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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - April 10, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania le a le iP 3d til JI iïc ;n al id j a St 1 h- 1 g, iy 3S to a it te le i' i li. le n f IS d t- 1 5 a I'V is h 1 t. MMmÊÉB. Celebrating Hometown Life Inside: Europe in America Sports: Ridge Softball beats Everett Pg. 8 Weekend Extra: Costume donatedGazette Weekend Bedford, Pa. 75<i Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 170 April 10 & 11, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY Remember stream cleanups will be held this morning. The Bobs Creek Stream Guardians and Pavia Sportsmen will conduct theirs along Bobs Creek from 8 a.m. to noon on April 10. Meet halfway between Pavia and Weyant at 8 a.m. Also, a trash removal project is set for Sweet Root Road, Bedford Township, starting at 8 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the golf cart barn at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort's golf course. It's recommended volunteers wear gloves, sturdy slioes, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Everett Free Library is seeking public imput. The library is doing strategic planning and is asking the community to complete a survey. The survey can be found online at the library's Web site from April 15 through May 31. Print copies of the survey are also available at the library. You don't have to be a patron of the library to fill out a survey. For more information, call the library at 652-5922. An Earth Day celebration is planned for Shawnee State Park April 24. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include educational displays, demonstrations, disc golf, a photogi-aphy workshop, a "how to" trim shrubs and trees, and a tree identification hike. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, there will be a tree planting service project for all ages. Participants must make reservations to receive a free T-shirt. Call Jill Latuch at 624-4427 or e-mail [email protected] There will also be a Soles4Souls shoe drive. Everyone is invited to bring a pair of new or gently used shoes to be distributed to those in need in more than 125 countries. It is suggested that those attending bring a picnic lunch. Everett's municipal authority will flush hydrants next week. Borough of Everett Area Municipal Authority will flush hydrants starting Monday, weather permitting. Customers may see discolored water that can stain clothes if used in laundry washers. The authority advised that residents check first and let the water run clear before using it to wash clothes.Deaths. (Obituares on Page 16.) BAKER, Wilbur Fredrick, 60, of Three Springs. CORLE, Warren Philip, 80, of Everett. MERRILL, Norman Elroy, 43, of District Height, Md. O'ROURKE, Luveria J., 78, of Everett,Steckman Ridge blowdowns alarming By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor Blowdowns at the compressor station at Steckman Ridge continue to alarm neighbors. This week, the station underwent what the natural gas storage company is calling "regular maintenance." Lee Glover is one of the neighbors who kept track of all the events this week in which the station's rather loud jet-like noises prompted him some concern. The loudest sound came on Wednesday afternoon, although he recorded two events on Tuesday, and three on Thursday. "When it went down on Wednesday, that was the big one," Glover said. It occurred about 1:53 p.m., causing him to call the plant. Spectra said it was in fact a spark plug that wasn't "firing correctly." He declined to comment further and referred questions to the media department of Houston-based Spectra Energy. Steckman Ridge is a natural gas storage partnership between Texas-based Spectra Energy and New Jersey Resources. According to Spectra Energy spokeswoman Wendy Olson, Steckman Ridge took the compressor unit "offline" earlier in the week to perform some regular maintenance but she didn't specifically note when that event took place. "This was purposeful ... and there were no mechanical or technical issues associated with this work." The company started and stopped the compressor unit seven times. "A very small amount of gas may be vented" each time but it "is accounted for" in the permit with the state, the company said. —Continued on Page 2 Rescue operation ends in grief —AP Photo Brianna Bailey, 14, holds a sign showing her support for coal miners near the entrance of the Upper Big Branch Mine, Friday, in Montcoal, W. Va. Rescue crews worked overnight Friday into Sat-ureday to reach a refuge chamber underground where they had a faint hope that survivors might be awaiting help. Authorities say crews have found the bodies of four miners missing nearly a week since the explosion, bringing the death toll to 29. See story. Page 6.Lightning strike sparks woods fire By the Gazette staff A lightning strike during the brief storm on Thursday sparked a relatively small woods fire in southern Cumberland Valley that firefighters said might have been much worse. Ray Miller, the state's forest fire specialist supervisor for the Buchanan Forest, said a lightning strike felled and set afire a large chestnut oak that caused a blaze on the mountain above Lake Gordon in Cumberland Valley Township. Firefighters from Cumberland Valley and Bedford Road, Maryland, were dispatched at 4:31 p.m. Thursday and spent several hours in steep rugged terrain controlling the fire that burned only about a half-acre. Cumberland Valley returned to its station about 9:05 . p.m. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Bureau of Forestry also joined in the fight. "It had the potential for several hundred acres. It was very isolated, very limited access," Miller said. Without the work of the firefighters it might have been more serious such as Wednesday's fire near the Whitetail Ski Resort in Franklin County. That fire burned about 40 acres. Mark Grapes, chief for Cumberland Valley, said he and his crew attacked the blaze, using GPS coordinates to zero in. If they hadn't —Continued on Page 3County gets $1.2 million after-school grants By Sharyn Maust' Gazette Managing Editor Bedford County's after-school program has been awarded .two grants totaling more than $1,2 miUion — its most funding ever — to expand its projects to the high ^chool level. The federal funding announced this week by the state Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak will provide almost $30 million to 62 sites. This also is the largest state award in the history of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative. The after-school program has been in operation for seven years in Bedford County, plus an initial summer camp at the Bedford County Technical Center in 2002-03. The program has a site in the Bedford, Everett, Chestnut Ridge, Northern Bedford, Hyn-dman and Tussey Mountain schools. At various times, it has served students from third through eighth grades. Last fall, it opened with students in fifth through eighth grades servicing about 225 students, and was unable to include third and fourth graders. In the 2009-2010 school year, the program had $300,000 to operate, which project director Walter Curf-man noted last fall was half of the operating budget available in 2008-09. Some years, the program also did not receive funding from the state until the middle of the school year, so not all grades could be served at all times. For the coming year, the federal Department of Education was emphasizing after-school programs at the secondary level, so the Bedford County consortium applied for two —Continued on Page 3Garlock named Elks Citizen of the Year By Morgan Nati Gazette Staff Writer Larry Garlock has worn many hats: Vietnam War veteran, public school teacher, historian, school board president, and most recently the Bedford Elks Lodge's 2010 Citizen of the Year. "For this award, we just like to pick someone that does a lot of good for the community; mostly volunteer work," said Ken Brown, secretary of the Bedford Elks Lodge. "We were really impressed with everything that Larry has done." Garlock graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1963 and served five years in the United States Army. Following his service, he began a career as a public school teacher. After his retirement in 1993, he became involved in veteran's affairs and served with the —Continued on Page 2 LARRY GARLOCK Oldest Supreme Court Justice to step down WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed "well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term." The timing of Stevens' announcement leaves ample time for the White House to settle on a successor and for Senate Democrats, who control a 59-vote majority, to conduct confirmation hearings and a vote before the court's next term begins in October. Republicans have not ruled out an attempt to delay confirmation. His announcement had been hinted at for months. It comes 11 days before his 90th birthday. Stevens began signaling a possible retirement last summer when he hired just one of his usual complement of four law clerks for the next court term. He acknowledged in several interviews that he was contemplating stepping down and would certainly do so during Obama's presidency. —Continued on Page 6 Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814-623^1151 FEATURED PROPERTY Weather Today- The Forecast 0 ____ $595,000 JOHNSTON REALTY Phone (8141623-8622 iMww.johnstoiirealty.coiii Sunny. Not as cool with highs in the upper 50s. . West winds 10 to 15 mph. • Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Erie^ ■"• I 32754" State 32°/58 College Pgh. 34761" .'¡mm Iw Bedfoit|347»i%» • pm^ TOMORROW — Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows around 40. West winds 5 to 10 mph. THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Sunny Highs in the lower 60s. Monday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Tuesday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Tuesday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Wednesday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Wednesday night: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. ;