Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - May 8, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 194 May 8 & 9, 2010
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Current, future road projects outlined
Two New Paris bridges are completed and' the Rocklick Hollow Road detour will be lifted Monday.
PennDOT reported that the work on the Rocklick Hollow Road bridge over Rocklick Creek and the Hinton Road bridge over Dunnings Creek in New Paris and Napier Township will reopen Monday. The 1.4-mile detour will .be lifted today and final inspection of the bridges will take place Monday C.H.&D. Enterprises of New Stanton was the corite-act on the $683,722 project. The Rocklick Bridge was a complete superstructure replacement; the Hinton Road bridge work consisted of a deck replacement, with guiderail upgrades and minor roadway approach work on both.
The Bedford office of Magisterial District Judge H. Cyril Bingham will be closed May 10-14.
The closing is for training in connection with the upgrade of the state computer system. Any filings and payments due while the office is closed will be accepted after 9 a.m. on May 17, according to the court administrator's office.
Two road closures will go into effect in Bedford Township next week as part of the sewer and water line construction project.
Beginning Monday, Chalybeate Road will be closed fi-om Shed Road to Briar Valley Road for utility construction and paving. The closure will be in place Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.to 6 p.m., until May 28, according to contractor Kukurin Contracting Inc. The road will be open to emergency vehicles, school bus traffic and local maintenance vehicles. Also, on thé south end, it will be open to all Ken-nametal traffic. Residents of Rabbit Lane will be allowed access but are asked to use an alternate route if possible, the contractor said.
Also starting Monday, Beldin Road will be closed from Business Route 220 to Chalybeate Road due to road paving. The closure will remain in place through Thursday. The road will be open to emergency vehicles and school buses. All traffic should use Chalybeate Road from 22Ö to Beldin Road.
By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor
■ BREEZEWOOD — Officials fi-om the state transportation department's district in Hollidaysburg outlined current and future road and bridge projects with a concerned view of future fonding.
PennDOT's district and county staff held their annual outreach meeting at
the Breezewood fireball to keep a small group of county and township officials apprised of PennDOT projects for 2010 and into 2011.
The district's top executive, Tom Prestash, reviewed the projects that were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the federal stimulus money,
that poured $25.37 million into the Southern Alleghenies region that includes Bedford County.
In reviewing the state of roads and bridges in Bedford County specifically, a decline in funds is reflected, unfortunately, Prestash said. The number of structurally deficient bridges has increased, especially
within Bedford County.
Of the 2,084 bridges in the district, 1,431 of them are located in the Southern Alleghenies region that includes Bedford, Somerset, Fulton and Huntingdon counties. The other regions within the district are Johnstown and Altoona,
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Everett's history on display
Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle
Matt Marshall of Everett views the many oldtime photographs collected at the Masonic Temple in Everett Friday evening. The Masons are hosting an exhibit of local historical items which also will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate Everett's 150th birthday. A special program of Civil-War era music will be presented by Tom Jolin starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Everett Free Library. The Bloody Run Canoe Classic also will be held this morning. For more information, leam more about the 150th anniversary celebration by visiting Facebook and typing in Everettl50. A plaque commemorating the anniversary was presented Friday. See page 3.Suicide rate in Bedford higliest in Pa.
By Sharyn Maust Gazette Managing Editor
While doing a community assessment last year, looking at statistics on a variety of topics, the United Family Services Systems learned Bedford led the state in a troubling topic — suicide rates.
In 2002-2006, Pennsylvania had a suicide rate of 10.7 people per 100,000 population. The county rate was 19.2 per 100,000 population. In those four years, 46 deaths in the county were classified as suicides. Of those, 72 percent were in the 20 to 64 age group, 17 percent at
65 years and older and 11 percent under age 20.
The search of other statistics, mostly from the Department of Health, the agency learned that the gap between the county and the state had remained stable from 1999 through 2007; in other words, the county's suicide rate was significantly higher than all counties together for close to a decade.
While the UFSS deals mostly in coordinating programs in schools or with parents, the agency "decided to expand its scope due to the research," said Ken Grace, UFSS chairman.
UFSS arranged a workshop and panel discussion that brought about 50 people together at the Bedford County Technical Center.
What some of those on the panel said indicated that the number of suicides and attempted suicides —Continued on Page 5
In 2002-2006, 46 deaths in Bedford County were classified as suicides.
Burst of hiring aids recovery, but long haul ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy got what it needed in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years. It showed employers are gaining confidence as the recovery takes deeper root.
But people who had given up
on finding jobs are gaining confidence, too, and are now looking for work. That's why the unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent and will likely go higher.
Especially encouraging was that the job gains came largely from private employers, the
backbone of the economy. They boosted payrolls by a surprisingly strong 231,000, the most since March 2006.
The new jobs, generated by sectors across the economy, are the first sign that the recovery is adding significant numbers of new jobs — even if not
enough to absorb the influx of jobseekers.
"Companies feel more comfortable that growth in the economy and in their own sales is here to stay and that they can start preparing for the future and add to their payrolls," said Joel Naroff, presi
dent of Naroff Economic Advisors.
The unemployment rate rose as 805,000 people without jobs entered the labor force in April to search for work.
"Individuals are gaining confidence in their ability to find a —Continued on Page 3
(Obituares on Page 16.)
ACKER Richard Lee "Smoothie," 53, of Imler.
CALLIHAN, Doris A., 74, of Fishertown, died Friday, May 7, 2010. Obituary in Monday's Gazette. Arrangements by Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg.
MADDY, Alex, 79, of Juniata Street, New Baltimore, died Friday, May 7, 2010. Obituary in Monday's Gazette. Arrangements by Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg.
Bubble of methane triggered rig blast
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during ÌBP's internal investigation.
While the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, the sequence of events described in the interviews provides the most detailed account of the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons of crude into the Gulf Portions of the interviews, two written and one taped, were described in detail to an Associated Press reporter by Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor who serves on a National Academy of Engineering pan«^! on oil pipeline safety and worked for BP PLC as a risk assessment corisult^t during thè 1990s. He received them from industry friends seekingihis expieH
Seven BP executives were òn board the Deepwater Horizon rig celebrating the project's safety record, according to the transcripts. Meanwhile, far below, the rig was being converted from an exploration well to a production well.
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The Q4000 platform, which is lowering the containment device to the sea floor, is seen shortly after the containment device made contact with the sea floor at the site of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, Friday.
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