Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - May 22, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Bedford, Pa. 75(iPublished Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 205 No. 206 May 22 & 23, 2010
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
County's deputy warden fired
Apparent disagreements with warden led to dismissal
Cumberland Valley Veterans' Association will host a Memorial Day ceremony today.
; The service will begin at 11 a.m. at the Centerville recreation park. Dennis Tice, executive director of the Bedford -County Visitors Bureau, will be the guest speaker.
' Bedford County Jail will receive new radios.
Warden Donald Orr Jr. presented a proposal at Thursday's Bedford County Prison Board meeting requesting 10 radios for the facility due to "a -rash of break downs," he said. !"We can't seem to get them .; fixed." Sheriff Charwin •Reichelderfer said the new ! radios are the same requested :;for his office during county .;budget discussions. The 10 •radios, priced at $4,906, !include a three-year warranty .;as well as parts and labor. For-;;mer deputy warden Pat Welsh inoted that the radios are com-¡patible with the base station at ;;the jail. "We're currently down 'five radios," she said. "The ¡radios are the lifeline for our 'officers," The board approved the purchase on a unanimous vote. J-
The Area Agency on Aging will again be sponsoring the Senior Farmer's Market Voucher Program.
Participants who are eligible will be able to pick the vouchers up at the agency's office or at a senior center beginning Monday, June 7. Individuals picking the vouchers up for another person will need to obtain a proxy form, which are available now at the office or senior center, in advance to be signed by the eligible participant. Income guidelines will be published as soon as they are available.
Everett Borough will hold bulky item drop-off days starting June 2.
Bulky items will be accepted June 2, 3, 4, and Saturday, June 5, from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Everett Borough residents should call the office to arrange for drop-ofif of large items such as furniture and appliances. There is a $5 fee per item and a receipt from the office is necessary to drop Items at the collection point. There is an additional charge for tires, large appliances and ithose containing freon. Items for Saturday drop off must be paid by Friday at 3 p.m. The borough office can be reached weekdays at 652-9202.
" (Obituaries on Page 16)
MUSSELMAN, Helen, 71, of Claysburg died Friday, May 21,2010, at the Presbji;erian tìpme, Hollidaysburg. Obitu-àry in Monday's Gazette, ^^angements by Leslie-Miller F^eral Home, Claysburg. T NEUDER, Eldon Raymond '^Bish," 84, of Dudley ;r:lEETERS, Bonnie J., 70, of Hopewell.
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By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor
A disagreement between Bedford County Warden Don Orr Jr. and his chief assistant, apparent at Thursday's prison board meeting, has led to her dismissal.
The Bedford County commissioners
confirmed Friday that long-time jail employee and deputy warden Pat Welsh was fired after she publicly differed with Orr on new jail rules that will restrict the movement of volunteers, including those with Bedford County Prison Chapel Ministries, within the jail.
The commissioners said Friday they
had not seen a copy of the dismissal letter. Commissioners' Chairman Michael Herline said Orr read him the contents of the letter Friday morning that said she was fired for "insubordination." The letter said the firing was effective Friday
• Welsh has been an employee at the
jail since 1995 and has spent the past several years as deputy warden. When previous wardens, first Brian Clark and then Dan Keen, left the position in the past several years, Welsh was called on by the commissioners to take over the daily operations as the acting warden. —Continued on Page 3Local athlete heads to Greece
. Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle Concentration is the key for Christiai Mereen of Bedford. She is one of six Pennsylvania bocce players traveling to Greece next week to participate in international competition. The games are a sort of diy run for the International Games next year. Her parents, Tom and Marty Mereen, also will attend as coaches.
By Elizabeth Coyle
Gazette Associate Editor
A U.S. Special Olympics bocce team that will include a local player will head to Greece next week to participate in world games.
Christa Mereen will be one of six Pennsylvania players on the team along with two more from Missouri. The players will head to Greece for games that will be a test event for the 2011 International Games in Greece.
Christa, daughter of Tom and Marty Mereen, will be one of the Pennsylvania team members; others come from Pittsburgh, Danville, Blooms-burg and Bucks County. The team will meet up with the Missouri players and travel to Greece on May 28.
"I'm so excited," Christa said.
Tom Mereen said the trip came together Veiy quickly. The Greece program contacted Special Olympics of America which then contacted Pennsylvania. The key was that athletes and their parents/ guardians had to have passports and the athlete had to be accomplished in their sport.
Melissa Moody-White, Pennsylvania Special Olympics senior sports director, said the games that start later this month are a trial run to help Greece gauge the logistics of —Continued on Page 16
Failed 1-80 tolling means fewer bridge, road projects
By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor
With a drastic reduction of funds stemming from the failed tolling of Interstate 80, the Southern Alleghenies Rural Planning Organization is preparing to display a pared down version of its draft transportation improvement program next month.
Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, the administrator for the planning organization that sets transportation funding for a four-county area, is developing an updated four-year funding program for road and bridge projects for 2011-14.
The transportation improvement program, or TIP, identifies specific projects that will be completed over the four-year period and outlines their funding sources. Every two years the TIP is updated.
Ann Stich, transportation program manager for Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development, said 21 projects within the rural planning organization — Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties — are being set off to the side. The projects were trimmed from the TIP in light of the funding decrease blamed on the lack of Intestate 80 tolling revenue.
"These are all projects that are on our radar screen. They^re all projects that do need to be completed," Stich said.
For the next four years, the Southern —Continued on Page 3
Obama orders new fuel standards for the future
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama directed the government Friday to set the first-ever mileage , and pollution limits for big trucks and to tighten rules for future cars and SUVs, setting the nation's sights on vehicles that run on half the
fuel they now use and give off half the pollution.
"The nation that leads in the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. And I want America to be that nation," Obama declared at the White House as he signed a presidential memorandum that would
reshape the country's driving habits long after he leaves office.'
With the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico underscoring the risks of America's heavy reliance on fossil fuels, Obama gave federal agencies just over a year to
come up with fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for commercial trucks and buses.
Such vehicles are big polluters and fuel consumers even though they're far outnumbered by passenger cars. The Union of Concerned Scientists,
an environmental advocacy group, said large trucks represent about 4 percent of all vehicles on U.S. highways but devour more than 20 percent of fiael.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, —Continued on Page 5
BP delays attempt to stop Gulf oil
ROBERT, La. (AP) — It will be at least Tuesday before engineers can shoot mud into a blown-out well at the bottom of the Giiif of Mexico, BP said Friday in yet another delay in the mbnthlong effort to stop the oil that is now washing into wet-la|ids and onto at least one public beach.
so-called "top kill" has been tried on land but never 5,000 feet underwater, so scientists and engineers haVe spent the past w^3k preparing and taking measurements to make sure it will stol,pi the oil that has been spewing into the sea for a month. They oril^nally hoped to try it as early as this weekend.
BP spokesman Tom Mueller said there was no snag in the prej>arations, but that the company must get equipment in place an(^ finish tests before the procedure can begin. BP already has thr^ii deepwater rigs and other equipment near the blown-out well^
—^Coi^tinued on Page 5
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal looks at oil that got past booms as he tours a land bridge built by the Louisiana National Guard to hold back oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Grand Isle, La., Friday.
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