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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - October 2, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania 5 ■ßS: io èesêeeM Celebrating Hometown Life Inside: Soups Sports: Football Week 5 Pg. 6 Weekend Extra: FBLA'ers attend expo "^Ä^ehend Bedford, Pa. 75^! Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 206 No. 10 October 2 & 3, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY f -•^¿ir ir iU Businesses win assessment appeals f ite s 'Ä'l 'M .k Monday is the registration deadline for the Nov. 2 election. The Bedfrd County registration office, in the county commissioners office, will be open until 5 p.m. Monday for new registrations or changes. Mailed registrations will be accepted if postmarked by Monday. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 26, and civilian absentee ballots must be returned by Oct. 29. Chief Oil and Gas has posted the first of its lists of hydraulic fracturing additives. The Texas company is near-ing start of a test well in West St. Clair Tbwnship, the first in Bedford County seeking gas in the Marcellus Shale layer. There have been concerns about the use of chemical additives to break up the shale layer and its effect on groiuid-water and nearby wells. The state Department of Environmental Resources recently released an overall list of fracking additives, some of them potentially harmful. Chief said last month it would disclose its chemicals on its website, well by well, starting Oct. 1. The first two postings Friday, in the form of well record and completion reports made to DEP, were for two wells in Lycoming Coimty. The reports can be found at chiefog.com under the "transparency" section, subsections "drilling process" and "about our fracturing fluids." Everett High School marching band alumni are invited to play with the band Oct. 8. Alumni Night will be held during Homecoming Weekend Friday. Anyone interested in playing with the band during the football game should report to the auditorium using the band room entrance that evening at 6 p.m. Music will be handed out at that time. If you need to borrow an instrument, contact Dan Atwood at 652-9114 in advance. No parking zones are enforced during Fall Foliage Festival. Bedford Borough issued the reminder again, sajdng it applies to both yellow curbs and areas with no parking signs. Some property owners in the borough offer paid parking, and there is plenty of parking for $5 per car, with fi-ee shuttle bus service, at the Old Bedford Village and the fairgrounds on Route 30 west of town. Ten handicapped parking spaces are available on both sides of Thomas Street beside St. Thomas School to vehicles with handicapped license plates or regulation placards. Deaths. By Elizabeth Kohler and Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writers The Bedford County commissioners continued to hear commercial tax assessment appeals Friday, approving several businesses for lower property taxes based on submitted appraisals. Last year, thousands of owners filed appeals after the controversial county-wide reassessment. This year, about 170 residential and business owners appealed, and the commissioners worked their way through more than 100 of them this week. The remainder, plus requests for exemptions fi-om three churches, a ski lodge and a museum, are scheduled for next week. Of the 23 appeals presented Friday, just five submitted appraisals that were subsequently approved by commissioners. The businesses included Granatel-li's, Down-River Golf & County Club Inc., Cessna Communications Inc., UPMC Bedford Memorial and J & J Development Corp. This was the first appeal hearing for The work before the festival Getting ready for Fall Foliage Festival takes a lot of work. Above, Philipsburg vendors David and Shirley Pryde pause with their wood crafts. At right, Janelle Beaver of Little Beaver's Leathers, moves heavy objects in Fort Bedford Park. Gazette photos/Sharyn Maust For some, the setup is simple: Hang your carved wood bird-houses and other objects on posts.But for others, there are popup tents cornstalks, wooden cutouts, tables, stools and tablecloths to unload. The festival will be ready to welcome thousands this weekend. each of the businesses, according to the Bedford County Tax Assessment Office. Owners/representatives were appealing their property assessments, contending that the appraisals completed by lyier Technologies' CLT Division were too high. Melton Elswick, owner of Granatelli's, —Continued on Page 2 Democratic candidates speak out on issues By Elizabeth Kohler Gazette Staff Writer Democrats of Bedford County gathered Friday night in support of party members running in the upcoming election, and the 2011 election, at the Bedford County Democratic Committee fall banquet. "There are many issues that confront us in the 9th district," said Tom Conners, who is running for Congress against Bill Shuster. "Not the least of these are jobs, the economy, health care, transportation and education." Conners confessed Friday that running against Shuster is no easy task as he detailed his efforts to gain acceptance from the community. Conners said he recently went door-to-door in Altoona to talk about his views and met a lot of really nice people. "Thank you for your support when I needed you the most in April and May," said Conners. "I'm really going to need you in the upcoming month." Conners got on the fall ballot by beating Republican Shuster in a write-in for the Democratic nomination. The second guest speaker of the night, Harry Evans, will be running for Bedford County coroner in 2011. "I'm the last political figure you'll ever have to deal with," Evans joked. Besides his humor, Evans offered a series of credentials that he said he would bring to the job. Those include being the first phlebotomy technician in Bedford County when the hospital was Bedford County Memorial and the first certified phlebotomist. Evans also offered some new ideas to make the coroner's office more proactive and self-sufficient. Evans said he would like to purchase a vehicle and would gain funds through grants and —Continued on Page 2 Northeast storm brings sheets of rain, high winds (Obituary on Page 10.) NIENHUIS, Jeanne Lee, 67, of Florida. LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Flooding posed a threat around the Northeast on Friday on the heels of a pounding storm that submerged cars, cut power to thousands and forced scattered evacuations as it crept up the East Coast. The rain had largely subsided in hard-hit Pennsylvania, New York and New England by Friday evening. But flood warnings and watches remained in effect in areas that were drenched with more precipitation than they usually get in months — up to 6 inches in mere hours in some places. The storm was blamed for five deaths in North Carolina on Thursday and a sixth in Pennsyl vania on Friday — a woman who apparently drove her car into a rain-swollen creek before daybreak. A great swath of the Northeast was soaked by the morning commute, including New York City and Philadelphia. Flights coming into LaGuardia Airport in New York City were delayed three hours and traffic into Manhattan was delayed up to an hour. Firefighters in the Philadelphia area used a ladder truck to pull residents through the upper-floor windows of a building. Cars were submerged up to their windows, and one man found another vehicle floating atop his car. —Continued on Page 10 -_Ili —AP Photo Claire Paulsen, 17, and her mother Gretchen Paulsen look at pictiu'es they took of floodwaters from the Winooski River on Volunteers Green in Richmond, Vt. on Friday. Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814'623'1151 BUYINCoBSiLllNfi? CllllUS> Bedfom Ooimtir's largest Real Estate eoiimany ica JOHNSTON REALTY Pfione 18141623-8622 www4otinstonrealty.coiii GET THE BEST PERFORMANCE mUm PEACE OF MIND! •We Install •Any Size, Any Sfyle • Lifetime Wananty Insulated Vinyl Frames «Double or Triple Pane PAiOl2102 PEIGHT'S WINDOWS OsttfffemM-814-276-9388 Call Now For Your FREE Estimate! Weather Today- The Forecast Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scat- ^ tered showers after midnight. Lows in i the mid 40s. North winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. TOMORROW — Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the upper 50s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 40s. Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers: Otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s, Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening: Then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.