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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - March 7, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania Of Forb combined with the Everett Republican established 18121mnd Yeap kit w Bedford Republican March 1975 single copy ten cents resident writes of Bedford Turnpike poems May become Bicentennial series by Sally Frear Deborah Fries Drilias has been writing Little things that rhyme since she was in the third she is a graduate student in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin in and is drawing on her Early years in Bedford county for a series of poems which May be published during the nations Bicentennial next who entered her first poetry contest this past year and won All three of the top prizes although the other two later awarded to others when the repetition was i takes a nostalgic look at historical events in Bedford and those which will later have Impact much of her work reflects her childhood and her experiences with such institutions As the Bedford or the Pennsylvania Turnpike tar like real age through the it is the look of historical per by one who grew up and Felt the feelings Many have Felt As county she catches the in a rhymed of our feeling portions of her the Bedford Springs were read by Altoona Margaret Sheridan on the John Riley show of in she Hopes to compose others for a local color series of the Susquehanna River Basin for Bicentennial now a resident of Whitefish a suburb of 1 she is married to Thomas technical director of the Milwaukee and himself a part time Deborah is the daughter of and Harold Fries of Meadowbrook and Hopes to be teaching on the College level within the next we excerpt portions of her the Bedford Springs hotel and the Turnpike Here the Bedford Springs hotel warm wind aches through the Linen Florida Sand and Palmetto feel their Way into the chambermaid the rips the cooked Black vein from the Pearly shrimp eyes a night he croons to the herring in Buchanan and his antebellum friends waded in the tipped carafes of Mineral purged themselves of slave flushed the pheasant son the the ice Swan in the Garden room cradles berries in her Back on the Bankers last birthday caviar beads slip Down his Sisters Star music gather son the laps in the dissolves into the air conditioners machinery no one trusts the busboys since a Little girl was in the skiers pass the vacant the stagnant the Frozen the fog filled Arch above the Pool and feel the Winter when the occupants were punished who watched Western snows transform the alleghenies into umber the Turnpike tar River meanders like real age through the alleghenies this new flow of mans mans need for cuts through fluted shale and Bobcat unearths an ordovician cemetery and flows on to the old new streets of filled with brother loves Light in the tree lights of cold Independence and How does it does it tie together the miners and the Farmers and the smooth Chic Winters of the main line that we by virtue of to these Woods along tar we Are along it and All is for us to follow hands work to hearts vision or we must not judge our heritage i by our exit in cleavage of we Are sandwiched in by immigrants and Menkens Westmoreland Pueblos of distaste Updike real in Lack of All physical grotesques but hearts beating like rabbits so much Good Chance for sons and of Steppe and i East was it that was where River mysterious dotted air came South Philadelphia dark haired kiddies dancing like nobody else Ever could across everyone afternoons in said look what comes out of smokestacks and dead Rivers that we in Green valleys was life 4o the to the in Pittsburgh and a assimilated diverse racing out into suburbs and up into towers of but where Are we going go fast with breathing and books fuels that we Caf Fluyt feel pain like like in the horror of town without Landsman i who u not those closest to mud can give i us bread in dead can give it blood of cow and Man in Sweet Coffee in City morning on Page 2 our precious heritage Springs hotel an Early spa the Bedford Springs hotel is the older of the county two remaining tourists passing along old route 220 Between Bedford and cum can View the rambling buildings framed by wooded bordered by a Little fronted by wide with a club Tennis and an eighteen Hole Golf course on the spacious a picture quite different from the one seen by the first visitors who came to the inn in near the margin of the present red Oaks Back in a Man named William Mcdermitt established the Caledonia Iron using bog Iron from surface deposits in the he made soft shipping most of it to in operation perhaps Twenty the Furnace was shut Down when the Ore Supply was recognizing the value of the never failing Spring on the Furnace John Anderson of made repeated attempts to buy the Twenty Odd succeeding Only when Mcdermitt heirs were forced to sell in order to liquidate their four of five Mineral Springs still pour fourth the Waters that persuaded Anderson to buy the property and erect the first the curative Powers of magnesia water Are said to have been known by the Many of the areas Early settlers Are supposed to have used the in 1796 the medicinal qualities of the Springs were accidentally discovered by a labourer who bathed a sore limb in the and who drank from the Spring and benefited in Andersons decision was probably influenced most by the opinion of his George an and that of another George who used and praised the strongly impregnated Solomon a local built the original hotel Section of native during the Long of the Bedford Mineral Springs its Espy an added the Brick portions to the Stone when the association sold the property to the the new owners made Many they built a new pump House Over the magnesia Spring and constructed a swimming Pool where today fountains Spray water High into the they erected a Bath and a Bowling Alley in the general area now occupied by the the outdoor swimming and the parking in victorian gazebos dotted the and ornate Gate houses guarded the driveway atop Constitution Hill opposite the main a Little sum Mer House was a resting place for those who used the bridal on Federal Hill behind the hotel stood a tall wooden fire surrounded by a Grassy open it was a favorite picnic spot until the decrepit with was torn because the medical practice of hydrology was highly regarded for the hotel employed a resident physician during each in until it was once a custom for people to spend even at this bringing their their their carriages and a number of famous visitors came to the Bedford a notable guest was president Buchanan who made the Springs his summer White it was at the hotel that he received from Queen Victoria of Britain the first message Ever transmitted by trans Atlantic president Polk was a Many years later president Eisenhower was at the Thaddeus prime mover in the establishment of Penn Sylvania free Public spent several Summers at the the supreme court convened at the Springs in 1855 to discuss the pros and cons of a Case regarding the fugitive slave actually the Bedford Springs became so popular that the Pennsylvania Railroad provided regular excursion trains from Philadelphia and even before the a stage coach line Between Bedford and Cumberland had brought guests from the world War ii brought a new phase of life to the old from 1942 through february the Navy used it As a training Center for radio after the school was the hotel became an internment Camp for japanese diplomats and their resort hotels everywhere found their business almost ruined at the close of the War in the Bedford Springs experienced hard times along with Many other such changes in management finally brought it into the hands of a corporation headed by Gardner in the years since he has succeeded in Large measure in restoring the hotel to its one time popularity and although the hotel is closed during the Winter months from october to the empty buildings capture the Eye of passersby throughout the while walking around the grounds one might notice a certain Quality about this regardless of the the horse paths that weave throughout the surrounding Woods provide an abundance of swans return to Shawnee on the Village Square this flock of swans was spotted at Shawnee Lake on wednesday taking a break Between Windy weather May have forced the Birds to make an emergency Landing at the they Are whistling swans on their annual migratory for Bird Springs in the not Only have Robins been spotted at different Points in the Gold finches Are Back As and including the whistling swans of have been observed just passing through Enro Ute to summer Homes further motorists who wait until the last minute to apply for their 1975 automobile registrations run a big risk of being without use of their cars after the 31 Penn Dot directors As of the Bureau had processed million registrations of a total of six million sent out in that leaves million yet to be with less than a month to the state health officials have launched an intensive Campaign to familiarize parents of children entering school in the fall with immunization immunizations Are now required for school but the department urges parents to have children immunized As Early As two Bedford county has been cited As one of those lagging far behind in the immunization those required by Law Are and with an Early recommendation for whooping cough and local vow voice of democracy contest Winner Karen Kauffman has gone on to win vow District 17 honors in the and Randy manges of Chestnut sponsored by Post has won the two county along with second place Teri Rheinhart of Juniata Post will be honoured at the District banquet 16 in Hun Manns Choice area scouts have kicked off a Doort door Campaign to raise funds for under the direction of longtime scouting Dorothy have set a goal of to offset costs of Council scout program service and training to local scout and operation of the Council service the drive began former new Paris resident Zane Mitchell has been appointed to the Industrial department of a Johnstown firm As a pump and com Pressor sales a graduate of Schellsburg High he has studied at Juniata College and the Bucks county technical Bette la Miller of Bedford will be among instructors at the second annual Reading Institute sponsored by the Altoona area school District this on Page 3 events of the week despite state cutbacks in new construction and Highway the route 220 project scheduled this Spring in Bedford county will not be a Penn Dot spokesman said Jacob Penn Dot announced saturday in an interview with the Pittsburgh that the state has curbed All new major Highway construction and has restricted sharply its pothole repair Kassab said the order for the drastic cutbacks in new Highway building and the maintenance of existing roads was due to a Lack of he blamed the states financial problem on the Federal contracts to private Road builders will be held to the he Only million will be spent for High Way construction in the new fiscal year beginning july but Eric an assistant to John remaly in pen dots Harrisburg Public relations said the proposed 220 North bypass project from Bedford to Blair county will not be affected by the curb of new Highway projects in the Pavlak explained that the funds for the project come from the Appalachia which int affected by the restrictions announced by District 9 Highway Engineer Bob Kopitnik said one project in Bedford county was scratched under the resurfacing Miles of resurfacing on 26 near the Bedfor Huntingdon county a 12yearold girl was killed and four other persons two of them in a three vehicle Accident on route 220 near Blairsville sunday Lori Ann Clark of Bedford re 2 was dead on arrival at Bedford Hospital at Coroner Alton Barefoot said the girl died of a fractured crush injuries of the Chest and a broken left listed in satisfactory condition at Bedford Hospital monday were Sherrill and another Beth 2years and Carol both of Hollidaysburg re were in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Altoona they were the occupants of a Van that collided almost Headon with the Clark John of whose Van was also involved in the was not in state police said the southbound Clark car Slid on the icy Road into the northbound and into the path of Whites the front of the Van struck the right front of the car near the Center of the the Impact turned the Van and it was struck in the right rear by banisters the car came to rest in the North facing East the White truck in the South also facing and the Bannister Van landed in the facing the Accident victims were taken to the hospitals by ambulances from Bedford and the 1972 Plymouth Coupe was demolished damage to Whites 1973 Van was set at and to banisters 1974 dismantling work has begun on the Saxton generating Plant closed by pen elec last Crews from the Kovalchik Salvage of Are removing equipment from inside the Power As Well As dismantling the Coal Crusher and conveyor the final two insurance companies of the ten involved in the new Hoffman hotel fire have filed notice of their intent to sue for the Money paid the Northampton Mutual insurance which paid and the Penn state Mutual insurance Are represented by the attorney firm of Fotopolous and Silverman of Northampton filed a Precipe for a writ of summons in Assum sit and trespass in the Bedford prothonotary office on Penn state filed on the final Day before the six year deadline for civil insurance suits ran named As defendants in the actions Are George Karsnak and the new Hoffman eight other insurance companies filed their notices last the ten companies paid a total of after the fire on March All visits to the county Home have been restricted for two except for because of the High rate of flu and other contagious diseases in the the county com missioners took the action to ban visitors after recommendations were made by the Home the county election Board reminded residents who have received voter purge cards that the postcards should be signed and returned to the commissioners office a ten1 Day limit was set on return of the but county officials decided to extend the deadline a few Days because the cards Are still coming they noted that the number of cards returned in less than a week tallied More than they had gotten in Many approximately persons received purge cards this year because they had not voted in the last two if the card int the recipient wont be eligible to vote in the May primary or will have to making More work for february 1975 Penn Dot is setting up two meetings on the route 220 corridor South of Bedford next county planning director Olibri Horton said he had been contacted by Penn Dot officials from Hollidaysburg to schedule a meeting in his office with the county commissioners and officials from Bedford Borough and township and Cumberland Valley township for the first week in for a general discussion of the corridor a Public hearing will then be scheduled for the Centerville perhaps the second week in Horton said that preliminary word he has gotten from Penn Dot is that another two lanes will be built on the already acquired right Otway along the bypass Section that is two lanes South of from that near the Southern intersections of Cumberland Valley and Sweet Root roads 220 is to be a totally new Horton said he Learned that if the traffic counts underway warrant the new 220 will be four lanes to the Maryland the civil defense Agency has now found the courthouse lacking As the control Center for the county proposed emergency radio and May not fund the that was to be its portion of construction the governors Justice commission has already committed to the the construction phase is estimated at the county planning office had inquired to the office of civil defense preparedness about its share after the state had approved funding of the project that would link Hospital and civil defense services together from a Central radio planning director Olin Horton said he received a memo from on Page 3

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