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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - May 15, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania ìmémèrA. , ............. > ■ - " ■ Celebrating Hometown Life Inside: The heat is onSports: 23 qualify for District 5 meetPg. 8 After-school wraps up — Page 6 —Gazette Mkekend Bedford, Pa. 75( Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 200 May 15 & 16, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAYTurbine foes seek 'unclaimed' land Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show is being held at the Bedford County Fairgrounds, Bedford. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday inside and outside Jordan Hall. Events include an outdoor children's corner and pony rides, balloon and magic shows, educational programs by REI and the Pennsylvania State Parks, live music, vendors and exhibits of home, garden and lifestyle products, and a donation area for the Bedford County Humane Society. Admission will be $3 per person or $10 per carload. Chestnut Ridge chorus concerts are Sunday. The middle school chorus concert begins at 2 p.m., while the high school concert begins at 4 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the auditorium at Chestnut Ridge/ Middle School. The deadline has been extended to June 5 for Youth Field Day registrations. The annual Youth Field Day is slated for June 5 at the Bedford County Sportsmen's Club, and is open to any Bedford County resident ages 9 to 16. Those taking part in the activities will have the opportunity to build bird houses, learn about wildlife and many more outdoor activities. For more information and a registration form, call 623-8852. Bedford Township Municipal Authority will be flushing the water line system next week, weather permitting. Flushing will beigin Monday, May 17, and continue through Friday, May 21, weather permitting. Customers of the township water system may experience low pressure and cloiidy water during flushing. Fort Bedford Museum will open for the season Saturday. The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Due to budget cuts, the director's position wasn't renewed. The museum is to be staffed by borough office employee Lisa Merritt, volunteers and perhaps even mem'bers of borough council's fort museum committee. Next weekend. May 22 and 23 will be "Bed-iord County Days" at the museum. Residents of the county, with proper ID, will be admitted free.Deaths. (Obituaries on page 16.) ELLIOTT, Gertrude Madeline, 85, of Centerville. OLDHAM, Lyle G., 8.8, of Alum Bank. By Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writer A nonprofit group is taking legal action over land atop Dunning Mountain and Evitt's Mountain that may be "unclaimed," for the purpose of historical preservation. Members of the Dutch Comer Historical Society are filing legal claims, called caveats, to assert their rights to any unclaimed land along the tops of the ridges. The legal action is just part of a bigger picture concerning what are reported to be numerous land disputes in that area, and beyond that, the controversial wind turbine development. Iberdrola Renewables, based in Portland, Ore., currently leases more than 5,000 acres of land on both mountains and is in the planning stages for build ing an industrial wind power facility. Concerned local citizens have formed the historical society to preserve the rural landscape and its history, according to a news release from the Dutch Corner group's legal counsel. They are asking the Commonwealth to preserve the Dunning Mountain and Evitt's Mountain ridge tops for hiking and historical purposes. "Both Dutch Corner and the southern area of Morrison's Cove are important historical treasures," said Jack Monsour, historical society president. "The early settlers used the woodlands up to the top of the Evitt's Mountain for hunting and for timber to build their homes. To destroy this natural heritage would be a crime." —Continued on Page 3 Out for a ride Gazette Photo/Holly Claycomb These two young Mennonite girls were spotted kneeling in the back of a horse-drawn buggy in the Morrison's Cove area Friday afternoon. Obama frustrated with oil rig disaster WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring himself as angry as the rest of the nation, President Barack Obama assailed oil drillers and his own administration Friday as he ordered extra scrutiny of drilling permits to head off any repeat of the sickening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Engineers worked desperately to stop the leak that's belching out at least 210,000 gallons of crude a day. As Louisiana wildlife officials reported huge tar balls littering a beach, BP PLC tech-niciems labored to accomplish an engineering feat a mile below the water surfoce. They were gingerly moving joysticks to guide deep-sea robots and thread a mile-long, 6-inch tube with a rubber stopper into the 21-inch pipe gushing oil from the ocean floor — a task one expert compared to stuffing a ccjik with a straw through it into a gushing soda bottle. It's the latest scheme to stop the flow after all others have failed, more than Ihj ee weeks since the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and set off the disastrous leak. Obama, whose comments until now have been measured, heatedly condemned a "ridiculous spectacle" of oil executives shifting blame in congressional hearings and —Continued on Page 3 Congress close to deal to pay for tax cuts WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally getting around to extending more than 50 popular tax breaks that expired at the end of last year, including money saver's for homeowners, businesses and shoppers in states with no income tax. Lawmakers want to raise taxes on investment ftmd managers to help cover the cost. Legislation combining the tax breaks with more aid for people who have been unemployed for long stretches is expected to come up for a vote in the House next week. The bill would extend unemploy ment benefits for up to 99 weeks in many states and subsidize health insurance premiums for laid-off workers through the end of the year. Details are still being worked out, but lawmakers also plan to expand a federal bond program that subsidizes local infrastructure projects, and to protect doctors from a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare pa)mients. The tax breaks would be retroactive to Jan. 1 but would again expire at the end of December. They include a property tax deduction for peo ple who don't itemize, lucrative credits that help businesses finance research and develop new products, and a sales tax deduction that mainly helps people in states without income taxes. Delays in extending the tax —Continued on Page 3 Eichelberger unopposed By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor Like some of his first-term colleagues, John Eichelberger Jr. was swept into office four years ago in the wake of a pay-raise and bonus scandals that triggered investigations, indictments and, eventually jail sentences. Eichelberger became one of the leaders of a pack of lawmakers who vowed to reform the General Assembly, introducing reforms and rules changes. He is running unopposed for the Republican nomination for the state's 30th senatorial district that includes Bedford, Blair, Pulton and Huntingdon counties and one Milpn County m^c-ipality. He is chairman of the local government committee and a member of agriculture and rural aflfairs, communications and töchnology, finance and games and fisheries committees. Eichelberger, 51, pointed to his reform efforts as a hadlmark of his first term. His "Commonwealth Agency Bonus Ban" passed the Senate on a imanimous vote in 2008 but failed to get his bill to a vote in the Democrat-controlled House. "We were able to make some rules changes, introduce some legislation, get some things passed, provided more transparency and reform in state legislature and state government. That was probably one of my proudest accomplishments," Eichelberger said. He and his colleagues also pushed for rules to increase transparency such as a ban on any votes after 11 p.m. and individually, he cut out district newsletters and giving out of American flags. —Continued on Page 2 EICHELBERGER Shuster seeks Dems' nod By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor With a groundswell of discontent in pockets of the electorate fi-om government bailouts, healthcare reform and a ballooning debt, U.S. Ninth District Rep. Bill Shuster, and his Republican colleagues are hoping to change their fortunes in Congress during this election year. With the Democrats holding a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a significant advantage in the House, Republican are hoping voters will look for a change, starting with neighboring 12th district. "The big drama is the 12th's special election," Shuster said this week. Democrat Mark Critz is battling Republican Tim Burns to complete the term of the late John Murtha. The race is seen as an indicator of what may happen during the remainder of the year. "If the Republicans are able to win that seat on Tuesday, it's gonna have the same impact as the Massachusetts race" in which Scott Brown earlier this year won Edward Kennedy's seat, changing the longtime Democratic seat to Republican. As politicians are campaigning, don't look for any more major pieces of legislation coming out of the U.S. Congress this year, Shuster said. Despite some of the bluster involving the new Arizona law passed last month, Shuster said he doesn't expect to see any immigration reform legislation this year. "All you need to fix the problem on the border is build the fence, it's not that complicated." —Continued on Page 2 SHUSTER Bedford Gazette 424 W. Penn St. 814-623^1151 0 ______BUYiNCo"SELUNG? CALL US-Bedford County's Largest Real Estate Company wiSin JOHNSTON REALTY Phone C814] 623-8622 www.jotinstonrealty.coni Weather Today-— The Forecast Mostly sunny. Cooler with highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds , | , 10 to 15 mph with , , gusts up to 25 V. mph. Tonight: Mostly cldar in \ ' the evening, then ' V becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. State «bw / State «0 w .CoINg« ti. ' « fi H'bung < V ^Jt'i- 'J , UK ' fi aV^ H'bwiçsrw BedfOltl 52-/72" • ^ MP. I TOMORROW — Mostly sunny Highs in the lower 70s. Sunday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 40s. THE OUTLOOK ~ Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent. Monday night: Showers likely. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tuesday: Cloudy with showers likely along with a chance of a thimderstorm, mainly in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s; Chance of rain 60 percent. ;