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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - April 3, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania 'Jh Black and white art on display -Pg,14- Sports: Boys Basketball All-Stars Pg. 8 Weekend Extra: Cheerleaders compete Gazette Weekend Bedford, Pa. 75^ Bedford County's new Environmental Learning Network will hold an Earth Day celebration this month. The network's celebration will be April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shawnee State Park. The day will include hikes, displays, games, tree planting and other events. Tlie celebration will be the joint effort of organizations that are dedicated to environmental education. Free interview outfits are still available for area residents in need. The Bedford Business and Professional Women's Club has the clothing available at Yours and Mine clothing store in Bedford. The items are left over from the "Clothing for Careers" community event and are available to be picked up at the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Saxton Volunteei* Fire Co. will receive a Department of Homeland Security grant. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced a number of the grants, which are administered by the Fefieral Emergency Management Agency. Among them is $65,360 for Sax-ton fire company. The money was part of the ninth round of funding for fiscal year 2009. Town Hall meetings on underage drinking will be held in Bedford and Hynd-man this month. Nationwide meetings on underage drinldng prevention will be held throughout April, with two, of the meetings scheduled for Bedford County. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Bedford County courthouse. The second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 29 at the Hyndman Fire Hall. These meetings will include local statistics and data on underage drinldng. Community members will be educated about the impact underage drinking has on the community and will have the opportunity to discuss the issue first hand with panel members such as law enforcement, treatment professionals, community members and medical professionals. The sponsor of the meetings is the federal government's Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking. For information, call Personal Solutions at 6'23-5009. Deaths. (Obituaries on Page 18.) . BROWN, Gary Eugene, 57, of Imler. LEIGHTY, Edith P, 86, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2010, at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church Street, Saxton, PA 16678. Obituary in a later edition. NEE, Melvin "Mel," 87, of Bedford. THOMPSON, Faye A., 81, of Everett. Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 164 April 3 & 4, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY Economist: 'Recovery is for reai' WASHINGTON (/J^) — The nation added jobs at the fastest pace in three years last month as factories, stores, hospitals and the census all brought workers on board the surest sign yet that the worst empioynient market in a generation has iinally snapped back. The unemployment rate stayed at 9.7 percent for the Ihird month in a row, the Labor F : )artment said Friday. Economists acLually consider that a hopeful sign because it means more people are encouraged and starting to look for work. "This recovery is for real," said Chris Rupkey, economist at the Bank of Tbkyo-Mitsubishi. Overall, the economy added 162,000 jobs for the month. About a third of the gains came from the census, with much more to come: About 700,000 head-coun-ters will be hired to tally the nation's population this spring. Economists took heart that even aside from the population count, the private sector added 123,000 jobs for the month, the most since May 2007. Hiring is not expected to be robust enough anytime soon to significantly bring down the unemployment rate. Economists think unemployment will probably still be above 9 percent by the November midterm elections, making Democratic and Republican incumbents in Congress vulnerable, particularly in hard-hit states such as Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island. President Barack Obama seized on the positive numbers in the jobs report and took partial credit for them. But with 15 million people still out of work, he also acknowledged that the economy will be recuperating for a long time to come. —Continued on Page 3 Eggs-tra special day Gazette photos/Jennifer Howard More than 50 children participated in the annual Easter egg hunt at Travelers' Cafe and Travelers' Rest, just outside of Everett. At left, Raeleigh Weist, 4, all decked out in some cool shades, picks up an Easter egg during the hunt. She is the daughter of Sara Weist of Breeze-wood. At right, children collect eggs in the field beside the Travelers' businesses. More than 350 eggs were hidden in the area. Health reform should close 'doughnut hole' Editor's Note: This is one of a number of stories that will run periodically concerning the new health care reform. By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor The Medicare prescription drug plan's coverage gap, created to control costs of the federal program, will slowly be filled in through the health care reform act. The coverage gap, known by its derisive nickname, the "doughnut hole," is experienced by Medicare beneficiaries who fall between $2,700 and $6,154 in total drug costs in the 2010 calendar year. Written into the Medicare Part D legislation passed in 2003, its existence causes consternation for clients who see their dnjg prices skyrocket for several months when they fall into the gap. The doughnut hole became part of Medicare's Prescription Drug Benefit Program as a way to control costs of the program. Without it, lawmakers said, the program would be far more limited. In Part D, Medicare beneficiarie.s pay just 25 percent of the cost of prescriptions after the deductible on the insurance policy. When the total drug costs — these include deductible, co-pay and out-of-pocket costs but not the monthly premiums — reach $2,700, the patient falls into a coverage gap. At this point, the beneficiary must pay 100 percent of the prescriptions for a period of time along with the premium; there are a limited number of plans that cover the gap. Those policies typically have higher premiums. When the client's total drug costs reach $6,154 for the calendar year, he or she moves into catastrophic care and 95 percent of the medicines are covered. TTie coverage policy restarts the next Jan. 1. An Alum Bank man, who "asked his name not be used, said in previous years he didn't take his heart medicine —Continued on Page 18 Fire fighting plane stationed at Bedford airport By Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writer A shiny red, white and blue plajie stationed at the Bedford County Airport has a special purpose and, as of Thursday morning, had not been launched from its temporary home. The Single Engine Air Tanker, or SEAT, is used for fighting wildfires and it's fire season in Pennsylvania, specifically the southern part of the state. Abovit 70 percent of wildfires occur between mid-March and May before the greening of fields and woodlands. Bedford's airport will serve as the state Department of Conservation and Natural ■Resources's Bureau of Forestry's "Wildfire Air Operations" base over the next several weeks. The bureau is responsible for preventing and suppressing wildfires across 17 million acres of state and private land. Joe Miller, base manager, has been on site since the plane arrived on March 27 and all has been quiet — so far. Now is the time of year when the sun has direct access to forest fuels, such as pine needles. Miller explained. Last spring, the local district responded to 18 wildfires. The Buchanan State Park region covers most of Bedford and Fulton and parts of Huntingdon and Franklin counties. Three additional wildfire were reported during the fall fire season. "It takes one hour to lose 66 percent of moisture and, very quickly, we can have surface fires," Miller said. "Once we green up, the sun no longer has access to the forest floor." Wildfires annually scorch nearly 10,000 acres of state and private woodlands. Pilot Mike Miller with Evergreen Flying Service in Rayville, La., has been contracted by the bureau for 35 days to operat6 the plane, as needed, throughout the region. "He (Mike) only launches the plane when we have a mission for him. It has not turned a propeller since arriving in Bedford," Miller said. In addition to fighting —Continued on Page 3 ■ • Gazette photos/Jennifer Howard This wildfire fighting machine is temporarily stationed at the Bedford County Airport, where the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Biu'eau of Forestry has set up a regional base. Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814-623-1151 FEATURED PROPERTY Weather Today- The Forecast 0 - $280,000 JOHItfSTON REALTY Phone 18141^23-8022 www.iolinstonrealty.coni Sunny. Continued unseasonably warm with highs in the upper 70s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. . Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds 10 to 15 mph, becoming west. ßrjo " SB'/ei" M'/BV Scranton V'/ state 47°/7r •/ College Pgh, 52'/7r • ■ i ■ ¿ f v H'burg 47'/79'' ■ ledford sr/r»" / * Pblla/ . ,,-.....- ' ' ; fl I./'' md. TOMORROW — Mostly sunny Highs in the lower 70s. Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Mostly sunny Highs in the lower 70s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 40s. Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers: Otherwise partly sunny. Unseasonably warm with highs in the upper 70s. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent. .....■ -,