were granted to Bradford School
District for .09 acres of land and a building at 24 Willard Avenue,
Bradford, where the district, a tax-exempt entity, will tear down the
building to create parking space; and to the Episcopal Church of the
Ascension, also a tax-exempt organization, for .03 acres at 39 Chautauqua
Place, Bradford, vacant since a structure was demolished.
Service provider agreements were approved at the behest of the
Department of Human Services: one with Perseus House, Inc., Erie, for
Children and Youth Services; and one with Sugar Valley Lodge, Franklin, for
In a final batch of real-estate-related matters, the commissioners
approved seven purchases of property from the county repository.
Kane Borough will receive title to the county’s interest in a
vacant lot at 314 Chestnut Street, Kane, where the borough has spent more
than $11,000 cleaning up the lot after a fire destroyed a structure there.
Three Bradford vacant lots were disposed of: one at 437 South
Avenue to Marvin Race for $250, one at 31 South Kendall Avenue to Russell
and Wendy Persing for $500, and one at 16 Bolivar Court to Adam Rhoades for
Troy Glasgow will buy a house an lot at 105 Clay Street, Kane, for
$250, and a house and lot at 402 Maple Street, Kane, also for $250. He is
McKean County government’s network system administrator.
Attorney Mark Hollenbeck, Bradford, was named alternate
Right-To-Know appeal officer. He will serve when the primary Right-To-Know
appeal officer, Ray Learn, cannot.
Announce Establishment Of Scholarship In Memory Of Daughter
BRADFORD, Pa. – Dr. V. Rao and Rajeswari
Nadella of Bradford have established a scholarship at the University of
Pittsburgh at Bradford in memory of their daughter, Seetal.
Seetal Nadella graduated from Pitt-Bradford in December 2006 with a degree
in economics and died in October 2008 after a lengthy illness.
Her mother, Rajeswari Nadella, graduated in 1991 with a degree in business
The Seetal Nadella Memorial Scholarship will benefit a student of at least
sophomore standing who is majoring in a business or economic discipline and
has achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be
given to a student from the counties of McKean, Elk, Warren, Cameron, Potter
or Cattaraugus (N.Y.).
The Nadellas’ pledge of $50,000 will be matched by the Agnes L. and Lewis
Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge. The Thomas Scholarship Challenge matches
the amount of any gift between $5,000 and $50,000 given for scholarships.
Dr. Gautam Mukerjee, associate professor of economics, was Seetal’s
professor and advisor.
“What made Seetal truly endearing was her self-effacing quality that
carefully concealed a remarkably informed and balanced outlook on life,” he
said. “Those admitted to her inner circle were amazed to discover a bright
and sprightly personality with a very keen sense of humor that seldom missed
“Seetal’s untimely passing leaves a tragic gap in the lives of her family
and friends that is not likely to be filled in the foreseeable future.”
The first recipient of the scholarship is Colby Case, an accounting major
For more information on the Thomas Scholarship Challenge, contact Jill
Ballard, executive director of institutional advancement, at
Speaks At Rotary - Robert Veilleux, PAHS grad, Class of 1993, spoke
to the Rotary Club on December 2, Program Chair for the day was Frank Rackish
(far right). They are pictured with SHAVTS Director Don Raydo, and senior
guests Julia Collver and Ricky Warnick.
ROTARY REPORT - The Port Allegany Rotary
Club met December 2 at the Moose Family Center. There were 24 Rotarians
present for a reportable attendance of 80 percent. Program Chair for the
Day and Vocational Service Director Frank Rackish introduced guest speaker,
Robert Veilleux. Veilleux is the Community and Economic Development
Educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension/Potter County Education
Council. He is a native of Port Allegany graduating from PAHS in 1993. His
program was about the regional and local impacts of natural gas development.
Other guests included SHAVTS Director Don
Raydo and former Port Allegany Rotarain Candy Hand. Also visiting were
senior guests Julia Collver and Ricky Warnick.
Julis is the daughter of Jennifer and
Steve Causer. She is in the college prep high school course and AP English.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Lady Gator Soccer Team,
Senior High Concert Choir, Yearbook Production Staff, Track and Field Team
and participates in the fall plays, spring musicals and Art Show. Julia
represented the local Rotary Club at RYLA. She enjoys the outdoors,
painting, writing poetry and having fun with friends and family. She plans
to attend college to study Art.
Ricky is the son of Tammy Warnick. He is
in the college prep course of study and AP English. He is a photographer
and member of the Yearbook Staff, the Reading Competition team, the
Enrichment Program and the Mock Trial United Nations. His hobbies include
running and reading. He plans to attend Clarion University for Library
Science and teaching certificate.
Other Rotary news discussed: A host
family is being sought for the 2010-2011 Exchange Student who is now
residing with the Bayline Family.; CARE for Children Christmas gifts are due
to the Borough Office on or before December 13; Tony Flint is the program
chair for the December 9 meeting; CARE for Children Christmas Party will be
held December 16; Joe DeMott is program chair for December 23 and Lloyd
Eastman will provide the program on December 30.
Winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Scott