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Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No88.1 May 1 & 2, 2010
SATURDAY & SUNDAYSub-code disaster trailers sold in county
Bedford Borough Water Authority will continue flushing its distribution system next week.
Weather permitting, the authority will be using the fire hydrants to flush the system between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. TViesday through Friday, May 4-7. The flushing will t^e place along and south of Watson Street, except for the high elevation service area; Meadowbrook Terrace and Cliurch Hill Manor developments, and Cimiberland Road. Most customers will experience sporadic periods of discolored water or temporary reductions in pressure.
The Dutch Comer History Group is collecting information about former schools and blacksmith shops.
The group will hold its sixth meeting at 2 p.m. on Simday, May 2, at Messiah Lutheran . Church's Sunday School Room. ; This group is dedicated to preserving the history of the people who have hved or are Hving in Bedford Tbwnship's Dutch Corner. Former schools and blacksmith shops are the current focus. More information can be found at the grpup's website dutchcomer.org or by contacting Frank Antonson at 623-9632. This group should not be confused with the Dutch Comer Historical Society, which is pursuing somewhat similar goals.
Water lines will be flushed in Fishertown.
The Fishertown Water Association has announced that, weather peraiitting, water lines will be flushed between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3-5. Customers may experience cloudy water.
Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department's annual fiind drive kicks off Monday.
The firemen will be going door-to-door to collect donations May 3-6 and will not be making phone calls to solicit contributions. The firemen will visit homes beginning at 6 p.m. and will be in the area of North 96 and all side roads Monday; South 96, Cooks Mills and Creek Road areas on Hiesday; Uptown, Gooseberry and Fairhope on Wednesday; and downtown and Holl3wood on Thursday. Envelopes will be provided for residents who wish to mail in their donations.
Raystown Canoe Club seeks paddlers and volunteers to help with annual Bloody Run Canoe Classic.
Participant registrations can be completed online at 'www. ray stowncanoeclub. com. Registration and packet pickup will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 7 and at 7 a.m. May 8 at the Masonic Temple Lodge in Everett.
(Obituaries on Page 16.) HOOVER, Robert Lee, 60, of Raystown Road, Saxton.
By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor
Bedford County's chief building code official is fuming about the sale of surplus government trailers sold to Bedford County residents who can't live in them because the structures don't meet state codes.
The trailers and mobile homes shouldn't be sold in Bedford County or
Pennsylvania, according to Clem Malot of Commonwealth Code Inspection Services in Bedford.
He discovered two sub-code trailers during a permit check last week and began investigating the sale of the structures; both violate Pennsylvania's Uniformed Construction Code.
They are trailers that have been sitting in a lot in Cumberland, Md., hun
dreds of them purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and stored for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Malot said.
FEMA came under fire in recent years following Katrina after families who were moved into these homes developed some illnessfes and irritation because of formaldehyde.
The U.S. General Services Adminis
tration is conducting a sale of surplus trailers and mobile homes via the Internet. That site posts a "health notice for manufactured homes which may have building materials, reduced ventilation or other contaminants that may affect your health." It adds on the page, with a photo of a surplus trailer, the government "may not have tested — Continued on Page 5
Arts of all kinds at Claysburg
By Jennifer Howard
Gazette Staff Writer
CLAYSBURG — An evening with the arts was held Friday at Claysburg-Kimmel High School, featuring various art forms all under one roof
"Across the Arts, Across the Ages" is being presented by the Claysburg Area Community Theatre in an attempt to offer the Claysburg area an opportunity to experience vocal and instrumental music; works by elementary and high school art students, as well as local artists; and a stage play.
Tom Ringler, who directed the melodrama and is one of the founders of the theatre, said he was thrilled with the turnout Friday evening. The first-time event would not have been possible without the cooperation of the elementary and high school art departments and adults artists from the community, he said.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the elementary and high school art departments. "When there are budget cuts, the arts tend to get cut first," Ringler said, adding that he hopes the evening with the arts will become an annual event.
An opening reception and art gala was held prior to the live entertainment and during intermission. The Claysburg — Continued on Page 16
Hyacinth Haven (Chelsea.Be]l0s), who. fell into the evil clutches Y>f Fleetwood Dashaway (Matt Imler), tries to convince the scoundrel not to reveal her secret during the Claysbui^ Area Conununity Theatre's old-fashioned melodrama, "He Done Her WrQng," or 'Wedded with No Wife."BP report didn't plan major oil spii
The Claysburg Community Chorus sang a number of familiar tunes but with much different, catchier beats.
Gazette photos/Jennifer Howard
Celebrity pencil drawings are among the various artwork on display by Claysburg-Kimmel elementary and high school students, as were carved wood masks.
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — British Petroleum once downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at an offshore rig that exploded, causing the worst U.S. oil spill in decades along the Gulf Coast and endangering shoreline habitat.
In its 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well, BP suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals.
At least 1.6 million gallons of oil have spilled so far since the April 20 explosion that killed 11 workers, according to Coast Guard estimates. One expert said Friday that the volume of oil leaking from the well nearly 5,000 feet below the surface could actually be much higher, and that even more may escape if the drilling equipment continues to erode.
"The sort of occurrence that we've seen on the Deepwater Horizon is clearly unprecedented," BP spokesman David Nicholas told The Associated Press on Friday. "It's something that we have not experienced before ... a blowout at this depth."
Amid increased fingerpoint-ing Friday, efforts sputtered to hold back the giant oil spill seeping into Louisiana's rich fishing grounds and nesting areas, while the government desperately cast about for new ideas for dealing with the growing environmental crisis. President Barack Obama halted any new offshore drilling projects unless rigs have new safeguards to prevent another disaster.
The seas were too rough and the winds too strong to burn off the oil, suck it up effectively with skimmer" vessels, or hold it in check with the miles
— AP Photo Workers load a boat with oil booms in Bay St. Louis, Miss., as they continue preparations to head off damage from an impending oil spill along" the Gulf Coast Friday.
of orange and yellow inflatable booms strung along the coast.
The floating barriers broke loose in the choppy water, and waves sent oily water lapping over them.
"It just can't take the wave action," said Billy Nungesser, president of Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish.
The spill — a slick more than 130 miles long and 70 miles wide — threatens hundreds of species of wildlife, including birds, dolphins and the fish, shrimp, oysters and crabs that make the Gulf Coast one of the nation's most abundant sources of seafood. Louisiana closed some fishing grounds and oyster beds because of the risk of oil contamination.
bp's 52-page exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, filed with the federal Minerals Management Service, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil — Continued on Page 5
Spending rise not enougli to dent jobless rate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The numbers would be excellent in normal times, but for a country recovering from deep recession, the/re not enough.
Spending by consumers rose by the fastest pace in three years, helping, the economy grow at an annual rate of 3.2
percent in the first quarter of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. It marked the third straight quarterly gain as the nation heals from the longest and deepest recession since the 1930s.
That has not been enough.
however, to ignite a recovery capable of driving down the jobless rate, which has been stuck at 9.7 percent since January and is not expected to dip significantly for months.
"The recovery is slowly gaining traction, but it's not growing fast enough now to bring
down unemplo3anent and let ordinary Americans feel like they are finally off and running," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.
Economists say it takes about 3 percent growth in gross domestic product to cre
ate enough jobs just to keep up with population growth. Growth would have to be about 5 percent for a full year just to drive the unemployment rate down by 1 percentage point.
After the last severe recession in the early 1980s, GDP — Continued on Page 16
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Mostly sunny. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Con-t i n u e d unseasonably warm with highs in
the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent. Tonight: Scattered showers. Lows in the mid 60s.
TOMORROW — Numerous showers along with a chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds. Heavy rainfall and firequent lightning in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s. Sunday night: Showers and scattered thunderstorms mainly in the evening. Unseasonably mild Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 90 percent.
THE OUTLOOK — Monday: Mostly cloudy Numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms in the morning, ighs in the lower 70s.