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MWoman dies in 220 crash
A Bedford woman was killed in a single-car crash PViday afternoon on Route 220 south of Bedford.
Alisha Nicole Stough, 19, was traveling southbound on the road about 4:15 p.m. when her 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier failed to negotiate a right curve in the road, state police reported. The vehicle spun in a counterclockwise direction, crossing the northbound lane. The car went off the road and struck two trees about 650 feet north of Back Springs Road, police said.
Stough was not wearing a seat belt, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bedford Fire Co. and ambulance answered two calls for crashes in the vicinity of the Springs within an hour Friday.
Trick or Treat Night set.
Trick or Treat Night for Manns Choice Borough will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
A candlelight vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held Monday at Your Safe Haven.
The agency is focusing this year on dating violence, and the guest speaker will be Susan Aaron, who will talk about needing to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship like the one that happened with her teenaged daughter. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday outside the Your Safe Haven office at 195 Drive-In Lane in Snake Spring Township. Bring your own lawn chair for the program. For more information, call Your Safe Haven at 623-7664.
A Walk for Leevi will be held at Northern Bedford's stadium Monday.
The walk is being hosted by the seventh grade career education and work skills class at Northern Bedford County 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 Difference Day project to benefit Leevi Steele, a 3-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer. His parents are David and Beth Steele of Hopewell. The money will benefit Leevi and his family. 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.Deaths.
(Obituaries on Page 16.) PITTMAN, Rick E., 56, of Everett died Friday, Oct. 15, 201. Arrangements by Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Main Street, Everett. Obituary in Monday's Gazette.
Well neighbor disputes 'small' gas release
By Elizabeth Coyle
Gazette Associate Editor
CLEARVILLE — One Monroe Township resident read with a certain amount of annoyance the reports on the response to a failed valve seal on a neighboring gas well on Oct. 8 at a nearby property.
Glynn Needham said this week she took exception to the assurances from Steckman Ridge, owner of a gas storage well that lies under a large area of Monroe Township, that the company is keeping neighbors apprised of what is going on and is reaching out to landowners about the project.
Needham has lived with the gas storage project quite literally since a well was constructed about 200 feet from her front door a couple years ago.
She tried unsuccessfully to contact Steckman Ridge when she heard what she feared was the well outside her home making noises and venting gas.
Though she is about 3,000 feet fi-om the well that had the failed valve seal along Big Creek Road, the release of the gas sent waves of gas odor into
her home. Her air conditioning unit likely pulled in the fumes because her windows were closed, she said. When a spokeswoman for the company passed off the event at a well along Big Creek Road, Monroe Township, as "a small amount that quickly dissipated," Needham felt she needed to respond.
Needham, 69, is battling serious health problems: among them chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen; hyperthjToid disease, diabetes and congestive heart failure. She has an immune deficiency that quickly opens her up to any germ she may be exposed to, she said.
Needham was one of a small group of property owners who lost an eminent domain case in federal court a couple of years ago. Steckman Ridge won the right to take property for the development of the wells and gas storage field and construction of a compressor station south of Clearville.
That was the beginning of — Continued on Page 3
Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle
The Steckman Ridge well, known as SR 11, stands about 200 feet away from the home of Glynn Needham of Pine Creek Road, Monroe Township. Needham has spoken out about Steckman Ridge and believes the company could do more to help residents be informed about its storage facility. The top of the Needham home is visible in the background through the well railing.
Rah, Rah, Homecoining!
Even the future Bedford High School cheerleaders and football players participated in Bedford Area School district's annual Homecoming parade Fi*iday and they cheered their way down the streets entertaining Bedford alumni and guests.
At right, Bedford youth football players were accompanied by an extra-large football and an inflatable linebacker as they traveled down John Street.
Gazette photos/Elizabeth KohlerFed short-term fix plan brings long-term risks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bemanke is balancing a short-term fix for the economy with a long-term gamble: His plan to buy Treasury bonds to fight high unemployment and super-low inflation now could ignite inflation later.
But Bemanke is signaling that doing nothing would pose the biggest risk of all.
The Fed chief on Friday made his strongest case yet for injecting billions more dollars into the economy. Purchasing the bonds could further drive down rates on mortgages, corporate debt and other loans.
Lower rates could lead people and companies to borrow and spend. And higher spending might help ease unemplojonent and invigorate the economy.
The Treasury purchases would have another aim, too: to dispel any notion that consumer prices will stay flat and might even fäll. In his speech Friday in Boston, Bemanke indicated that Fed policymakers favor raising inflation, which has all but vanished.
And more inflation could help the economy. Here's how:
Companies would feel more inclined to increase prices. And shoppers who thought prices were headed up would be more likely to buy now rather than wait. Their higher spending could embolden employers to step up hiring. It would also help lift inflation.
But overhanging the Fed's plan is the risk that it would trigger runaway inflation months or years from now.
Once investors began to fear approaching inflation, they would demand higher rates on bonds. — Continued on Page 5
Go West? Not when campaigning in Pa.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Go west, political men. Or maybe not?
If you want to catch Pennsylvania's candidates for govemor and U.S. Senate at a campaign event ahead of the Nov. 2 election, it's best to head east.
That's where Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato are spending most of their time vying to
become the state's next governor; the same is true for Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak, both of whom hope to replace U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in Washington.
Even national surrogates for the candidates have been largely staying in the eastern part of the state.
"It has almost nothing to do
with geography and everything to do with numbers. You are talking about where the voters live who are hkely to be up for grabs and the largest pool of them happen to be east of the Susquehanna River," said Franklin & Marshall College pollster G. Terry Madonna. "It's like a chess game: Every game piece matters. It's just that some pieces are in
play and some matter more."
About 4 million of the state's 12.5 million residents, or about a third, live in Philadelphia and its suburbs.
President Barack Obama has been in the state's largest city three times this month: for a political rally with Sestak, a private fundraiser for the candidate and to deliver his back-to-school speech. Vice Presi
dent Joe Biden attended the same rally and spoke at an event in Scranton; less visibly, he attended two private fundraisers for Democrats in Pittsburgh this week.
In the gubernatorial race, both Onorato and Corbett are from Pittsburgh and have established bases here, said Joseph DiSarro, chairman of — Continued on Page 3
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