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Wellsboro Gazette (Newspaper) - April 26, 1995, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Inside The M Helping flood victims renovations Kids Corner Outdoors news 1 1 6 7 High Low Apr 67 39 21 ae 36 o 22 68 44 17 23 6E 30 01 34 53 30 25 64 26 0 jO Total for March 2.74 The Wellsboro 75' per copy 120TH YEAR NO. 25 APRIL 26, 1995 120) Ridge nominates Towanda man for MU trustee post by John C. Heverly Gov. Thomas J. Ridge has nominated a Bradford County man to replace Robert M. Jones of Blossburg on the Mansfield University Council of Trustees But a Bradford County lator said it is unlikely Thomas W Abell of Towanda will be con- firmed to the trustee post for which he has been nominated On April 17, Abell's name was sent to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee of the state chaired by Sen. Frank A. according to John a spokesman for the governor's of- fice In an interview Dick executive assistant to said the committee cannot take a vote on Abell's nomination until it receives a completed ethics disclosure form and a Senate Shirilla added that they have yet to receive that If Abell's name is successfully reported out of Salvatore's com- with a favorable vote of its the appointment must then be voted on by the full If confirmed by a two-thirds majority of the Abell would be eligible to serve on council of trustees through January 1997 State Sen Roger A. said yesterday that he was not optimist about Abell's would perceive that this nomination would have much trouble in getting said a 10-year veteran of the state Senate from Bradford Madigan declined to elaborate on his When asked if he had been consulted by the governor's office about Abell's igan was not consulted about and this nomination came over with several hundred other nominations in one lump I think as time goes the governor's office will consult with me and we will move ahead with an orderly nominations process for the council of Madigan 45, graduated from MU in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education He is presently a vice president with Gannon an insurance brokerage in In an interview Abell said that he been by several people in the education community about being a several months ago Abell declined to identify the individuals to whom he but did say are not MU ulty or When asked what his agenda would be if he were to serve on the council of Abell is real passion for When asked to cite specific examples of areas in which MU can improve its educational Abell stated that he would like to see a greater emphasis placed on the university's ment to area houses several jor and they require people to stay Abell our educational ties providing education at nient times to people who In addition to there are six expired trustee terms on council of trustees There are 11 trustee positions Those whose terms have ex- include Brown of Peggy E. Carter of Ronald J. Cordaro of Lewis B. Lee of Merle L of Boalsburg and Howard J. The terms of both Jones and expired in 1993. In June 1994, Robert E. Dalton Sr. of Blossburg and Charles Woods of Harrisburg were nominated to turn to page 12) Wellsboro stuck with cinders by Natalie Kennedy Wellsboro Borough is sitting on 700 tons of substandard ders and doesn't know what to do with Discussion was held among borough council members about how to handle removing the ders from their present location behind the borough garage ing a April 24, meeting According to Council dent Michael J. the ough purchased tons of ders bid from Matthews ing Co. of Canton at a cost of most The cinders were to be spread on borough roadways to provide vehicles with better traction ing slippery travel conditions Under the bid the cinders were to meet Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Wood After receiving the cinders and using them for several the borough learned from that the cinders did not meet state Wood explained that road ders are supposed to come from the burned soft coal that has been ground to the cinders provided by Matthews came from crushed hard Wood As a vehicles traveling on borough streets covered with the cinders experienced flat chipped paint and windshield Wood was he was aware of eight neighbors living along his way that received flat tires after driving on the road following plication of the substandard ders Once the borough learned from that the cinders Employees only A GATE WAS INSTALLED in the Tioga County Assessment Office last restricting access behind the counter to assessment office employees Some courthouse personnel are calling the gate named for Wellsboro Gazette reporter Natalie Kennedy had written a story that appeared in last week's newspaper which revealed Commissioners William D Hall and Walter G. Barnes had directed changes in the occupational tax assessments of several county residents without going through the county's tax appeals were it stopped ing At that the ough had used about 400 tons of cinders and paid of the purchase added The borough has since asked Matthews Trucking Co to re- move the remaining 700 tons of cinders from their location be- hind the borough garage on Old Tioga Street a com- pany representative has told the borough that the firm can't afford to retrieve the unused turn to page 12) Bartlett may get post by Natalie Kennedy Tioga County Commissioner O. Richard Bartlett remains un- der strong consideration for a state-level position in the sylvania Transportation Robert an with and former chairman of the Route 15 said he does not know when an announcement will be made regarding a position for Bartlett is a very good friend of Gov. Ridge and of our de- and we are very well looking forward to him joining our said Garrett is certainly under active ation and highly thought of by both the governor and our de- If Bartlett should receive and accept a job with the his county position would become vacant until his term expires at the end of this Bartlett said it is his under- standing that he has secured a state although he has yet to learn the details about that Under the county the vacancy would be filled by the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas under the jurisdiction of President Judge Robert E. ton Jr. There are few requirements other than the appointee being a member of the same political party as the replaced in this case a In the individual must be at least 18-years-old, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the According to the judge has discretion on how he chooses to make the He may solicit recommen dations from the party ask for applications from inter- ested persons or unilaterally make an appointment Bartlett has served as Tioga County Commissioner since 1975. Career Day u FROM Wellsboro Area High School inspect a robot on display at Pennsylvania College of Technology's seventh annual Career Day at the North Campus on Friday 21 About 350 students from Cowanesque Mansfield and Wellsboro attended the About 45 businesses set up displays at the event Radon level in county office by Natalie Kennedy A follow-up test for radon in the basement of the Tioga County Courthouse has indicated that the gas level is well within limits At a commissioners meeting Commissioner William D. Hall said that a recent test for radon gas in the basement office used by Tioga County auditors radon levels to it couldn't even hardly be In Auditor Vivian Altman had said that a test re- an elevated level of radon gas in the basement office She said auditors had complained of feeling ill ever since they began working in the courthouse ment The auditors were relocated to the basement office under the old courthouse last September after their former office was renovated to house the county's vote ing machine Hall said he asked the county Department of Emergency vices to test the room using an electronic tester borrowed from The communication center was tested as and also showed a very low radon Hall added The rary office was even lower The county to the but Hall expects no ence in results of the test going to test it again just to make but we believe there's no radon in the ment Hall said as I thought in the first I think it's just political propaganda for the election thats upcoming in the next couple and I don't believe there's any problem with radon in the basement The auditors initially tested the basement office using a don gas test kit purchased from a local store That test indicated an the presence of high levels of radon gas in the office The had contended that the auditors failed to follow proper testing procedures by testing the room with the doors closed District kills amusement tax idea by Natalie Kennedy The Wellsboro Area School District has scrubbed a amusement tax proposal for the time being At a school board meeting last District Superintendent Dr. David Spearly said the amusement tax proposal will not be implemented this but he said he will continue to search for alternative income sources for the district will not be placing this sible tax measure on the board agenda this Spearly said reached that conclusion after analyzing possible benefits and noting we would not net cient especially when one considers the costs involved Spearly made the ment before the board and an of two Mr and Mrs Don who own Canyon Country Over 30 people had crowded into the high school library for the previous board meeting to test the proposed amusement tax According to district the proposal would have about by levying up to a 10 percent tax on sion and participation fees for sporting theatrical golfing and coin-operated arcade games The large crowd attended the April meeting after Business Manager Robert Ulmer reported on the proposed tax at the March 14 meeting Following per reports that the district was considering implementing the several affected the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Tioga County Tourist Promotion Agency wrote letters and spoke out against the proposed tax At last night's Spearly went on to explain that the tax would not net sufficient especially when con- the costs involved to implement it The superintendent also raised concerns about the ness of the adding that with the amusement tax one business would be taxed while a similar business located across a ship line would not be tax is fair to but this tax in particular has flaws therefore I will not be mending implementing this added Spearly turn to page 12) Wellsboro cop reunited with Confederate Railroad friends by Natalie Kennedy A Wellsboro man welcomed some old friends last week who just happened to have hit it in country music since the last time he had seen them Michael a Wellsboro police officer and owner of Eagle's Nest learned his friends Wayne Seachrist and Danny the bassist and lead singer of the band erate were performing at Fred's Woodshed in Tioga last Confederate Railroad is known for such national hits as Ro and and dy Never was a Cadillac Man After talking over old the trio had dinner and then Leach's sporting goods shop in The men met while Leach worked as a doorman at Miss a popular country music DANNY lead singer of Confederate visited with Wellsboro patrolman Michael Leach last week The are old friends bar in Ga while he was serving in the U.S Marine Confederate then known as Country was the house band at the time band always had to help the doorman in bar Leach Danny and the group would come down and help us Leach said he and Shirley were close friends back in the late 1980s used to go nde said Leach were a very family oriented group back then Danny dedicated the whole night to me when my son was At Shirley's Leach and his business Debbie attended Confederate Railroad's show at Fred's Woodshed last Wednesday During that Shirley again recalled old times when he dedicated a song to buddy Mike and our turn to page 12)
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