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   Wellsboro Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 2009, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania                                 TheWellsboro  GAZETTE  See ourspeciaiinserts for:  STPR  fflGH SCHOOL GRADUATION  Packer Pool opening Is delayed  by Diane Eaton   deaton@tiogapublishing.com   The opening of Packer Pool for the swimming season, scheduled for 1 p.m. this Friday, Jime 5, will be delayed due to federal legislation that went into effect last year prohibiting public pools from opening without required X^iginia Graeme Baker Act modifications in place. The law affects any public pool, including those owned by municipalities, motels, hotels, country dubs, etc.  The Virginia Graeme Baker Act is anti-entrapment legislation that has placed the opening of .many pubuc swimming pools throughout the United States on hold.  Pete Herres, director of Wells-boro Parks and Recreation, said today, Wednesday, June 3, "The most recent information I have is that the two pool covers we ordered months agq to meet the federal requirements are on their way to Wellsboro from North Dakota. Exactly when they w;ill arrive here, I don't know.  "As soon as we receive the covers, Boyer Pool Associates' installers are scheduled to start work immediately. Packer Pool is their top priority."  Herres added, "The work involved is not as simple as removing the old covers and bolting the new covers in place. The bottom  of Packer Pool is concave - not flat. In effect, we will be installing a flat cover into a bowl. That will require some reconfiguring of the bottom of the pool. Some of the concrete is actually going to be shave4 away to complete the cover installation.  "Work to retrofit the main drain and the drain in the baby pool was originally scheduled to oe done thiw weeks ago to bring Packer Pool into compliance with the "Wrginia Graeme Baker Act. Then we were told the covers would arrive by this Monday, Jtme 1. The covers still haven't arrived.  "If everything had fallen into place this week as scheduled, we would have been able to open Packer Pool this Friday. Now, our planned opening will be delayed anywhere from a few days to a week, depending on when we actually receive the two drain covers..  "We are not sure how much time will be needed to complete the drain cover installation, including shaving the concrete and allowing the sealants and caulk to properly cure. Once the installation is complete, it will take 24 hours to fill Packer Pool with water and 24 to 36 hours for chemistry adjustments. How long a delay this will be depends on  See POOL on page 11-A  mSD reduces $210,000 shortfall by half  Board to adopt tentative imal budget next Tuesday, June 9  by Natalie Kennedy   nkennedy@tiogapublishing.com   It was a lon^ exhausting work session on Tuesday, June 2, as members of the Wellsboro Area School District Board of Education worked to eliminate a $210,105 shortfall.  To do so, the board took a straw poll and reached a consei:isus to cut a consumer science teaching position at the middle school, the health care program at the high school, the fledgling child care course at the high school, an assistaiit football coach, security at most sporting events and reduced supplies and postage. The board opted to keep a fourth grade teacher, the STAR program, not to reduce the sportmg schedule oy one home and one away game for each sport (where possible), to continue to provide transportation for the band and cheerleaders to the five away football games and to maintain security at football games and special events induding graduation, band and chorus concerts.  The board cut $108,073 from the proposed 2009-2010 budget, leaving a shortfall of $102,032. Despite more than an hour of diiscussion, no agreement was reached on how to reduce that figure to a zero millage tax increase, a goal thé board has repeatedly stated at paist meetings.  The decision came after Superintendent PhU Waber read a memo luging the board not to accept any of the recommendations put forth by the admiiustrative team.  "We, as a team, urge the board to not accept our proposal and consider as an option the most recent updated versiort of tne preliminary final budget instead," said Waber.  The process and proposals urmerved at least one audience mem-  See BUDGET on page 11-A  Lowe's to follow Tractor Supply in Richmond  by Jason Przybyclen   przybycj@tiogapublishing.com   According to officials in Richmond Township, Tractor Supply could open this year. The proposed Lowe's Home Improvement supply store is on a longer.  less predictable schedule.  Gary Jenkins, the township code inspector, said Lowe's has Only paid 50 percent of their building permit fee. He cannot release the building permit for the 111,173-square-j^t store until they pay $18,000 more and file a copy of their highway occupancy permit.  Accordixiff to the Tioga Land  Htle Company, Lowe's Home Centers Inc. dosed on a $2.75 million lot in Richmond Township. Lowe's bought the property from Pioneer Mansfield Co. LLC, which had purchased it on the same day froin Cost/s Rentals. The site is the former,location of Ponda Rosa Motel.  Maureen Rich, a Lowe's spokespersorv said the store would bring about 120 jobs to the are when it opens. Tne jobs would be mostly full time cind would have competitive wages and benefits, she said. When me store is ready to open, those jobs  See llMllfE>S en page 11-A  STPR lifts off this weekend  photo pfDvldod  Rally American Championship Series regular IVavis Pastrana negotiates the course at the 2008 STPR. Tt^vis Pastrana is the top action sport star maldng a name for himself in the world of Freestyle IMotocross, X Games and his crazy stunts. Between landing double-back flips In FMX, competition, jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, or performing on MTV^ Nitro Circus, Pastrana devotes his time to rally racing. De^sUo his dominance in Rally America events for the last several years, however, Pastrana has never won STPR®. Learn more about this year's race and competition on page 13-A.  Sandell set to show speed at STPR  Swedish World Rally drivers Patrik Sandell and Emil Axels-son will partner with NCRALLY and North Coast Subaru on June 5th and 6th for a title run in the highly competitive Susquehan-nock Trail Pro Rally (STPR®) 2009 in Wellsboro. A top finish on the slick Susquehannock course, in a field induding notables like Travis Pastrana, Ken Block and Tanner Foust, would firmly establish the duo as among the best in World Rally.  Otis Dimiters, NCRALLY manager, predicts good things for them. "We're fuUy confident that Sandell and AixeLsson will place in the top of the pack. Sandell is a technical expert with an impressive record. He's already won two consecutive Production World Rallies in 2009 and he was the Junior World Rally Champion in 2006. STPR® is an extremely demanding event and NCRALLY would only consider putting the most skillful drivers out there. We're 100% behind these two."  NCRALLY, the performance division of North Coast Subaru, builds and preps rally cars for its team drivers Who comi  compete annu-  phdoprovktod  Emil Axeisson (left), co-driver, and Patrik Sandell, driver, both of Sweden, will be competing in their first American rally - STPR® ^2009 in Wellsboro - this weekend.  cock, formerly of Prodrive and currently with Autosport Engineering, and Ryan Lenger of Lenger Racing are credited with lending their support and innova  tive ideas to the NCRALLY team, "Foi^g these relationships" Mr. Dimiters says, "has given our drivers the competitive edge." During a pnone interview  Monday, June 1, Sandell said this was the firet time he and Axeisson will he competing in the United States. "Everything is absolutely new."  Asked why they had chosen STPR® as their first American, rally in which to compete, Sandel J said, 'This is the rally that is tbte most popular with the NCRALT^V team." Normally, he and his to-driver would have been comrp^et-ing in a World Rally Champi'on-ship event but since there w asn't one this weekend, they dedcled to come to Wellsboro for STPR®.  SandeU noted, 'Tt is going to be different here. We will be driving a different car that I am uot used to. The pace note syste.rn is going to be different,hi tlie World Rally Championship 'series, we have two times on ea.ch stage to write down our owri pace notes and then check and ^correct them. Here, you get pace notes from the organizers and only have one run to check them so that will be new for us."  He laughed when asked if STPR® might be helpful in his selection for the X Games. "I cannot do it by myself. The only thing I can make happen is to win the  See STPR on page 11-A  Wellsboro, Mansfield awarded funds for 10 projects  iiy Diana Eaton  deaton^iogapublishing.com  Pennsylvania will create green jobs, relieve traffic congestion and make it easier for students to walk and bike to school with the investment of $76 million in 80 transportation projects, including projects in Mansfield, Richmond Township and Wellsboro, according to an announcement by Governor Edward G. Rendell.  Among the projects which have received construction funding are several in Mansfield, Richmond Township and Wellsboro. Sharing $1.2 million in Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative funding are Bradford and Tioga counties through the Northern Her Regional and Planning Development Commission, the state-designated Rural Planning Organization for those counties. The money will be used to install mobility and safety improvements to 10 intjersections along corridors in Wellsboro, Mansfield, Richmond Township and Athens Township.  APennEXDT spokesman said today, Wednesday, June 3, the monies designated to the rural  jsedtohelp cover  planning organizations for these projects are to be used for construction purposes only. "Before construction can begin," he said, "each community must hire a consultant to design the involved project." He indicated that federal dollars could be usee design costs.  "The communities submitting applications for these funds have already completed mobility analyses and the amount awarded was based on those analyses."  Rendell, in making the announcement, said, "PermDOT's investments will help us weather the current economic storm and make lasting community improvements for future generations. These investments will stimulate the economy by putting people to work creating sustainable communities that will improve our quality of life and send a dear message that Pennsylvania is a great place to live ^d work.  "Investments in smart transportation and creating safe routes to schools offer travel options that help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. By building more rational connections within communities we can reduce vehicle use and  attract pedestrians and bicyclists. These small steps wiil help Pennsylvartia and the nation combat climate change and reduce reliance on imported fuels," the governor notecl.  Smart transportation initiatives improve communities by linking transportation investments to local land use planning and dedsion-making. The Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative is intended to fuiid planning and construction projects that demoi\strate creative and effident ways of addressing various transportation challenges through strong local partnerships and with careful consideration of community goals.  "Smart transportation is the vy^ we all must be thinking," said PennDOt Seoretary AUen D. Biehler, RE. "We are working toward real change. We are dosely examining costs, accommodatii^ all modes of travel, leverag-ng and preserwg our existing infrastructure, rinandnfi  in; e;  towns ral  ing local street networks, building ather tfian invitine sprawl, plaiming ienine^th thoucntful consideration  and designing^th thougl of commimity context and  consideration working with local  Sae PROJECTS on paga 11^   

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