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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, Bedford, Pennsylvania Established 1812 193nd year 5 september uses 04772000 single copy 75 cents Coaldale faucets going dry by Elizabeth Coyle Gazette associate editor Coaldale Creek Beds Are dry and getting meaning water especially those which rely on ground a Are the Coaldale six mile run area water which has worried about the Lack of water for several is now try ing to wring water from nearly dry Creek officials wearily peer at the Rankin run and Brewster hollow both of which Are barely supplying the the water Supply usually runs out by officials the 210 households on the system Are using All of the Gallons the water just above Coaldale can produce in in caught Between a Rock and a hard the corporations Plant Ken said the company had tried limiting the water going into households by shutting off the main valve at night but that can be a Hazard if air gets into the when the water is restarted after being completely turned it can break Foster one of the towns few the had to close Down during the lingering dry the water recharges at night but is usually gone by he 1 Vivian a director of the Compa Board and said the problems this summer started this in july although the Community has had ongoing problems since Dep in late 2003 told customers they could no longer use a Well beside Brewster run that had acted As a the improvements the water system needs Are Esti mated at Mil w e need the one of our sources dried up the i v i an Foster since that Rankin run has contributed Gallons of water to the during the most recent the Small Creek which runs near the Plant provided 670 rainfall is Down inches for the she As a the plants gallon storage tank is Likely Ken Foster the Bedford county commissioners tuesday said they will apply for a Grant from the states Community development Block Grant program on the water company hoping the town can get some the Corpora Tion received through the coun Tys a dog program earlier this that Money will be used to obtain an Engineer to design and upgrade the sys tem and to construct a filtration system for one of the Wells which was closed Down by the state department of environmental Protection in late Pandora Bedford county a dog recommended to the commissioners that the county apply for either 2005 or 2006 a dog state although she was advised there want enough Money to fit mile into the 2005 she is hoping that that the situation will raise a red Flag with those who hand out the Grants and that Coaldale will receive favor this the Way i look at i think we have a dire she if Coaldale receives Money in the 2006 Grant any improvements would not take place until the water system didst need the Well last summer because of ample rain but officials have expressed concerns for the past four years when approaching the county about a dog the company is carrying a debt that wont be paid off until 2025 or Vivian Foster the which services an area that is 73 percent Low has yet to miss a payment deadline each and customers Are continued on Page 5 Gazette Coyle Ken Plant operator for Coaldale six mile run area water stands in an empty Creek bed where Brewster run should the Creek should be a major source of water for the photo at left the Well next to Brewster hollow run sits unused until the water corporation can rehabilitate firefighters control Blaze at Hedstrom by Robert Igoe Gazette staff writer a cutting Torch was identified As the cause of a fire which brought several fire companies to an abandoned manufacturing Plant monday Bedford Volunteer fire department chief Rocky Fetter said that workers using a cutting Torch accidentally Cut into a painting machine and started the fire in the former Hedstrom corporation facility along Sunnyside the factory closed Down a year ago after manufacturing recreational equipment for Chil the fire was reported about and fire companies from Alum Shawnee Valley and Cumberland Valley responded to the when firefighters smoke could be seen pouring out of the vents and open spaces in the roof near the Cen Ter of the a Security guard on duty said that two workers inside the facility tried to Knock Down the but were quickly forced to flee the building and fire departments were Fetter said the fire was under control on Page 5 Gazette Igoe smoke pours from the vacant Hedstrom corporation facility monday morning after a workers Torch Acci dentally ignited paint in a paint Bedford firefighters were the first of five companies to arrive and tackle the which sent smoke throughout the damage estimates were apples smaller this but still Sweet by Josh Kowalkowski Gazette staff writer the drought May have slightly affected the size of Many apples from several Bedford county but the taste is noticeably owners from both Small and larger Orchards said the size of the apples has been but All Are hopeful for a successful were we have to be Susan of leonards apples joked on Gazette Kowalkowski Dorothy Way separates the Good from the bad on tuesday at Ridgetop tuesday Dan owner of Ridgetop said the drought Only slightly diminished the size of some of the 17 varieties of apples that he Boyer said the soil at his Orchard holds moisture very and that since there was it a lot of the apples were a Little Boyer said his Honey Crisp apples Are becoming a very popular customer favorite along with traditional favourites such As Golden Deli Mclntosh and Boyers Brothers Matt and Bruce Boyer Are of another Orchard in new Boyer Matt has about 20 Commer Cial including the Honey Crisp a Sweet and Juicy weve been getting More intense sunlight and when the Sun hits the the photo synthesis creating the sweeter Matt Boyer said at his Orchard on tues Matt said his Orchard used a technique called Han thin Ning to minimize the number of Small apples produced at the hand thinning is spacing the apples apart four or five Matt All the extra time and Effort pays off because you dont get a whole lot of those Little Matt said that each year is and that there is sometimes a Trade off Between size and last year we really had a lot of rain and we had really big he Dan demonstrated on tues Day that there is a certain skill needed to pick you dont just grab the Apple Dan youve got to turn up on the Apple so the Stem separates from the Dan said just grabbing the Apple heightens the risk of bruising the in order to minimize bruised Dan has Apple Apple inspector Lexie Sny Der works with the migrant workers who pick apples at Ridgetop and makes sure Only on Page 7 the highest Quality apples Are selected to be the pickers do a Good she a lot of them have been doing this for several Snyder uses her limited Spanish skills to communicate with the who for Only know a limited continued on Page 5 Shuster observes katrina damage by Josh Kowalkowski staff writer Bill Shuster said after a trip to the Gulf coast that the country has to be smart and focus on being especially with a new Hurri Cane along with several other Shuster left for the Gulf to witness Hurricane katrina damage on sunday morning from Andrews air Force base and returned later that during his on Day he toured the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi from a Heli copter and took ground Tours of the areas that were hardest hit by the the devastation was he Dur ing his tour he witnessed vacant and demolished piles of rubble and tips of rooftops peaking out from under he was briefed about the damage on Board the iwo which is in the Gulf assisting with Relief Shuster said that at first there was a sense of hopeless Ness of How to bring cities such As new Orleans Back to Shuster said they didst talk to Many residents on the tour because there we rent Many but said he did talk to a number of the first responders to the Hancock county in missis for is a county similar in population to bed Ford and the Hurri Cane left almost half the coun Tys population there has been some talk about letting people Back to the Gulf who were displaced due to the for purposes such As accessing property but Shuster said officials must be Safe and smart with the potential of the area being impacted by yet another Shuster said the state and Federal government must be vigilant when deciding How and what to rebuild in cities such As new the Federal government will participate but we have to be smart on How to spend taxpayer he said Dur ing a conference Call on Mon we just throw Money out there without a lot of Shuster said that cities such As new Orleans should continued on Page 5

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