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July 23, 2014

Grove City Girl Dines With First Family


The White House band played gentle cocktail music as the guests arrived. The East Room’s crystal chandeliers glittered over the neat table settings surrounded by the room’s signature gold curtains. The White House kitchen staff appeared poised to serve diplomats. The menu included a muffin tin egg white frittata and a quinoa sweet potato boat. But the meal was not for politicians. The featured guests were kids. “It’s been the best day of my life,” said Hannah Foley of Grove City, Pa. “We got pictures with Michelle Obama, which was totally awesome.” Hannah and 53 other children _ one from …continue reading

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Grove City Girl Dines With First Family


The White House band played gentle cocktail music as the guests arrived. The East Room’s crystal chandeliers glittered over the neat table settings surrounded by the room’s signature gold curtains. The White House kitchen staff appeared poised to serve diplomats. The menu included a muffin tin egg white frittata and a quinoa sweet potato boat. But the meal was not for politicians. The featured guests were kids. “It’s been the best day of my life,” said Hannah Foley of Grove City, Pa. “We got pictures with Michelle Obama, which was totally awesome.” Hannah and 53 other children _ one from …continue reading

Erie And Crawford Phone Outage Affects Thousands

A cut fiber optic phone cable has affected 911 service in western Erie County and a wider part of Crawford County. Also the Mercer County Department of Public Safety has been notified of a phone outage in northern Mercer County that is affecting the Jamestown area. The outage is affecting landline customers only. Cell phone customers can still dial 911 as normal to report emergencies. Windstream is aware of the issue and is working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. They have no timetable for when the problem will be fixed The Crawford County Office of Emergency Services …continue reading

Riley named head coach of Thiel College men’s soccer team

Killian Riley has been named the head coach of the Thiel College men’s soccer team, as announced by Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer ‘74. Riley becomes head coach of Thiel’s men’s soccer team after serving one season as a volunteer assistant for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Riley replaces Chris Limle, who left Thiel to become the head coach of the Muskingum University men’s soccer team. “I am very excited to be back and continue building what I started last season,” Riley said. Limle, a Muskingum University graduate, and Riley guided Thiel’s men’s soccer team to a 5-12-1 record …continue reading

Crawford Co Softball Team Needs Your Help

The District 1 Senior League softball team, which features players from Crawford County, won a state title on Monday. With the team now heading to Massachusetts to compete in an eastern regional tournament beginning Saturday, it is asking local businesses for donations or sponsorships. The estimated total cost for the team to play in the tournament is $7,000, and all donations must be received by Thursday. Donations may be made to the team’s account that is set up at the Woodforest National Bank inside the Edinboro Wal-Mart. Heidi Piotrowski, who is in charge of the account, may be reached at …continue reading

Fruit Recall By Local Big Box Discount Stores Announced

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, Calif is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are impacted by this recall. No illnesses have been linked to this recall to date. The fruit was distributed  several national retailers including Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s and Costco. Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in …continue reading

Schwebel Baking Company Halts Production For Safety Sake

The Schwebel Baking Company announced Monday that it has halted production at its Youngstown bakery and has started checking for a possible product quality issue, according to a press release. The company is voluntarily withdrawing any potentially affected products as a precautionary measure, according to the release. The release did not say which products may be affected. The issue involves the discovery of listeria following a scheduled environmental assessment of the Youngstown bakery. Listeria is a bacteria which can cause serious infection and especially affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant mothers and those with weakened immune systems, according to the Center …continue reading

Trio Of Greenville Child Abusers Released on Unsecured 75K Bond

In his 35-year career in law enforcement, Mercer County Detective John J. Piatek had seen it all. Or so he thought. Then came 7-year-old Antonio Rader of Greenville The Rader boy, now 8, came to the attention of law enforcement June 6 when the child somehow escaped from his North Second Street home, a virtual prison, and ran into the street because he wanted to pet a dog a woman was walking, said Detective Piatek, who investigates child abuse for the Mercer County district attorney’s office. “The woman was shocked. She called Children and Youth [Services] right away and told …continue reading

Meadville Senior Center Offers Medical Records Talk

A free program on geriatric medicine will be held at the Meadville Senior Center Tuesday. The speaker will be Dr. Daniel Fronzaglia, who practices part-time at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville.   The 11 a.m. program is open to the public.   Meadville Senior Center is in the Lew Davies Community Center at 1034 Park Ave.

Ramp Road Closures Announced Near New Castle

Long-term closures of ramps at Route 208 and I-376 begin Tuesday. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the closures are expected to last for 31 days. Affected will be the Route 208 on-ramp to westbound I-376 and the I-376 eastbound off-ramp to Route 208. The official posted detour for the Route 208 on-ramp to westbound I-376 puts traffic onto eastbound I-376, exiting at Mitchell Road and returning westbound onto I-376. The detour for I-376 eastbound traffic onto Route 208 takes drivers to the Mitchell Road exit before entering I-376 westbound. Motorists then take the Route 208 exit. PennDOT notes …continue reading

Trumbull Dems To Meet Saturday

This weekend the Trumbull County Democratic Party will choose someone to fill the county commissioner’s seat that is now vacant after the passing of Paul Heltzel. In a meeting on Saturday, the Party will choose someone who will fill the remaining two years of Heltzel’s term. Eleven candidates have submitted letters expressing interest in the position.

PSP Looking For Large Black Bull

Monday, Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the disappearance of a bull from its owner’s pasture in Mercer County Thursday, according to a police report. Jackson Center resident Kevin Minor reported that the bull was missing Thursday around noon from its pasture on Pulaski Mercer Rd. in E. Lackawannock Twp. The bull is a Watusi bull, known for its wide horns. Police noted that no fences were damaged and saw no immediately evident signs of theft. Anyone with information about the bull’s whereabouts can call Minor at 814-786-7852. Source: PSP press release

Mill Creek MetroParks Road Closures Sunday

(Youngstown, Ohio) The following roads in Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed on Sunday, July 20 from approximately 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the YMCA Adult/Youth Triathlon: Price Road West Glacier Drive West Drive Bears Den Drive New Cross Drive Cross Drive West Cohasset Drive High Drive Chestnut Hill Drive East Park Drive Valley Drive Old Furnace Road East Glacier Drive Memorial Hill Drive Robinson Hill Drive   For more information about Mill Creek MetroParks, visit our website at     About Mill Creek MetroParks Mill Creek Park was established in 1891 by Volney Rogers as the first …continue reading

United Way Bass Classic

The United Way of Western Crawford County is thrilled to announce its Annual Bass Classis, set for Friday, July 25th Channellock Inc. in association with Bassmasters of Crawford County. Proceeds to benefit the United Way of Western Crawford County 2014/2015 campaign. Two person teams, consisting of one professional and one amateur registrant will launch from the Iroquois Boating and Fishing Club dock at 7:00 am, with weigh-in set for 1:00 pm on the Club’s lawn. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams in the event. Community members are invited to join for the weigh-in and prize presentation. …continue reading

Corbett called “Dead Man Walking”

Normally in mid-summer, politics drops in priority, but this year Gov. Tom Corbett, a decided underdog for re-election, is not so lucky. He began July by signing a new state budget that even he abhors.  To show the Republican-controlled legislature his disappointment, this Republican governor line-item vetoed about half of the appropriations intended for lawmakers’ benefit. Corbett, running for a second term in the November election, began a campaign tour around the state touting pension reform as his top issue. Polls show, however, voters believe public education is the greatest concern. The same polls show people don’t understand the complexities …continue reading

Dan Waters Announces Retirement

Dan Waters, long time State Farm Agent in Greenville has announced his retirement effective at the end of July. State Farm will continue to manage his accounts until they can be reassigned to another local agent. The announcement came in the form of a letter to his clients over the weekend. Waters has been with the company for more than 30 years.

Stretch of Pa. Turnpike goes to 70 mph next week

About 100 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the state’s south-central region will soon get the state’s first 70 mph speed limit. The turnpike announced Friday that the zone will run on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain interchange near Shippensburg to the Morgantown interchange south of Reading. The higher speeds, authorized by last year’s transportation funding law, will begin Wednesday. Officials say they’ll announce next week other speed limit changes that are coming for the system.

Name Change Due For PA Agency

Land line service for Century Link phone customers in Trumbull County has been restored. Emergency dispatch indicated Sunday night they could not receive 911 calls from Century Link land line customers into the emergency center. Residents were asked to use a cell phone if they needed to contact 911. The problem was detected by Century Link and all service has been restored.

St. Paul Children’s Home Alumni Gather Again


St. Paul’s Children’s Home Alumni Annual Picnic was today! Standing from left are Mary Smith of Masury, Ohio; Jack Parker of Akron, Ohio; Howard “Butch” Smith of Guys Mills, Pa.; Maggie Mullennix of Delmont, Pa.; Ty Schlagle of Butler, Pa.; Delores Leffler of Hadley, Pa.; Harry Smeltz of Hermitage, Pa.; Grace Zimmerman of Salem, Ohio; and Bob Zimmerman of Salem, Ohio. Seated in fr…ont is Lois Eastlick of Fredonia, Pa. While Butch claims he was the “bad boy” of the Children’s Home while he was here from 1956-1961, he only remembers being loved. “Being here today at the reunion with …continue reading

Sharon Police Arrest Hit And Run Driver


Sharon Police Dept. would like to thank all of you who have assisted us today in tracking down the driver of the hit and run involving the little boy on the bicycle. They received over 20 tips today that led us to make an arrest in this case. Sharon PD charged Michael S. Blaskewicz, 31 of New Castle, PA with Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury (Hit and Run), Failure to Render Aid, and Fal…se Reports. It was your help in sharing our post that led to the tips that were called in. Blaskewicz is a subcontracted employee of Time …continue reading

Saegertown Youth Arrested After Theft

Two juveniles face charges related to burglary, theft and criminal mischief after police said the pair entered a Crawford County residence and garage and took cash, cell phones and all-terrain vehicles. The incident happened Saturday between 4 and 6:45 p.m. in the 200 block of Renner Alley in Saegertown, state police at Meadville said.   Police said the male and female, whose names weren’t released, entered the residence and removed $1,320 in cash and two phones. The pair also took two four-wheelers, drove to a gas station and used some of the money to fill up the ATV gas tanks …continue reading

Police Arrest Three For Starvation Of Greenville Boy

Police say a 7 year-old boy was beaten, nearly starved, and resorted to eating insects to stay alive. When investigators found the boy, they say he looked like a human skeleton and weighed just 25 pounds. For people on North Second Street in Greenville, revelations about what was going on in the house are tough to swallow. Greenville police said this was the worst case of child abuse they had ever dealt with and were angry and horrified at the event. According to the Sharon Herald the boy’s mother, 28-year-old Mary Rader,  and the grandparents Dennis and Deanna Beighly,  were …continue reading

Attorney General DeWine Adds New Technology to Document Complex Crime Scenes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that crime scene agents with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have a new tool to assist in documenting complex crime scenes. Agents are now using a 3D laser scanner, which sits on a tripod and rotates 360 degrees, to take millions of precise laser measurements and hundreds of digital photographs.  The end result produced with this latest crime scene technology is a “to scale” video that flies through the scene. “We are always looking to put the best tools in the hands of our BCI agents, so they can be more efficient,” said Attorney General …continue reading

Rep. Mike Kelly;s Weekly Newsletter

Dear Friends, This week I was proud to join my colleagues in the House of Representatives in taking major action to crack down on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its unjust overreach and abuse of powers against the American people. By a bipartisan vote of 228-195, the House passed  the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 5016). The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies. It includes the following policy provisions: 1) Seriously Reduces IRS funding – …continue reading

BP America To Plug Local Wells

BP America is plugging up its Utica shale wells in Trumbull County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources approved a request to abandon a well in Johnston Township. The company’s partner, Brammer Engineering, is also seeking to plug wells in Vernon and Gustavus Townships. The move comes as Ohio Utica shale explorers focus drilling in southern Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Niles City Council reinstates 1.5 percent income tax credit

NILES, Ohio - Niles City Council has reinstated a one and half percent income tax credit for those who work outside the city. Last year city council made a decision to reduce the credit to one percent because of budget uncertainties due to unpaid water bills. Those past due bills are costing the city $500,000. To address that issue, the city will begin massive water shutoffs to delinquent customers.   see more news on