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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - January 28, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 1812 192nd year 24 january 2005 uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents Hedstrom Bedford assets sold by Sharyn Maust Gazette associate editor equipment and other assets of Hedstrom Plant on Sunnyside Road were sold this week to an auction and liquidation but the idea of the Plant reopening Hast faded com Chicago attorney Steven who represents Hedstrom in its bankruptcy confirmed that corporate assets cat had Pur chased the Bedford plants except for real for Mil Ron spokesman for based in said in a Telephone interview that his company will see if there is an Opportunity before liquidating the contents of the we were advised there is a local firm or group interested in a Start but we expect to be in this project no More than six Haas we acquired these assets for and we will try to serve everybody As Best we there May be an Opportunity before liquid he Hedstrom filed a motion with the bankruptcy court for the Northern District of Illinois on seeking authorization for the Sale to the court held a hearing and Towbin said the Deal was closed that in the week prior to the the unnamed local investor Bedford county development association and the governors action team asked the court for a 30day postponement of the according to Bedford county economic development director Bette we have been involved with a local investor group who is serious about starting up the its a new group getting involved relatively but i think we Are All work ing As hard As we can to try to help this group succeed with their financing and due slay ton she declined to provide any information about the potential investor she said the group is looking into restarting the Plant with at least some of the same continued on Page 5 Ridge studies restructuring element Aries by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer Fishertown to provide a More efficient learning the Chestnut Ridge school District has been discussing the possibility of reconfiguring its elementary discussions on the idea started when architects visited the District for the building said Kenneth director of elementary and last Spring at a Public meeting a com Mittee was formed to continue talking about the the composed of Board members and met in december and at last weeks school Board Grace updated the he said right now they Are looking at the Cost feasibility of the reconfigure after a proposal will be presented to Board members for reconfiguring the elementary schools would place kindergarten through Sec Ond Grade in Central elementary and third and fourth grades in new Paris it would provide a lot of Opportunity for us a primary and intermediate he it will provide us with the Opportunity to be More efficient on How we deliver services to Chil the reconfiguration would add space and reduce class sizes at the intermediate it would also allow teachers to form groups to plan and coordinate the if there not in the same that hard to at the primary reconfiguring would make it possible to have an uninterrupted Block of time for read to do Grace said teachers would not have prep times until the prep times Are when Stu dents have special classes such As Art and for younger kids its harder to adjust after Grace he continued by comparing High school and elementary aged at the High i school after a fire students can go Back to their classrooms and return to the exam they were continued on Page 5 despite the freezing temperatures and Snow construction workers at the Chestnut Ridge Middle school worked at placing steel beams on the beams were being set for the administration addition to the which is part of phase two that also includes the upper classroom and Media John construction representative from said the renovation project is pretty much on and phase two should be completed in March or Dan Koontz Everetts Koontz retiring by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer Everett superintendent Daniel Koontz submitted his retirement letter to the Everett area school Board thursday say ing he relished the 31 years in the districts educational Koontz said he wanted to join his wife in retire ment so they could but he said he May delve into other educational opportune perhaps As a consultant or As a teacher at the College on reflecting about the past three paid tribute to past and present staff and school the achieve ments were he including improving technology so that a Childs Progress can be monitored by the Parent and the students themselves on a daily basis through the districts computer he also noted that the Dis while trying to be fru updated its technology with Grants and through the districts own such As when volunteers wired the High school for new compute the District also provided the Opportunity for courses within the county Borders in the Early this Board really changed the Community of we continued on Page 5 Bedford Man finds identity was stolen by Danielle Hart Gazette staff writer by receiving a phone Call from american Ken Neth Claar of Bedford discovered he was a victim of identity to me it seems pretty Claar id like to think they made a but obviously they on american express called Claar at his wife Diane said they thought it was just another telemarketer soliciting a credit but the person said he or she was calling about an Over due we would have never about it if we didst get the phone she t american express informed Claar that he had an account with a past due amount of he noted that it was a one time charge at Anne Tay Lor on and because the balance was never late fees totalled after speaking with Ameri can express and doing some Claar said he discovered the card was applied for on june they had to have my information to apply for he adding that the person who applied for the card even knew he was once Kenneth Claar employed at Claar was told that late notices were sent to his Home address beginning in late fall and Early Winter in because he did not have a credit card with american he figured it was junk mail and would pitch the american express filed clears report in their fraud department and recommended that he Contact a National credit Agency and file a local police for the invest he added that the continued on Page 8 act 72 lakes away local control by Roger Bluhm Gazette editor William Hartman of Penn state University tried hard not to let opinions slip into his presentation of act 72 during a meeting thursday at Bedford he just want who has been hired As a consultant for bed Ford school explained act 72 to about 35 people and then unveiled some historical numbers involving the Dis throughout his presen tation Hartman let slip some comments which seemed to indicate what he thought of act it takes away representation from the local school Board and puts it in the hands of the state in Hart Man said Early in the presen act 72 will Force school boards to set their budgets six months before state budgets and the governors budget Are what that according to is that school boards will adopt the highest level of real estate tax they can set under act 72 so that they always get the most Money they can without having to go to a backed referendum and ask voters for More act 72 does nothing for school there is no new Money coming into the District and there Are no windfalls of More Money if a District opts in and others what will happen is that act 72 will lower the real estate but replenish the Money lost by enacting an increased earned income Hartman it will be Dollar for there is no More Money for schools at it just changes the Way schools get their this is also on Pennsylvania reaching a minimum of million a year in slots in con with Las garners million a year and new with Atlantic sees gambling Revenue of according to Bedford school Board president Royce the earliest slots Revenue will hit this according to the is the 200708 school year and now there is a question if that wont be pushed Back until Hartman they Arent allowing school boards to push Back their decision at they have to opt in or out by May continued on Page 5 county hires appraiser for tax appeals by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette staff writer the Bedford county com missioners vowed to win their property assessment appeals Case against hiring a new consultant and appraiser Robert Hagerich of John town was selected by the county who will receive some help from Bedford area school District in fighting the if it comes to to first do a walk through of the tax assessment offices evaluation of the Walmart distribution Center and the Walmart store in Snake Spring both properties Are in Bedford school the commissioners had first intended to use 21st Century appraisals of Greensburg but after talking with school District officials and the decided that they needed a representative who was appraisal Institute 21st Century didst have such a certified Walmart wants the store on route 30 to be dropped in value from million to million and the Square foot distribution Center near Cessna to be dropped from the county current assessed value of million to the combined tax Revenue loss would Cost the school District about annually except for future millage or assessment it would Cost the county thousands annually As commissioner Dick Rice said the estimated Cost for an appraisal will be abut per Walmart there Are three other assessment Appeal in the the commissioners denied the appeals for All five proper prompting each of the four owners to file appeals in commissioners chairman Steve Howsare said the walk through of the county cur rent evaluations will Cost continued on Page 5

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