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‘Adult prom’ to give Olean area residents a chance to relive their youth

ALLEGANY — Husband and wife Alex and Elida Green wish they could have been each other’s prom dates.

Elida, an Archbishop Walsh Academy Class of 2000 graduate, and Alex, a 2004 Portville High School graduate, didn’t meet until years after their respective senior proms.

“He’d always say things like, ‘I wish I knew you in high school. We could have gone to prom together,’” Elida said.

Now the Greens will be two of up to 250 local adults who will get a do-over of prom night in several weeks, as the couple has turned their wedding anniversary into an “adult prom” and fundraiser. The night of food, music, photos and nostalgia is currently set for 7 to 10 p.m. April 14 at the Fourth and Maple Street Complex, the site of the former Allegany High School.

While the theme is “I Love the ’90s” and some attendees plan to wear dresses and tuxedos from that era, the event is open to any high school graduate over the age of 21.

“I have people that are older than my parents that want to come,” Elida Green said.

The event has gotten quite the social media reaction since Elida Green, who lives in Olean, announced it on her personal Facebook page about two weeks ago. The post got more than 80 likes and nearly 30 shares, in addition to the dozens of private messages Elida Green said she’s been bombarded with from those eager to attend.

She printed off 250 non-transferable, $25 tickets last week. Now there’s only 125 left.

Elida admits she wasn’t expecting the event to get such a reaction. She chalks some of it up to nostalgia, and thinks some want to relive their great prom experience or get a second chance to do prom right.

“Some people when they went to high school were loners or outcasts or whatever, or maybe they didn’t have the money to afford to go to prom,” she said.

Around this time last year they were looking for a “fun and funny” celebration for their wedding anniversary, which is St. Patrick’s Day.

That’s when they first came up with the idea to throw an adult prom, which has become a popular event across the country. However, they planned for it to be “very small scale” with just a few close friends.

“Then when we’d talk to our friends about it, they thought it was hilarious,” Elida recalled. “All these people were like, ‘Can we come? Can we come?’ Well, so many people had asked us about it we thought, ‘Well, why don’t we make it even bigger and donate the funds?’”

When they finally got around to planning the adult prom for this year’s anniversary, the couple chose the ReHabilitation Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Olean ReHabilitation Center.

The foundation provided the Greens’ home with a fence and shatterproof windows for their 5-year-old son, who has autism.

“The Rehab Center has been absolutely phenomenal to our son, so we just wanted to give it back one way or another,” said Elida, adding the adult prom is not a ReHabilitation Center event. “Our goal is if it’s a big hit, we’d like to do this annually and just pick a different charity every year.”

The prom will be held in the former Allegany High School’s gymnasium and cafeteria, the latter of which was renovated into a banquet room years ago and will house the food and drinks April 14. Music, from RJ Pauly, will be in the gym. Dinner tables will be themed for different local high schools.

The ticket price includes catered appetizers from Main Street Sweets, soda, water and photos from UpSide Downs Photography. Organizers are still waiting on approval of a liquor license. If the license is approved, the ticket will also include an open bar of beer and wine.

Decorations and planning is being done by Two Ladies and a Party, while the balloon decor and decorations is being handled by Lisa Zlockie of Balloon Lady Designs. The space at the Fourth and Maple Street Complex is being provided by the Allegany Parks and Recreation Department.

Those interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Elida via Facebook or by calling or texting her at 790-0976.

“We want everyone to come and have a good time and enjoy themselves,” she said.

(Contact reporter Tom Dinki at Follow him on Twitter, @tomdinki)

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Long Branch shooting: Prosecutor seeks adult trial – Asbury Park Press


During a vigil in West Long Branch, Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider recalls his personal relationships with members of the Kologi family and Mary Schulz who were killed in a New Year’s Eve shooting by a 16-year-old boy.

FREEHOLD – Scott Kologi, the 16-year-old accused in the New Year’s Eve shooting deaths of his father, mother, sister and a family friend, might face trial as an adult. Prosecutors indicated there was an effort underway to have the case moved.

The case “remains under investigation and is pending waiver to adult court,” the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office recently told the Asbury Park Press in an official letter denying access to government records. Scroll to the bottom of this story to see the full letter.

Kologi is currently in family court, which handles juvenile and other matters. A judge there has gagged all lawyers from talking about the case. The Press was denied entry to cover the juvenile hearing, which is normally closed to the public.

Kologi is facing four counts of murder and a weapon charge in the killings of his parents, 42-year-old Steven and 44-year-old Linda Kologi; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany Kologi; and a family friend, 70-year-old Mary Schulz. The Press sought access, under the state’s Open Public Records Act, to the 911 phone calls and police dashcam videos related to the shooting. In her denial letter to the Press, Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer A. Lipp explained that part of the basis for the denial was that the case may move to adult court.

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“The juvenile is subject to waiver from juvenile court to adult court,” and he might face decades of prison time, Lipp wrote.

“The intense media interest in this case, including numerous written articles and news broadcasts, necessitates that our office take every possible step to ensure that this juvenile receives fair treatment in both Family and Criminal courts and has the benefit of an impartial jury pool,” Lipp wrote.

In addition to being a minor, Kologi is said to be on the autism spectrum, but it is unclear what effect, if any, that would have on a decision to move his case to adult court.

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UMPI partners with SAD1 Adult Ed for Phlebotomy program

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Presque Isle and SAD 1 Adult Community Education have joined forces to provide a Phlebotomy Certification Program, a first-of-its-kind program for Aroostook County. This collaborative effort prepares students to become certified phlebotomists and opens up a career pathway in the healthcare field leading toward positions as a medical laboratory technician (MLT), medical assistant, or a nurse.

“The MLT Program of Maine is excited to partner with the SAD 1 Adult Community Education Program to bring phlebotomy training to Aroostook County,” Leigh Belair, UMPI Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the MLT Program of Maine, said. “Locally and nationally, the job outlook for phlebotomists is very promising and this program provides an entry-level opportunity for individuals interested in healthcare and more specifically, the laboratory.”

Belair said becoming a certified phlebotomist provides excellent technical skills in a fairly short training period. As SAD 1 Adult Community Education Program participants, students can complete the Phlebotomy Certification Program on-site at Adult Education, with labs held at UMPI, in 10.5 weeks. Once finished, these students are fully prepared to enter the workforce. In addition, students earn three college credits from UMPI that directly apply to the MLT Program should they choose to continue their lab education.

“Partnering with Adult Education provides a unique experience for students: we can provide the additional support that some non-traditional learners need to be successful in an academic setting. We can help with study skills and time management, provide a quite study space and access to a computer lab, proctor tests and quizzes for students that may need extended time, and provide resources for those that may need accommodations to meet learning needs,” LeRae Kinney, Director of SAD 1 Adult Community Education, said. “We can also assist with transportation needs if necessary for those that choose to take the national ASCP exam in Bangor after successful completion of the course. We are excited to be a part of this exciting workforce training opportunity in Aroostook County; it is a wonderful partnership.”

The idea for this collaboration took root last year when Belair and Kinney attended a local workforce development meeting. The need for a Phlebotomy program in Aroostook County was discussed, and the two saw a natural partnership opportunity between their respective organizations. Belair provides the curriculum and teaches the class, and she and Kinney partner to select program candidates. The first session was piloted last summer and Belair and Kinney hope to provide another session next fall.

This Phlebotomy Certification Program is designed to meet the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification requirements for a phlebotomy technician. Students must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and complete a two-part program, consisting of 40 clock hours of classroom training and 100 clock hours of clinical training, with a minimum performance of 100 successful unaided blood collections including venipunctures and skin punctures. ASCP certification demonstrates to employers that an individual is fully competent to perform the professional duties of a phlebotomist. It can also open up job opportunities along with the potential to increase salary.

Belair said that those considering this healthcare career should understand that phlebotomists must adhere to high standards and be committed to quality healthcare delivery, as phlebotomists serve as ambassadors to the laboratory. Major duties of the phlebotomist include: correct patient identification prior to sample collection, collection of the appropriate amount of sample, selection of the appropriate specimen containers for the specified tests, and correct labeling of all specimens with the required patient information.

Empathy, compassion, and confidence are also desired characteristics of a phlebotomist as these are essential to quality patient care, Belair said. Phlebotomists interact with patients throughout each and every day. In addition, patience and reassurance are especially important when helping a nervous patient or child.

“If you’d like to learn more about this exciting healthcare profession, please reach out to us,” Belair said. “We are excited to provide the region with a chance to learn more about laboratory technology through this unique UMPI and Adult Ed collaboration.”

For more information about the program, please contact Belair (207) 768-9440 or at or contact LeRae Kinney at (207) 764-4776 or

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Jesse Osborne, accused Townville school shooter, heads to adult …


Pamela Sanchez, a teacher’s assistant from Townville Elementary, talks about the shooting at the school in 2016, during a waiver hearing for Jesse Osborne in Anderson on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
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ANDERSON, S.C. — A teen accused of killing his father and then opening fire at the playground where he went to elementary school will be tried as an adult, an Anderson County judge has decided.

Jesse Osborne, now 15, of Townville, S.C., was one of two juveniles accused in school shootings who learned Friday they will face charges in adult court. The other is Gabriel Ross Parker, 15, of Hardin, Ky., accused of killing two and injuring more than a dozen others in January in a shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky.

Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused in Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 and wounded at least 14, is age 19 and faces 17 counts of premeditated murder in 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Fort Lauderdale.

Osborne faces two charges of murder, three charges of attempted murder and five counts of possessing a weapon during a violent crime in the Sept. 28, 2016, shooting on the Townville Elementary School playground where 6-year-old Jacob Hall was struck. He was 14 at the time.

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Townville, with a population of about 5,000, is about 100 miles northeast of Atlanta and 110 miles northwest of Columbia, S.C., in the Appalachians.

“The evil and premeditated planning, which has been revealed this week through witness testimony, clearly demonstrates that Osborne … is a cold and calculated killer,” Jacob’s parents, Renae and Rodger Hall, said in a statement released through the lawyer who represents their son’s estate. “May God have mercy on his soul.”

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Jesse Osborne also had Googled “youngest mass murderer” and and searched for information on Columbine High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, according to juvenile court records, which had been closed to public view before Long’s decision. The then-14-year-old met with investigators hours after the shootings and confessed.

The video, in which he told investigators that he would have killed more people at Townville Elementary but his gun jammed, was part of the evidence in last week’s family court proceedings.

From 2015 to 2016, three cases involving children were waived up to adult court, according to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.

Frank Eppes of Greenville, S.C., Jesse Osborne’s lead lawyer, tried unsuccessfully to get the teen’s confession thrown out. He said Jesse Osborne’s mother, Tiffney, and lawyer Rame Campbell were both outside nearby before Jesse Osborne confessed, but the teen talked to investigators alone.

“If a parent of a minor asserts his right to a lawyer, law enforcement, I think, has an obligation to honor that request,” Eppes said after Friday’s ruling.

People on both sides of the Anderson County Courthouse cried as James Ballenger, a forensic psychiatrist who also evaluated Charleston mass-killer Dylann Roof, testified about Jesse Osborne’s “indifference to his victims.” Ballenger indicated that Jesse Osborne said he did Jacob “a favor” by mortally wounding him.

Ballenger, who was in court all week, testified that he watched Jesse Osborne smile as disturbing details of his case were discussed “then try to hide it.”

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Scientists seek drug to ‘rewire’ adult brain after stroke

Therapies may one day enable healthy part of brain to take over tasks from damaged areas

Sun 18 Feb 2018

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Blocking molecules that hinder the brain’s plasticity may make it possible for tasks to be done in different areas.
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Adults who have experienced a stroke may one day be able to take a drug to help their brain “rewire” itself, so that tasks once carried out by now-damaged areas can be taken over by other regions, researchers have claimed.

The ability for the brain to rewire, so-called “brain plasticity”, is thought to occur throughout life; however, while children have a high degree of brain plasticity, adult brains are generally thought to be less plastic.

Research looking at children and young adults who had a stroke as a baby – a situation thought to affect at least one in 4,000 around the time of their birth – has highlighted the incredible ability of the young brain to rewire.

Elissa Newport, a professor of neurology at Georgetown University school of medicine in Washington DC, detailed a new study involving 12 such individuals, aged between 12 and 25.

“What you see is the right hemisphere, which is never in control of language in anyone who is healthy, is apparently capable of taking over language if you lose left hemisphere,” said Newport, who presented the findings at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas. “This does not happen in adults,” she added.

Using brain imaging the team found that the regions in the right hemisphere of the brain that took over were in the mirror image location to those used on the left side of the brain in healthy people. That, she said, emphasises that it is not just any area of the brain that takes over a function should a region become damaged.

Newport said that by understanding what underpins the brain plasticity seen in youngsters, scientists might be able to come up with ways to make the adult brain more plastic, potentially offering hope to adults who have had a stroke.

While less of a priority, the same kind of mechanisms that might help reorganise language areas in those who have had a stroke could work in healthy people to help them learn a second language, Newport admitted.

Takao Hensch, a professor of molecular and cell biology at Harvard University, who was also speaking at the meeting, said that his research in mice showed that by blocking certain molecules in the adult brain that hinder plasticity, it was possible to increase its ability to rewire.

“The baseline of the brain is plastic, to rewire itself. Through evolution it is necessary to layer on brake-like factors to prevent too much rewiring from happening after a certain point,” he said. “This offers novel therapeutic possibilities. If we could judiciously lift the brakes later in life perhaps we could reopen this window.”

Hensch is already working on possible therapeutics. He said that among the possibilities, drugs routinely used for mood disorders might show potential to increase plasticity in adults. His previous research has shown that adults given the drug valproate, used to treat bipolar disorder, regain the ability to learn perfect pitch – a skill that is usually only seen in children who began studying music before the age of six.

But he said there was cause for caution when it came to tinkering with the ability for the brain to change. “We have to consider though that the brain is well formed by then [adulthood] and has passed through its own critical period. The starting point is quite different,” he said. “We worry a lot about translating these results to humans. What would it mean to reopen the critical period a second time? Would we be wiping out your identity, who you’d become through all those years of development?”

But Nick Ward, a professor of clinical neurology and neurorehabilitation at University College London, said that it was not the case that adults recovering from a stroke could not use other parts of their brain to take over tasks. “Relatively well-recovered adult stroke patients tend to have different activity patterns compared with healthy people. Other parts of the language network might be used to support language recovery,” he said.

Ward also noted that it is thought, from animal models, that the stroke itself can increase brain plasticity in adults for a few months, meaning that timely rehabilitation and training are key.

“Drugs that keep the window open longer or reopen it would be good too,” said Ward. “It’s just that at the moment, services are being slashed and so the ‘dose’ of rehab is so low, no drug is going to help – doubling the effect of not very much rehab still gives you not very much rehab.”

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Night in the Woods isn’t about growing up, but becoming an adult

It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our new biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend, and since it’s a long weekend in the US this one is a little longer than normal.

Night in the Woods is the story of Mae, a 20-year-old college sophomore, returning home for the first time in almost two years after deciding to drop out of school. It was originally released last February on PC and PlayStation 4, after a successful Kickstarter in 2013. I picked it up recently when the enhanced version, called Night in the Woods: Weird Autumn, came to the Switch earlier this month. At a time when there is constant news of 20-somethings making very bad decisions, playing it forced me to think about what an adult is — perhaps more so than its creators intended.

The game is a mix of some point-and-click adventure game elements (exploration with some light puzzle solving) with a side scrolling platformer. Mae moves around the town by running through the streets, walking on power lines, and jumping along rooftops. You can talk to Mae’s neighbors, friends, and family as you explore, learning more about them and their story along the way.

Possum Springs is where Mae spent most of her life. Because of this, exploring feels natural because while the town was once familiar, it has become very foreign to her in the nearly two years she’s been away. The mining and manufacturing jobs have all dried up, local shops that were once institutions are closed replaced with national corporate retailers. So it not only narratively makes sense, but it nicely serves to introduce the town to players who don’t have that same connection to the place that Mae does. As you explore you also start to get a better sense of who Mae is, and how she used to fit into this place. You also learn that the space she once occupied doesn’t seem to exist anymore.

Her friends and family have been adapting to these changes. Her mom works reception at the local church, while her dad lost his factory job but now works the deli counter at the big chain supermarket. Her friends now all have jobs, plans for the future, and responsibilities. These are things Mae completely lacks.

There’s a running gag in the game where people call Mae a “kid.” In one instance, she takes offense, pointing out that she’s 20 years old. The person only reaffirms that she is, in fact, a “kid.” One of Mae’s friends does this as well, despite being two months younger than her. While it’s intended as a joke, it actually speaks a fairly deep truth about Mae. It’s not just that these people don’t see her as an adult — it’s that she’s not one.

Being an adult isn’t just something you become, or something you stay as once you reach that point. Rather I think the point the game is trying to make, and one that I find myself agreeing with, is that it’s a state of being responsible for yourself. It’s an understanding that the actions you take have repercussions on yourself, the people around you, and potentially your community as well. Mae is constantly interacting with people in the town who made choices, not because it’s exactly what they wanted, but because it was what needed to be done. They owned the responsibility of that decision.

Mae, on the other hand, is running away from that responsibility, just as she ran away from college. Ironically, the place she ran to was one where she’ll have to become an adult sooner than if she had stayed in school. The game isn’t completely judgmental or sympathetic to Mae; there’s an understanding that she’s working through some things. If the game took place over a longer period of time than the week or two that passes in game, I could see it being less understanding and more encouraging to take responsibility.

Night in the Woods is a good reminder that the transition into adulthood, into being responsible, isn’t the same for everyone. And it requires a certain amount of sympathy and understanding from adults — but that doesn’t mean not holding people accountable even if they won’t.

Night in the Woods was created by Infinite Fall. You can get it on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch for $19.99. It takes about 10 hours to finish.

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Florida Kids Will March On Washington To Shame Adult Politicians

Teenagers who survived the deadly Florida school shooting are calling for protests nationwide next month to pressure adult politicians to act on gun control—and they’ll take the fight directly to Washington, D.C.

Student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland said on ABC News’ This Week that they wanted to see action following the Wednesday massacre that left at least 17 people dead. A former student at the school, Nikolas Cruz, was arrested and charged with all the murders.

“People are saying that it’s not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that, (but) here’s a time: March 24 in every single city,” said student Cameron Kasky, explaining the march was a chance for everyone to do just that.

“We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives,” she added.

Her comments came several days after fellow student David Hogg begged politicians to take action.

“We’re children, you guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done,” he said on CNN.

Appearing on the Sunday show alongside Kasky was Emma Gonzalez, whose moving speech about the need for gun control was widely shared over the weekend.

“We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue,” she said at a rally on Saturday. “He wouldn’t have been able to kill that many people with a knife.”

Gonzalez told ABC News that young people from all around the country should join Parkland students to march on Washington, D.C.

“The kids who need to take part in this are kids, everyday kids just like us,” she said.

“They are students who need to understand that this can very quickly happen to them… They need to join us, and they need to help us get our message across. All students should realize that a school shooting could happen anywhere,” she added.

A number of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been vocal in their calls for gun control rather than words of comfort, with President Donald Trump agreeing to meet with Parkland students in the coming week for a listening session, although it is not clear which students will be attending the meeting.

Trump has not called for gun restrictions in the wake of the latest school shooting. In a late Saturday night tweet, he blamed the FBI for “spending too much time” investigating Russia’s cyber-attack on the American electoral system for the bureau’s failure to stop the massacre.

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