Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - October 9, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania
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Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 206 No. 16 October 9 & 10, 2010
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Road, bridge projects wrapping up
. The time has been changed for the pick-up of quilts from the Bedford County Historical Society's Quilt Show.
Quilters are asked to pick up their quilts by 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 10. If you cannot pick them up at that time, the quilts will be in the Society's office downstairs.
Old Bedford Village wiU be hosting a unique scarecrow contest.
The contest will coincide with the annual Pumpkin Fest Oct. 16 and 17. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner at the conclusion of Pumpkin Fest on Sunday afternoon. Those interested in entering the contest should bring their entry to Old Bedford Village by Oct. 15, along with the name of the scarecrow, its designer, address and telephone number.
Walk for Leevi will be held Oct. 18.
The walk will be hosted by the seventh grade career education and work skills class at Northern Bedford Coimty Middle School and will be held at Panther Community Stadium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The class is hosting the walk as its Make A Difierence Day project. The walk will benefit Leevi Steele, a 3-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer. His parents are David and Beth Steele of Hopewell. Each student will be collecting individual pledges. The community is invited to come out and walk for a donation. There will also be donation jars placed at several local businesses.
A dance to celebrate Everett's Sesquicentennial will be held next weekend.
The dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Everett Masonic Lodge. The Everett Area High School Jazz Band will open the evening of music, followed by The High-lites under the direction of Dan Atwood. Cost is $25 per couple or $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Everett Library, Everett Shoe Sales and Repair, from members of the Everett Lions Club, or at the door.
State Secretaiy of Agncuttme Russell C Reeling will speak in BedfcnlOct2a
The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce will host Redding at its next "Government: It's Your Business" limcheon from noon to 2 p.m. that Friday at the Bedford County Technical Center. Redding is expected to discuss issues facing farmers and agriculture-related businesses in Pennsylvania. Cost of the limcheon is $15. Preregis-tration encouraged by calling the chamber at 623-2233 or via e-mail at [email protected]
On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Chamber's new Agri-Business Committee is sponsoring a self-guided Fall Farm Ibur. Tbur information is available from the Chamber.
By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor
Most of the ongoing state road and bridge projects will be wrapping up in the next month or so as construction season comes to a close.
Travelers weary of the striped vertical panels, orange barrels, orange cones and restricted traffic flow will see a break from most of it as colder weather approaches.
One of the higher profile projects, the $7.7 million reconstruction of about 4.4 miles of Route 220 south from the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramps, could be done in about two weeks, but is targeted for a Nov. 30 completion date, according to PennDOT.
Work on the project paved Route 220 and 1-99 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramps. It also replaced the shoulders and upgraded guide rails to existing standards and replaced the existing metal median barrier with a concrete median barrier and concrete glare screen. To the south of the Bedford exit,
the project lowered the roadway under Cumberland Road to prevent further damage caused by vehicles striking the bridge beams. New Enterprise Stone and Lime is the contractor on the job.
Another big project, the Route 30 bypass in Bedford Township, probably vnll run until its targeted completion date of Dec. 23, according to Tara Callahan-Henry, PennDOT spokeswoman in the Hollidaysburg office. Grannas Brothers Stone and Asphalt Company is completing the $6.1 million pavement overlay project.
The Pensyl Hollow Road intersection with Route 30 is fiinishing up, Callahan-Henry said. Its completion date is Oct. 20 so motorists should see the end of that safety improvement project on schedule if not ahead. Workers were la3dng down new pavement on Friday and the jersey barriers that had lined Route 30 for months are gone.
Dennis Pennabaker, owner of Best Way Pizza at the intersection, said the —Continued on Page 5
Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle CH&D worker Tony Foor, of Everett, uses a chop saw to finish up some work on the Barefoot Run bridge along Route 56, West St. Clair Township, Friday. The bridge work is scheduled to be completed next March, according to the state transportation department.
Youth, mentors go pheasant hunting
By Jennifer Howard
Gazette Staff Writer
About 40 local youth will participate in a mentored pheasant hunt today in Centerville, with help from Bedford County Sportsmen's Club volunteers.
The hunt begins at 8 a.m. at Lester Wallack's farm, located at 1467 Narrow Lane, where three fields have been set up for the event.
A practice shoot was held Friday evening at the sportsmen's club.
Youth ages 11 to 16 years old who have obtained their hunting license or completed the hunter-trapper safety education course were eligible to sign up.
"It gets them out of the house ... no television, video games or internet. They learn how to hunt safely and work together as a group," said coordinator Kelly Kendall of Bedford.
This is the second year she and her husband, Chad, have organized the hunt. —Continued on Page 2
Gazette photo/Jennifer Howard
Aly Ibarra of Everett, a fìrst-time pheasant hunter, takes aim during a practice shoot Friday evening using clay pigeons while volunteer Mike Dudak stands near.
Jobs crisis extends to unemployed, lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no relief from the jobs crisis — for everyday Americans or lawmakers facing the midterm elections.
The most rampant layoffs of teachers and other local government workers in nearly three decades more than offset weak hiring in the private sector in September, resulting in a net loss of 95,000 jobs. Unemployment remained stuck at 9.6 percent.
The jobless rate has been at or above 9.5 percent for a year and two months, the longest stretch since the Great Depression. The "underemployment" rate adds part-time workers who would rather work full time and jobless people who aren't actively seeking work. It now exceeds 17 percent.
The glum economic picture came Friday in the Labor Department's last monthly jobs report before the November election. Voter frustration over jobs threatens to cost Democrats control of the House and perhaps the Senate. —Continued on Page 3
Valve seal fails on Clearville gas line
By Jennifer Howard Gazette Staff Writer
Emergency responders were called to the scene of what was reported as a "possible natural gas leak" at a well located along Big Creek Road, south of Clearville, just after 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Bedford County emergency services director Dave Cubbi-son, who reported to the scene along with Spectra Energy representatives, the Everett Fire Department and Raystown Ambulance Service, said the incident was "technically not a gas leak" and that the "Teflon seal in one of the valves failed" but the back-up system kicked in.
"The line that it was on near this well shut down and sealed at both ends," Cubbison said of the 60- to 75-foot section of three-inch pipe. "... the midstream valve opened and the natural gas that was in that section of the pipe (escaped)."
"This was not a leak, like it ruptured. It was an internal failure and it did what it was supposed to do," he continued.
Cubbison said a neighbor near the well smelled the fumes and heard "hissing" coming from the well site. "It made quite a whistle as it came through," he added. "I'm very glad that the person that called it in did react."
Spectra Energy representatives tested the air quality and —Continued on Page 2Bodacious pumpkins
South Dakota farmer Kevin Marsh stands next to his 1,674-pound pumpkin near Parker, S.D., in this Oct. 7 photograph. To his right, his daughters Maddie and Autumn sit on a 1,536-pound pumpkin he also grew. Parker's largest pumpkin is just 51 pounds shy of the world record listed by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. The pumpkin also won the ugliest pumpkin award at a Colorado event.Bedford Gazette
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Weather Today- The Forecast
Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds around 5 mph, becoming light and variable.
TOMORROW — Sunny Highs in thé lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph.
THE OUTLOOK — Columbus Day: A 30 percent chance of showers, otherwise partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 50s. Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.