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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - June 5, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania Celebrating Hometown Life Inside: Merry-Go-Round memories Sports: NBC earns District 5-A championship Pg. 8 Weekend Extra: Gardens chosenGazette Wkekend Bedford, Pa. 75( Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 217 June 5 & 6, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY Ridge grads urged to keep an open mind A "Global Evening" is planned to assist an international effort. The Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA) is conducting a fundraiser on Friday, Jime 18 starting at 6 p.m. at the Bedford County Arts Center. FINCA gives micro-loans to people of developing nations to start businesses. The cost is $35 per person and includes a gourmet meal prepared by Carol Snyder of Cinnamon-Sage and light classical guitar music. Contact local supporter Alyson Dehmcke at 977-9960 or via e-mail at [email protected] Reservations will be taken through June 11. If you have received an invitation to Bedford County's Voter Hall of Fame . reception, please RSVP. Registrar of Voterse Margaret Koenig said the invitations were sent out by the Pennsylvania Department of State to those who have qualified for the Hall of Fame. The reception will be in Room 101 of the county office complex at noon on June 18. Those who have received invitations are requested to RSVP to her office at 624-2608 no later than June 9. It's important that anyone who is attending notify her office, Koenig said. The Dutch Comer History Group will discuss the Bowser homestead at a meeting Sunday, June 6. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in Frank Antonson's classroom (Room 206) at Bedford Middle School. The meeting is being held at the school so the group can avail itself of the computer technology available. The elevator also will be available to reach the second-floor room if needed. Among other items, at this meeting the group will especially focus on the Bowser family, its homestead, and the names Fetter, Crisman, Rieghard and Holderbaum into which the original Bowsers married. The changeover in ownership of the homestead from the Bowsers to the Schnableys and Poor-baughs will also be discussed. The public is invited. For more information contact Frank Antonson at 623-9632.Deaths. (Obituaries on Page 16.) CESSNA, James V. "Son," 80, of Everett. CLARK, Jessie I. Ritchey, 84, of Saxton, LAWLER, Rose Marie, 63, of Manns Choice, died Friday, June 4, 2010. Arrangements by Blackburii Funeral Home, Pleasantville. Obituary in Monday's Gazette. PEARSON, David W. Jr. "Davey," 59, of the Martins-burg area. NEY, David H., 80, of Everett. O'SHURAK, Margaret D. Dumbauld, 87, of Bedford. SPROWL, Florence K., 90, of Everett. Gazette Photo/Jennifer Howard Justin Taylor attempts to adjust feUow senior Coty Wertz's cap — or head? Something was on crooked Taylor said as the two were clowning around before the graduation ceremony at Chestnut Ridge High School Friday evening. By Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writer FISHERTOWN — Chestnut Ridge graduated 131 seniors under a blazing sunset Friday evening, completing commencement just as a few dark clouds began to roll in over the Lions football stadium, "Attention, everyone. There will be a two-minute speech limit due to atmospheric conditions here this evening," said Superintendent Joseph Kimmel, offering a bit of humor. "I repeat, there will be a two-minute speech limit." Parents and seniors alike have become familiar with automated calls from Kimmel when school is delayed or canceled. "Education does not end with tonight's commencement but the automated calls do," he continued. This year's Senior Six speakers reflected on the topic of "Education and the Open Mind." Lindsey Everhart acknowledged several historical leaders who had the courage to maintain an open mind, leading to today's technology. "Who knows what will rock our world 20 years from now? Have the courage to be the spark that ignites the great discoveries of the future," she said. "One chapter in our book is coming to an end and another is beginning. Enter this chapter with an open mind and don't forget where you came from," said Katie Koontz. "Education has given us the tools to reach the moon," said Thomas Young. "We have the opportunity to shape a bright, unlimited future — and we will." Valedictorian Ariel Peck talked about her ability to push forward while keeping an open mind to become a starting soccer player. "My efforts paid off and it felt amazing to accomplish something I thought was out of reach," she said. "We have all faced challenges," said Helen Snow. "It's not about believing in everything you hear, but challenging everything you encounter." She encouraged her classmates to have tolerance, kindness and compassion for others. "It's important to cultivate an open mind," said salutato-rian Jay Cassidy. "Embrace new discoveries, have the willingness to investigate new —Continued on Page 2County signs tech contract, saves $47,000 By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor The Bedford County commissioners approved two contracts their consultant said will save the county about $47,000 per year for at least three years. The commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with Infocon for its on-line data processing service that is worth $235,709 over the life of the contract. Infocon stores and provides the online services for tax assessment, the court administrators, judges offices, prothonotary, recorder of deeds/register of wills, sheriff and tax claims. The new contract will be a 4 percent saving over the previous agreement that had run on a year-to-year basis. The major difference will be that the county will use a server it obtained through the reassessment to store information instead of storing it at Infocon's office in Ebensburg. The sheriff photo handgim permitting also won't be a cost because the state is due to take on that task eventually. Rob Dugan, marketing director for Infocon, said he was wilhng to take a cut in his company's contract. "It is the right thing to do for the county. I don't have a problem with that," he said. He also had proposed a five-year contract —Continued on Page 2 Anger grows over oil spill PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The smell of oil hangs heavy in the sea air. Children with plastic shovels scoop up clumps of goo in the waves. Beachcombers collect tarballs as if they were seashells. The BP catastrophe arrived with the tide on the Florida Panhandle's white sands Friday as the company worked to adjust a cap over the gusher in a desperate and untested bid to arrest what is already the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. The widening scope of the slow-motion disaster deepened the anger and despair just as President Barack Obama arrived for his third visit to the stricken Gulf Coast. The oil has now reached the shores of four Gulf states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — turning its marshlands into death zones for wildlife and staining its beaches rust and crimson in an affiiction that some said brought to mind the plagues and punishments of the Bible. "In Revelations it says the water will turn to blood," said P.J. Hahn, director of coastal zone management for Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish. "That's what it looks —Continued on Page 3 —AP Photo Residents hold up signs as President Barack Obama visits Camardelle's, a live bait and boiled seafood restaurant shop, to meet veith residents regarding the BP Gulf Coast oil spill in Grand Isle, Louisiana, Friday. Private employers hold back on hiring in May WASHINGTON (AP) — A swell in temporary government hiring for the census drove almost all the job market's gains last month — a huge disappointment to Wall Street and a sign that private employers aren't yet confident enough in the recovery to start adding workers with gusto. Daunted by the European debt crisis and a falling U.S. stock market at home, American businesses added just 41,000 jobs in May, the fewest since January. The government hired 10 times as many for the national census, but those positions will begin to disap pear as summer arrives. At least on paper, the 431,000 total new jobs was the biggest gain in a decade. The unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent, mainly because hundreds of thousands of people gave up searching for work and were no longer counted. "On the surface, they look great," Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors, said of the numbers. "But that beauty was only skin-deep. The private sector is not out there hiring like crazy." Wall Street interpreted the numbers as a big letdown, a sign that the recovery, if not derailed, is at least stalling. The Dow Jones industrial average sank from the opening bell and tumbled 323.31 points, its third worst slide of the year. The index closed below 10,000 for the second time in two weeks. All the major indexes were down more than 3 percent. The new employment snapshot, released Friday by the Labor Department, indicated that many private employers are still wary of bulking up their work forces. And it suggested the economic recovery may not bring help fast enough for millions of Americans still unemployed. The slowdown isn't unusual for an economic recovery. Hiring can slow in one month, then accelerate the next, as was the case after the 2001 recession. But that recession was relatively brief and mild. The Great Recession wiped out so many jobs that it will take unusually strong hiring to bring substantial relief. And neither the Federal Reserve nor the Obama administration expects that to happen soon. —Continued on Page 5 Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814-623^1151 See Our Ad on Page 8 of the Weekend ExtraBUYING OR SELUNGPCAll US -Bedford County's largest Real Estate Company Weather Today- The Forecast 0 "89430 6001 33owardannai IJOHNSTON REALTY Phone 18141623-8622 Mostly cloudy. Widespread showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Humid with highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 80 percent. Tonight: Widespread showers and thmiderstorms: Mainly in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 90 percent. TOMORROW — Showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 80. Chance of rain 90 percent. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening. Cooler with lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent. THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Mostly sunny Highs in the mid 70s. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. ;