Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - November 6, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday.
Don't forget to adjust your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The change will occurr at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, when we revert back to standard time.
The count of Tuesday's election was on the mark.
Peg Koenig, elections director, said the recount of 2 percent of the votes came out practically perfect. The count of Woodbury Tbwnship, a total of 369 votes cast, showed the county was off by one vote in one of the races.
Christmas parade will be held in Everett at 10 a.m. Nov. 27.
The theme is "An Old Fashioned Christmas." The parade, sponsored' by the Everett Area Better Business Association, will form in the parking area at the top of 4th Street and proceed south on North Spring Street, turning onto East Main Street. Members of the parade committee will be there to assist with the lineup. As part I of the Winterfest activities,
., . entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day. There will be craft and food vendors, indoor children's activities, balloons and magic by Denny Huber, and a chain saw carver. The day's events will conclude at 2 p.m. For more information or to register for the parade, call Ruth at 652-6961 or stop in at Everett Shoe Sales and Repair by Nov. 24.
Claysburg-KimmePs Elementary Student Coxmcil is collecting coats.
Student council is collecting gently used winter coats in all sizes through Nov. 10 at the elementary school for its Bundle Up project. Coats will be available for pickup for anyone in the community in need of a winter coat on Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school's LGI. The school is located at 240 CK Elementary Dr., Claysburg.
The Red Cross Bloodmo-bile will be at the Bedford American Legion on Monday, Nov. 8.
Hours for the bloodmobile will be from noon to 6 p.m. and the Legion is asking all eligible donors to participate in this program.
(Obituaries on Page 18.) BERKHIMER, Sally J. (Bridges), 68, of Blue Knob.
HECHLER, William T., 46, of Cessna.
MILLER, Harry A., 55 of Vickie Blvd., Bedford, died Friday, November 5, 2010. Obituary in Monday's edition of the Gazette. Arrangements by Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg
REED, William H. Jr., 87, of Verona.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy added 151,000 jobs last month — the best showing since April, but only about half what it would take to put a noticeable dent in unemployment.
Two big questions: What will it take for businesses to hire that vigorously again? And when ANdll that be?
With Congress facing gridlock, some
economists say it will be at least a year before companies gain enough confidence to hit the sweet spot of 300,000 new jobs a month. That's what it would take to reduce the unemployment rate by a full percentage point over a year.
"It could be another year or two," says Paul Ashworth, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.. "Hopefully, I'm
wrong and the economy catches fire, but you'd have to be a pretty brave man to predict that's going to happen.
The unemployment rate held steady for the third straight month at 9.6 percent in October, the government said Friday. The private sector added 159,000 jobs, also its best performance since April. Retailers added 28,000 and health
care firms 24,000. Financially ailing local governments shed 15,000 jobs.
Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, holds out hope that "the preconditions are coming into place for much better job growth. Big companies, midsize companies are very profitable."
—Continued on Page 5Flag at center of lawsuit
By Elizabeth Köhler
Gazette Staff V/riter
As the Bedford County Historical Society gears up for exhibits and events commemorating the Civil War, they are also in the beginning stages of a litigation.
On Thursday, the historical society filed a lawsuit against Bedford Borough in an effort to gain historical items that are said to belong to them but are believed to be located in various locations vdthin the borough.
According to Gillian Leach, executive dii'ector, many of the items were stored, distributed and misplaced when different generations of the historical society disbanded and reformed.
The historical society was formed in the 1890s, known as the Pioneer Historical Society of Bedford County, said Leach. At some point between the 1890s and early 1900s, the historical society disbanded and the items were —Continued on Page 3
— Gazette File Photo
This Confederate battle flag is the centerpiece — at least in the short term — of the lawsuit filed by the Bedford County Historical Society against Bedford Borough. The society wants to display it during an upcoming Civil War exhibit. A court hearing on that request is scheduled for Monday. The photograph was taken at a local bank in 2005.
County sees jobless rate drop
By the Gazette staff
Bedford County's unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent in September, according to the latest local figures from the state Department of Labor and Industry.
The unadjusted rate dropped by one point, from 10.3 percent in August to 9.3 percent in September. It was the first time since April that the jobless rate has fallen below 10 percent.
There also was a decline in the seasonally adjusted rate, but that drop was from 11.1 to 10.4 percent. According to the department's analysis, the adjusted rates more clearly reflect the underlying economy of the area — and that's a 300 to 400 person difference when counting residents working or unemployed and seeking jobs. —Continued on Page 5
GOP seeks cuts to pay for jobless benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republicans want spending cuts of $5 billion to $6 billion a month as a condition for extending emergency unemployment benefits that are scheduled to expire next month for millions of Americans.
Up to 2 million people couild
lose the benefits — which average $310 a week nationwide — during the holiday season if the still Democratic-controlled Congress doesn't act in the postelection lame-duck session. The expiration could affect as many as 5 million by the end of February.
With new employment fig
ures Friday showing 14 million Americans still out of work last month and an unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent, President Barack Obama renewed his call for another extension "to help those hardest hit by the downturn while generating more demand in the economy."
But there's no way that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators would support an extension unless they're accompanied by equivalent spending cuts, McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said.
Every recession since 1950 has featured an extended fed
eral benefits program financed with deficit dollars. That's a precedent Democrats refused to break when battling with Republicans for months earlier this year to extend the program through Nov 30.
Two Maine Republicans, —Continued on Page 5
Hurricane adds to Haiti's woes, 4 killed
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hurricane Tomas flooded camps of earthquake refugees, turning some into squalid islands Friday as it battered Haiti's rural western tip, while largely sparing the vast homeless encampments in the shattered capital.
Aid workers rushed to guard against the spread of disease as the storm moved into the region where thousands are infected with cholera.
Driving 85 mph winds and a lashing storm surge battered Leogane, a seaside town west of Port-au-Prince that was 90 percent destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.
In one refugee camp, dozens of families carried their belongings through thigh-high
floodwaters to a taxi stand on higher ground, huddling under blankets and a sign that read "Welcome to Leogane."
"We got flooded out and we're just waiting for the storm to pass. There's nothing we can do," said Johnny Joseph, a 20-year-old resident.
Four deaths were confirmed by Haitian officials, all people attempting to cross rivers by car or on foot in the mountainous region to the west of Leogane, on Haiti's far southwestern tip. Two more people were missing in Leogane.
Tomas had earlier killed at least 14 people in the eastern Caribbean. On Friday it came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane, pummeling Haiti's —Continued on Page 7
People wade through a flooded street during the passing of Hurricane Tomas in Leogane, Haiti, Friday.Bedford Gazette
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