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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - May 26, 2000, Indiana, Pennsylvania Friday May Vol 96 First save Arizona pitcher Matt Mantel got his first save of the season Thursday in Phoenix at the ex pense of the Pirates The Dia mondbacks won 75 Page 16 INSIDE Forecast Partly cloudy with a low in the lower 50s tonight Cloudy with a chance of show ers or thunderstorms Satur day high 75 Page 14 Farm bailout Lawmakers say their bil lion farm bailout should help producers survive this year and make them less dependent on government aid in the future The measure includes bil lion to extend and lower the cost of crop insurance Page 9 No asbestos found An independent testing lab hired fay Crayola says the na tions most popular crayons do not contain asbestos conflict ing with a published report ear lier this week Page 10 Concert controversy A neighbor of the Westmore land County Fairgrounds is suing over a rock festival to be sponsored by Latrobe Brewing maker of Rolling Rock at the site in August Page 22 Nofee camp Who in his right mind would pay money to see Levon Kirk land do toetouches If Pitts burgh Steelers President Dan Rooney has his way no one will have to Page 16 Deaths Obituaries on page 21 STILES Mary Jane 88 Indiana formerly of Ebensburg LEWIS Glen Earl 58 Rich mond formerly of Brush Valley KERR Roy 88 RD l Com modore Index Lottery 21 Teddy Love I find is like singing Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves though it may not impress the neighbors as being very Zora Neale Hurston an thropologist This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper Please recycle Benjamins Friday Drunken Grilled Salmon Dine In Our Wine Cellar Herb Festival Saturday Reegers Faim Lots Of Juicy Steaks And Burgers Yarnicks Mark V Friday Mark Shawn Tonight At 4794111 Pizza Wings Salads And More Toms FridayMonday Open Memorial Day At Delivery 4637960 Tonight At Rose Inn Jammin Jim IHS Plant Sale May 13th 20th 27th Ben Franklin School 28 Pages 2 Sections Copyright 2000 Indiana Printing and Publishing Company Indiana Pa Fifty Cents Danger zone Stretch of 286 deadliest in county coroner says JEFFERSON COU COUNjV Arcadia x U a by BopVisnasky By CHAUNCEY ROSS Gazette Staff Writer The statistics are staggering Six people died in a 15rnonth period in traffic accidents on Route 286 be tween Clymer and the Clearfield Coun ty line That sent up a red flag for one In diana County official I saw an alarming pattern develop said Coroner Thomas Streams who noted that no other stretch of road in Indiana County had registered as many highway fatalities between No vember 1998 and February 2000 I think its very abnormal that so many people had been killed in that Streams said I cant see any rela tion among all of them Some of the deaths were alcohol related Maybe there are too many bars in that area Its a twisting winding road between those points and I believe mat has a lot to do with Streams said Streams concern about the highrisk highway is raised at a highrisk time the heavily traveled Memorial Day week end While many consider the holiday as heralding the arrival of the summer activity and travel period it often sig nals an increase in duty for police offi cers paramedics and coroners Safety engineers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation agree with Streams when Route 286 is com pared to the other main highways in In diana County including Routes and 22 none of which have been the scene of as many fatal accidents during that same time span But PennDOTs deeper analysis shows that when stacked up against similar Pennsylvania highways Route 286 has a betterthanaverage safety record The accident rate for this part of Route 286 is per million vehicle miles compared to for the said engineer Mike Shinshala of Penn DOT We compared other rural two lane roads of similar terrain traffic load and with speed limits that range from 45 to 55 miles an hour We also factored in the length of the road miles and the fact that intersecting roads and driveways have full access to the high Although Route 286 poses challenging conditions for drivers through Cherry hill Green Grant Montgomery and Banks townships no motorist died be fore an ignition switch was turned and gears were shifted into drive So safety advocates are addressing the daunting task of convincing people to change their driving habits People should be more awareof oth erson the road including aggressive intoxicated drivers that are a danger to said Sandy Tomlin son director of the Indiana Regional Highway Safety Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Our Share the Road program tells car drivers that they must coexist safely with big trucks and The Highway Safety Programs re search bears out the third area of con cern along with highrisk roads and travel periods the demographics of Continued on page 4 Indiana County Coroner Thomas Streams at the intersection of Route 286 and Route 240 at Com modore where a fatal accident occurred in June 1999 Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg Old courthouse clock tower glistens with new gold leaf It took goldleaf squares each onetenth of a strand of human hair to cover the towers dome Gazette photo by Jamie Isenberg By JOHN COMO Gazette Staff Writer Now that the plastic covering is off the clock tower on the old Indiana County Courthouse you might won der how the gleaming gold got there Would you believe one 3by3 inch gold leaf at a time by lovers of art and old ar chitecture who enjoy perching on scaffolding and overlapping squares of gold The plastic that covered the tower during its restoration was removed Thursday It took goldleaf squares each onetenth the thickness of a strand of human hair to cover the 125foothigh tower that encases the clock on the historic landmark The people are going to be amazed and love the tower after the plastic comes said Robert A Marshall the owner of 21yearold Marshall Gold Leaf Art Conserva tion Studios of Wexford It is always a thrill for us when we complete a job on a restoration project knowing we did our bit to preserve the beauty of old Marshall led a lour around the tower last week on wood planks that bounced a bit with each step Bars on the scaffolding were easy to grip Alise Morrell placed goldleaf squares on the copper siding of the clock tower at fhe old Indiana County Courthouse Gazette photo by Tom Peel and were great security blankets during the tour He said that after the gold leaf is placed on the copper sid ing of the tower it is pushed down with a brush and coated with an oil based resin that will help protect the copper on the tower from airborne dirt for decades This is a small project because we are covering less than square Marshall said The dome on the old Buffalo Savings Loan Bank in Buffalo NY was square Continued on page 5 Memorial Day events set in area BURNSIDE Memorial Day services will be held Sunday at 3 at Burnside Ceme tery The master of ceremonies will be James Watson vice president of the Burnside Cemetery Association Speakers will be lay speaker Randall Brooks and retired Ma rine Corps Sgt Maj Morton The Purchase Line High School band will provide music Jane Patrick LuAnn Reid and Diana Rorabaugh will provide vocal se lections A general membership meeting will be held following the services If the weather is unfavorable the services will be held at the fire hall PINE Memorial Day week end services will be held at McDowell Cemetery in Green Township Sunday one service will be held at 1 Record travel expected 4 Pools gear up for summer 15 with the Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard and a second service will begin at 2 with the Rev R Bartlebaugh speak ing Monday members of the Heilwood Amer ican Legion will salute veterans in a service at the cemetery beginning at 10 Indiana Area Senior High School band will provide music for Indianas Memorial Day service at on Mon day at Memorial Park next to the old Na tional Guard Armory Members of American Legion Post 141 and VFW Post 1989 will also participate BLAIRSVILLE National Guardsmen and Civil War and World War II reenactors will march in Blairsvilles annual Memorial Day parade starting at Monday on West Market Street near the bandstand Also featured in the parade will be the Blairsville High School Marching Band local Boy and Girl Scouts antique cars and volunteer firefighters A Memorial Day service will follow imme diately at the Veterans Circle in Blairsville Cemetery The guest speaker will be Army Maj Gen Rodney Ruddock of Indi ana the commander of the 99lh Regional Support Command of the Army Re serve The SS Simon and Judc Mens Choir will Continued on page 3 Memorials including the honor roll at Pine Flats will be the site of celebrations Tom Peel photo Get Your Flower Herb Veggi Plants At Ollivers Rte 286 6393965 Garlic Tarragon Crusted Prime Rib Every Saturday At 4794111 Theres No Geranium Like A Plumville Farms Zonal Geranium Phone 3499447 Memorial Day Flowers Burketts Nursery off Creekside Exit Our Own Tomatoes Cukes Lettuce And Basil Yarnicks 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