Sunday, February 28, 2010

Teen Convicted of Crashing PlayStation Web Site Because He Was Banned for Cheating

In late 2008, a Pennsylvania teenager playing SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals got kicked out of a tournament for using a cheat mod. So he took revenge by crashing the PlayStation web site for 11 days.
Sony got the last laugh, however, in the form of a federal grand jury investigation, which quickly led to the perpetrator, a high school honors student in Latrobe, Pa. The hacker pled guilty to four felony charges in juvie court. Reports say he got access to the site’s servers and let loose a virus that brought everything down.
His methods weren’t described in detail but an expert contacted by a local TV station said they weren’t so sophisticated that someone else couldn’t pull it off. I bet Sony has stronger protections in place now, though.
The teen pleaded guilty to four counts: unlawful use of a computer, criminal use of a computer, computer trespassing and the distribution of a computer virus, in exchange for prosecutors dropping 11 others, some related to a March 2009 cyber attack.
Kudos to WTAE-TV of Pittsburgh for not only getting the name of the game (it was left out of other reports), but also using the correct console in its footage – although I’m wondering what those shots of Madden have to do with it.…d-for-cheating

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Local plant develops new energy efficient bulb

ST. MARYS - The development of a new energy efficient bulb will give consumers another option when purchasing light bulbs, but it will also give hundreds of people locally the chance to keep their jobs.For the past two to three years Osram Sylvania in St. Marys has been working to develop a light bulb to replace the incandescent light bulbs used by consumers when government legislation bans it.Eighty percent of what people use in their homes right now is the A-line bulb, but in 2007 under the Energy Independence and Security Act the government reduced the maximum wattage a bulb can use beginning Jan. 1, 2012, and an incandescent bulb cannot meet the new requirement.The only option left for consumers was the compact fluorescent bulb made in Asia, primarily in China, that has the curly shape and contains a small amount of mercury."We employ 265 people whose livelihoods are dependent on the incandescent," Chris Sconzo, plant manager, said. "If no product was created to replace the A-Line we would not have had a chance of surviving, now we have a shot."Making a product similar to the compact fluorescent bulb made in Asia was not an option so instead Osram Sylvania came up with a new product that will meet the legislative requirements.....READ MORE

Red Raiders advance in PIAA Playoffs

EMPORIUM – Jason Blose, Chris Barnett and Ryan Grimm combined to score 39 points to lead fifth-seeded Cameron County to a 52-40 win over 12th seeded Oswayo Valley in the opening round of the District 9 Class A boys’ basketball playoffs Wednesday night at Cameron County.
Blose netted a team-high 15 points, while Barnett added 14 and Grimm 10 for the North Tier League champion Red Raiders (17-6), who beat Oswayo Valley (13-10) for the third time this season.
Nick Goss was the lone Green Wave in double digits with 17 points.
Oswayo Valley led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter before Cameron County used a 16-6 second-quarter advantage to take a 25-17 halftime lead. The lead was extended to 10, 35-25, by the end of the third quarter.
Cameron County will now travel to fourth-seeded DuBois Central Catholic for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game on Monday.

Bagubas compete at Districts, Bardo advances to Regionals

The Bagubas will advance one wrestler
to the Regional tournament in Sharon next week.
Hunter Bardo placed 2nd in the 171# bracket,
Ridgway wrestler Zack Zelcs defeated Bardo in the championship bout.
Dom Manginell lost a heartbreaking 8-6 overtime
consi final bout to Brandon Bailey (Redbank Valley))
, placing 4th at Districts.
Aaron Burnside was also stopped in the consi finals in
a tough 5-4 loss to Lee Russel (Cranberry) in the 285#
match, earning Burnside a 4th place finish.
More on how the rest of the Bagubas fared later.
Congrats to all the Baguba wrestlers, we are proud of all of you!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More pics from Pizazz

Photos sent by Pizza Palace Dave from the Pizazz competition in Ohio

Photos taken by Steve Coomes, courtesy NAPICS

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Local church, artists, musicians work to benefit Haiti

(photo caption(l-r): Musicians Ariel Campbell, Josh Hatcher, and Panic Attack (Justin Willoughby and Larry Petry) performed on WESB Radio's "Liveline" program Tuesday Afternoon to promote the "Rock for Haiti" to be held at Open Arms Community Church on Saturday Night)

This Saturday, Open Arms Community Church will be hosting “Rock for Haiti”, a benefit concert with proceeds going to support famine relief in Haiti. The show –which starts at 6:30 in the evening at the church- will feature several local acts. The lineup includes: Josh Hatcher (acoustic rock), Ariel Campbell (acoustic rock), No Room For Nelson (alternative rock), Panic Attack (hip-hop), Marshmellow Overcoat (rock), and Horizons Open Wide (rock/ska).
There will be a $5 cover charge, with funds going towards the Free Methodist Haitian Famine Relief Fund. The Famine Relief Fund has been a long-term presence in Haiti and is one of several branch organizations of Free Methodist World Missions, which has raised over $840,000 in post-earthquake relief funds (For more information, see
Local artists Julia Allen, Denise Drummond, and Jennifer MacNeill have donated artwork that will be raffled off throughout the evening. Jennifer’s photography has been featured on the UN website. Raffle tickets will be available starting at one dollar per ticket.
“We’re really excited about this show,” said Larry Petry, one of the benefit’s organizers. “We all saw the devastation with the earthquake in Haiti, and wanted to help. This is an opportunity for local artists and music lovers to have a great time at a show and make a world of difference for the people of Haiti. All of the artists are looking forward to using our talents to bring some hope and healing to Haiti.”
Anyone looking to make a donation, or for more for information can contact Josh Hatcher (814-331-1721, mhtml:%7B318F3060-5205-4465-85E5-448061B5521C%7Dmid://00000113/!, Larry Petry (814-366-1912, mhtml:%7B318F3060-5205-4465-85E5-448061B5521C%7Dmid://00000113/!, or Open Arms Community church. Additional information can also be found on the “Rock for Haiti” facebook page.
Artist pages:
Ariel Campbell
Josh Hatcher
Panic Attack attack
Horizons Open Wide
Marshmellow Overcoat
No Room for Nelson

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Photo of the Day

Spring is just around the corner...soon thoughts of baseball will dominate warmer days

New OPED by Major Darryl Lyon

Major Lyon has shared a new piece

for us at Cameron County Pa Online

addressing some of the daunting problems

facing our troops in the war in

Afghanistan. You can read it, and other

past works, HERE


Pizza Palace wins Midwest Pizza Pizazz Contest

UPDATED: Meat still reigns at Midwest pizza contest
Mon @ 9:20 am News Channel: food & dining
This is my second day at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show (tough gig, right?), where the annual Pizza Pizzazz contest is held. Over two days, 150 pizza makers battle for two top prizes of $7,500 given to winners of the Gourmet and Traditional categories. Solid earnings for a half days work, no?Yesterday was the Gourmet competition, which featured some superb pizzas and some that made you think, “Is this a joke?” One was a pizza topped with spaghetti and red sauce. Need I say more?My favorite was one topped with spinach, olives, pesto, sundried and fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Elegant and wonderful. I even had one with tuna on it—very popular topping throughout the Mediterranean—that was quite good.The winning pie was the one in the photo below, The Meat Eater's Pizza, made by David Smith, owner of Pizza Palace Plus in Emporium, Pa. The pizza is topped with marinated chicken, steak, ham, sausage, pepperoni, hard salami and bacon. (Given that the Arnold Sports Festival—the nation's largest gathering of power lifters, I believe—is in Columbus next weekend, he should stick around and sell a few hundred of these protein piled pies to the muscle heads.) That's too much meat for me, but the judges liked it, and Mr. Smith was plenty pleased with the skrilla he picked up.......
I just returned from a competition in Columbus, Ohio tonight and wanted to share something with you.
Attached is a photo of the pizza I made for the Gourmet category at the Pizza Pizazz Competition. This competition is a part of NAPICS, (National Association of Pizza and Ice cream Show). This years Gourmet competition had 52 competitors from across the United States and we entered our Meat-eater Pizza.
To make a long story short, we won!
The photo shown is was taken right before I cooked the pizza. You'll notice the crust shape has been modified. I did this to catch the judges attention, and was a little trick I learned while in China several weeks ago. You wont be seeing this style of crust on a regular basis, due to the time involved, but the Meat-eater Pizza is available any time.
NAPICS will be sending a press release in the near future, but I wanted our subscribers to be the first to hear it.
I'll be traveling to NY City this weekend to help the United States Pizza Team with their America's Plate Competition. I'll keep you posted on that later.
Thanks for your support, and I would like to thank my personal sponsor, Maplevale Farms.

Best, Dave

UPDATE: Verdict is guilty in car-fire shooting; Martin convicted on all counts

By Monica Pryts Herald Staff Writer MERCER COUNTY —
Robert Leroy Martin was convicted Thursday on all charges against him in the shooting of Andy Eschrich and his attempt to shoot Mandie Sue Johnston.
A jury of four women and eight men deliberated for 1 1/2 hours after 45 minutes of testimony and 1 1/2 hours of closing arguments and instructions.
Martin, 58, of Emporium, showed little emotion as the guilty verdicts were read on the seven charges, .............MORE

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photo of the Day

Its a WHITE OUT! The Cameron Crazies were out in force at the CC vs Smethport boys game !

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Penn State DuBois Wrestling Marks Triumphant Return

DUBOIS – The Penn State DuBois men’s wrestling team now has another reason to celebrate the return of the campus’ wrestling program. The team won the Pennsylvania Collegiate State Championship Saturday at Williamson School of Mechanical Trades in Exton, PA. This is the first year Penn State DuBois has had a wrestling program since the 1970’s.
Penn State DuBois beat Williamson Trades 80-66.5. The 197 pound Joe Shields, of Brookville, came out on top as tournament champion.
Delaware Valley College placed third in the championship, Northampton Community College fourth, and Penn State’s University Park club team came in fifth.
The team brought home their championship plaque this week, sharing their victory with Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald.
Pictured are:
Front Row: McDonald; Assistant Coach Steve Manginell, of Emporium.
Second Row: Kyle Bish, of St Marys; Jim Mosher, of Sheffield.
Back Row,: Joe Shields, of Brookville; Steve Terwilliger, of Brockway
Steve Harmic, Penn State DuBois

Emporium's 4th Street renamed General Joseph McNarney Blvd.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today signed into law the following bills:

House Bill 692 - Designates the bridge on U.S. Route 6 over Potato Creek at Smethport, McKean County, as the POW/MIA Memorial Bridge; designates State Route 120 in the Borough of Emporium as General Joseph T. McNarney Memorial Boulevard; designates the bridge on U.S. Route 6 over Allegheny River at Liberty Township, McKean County, as the Lt. Colonel Richard J. Berrettini Memorial Bridge; designates the Main Street Bridge carrying U.S. Route 6 at Segment 260, offset 0711, over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough, Potter County, as the Potter County World War II Veterans Memorial Bridge; and designates the Gay Street Bridge on State Route 113, which crosses French Creek in the Borough of Phoenixville, Chester County, as the Veterans Memorial Gay Street Bridge.

Joseph Taggart McNarney was born on August 28, 1893 at Emporium, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1915 ....MORE from wiki

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saving Joel Malize

Joel Malize, who has relatives in Emporium, has cystic fibrosis.

Here is a video about his story

Dave Smith featured in PQM Magazine

Cameron County Conservation District Receives Award

l to r: Todd, Jan, Kathryn

The PA Fish and Boat Commission recently recognized the Cameron County Conservation District (CCCD) with an Outstanding Service in Conservation Award. With Jan Hampton as manager and staffed by Todd Deluccia and Kathryn Radock Morgan, our local conservation district has been doing a lot of good for Cameron County, its waterways and watersheds. The District’s role in various projects and works over the past few years in stream management have been ground breaking, extensive and efficient. The Cameron County Conservation District provided valued assistance in regards to the Norfolk Southern train wreck investigation. During the past few years the CCCD has also efficiently built a tremendous number of stream improvement projects that have protected landowner properties while providing stream stabilization and improved fish habitat. Some of these projects have been very innovative and have provided new and enhanced habitat designs that will continue the evolution of stream habitat projects into the future.
Besides great cooperation and organizational effort within Cameron County, the CCCD has provided excellent education and outreach on conservation issues to provide understanding and support of the value of our riparian areas. Programs such as the youth field day for grade school students which is sponsored and managed by the CCCD are greatly enjoyed by our grade local children. They learn to appreciate nature and pick up valuable information that ranges from biology to life preservation skills. Through our local CCCD our residents have a valuable resource available to them for questions and assistance regarding projects that involve our waterways.
The CCCD has also handled its additional task of regulatory oversight very well. The handling of some unique and tough situations in a quick, compassionate and effective manner is an example of the organization’s great benefit to the resource and our public.
Another portion of the CCCD that can’t be overlooked is their steady hand in guiding and building our local Bucktail Watershed Association. This effort brings specific attention to resident’s stream problems and provides an excellent outlet to get assistance. For all of these efforts and others, which have been done above the standard, the Fish and Boat Commission is honored to recognize the Cameron County Conservation District. Thank you.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

Sylvilagus obscurus (transitionalis)

Where I live in the higher elevations of an oak-maple, hardwood forest, I seldom see a Cottontail Rabbit, but last week I did have a visit from a smaller cousin of the Eastern Cottontail, the New England Cottontail, also known as the Wood Rabbit; about as rare as a white-tailed deer.

In 1895 The New England Cottontail was distinguished from the Eastern Cottontail by close observations and measurements of the skull. Due to many variations in both species, visual identification is almost impossible but to an old woodman, skull dissection wasn’t necessary.

The Wood Rabbit is shorter by an inch, the ears stubbier, its fur displaying a more reddish cast and with a distinct black streak between the ears. It didn’t speak much, so I couldn’t tell if it had a New England accent.

In 1992, DNA analyses determined that New England Cottontails found south and west of the Hudson River Valley were yet another separate species and were tagged the Appalachian Cottontail. They have a smaller diploid chromosome compliment if anyone should ask.

To an artist’s eye, it’s another cute, furry creature, crying out to be rendered by the hand in traditional graphite as depicted above. To a wildlife biologist, it’s an intriguing new discovery; to a coyote, an exotic, tasty mouthful.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

UPDATE: Shooting case going to trial

By Monica Pryts Herald Staff Writer GREENVILLE —
The Emporium, Pa., man accused of shooting a Greenville man in July is going to trial.

The case against Robert Leroy Martin, 58, will be heard starting Wednesday before Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge John C. Reed.
Jury selection is set for Tuesday and testimony should last a few days, ....MORE

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Photo of the Day

Atop EVFD Tower field lights, CCHS roof and Emporium looking eastward...approximately 100 feet up. click image to enlarge

PEMA: Use Caution During Power Outages

News for Immediate Release

Feb. 9, 2010

PEMA: Use Caution During Power Outages

Harrisburg – With severe winter weather elevating the risk of lengthy power outages, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is reminding residents to take steps to protect their health and safety whenever they are without electricity.

Of special concern are supplemental heating sources and electrical generators, which can be deadly when used improperly.

PEMA is recommending that anyone without power should consider going to a local shelter for food, water and relief from the cold. Anyone who chooses to remain in their home should consider the following guidance:

If you do not have heat, close off unneeded rooms, stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors, and cover the windows at night.
Eat and drink - food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration, but do not consume alcoholic beverages.
Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration, and subsequent chill.
Use flashlights or other battery-powered lights instead of candles, if possible. If you must use candles, place them in candleholders and away from children and pets and anything that could catch fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended or sleep with candles burning.

Fireplaces, wood stoves and portable heaters and generators are often used when power outages occur. These and other appliances produce carbon monoxide (CO), which can be fatal if people are exposed to high levels even for a brief time. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen or smelled and can kill in minutes. Tips to avoid CO poisoning include:

Never run a motor vehicle, generator or any gasoline-powered engine outside an open window, door or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
Regularly check and properly maintain fuel-burning appliances, especially when in use.
Carefully monitor household members for signs of CO poisoning. Exposure to CO can cause loss of consciousness and death. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.
To protect yourself and your loved ones, never run a generator or any petroleum-fueled (kerosene, propane, gasoline) engine or appliance inside a basement, garage or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented.
Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.

People who are asleep or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms. Anyone who suspects symptoms of CO poisoning should go outdoors for fresh air immediately. If a person has collapsed or is not breathing, immediately call 9-1-1 for emergency medical assistance from a safe location.

In addition, power outages mean that food safety issues require special attention:

Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Refrigerated foods should be kept at 40F or below. Check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the appliance thermometer reads 40F or below, the food is safe and may be kept refrigerated.
It is safe to refreeze the food, but the quality and flavor of the food may be affected.
If a thermometer has not been kept in the unit, check each package of food after power is restored. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook and use. Do not rely on appearance or odor to determine if food is safe.
Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4-6 hours and the refrigerator door was kept closed.
Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40F for two hours or more.
Remember: When in doubt, throw it out!

Individuals needing assistance should call their local city or county emergency management office in the “Blue Pages” section of the phone book or, if they have an emergency, should call 911 immediately. Never call the 911 emergency to request or report road conditions. When calling 911 to report an emergency, it is critical for callers to stay on the line, even if for an extended series of rings, until the operator answers. Hang-ups due to frustration result in wasted staff time as the 911 center tries to reestablish contact.

PennDOT urges travelers to postpone any unnecessary travel until after the storm ends. If travel is a must, either call 511 or visit before leaving for information on interstate road conditions, weather reports and incidents. The site also has views from more than 400 cameras at locations around the state. Pennsylvania Turnpike roadway and weather conditions are available at or by calling 1-866-976-8747.

PEMA urges individuals to keep extra drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned/non-perishable food, a non-electric can opener, battery-powered radio, flashlight and spare batteries in an easily-accessible place. In addition, individuals are encouraged to check on elderly family members and neighbors to ensure their needs are met.

The commonwealth’s ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved. More detailed information on how the public can “Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved,” including downloadable checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at or by calling 1-888-9-READY-PA.

Media contact: Kirk Wilson (PEMA), 717-651-2009

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Photo of the Day

Beautiful downtown Emporium, Feb 2004 .click photo to enlarge

Mountain Lines by Nelson Haas

Getting Close Enough To Take An Eastern Coyote

By Joe KosackWildlife Conservation Education Specialist Pennsylvania Game Commission

Pennsylvania Game Commission
HARRISBURG, PA –-( Interested in finding something new and different to try this winter? Coyote hunting may be just what you’re looking for, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
“Calling a coyote into shotgun range is one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in the outdoors,” said Perry County Wildlife Conservation Officer Steve Hower. “Catching one sneaking in the backdoor as you sit motionlessly waiting for it to come into range is right up there with calling in a trophy gobbler on a crisp spring morning.
“The action is often close. Your quarry is one of the most intelligent animals out there. And, if you do everything right and take a coyote, you’ll be hooked.”
The eastern coyote can be found in all of the state’s 67 counties. Next to the black bear, it is Pennsylvania’s largest wild predator weighing.........MORE

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The idiots are winning!

You are NOT going to believe this nonsense - S.I. Boy Faced Suspension Over Tiny Toy

A fourth grade New Dorp boy faced the prospect of suspension after the principal at his South Beach school saw him playing with an action figure carrying a toy machine gun.Patrick Timoney, a 9-year-old student at PS 52, and friends were playing with LEGOs during their lunch period when the principal took him into her office over the two-inch toy gun carried by a standard policeman figure.Margie Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, told the Staten Island Advance that there is a no-tolerance policy for toy guns in schools.Therefore the principal, Evelyn Matroianni, deemed the pinky-sized toy gun suspension-worthy. Matroianni told Laura Timoney, the boy’s mother, that she would check with a DOE security administrator.But Ms. Timoney told the Advance that the DOE administrator said no other action was necessary after the toy gun is confiscated and returned to the parents at the end of the day.According to Ms. Timoney, while another child had an action figure holding an ax, her son was the only one to be approached by the principal."It's crazy," Ms. Timoney told the Advance, "He's missing class time, all for silly toys. The boys are just trying to relax. If there's a real threat, why not call the Police Department?"A conference about the matter was held among the principal, parents, and the child."The issue was resolved," Ms. Feinberg told the Advance. "The child will not be bringing the toy gun into school."The DOE states that all imitation weapons are prohibited because they are regarded as harmful to the school community. The principal can evaluate if the weapon looks realistic before considering suspension.

Earthquake Survivor Looks Forward To Helping Haitians

EMPORIUM, Pa. -- It's been nearly a month since a massive earthquake killed thousands of people in Haiti.
Cameron County native Lindsey Strauch, 27, was in Haiti when the earthquake happened.
She was able to get out of her apartment and wasn't hurt during the earthquake.
Strauch had lived in Haiti for most of the past six years.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mike Fapore took a long road to call Somerset home

Pharmacist Mike Fapore stands at the counter of the Medicine Shoppe in Somerset Borough. Fapore opened his branch of the franchise in 1996. (Staff photo by Bruce Siwy)

By BRUCE SIWYbruces@dailyamerican.comRating:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 11:04 PM EST
Mike Fapore’s journey from a sports-oriented youth in Emporium to a business-owning pharmacist in Somerset Borough included plenty of detours.“In high school I didn’t have anything academically that I felt (was my future),” said the 51-year-old owner of the Medicine Shoppe along South Pleasant Avenue. “I just knew I wanted to work around people.”
It was athletics that dominated much of Fapore’s focus during his years at Cameron County High School.
“I was interested in sports growing up and played football, basketball and golf,” he said. “I hunted a little bit, but sort of lost that interest as I got older.”When Fapore graduated in 1976, it was a friend of a friend who got him interested in the medical profession.
He began his time at the University of Pittsburgh attending the Bradford campus. A year later, he was accepted into Pitt’s pharmacy school.Fapore earned his degree in 1982 and accepted a job at Dubois Hospital.“The job was more technical than clinical in nature,” Fapore said.So he moved on after about three years at the hospital, working various retail jobs before ending up near Clarion. His new job was at a pharmacy called McCabe Drug. It was here - in a small town called Brookville - that he met his wife.“Janice was a 4th grade elementary teacher at Brookville,” Fapore said. He added that the two were introduced through one of his patients, who was his future wife’s co-worker.They married in 1989. Three years later Fapore accepted another pharmacy job, this time in his home town of Emporium. And shortly after the 1993 birth of his first child, Pat, he began planning a venture into enterprise.“I just decided - in talking with Janice - that we wanted to do something on our own,” Fapore said.“I don’t and didn’t have a business background. But the Medicine Shoppe is a franchise and they help with that side of it.”He and his wife were determined to open shop in western Pennsylvania. Somerset was among their top choices.Corporate told them that Hollidaysburg - another town that piqued their interest - was too close to another Medicine Shoppe location in Altoona.So Fapore and his growing family relocated to Somerset Borough in the winter 1996 to open their franchise. His second child, Michaela, was born within weeks of the move.“We took a big risk in coming here,” Fapore said. “For the first three years we lived off of savings alone.”Fortunately it didn’t take long for his new town to feel like home.“Emporium is rural, too: People are down to earth, friendly,” he said. “Somerset is the same kind of way.”And his business has expanded considerably over the past 10-plus years. According to Fapore, the Medicine Shoppe now offers diabetes classes, adult immunizations and compounding, a service that involves preparing medicines into child-friendly forms such as lollipops.Fapore said he has no regrets: “My thought has always been if you do the right things and treat people right, everything will take care of itself.”While a member of St. Pete’s Catholic Church, Somerset Rotary and a variety of professional organizations, Fapore said family is his primary focus.He said that they are season ticket holders for Pitt basketball and football games and that they do practically everything together.There is, however, at least one exception.“I’m the only golfer in the family. I just can’t get anyone else interested in it.”

Pennsylvania state police back down on rifle registration scheme

In July of 2009, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) mysteriously told federal gun dealers doing business in Pennsylvania that they were required to report to the PSP all purchasers' identity and item serial number information for transfers of certain long gun "frames" or "receivers" for guns such as the popular AR-15 rifle, just like Pennsylvania's Uniform Firearms Act (UFA) requires for handguns. Some gun dealers told the State Police "no way," noting that compliance with the State Police demarche constituted a criminal violation of the UFA.
For months gun owners and gun rights organizers protested that the State Police were trying to carry out "registration" of items that were essentially just the guts of long guns, not subject to transfer reporting like handguns under the UFA. As a legal matter in Pennsylvania, gun "registration" is unlawful, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Allegheny County Sportsmens' League v. Rendell ruled that the reports of transfer for handguns (mandated by the UFA) are not technically "registration" because.....READ MORE

Monday, February 1, 2010

Photo of the Day

I have been reading some books on deer management, and the relationship between deer numbers and forest regeneration. Here is a photo of an over browsed area of forest. It looks "normal" to most people, but there is no ground growth except ferns, and nothing between the ground up to about six feet, the upper limit for browsing deer