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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - June 12, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania Celebrating Hometown Life Inside: Kevin Costner Sports: Claysburg girls reach state semifinals Pg. 8 Weekend Extra: Stultzes return from mission tripGazette Mkekend Bedford, Pa. 75(i Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 228 June 12 & 13, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY Attorney says property values legal Seventy-six trash trucks were inspected in the region during a two-day enforcement program. State police and the Department of Environmental Protection carried out the program statewide June 2-3, resulting in 193 commercial trash trucks being placed out of service for safety defects. In seven-county Troop G, which includes Bedford County, the 76 inspections resulted in 14 vehicles taken out of service and 41 citations issued. The inspections were carried out at landfills and transfer stations. A resurfacing project on Route 26 in Monroe Township will start Monday. New Enterprise Stone & Lime is the prime contractor on the $769,000 project on 4.2 miles of Route 26 from Route 2029 to Shuman Road. The work include base and should repairs, milling and resurfacing. All the work will be done during daylight with flaggers to control traffic. Delays are possible. The work should be completed by mid-July, according to the state Department of Transportation. Friendship Village is hosting a Safety Awareness Day today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include local fire and rescue squads, an American Red Cross blood-mobile, Ident-A-Kit program, scouts, water safety information, Medevac helicopter visit, Smokey Bear, Chucky Cheese, Smoke House and Friendly Fred, the village's mascot. The bloodmobile will be located in the large clubhouse opposite the main office. Other activities will be on the back side of the campgrounds. The helicopter is scheduled to land at approximately 11 a.m. The public is welcome. By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor The attorney defending the Bedford County commissioners in a lawsuit brought by Breezewood Enterprises claim that the actions the commissioners took last year to establish real estate values that were different than those set by a reassessment firm are legal. In preliminary objections submitted by Timothy J. Nieman of the firm Rhoads and Sinon, it's argued that property classifications as determined by the county commissioners "are not per se illegal," Nieman wrote in a document filed May 12. "The defendants were authorized to make the alleged classifications." Breezewood Enterprises, owned by the Bittner family that owns the Gateway Restaurant and Travel Plaza, said the actions the commissioners took to lower property values and reduce ratios in some areas of the county violate the state's uniformity clause, county assessment law and the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment. Nieman said that the commissioners, who also serve as the county's Board of Assessment and Revision of Taxes "is statutorily authorized to change the assessed value of real property." He cited state law — 72 RS. subsection 5453.602(a) — that he says allows a change in assessments "when the economy of the county or any portion there-Tussey grads urged to seize opportunities, realize dreams By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor SAXTON ~ Go out into the world, absorb knowledge, take advantage of opportunities and gain experience, English teacher Amy Snyder told Tussey Mountain's class of 2010 Friday night at commencement. "As you graduate tonight, I have a wish for you — seize the opportunities that will bring about your dreams," she told the class of 72 graduates. As new graduates, and adults, they are in control of the time, experience, money and patience it will take to accomplish their goals. Three of the graduates-to-be said before the ceremony they were experiencing the emotions of many seniors. "There's mixed emotions," said Brittney Lashinsky. She and two of her long-time fiiends, Shane Ramsey and Mackenzie Traxler, reflected on their 13 years together. They attended school together since the beginning and became best finends. They all work at Raystown Lake where they will spend a lot of time this summer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, each also was honored as having at least an 85 percent grade average throughout their high school careers. "Little bit happy, little bit sad," Ramsey said of his thoughts. —Continued on Page 2 Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle (From left) Long-time friends Mackenzie Traxler, Shane Ramsey and Brittney Lashinsky have attended school together since kindergarten. All three also work at Raystown Lake and now will pursue different careers. of has depreciated to such an extent that real estate values generally in that area are affected." The commissioners last fall set a predetermined ratio of 35 percent on properties located in the boroughs of Sax-ton, Coaldale and Hopewell Borough as well as Liberty, Broad Top and Hopewell townships because, Commissioner Gary Ebersole argued, the area is undermined from a long history of coal mining that fouled the water and —Continued on Page 3 New oil spill total bad news for BP, wildlife GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — The astonishing news that the oil leak at the bottom of the sea may be twice as big as previously thought could have major repercussions for both the environment and bp's financial health, killing more marine life and dramatically increasing the amount the company must pay in fines and damages. Scientists now say the blown-out well could have been spewing as much as 2 million gallons of crude a day before a cut-and-cap maneuver started capturing some of the flow, meaning more than 100 million gallons may have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since the start of the disaster in April. That is more than nine times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, previously the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The larger estimates, while still preliminary and considered a worst-case scenario, could contribute to breathtaking liabilities against BP. Penalties can be levied against the company under a variety of environmental protection laws, including fines of up to $1,100 under the Clean Water Act for each barrel of oil spilled. Based on the maximum amount of oil possibly spilled to date, that would translate to a potential civil fine for simple discharge alone of $2.8 billion. If BP were found to have committed —Continued on Page 16Deaths. (Obituaries on Page 16.) BRAENDEL, Bruce A., 62, of Bedford. DIEHL, Adalene, 79, of Bedford. FLETCHER, Kenneth T, 77, of Bedford. HOWSARE, Robert, 83, of Rainsburg, died Friday, June 11, 2010. Arrangements by the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home. Obituary in Monday's Gazette. JENNINGS, Shelby J. (Waugerman), 70, formerly of Manns Choice. PERRIN, Doris J., 71, of Pennknoll Village, formerly of Dell Road, Hopewell, passed away Friday, June 11, 2010, at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital. Arrangements by Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home Inc., Broad Top City. Obituary in Monda/s Gazette. SPROAT-WATTS, Rita Mae, 84, of Bedford, Flash floods kill 16 at Arkansas campground CADDO GAP, Ark. (AP) — Floodwa-ters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour tore through a campground packed with vacationing families early Friday, carrying away tents and overturning RVs as campers slept. At least 16 people were killed, and dozens more missing and feared dead. Heavy rains caused the normally quiet Caddo and Little Missouri rivers to climb out of their banks during the night. Around dawn, floodwaters barreled into the Albert Pike Recreation Area, a 54-unit campground in the Ouachita National Forest where cars were wrapped around trees and children's clothing was scattered across camp sites. The raging torrent poured through the remote valley with such force that it peeled asphalt off roads and bark off trees. Cabins dotting the river banks were severely damaged. Mobile homes lay on their sides. At least two dozen people were hospitalized. Authorities rescued dozens more before suspending their search at nightfall Friday. Crews on helicopters, canoes, ATVs and horses would resume at daybreak Saturday, said Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler. "There were a number of people early on that state police and local authorities were able to rescue," Sadler said Friday night. "Throughout the day, there have been people who have come forward and said they got out." Marc and Stacy McNeil of Marshall, Texas, survived by pulling their pickup truck between two trees and standing in the bed in waist-deep water. —Continued on Page 3 Siei —AP Photo A Jeep lies in moving waters along highway 240 west of Hopper, Ark., where the vehicle was washed off the road, Friday.Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814-623-1151 )011 03 See Our Ad on Page 11 of the Weekend ExtiaBUYING ooSEllING? CAll US -Bedford County's largest Real Estate Company award I mm JOHNSTON REALTY Phone 18141 623-8622 I Weather Today- The Forecast Partly sunny. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Very warm, highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Humid with lows in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Erie ♦ I ///// ///// state 58°/85' Coltege Scranton v ipgh. wm" BedfortI 62785" H'burg si"/«' ' MD. i TOMORROW — Mostly cloudy Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly in the morning. Hot and humid, highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 60 percent. Sunday night, mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Humid with lows in the upper 60s. THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Humid with highs in the lower 80s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent. ;