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Published Continuoushj Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 176 April 17 & 18, 2010
SATURDAY & SUNDAYToyota faces another safety recall
Bedford County governments will get some assistance for Febnuuy's snowstorm cleanup, and money for 'hazard mitigation."
President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have approved nearly $60 milhon in disaster recovery funds for 27 counties in the state. An individual breakdown was not available Friday. More than $50 million will be available to reimburse costs for snow removal, overtime and other emergency services. Initially, townships and boroughs in the county had sought more than $306,000 to the state when it requested the disaster declaration and federal help for the 48-hour period allowed. Gov. Ed Rendell also asked for a waiver on the 48 hours, but FEMA has not ruled on that yet.
Veterans and other organizations are invited to take part in Fishertown's Memorial Day parade.
The Fishertown Memorial Day Parade Committee is seeking participants for the annual parade to be held May 31. Veterans willing to participate are asked to meet. at Ridgetop Orchards apple storage building at 6 p.m. All veterans are encouraged to take part. Cars will be provided for those unable to walk. The committee is also seeking floats, bikes and other groups to take part in the parade. The parade will form at 6 p.m. For more information, call 839-2686 or 839-2195.
Tickets are available through Tuesday for the annual Bedford County Historical Society banquet.
The banquet at the United Methodist Church in Bedford will be held Saturday, April 24. The dinner will include a presentation by Dr. Walter Powell of Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. on "Edward Everett and the Preservation of Mount Vernon." Dennis Tice will be honored as the Historian of the Year for his World War H fihn. Tickets are $20 and are available through Hiesday, April 20, at the county historic^ society, 6441 Lincobi Highway, Bedford, 623-2011.
Graduating homeschool-ers and private school students are asked to call the Gazette.
Tb be included in this year's Graduation Edition, each homeschooler and private school graduate will need to submit a graduation form and photo. Forms are available by calling 623-1151, Ext. 120, or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
The deadline for submissions is May 7.
(Obituaries on Page 16.) CESSNA, Wilbur Lamont Jr., 83, of Manns Choice.
FOOR, Martha M., 78, of Lake Como, Fla., formerly of Six Mile Run.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it was recalling 600,000 Sienna minivans sold in the United States to address potential rusting spare tire cables that could break and create a road hazard in the latest safety problem to strike the beleaguered automaker.
The recall came as House investigators said they planned to hold another
congressional hearing in May to review potential electronic problems in runaway Toyotas. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than 8 million vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals, humbling a car company long known for its quality and safety.
Company leaders vowed to respond quickly to the safety concerns.
Separately, Toyota said Friday its
engineers in Japan had duplicated the same results of tests that led Consumer Reports to issue a rare "don't buy" warning on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 over rollover concerns. Toyota responded by halting sales of new GX 460s and conducting tests on all of its SUVs.
Lexus spokesman Bill Kwong said the company was evaluating potential remedies for the GX 460 but it was "too
early to speculate (on) the details of the remedy and its timing."
Toyota said its latest recall covered the 1998-2010 model year Siennas with two-wheel-drive that have been sold or registered in 20 cold-climate states and the District of Columbia. Toyota said rust from road salt could cause the carrier cable that holds the spare tire to —Continued on Page 16Storm creates havoc in county
By the Gazette Staff
QUEEN — A fast-moving but power-packed storm created havoc for residences in northern Bedford County Friday afternoon.
The storm struck around 5 p.m. with gusts that could have reached 60 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said in a storm advisory.
The areas of Imler, Osterburg, Claysburg, Morrisons Cove and other parts of northern Bedford County suffered wind damage that reportedly collapsed a bam in the New Enterprise area and an old schoolhouse in the Imler area. Details weren't immediately available.
Florene Cox of North Scrubgrass Road, Pavia Township, wasn't at home to experience the force of the wind that toppled trees in neighbors' yards. She did have to drive through the storm from Nason Hospital where she was visiting her sister. Traveling through the weather was just as bad.
It took her an hour to get home when it should have taken about half the time. Nason Hospital suffered a power outage while she was there, forcing it to resort to generators, she said.
The rain caine down in sheets and there were plenty of branches down and a feW traffic accidents, she said. "I didn't know whether to drive or not to drive," Cox said.
When she got nearer to home, she saw downed trees in —Continued on Page 2
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A main trunk of an unfortunate willow tree along Scrubgrass Road lies on the ground Friday evening following a powerful storm. Firefighters were kept busy assisting residents in the aftermath.Serious violations found at Massey mines
CHARLESTON, WVa. (AP) — Federal inspectors have found more than 60 serious safety violations at Massey Energy operations since the explosion that killed 29 miners, adding to fallout from the disaster that includes a wrongful, death lawsuit by one of the men's widows.
Inspectors visited more than 30 underground Massey coal
mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia after the April 5 blast, according to records from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The agency has tentatively blamed preventable accumulations of explosive methane gas and coal dust for the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since 1970.
The miner's widow accuses
the company of a history of safety violations that amount to negligence in the first wrongful death lawsuit over the explosion, which she filed Thursday.
Investigators were reviewing records from the site of the blast and waiting for dangerous gases to be ventilated before going underground at the Upper Big Branch mine. It
will probably be another week until investigators can safely go in, MSHA Administrator Kevin Stricklin said.
To tally violations at other Massey sites, The Associated Press checked inspection records for all of the company's approximately 70 underground coal mines in the U.S. from April 5 through Thursday. Mines operated by other
companies also were inspected during the same period.
Stricklin said the MSHA hasn't been disproportionately targeting Massey since the blast, nor has it increased the pace of inspections. He did say inspectors have responded to hazard complaints at two Massey mines.
"We're just going about our —Continued on Page 16
Virginia Tech victims remembered
Blacksburg public school students Wjmne Darden, left, Madison Greene, center, and Paige Greene, right, try to keep their candles lit in a slight breeze during a candlelight vigil on the Virginia Tech drillfield in Blacksburg, Va. Friday. Approximately 12,000 people attended the University Commemoration and Candlelight Vigil honoring 32 students and faculty that lost their lives in a mass shooting on campus April 16,2007.
New program will help seniors with monthly food bill
By Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writer
Eligible seniors will soon be able to receive monthly food packages in an effort by state and federal organizations to help out during a rough economy and promote a healthy diet and agriculture.
Bedford County is among 26 counties in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, based in Harris-burg, that will be participating in the statewide program.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) was previously administered by the food bank as a pilot program in four central Pennsylvania counties. It was recently expanded across the state through increased federal funding.
The CSFP is a federal program that helps to improve the health of
low-income seniors age 60 and above by supplementing their diets with nutritious U.S. Department of Agriculture commodity foods.
Each month, a CSFP food package that includes items like cereal, non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, oats, pasta, peanut butter, canned meat, tuna or poultry and canned fruits and vegetables will be distributed to income-qualified seniors.
Food packages do not provide a complete diet but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in seniors diets.
"I think it is just another way for us to be able to meet nutritional needs for people in our area and, with the economy the way it is, it's a way to help out and get them food," said senior center services —Continued on Page 16
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TOMORROW — Mostly cloudy Scattered rain and snow showers in the morning. Highs around 50. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Partly sunny Highs in the mid 50s. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs around 60. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s.