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Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 2015, Indiana, PennsylvaniaInside weather coming up deaths Index thursday a new Book about the life of Indiana native Edward Abbey sets out to discover where in the Arizona desert the famous writer is buried. Gaining support a key state Republican House lawmaker signalled support tuesday for major provisions in a Senate plan to end the traditional pension Benefit for school and state government Page 3 Amtrak aftermath an emotional Amtrak ceo pledged to lawmakers tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into Page 7 seeking control gov. Tom wolfs administration said tuesday it has formally applied to take Over the operation of pennsylvanians health insurance Page 9 killers confession before he killed 12 people in a crowded Colorado movie theater James Holmes hoped he would be remembered for his achievements in school he said in a videotaped confession played tuesday in Page 10 stepping Down after 17 years at the Helm Sepp Blatter announced tuesday he will resign As head of fifa soccer res governing body amid a widening corruption Page 13 classifieds. 22 24 comics to. 19 dear Abby. 21 entertainment. 20 family. 8 lottery. 2 Lascar. 14 sports. 13 18 today in history. 21 viewpoint. 6 obituaries on Page 4 Armstrong Orton Ort c., 93, formerly of Green township Hoover Ann e. Williams53, Indiana Malek John w. Sr., 91, Brenizer Phillips Martha Jean 87, Cherry tree Smith Erma j., 74, formerly of Saltsburg Healing broken hearts counselling ministry Angie Logsdon pad wow. Healing broken hearts. Org Faug hts Garden Center Indiana. 724 840 4036 Airport Road mostly Cloudy tonight. Thundershowers tomorrow. 55� 73� tonight tomorrow see Page 2. June 2015 28 29 29 30 28 28 29 21 21 22 24 25 27 19 20 13 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 15 16 17 23 a hons in the news there is Good news today in the Indiana Gazette about these area people Danelle Henry Connie Metalla Kara Niebauer Betty streams Nicholas Ruffner. Wednesday 3 the Indian Gazette wow. Indian Gazette. Com vol. 111 no. 281 24 pages 2 sections 75 cents Council backs Trail project by Randy Wells Wells Indian Gazette. Net Indiana Borough Council tuesday agreed to commit $ 30,000 to a match for a Grant to help pay for engineering and other soft costs for the proposed Multi modal transportation corridor through the Borough. The commitment is contingent on three other stakeholders White township Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Indiana county also each pledging $ 30,000. The White township supervisors have already agreed to their $ 30,000 commitment and Robin Gorman chief of staff to the up president said following tuesdays Council meeting that up will Likely agree to the same contribution although no formal approval had been Given by University officials As of tuesday evening. Gorman expressed that optimism because of a meeting monday Between up president or. Michael Driscoll and Byron stauffer executive director of the Indiana county office of planning and development. The meeting was prompted by a memo Driscoll issued Friday in which he said University officials have concerns about significant safety issues posed by the proposed route for the corridor along Pratt drive on Campus where there is already heavy pedestrian traffic. Up Driscoll said Friday cannot support the plan in its current form. But Driscoll said in a letter after mondays meeting with stauffer that several alternatives were discussed that addressed Iupps concerns for a Safe truly Multi modal project that meets the needs of pedestrians bicyclists and Public transportation on and through Campus. Among those pos Sibili Kayla Grube / Gazette f. Daniel Mcgregor an educational consultant and former Board member spoke tuesday during Public comments at a meeting with the Blairsville Saltsburg school Board and officials from the Pennsylvania department of education. He read from a letter written by state rep. Joseph Petrarca offering his support to help separate the school District. Reconfiguration foes look for support to separate by Margaret Weaver Mweaver Indian Gazette. Net Burrell township the Blairsville Saltsburg school Board deadlocked for months Over a plan to reconfigure the school District met tuesday with officials from the Pennsylvania department of education who answered questions and clarified a Deus role in the situation. De officials were not Here to Issue any advice said Dave Volkman executive assistant to the Deputy Secretary. This is not within our realm responsibility or authority. But former Board member f. Daniel Mcgregor now an educational consultant spoke during Public comments and offered his own advice get legislative backing and separate Saltsburg from Blairsville. Mcgregor read from a letter by state rep. Joseph Petrarca who offered assistance. I am willing to lend my full support to Saltsburg to separate itself from Blairsville and stand alone reads the letter dated june 2. The letter stated Petrarca was unable to personally attend due to state budget discussions in the House of representatives. At Issue in the District is a plan to reconfigure with several motions having failed in the last few months. The plan directors have focused on most would transport Saltsburg students in seventh through 12th grades to the Blairsville Campus and close off a portion of Saltsburg Middle High school. Many Saltsburg area parents oppose the plan and believe it will be detrimental to students and the Saltsburg Community. Tuesdays meeting was the culmination of communication that began with state representatives Dave Reed Jeff Pyle and Petrarca Volkman said. The legislators contacted Secretary of education Pedro Rivera due to feedback from constituents he said. De officials then met with superintendent Tammy Whitfield business manager Eric Kocsis and Board president George Rowley in Harrisburg. Later a group of constituents representing the Saltsburg Side of the District met with officials in Harrisburg. Both sides provided de officials with information regarding reconfiguration such As the districts past present and future presentations. Blairsville Saltsburg school District Indiana Borough Congress sends amended Asa Bill to president by Erica Werner associated press Washington Congress approved sweeping changes tuesday to surveillance Laws enacted after the sept. 11 attacks eliminating the National Security Agency yes disputed bulk phone records collection program and replacing it with a More restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies hands. Two Days after Congress let the phone records collection and several other anti terror programs expire the senates 67 32 vote sent the legislation to president Barack Obama who signed it tuesday night. This legislation will strengthen civil Liberty safeguards and provide greater Public Confidence in these programs Obama said in a statement. Officials said it could take at least several Days to restart the collection. The legislation will revive most of the programs the Senate had allowed to lapse in a dizzying collision of presidential politics and National Security policy. But the authorization will undergo major changes the legacy of Agency contractor Edward Snow Denis explosive revelations two years ago about Domestic spying by the government. In an unusual shifting of alliances the legislation passed with the support of Obama and House speaker John Boehner r Ohio but Over the Strong opposition of Senate majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell. Mcconnell failed to persuade the Senate to extend the current Law unchanged and came up Short in a last ditch Effort tuesday to Amend the House version As nearly a dozen of his own republicans abandoned him in a series of votes. This is a step in the wrong direction a frustrated Mcconnell said on the Senate floor ahead of the senates final vote to approve the House version dubbed the Usa Freedom act. He said the legislation does not in delayed honors continued on Page 12 continued on Page 5 continued on Page 5 Carolyn Kaster / associated press president Obama posthumously bestowed the medal of Honor for army sgt. William Shemin to his daughters Ina Bass left and Elsie Shemin Roth during a ceremony tuesday. Two world War i army heroes were honoured. See Page 7. Write in votes keep township race alive by Chauncey Ross Chauncey Indian Gazette. Net Graceton the election for the Board of supervisors in Center township is not finished yet. Although the single race for the democratic nomination in the May 19 Spring primary ended with incumbent supervisor Dave Butch Smyers winning the nomination Over challenger Dan Bekina by a 261 to 191 count Bekina has won the Republican nomination by just two votes and will appear As the Republican candidate on the november ballot. The final count which includes Many different ways that voters spelled the candidates names on the write in ballots is 69 for Bekina and 67 for Smyers according to county election officials. Ill be Back Bekina said monday at the monthly business meeting of the township supervisors As he read from a lengthy prepared statement denying any connection with vandalism and theft of Smyers Roadside Campaign signs. Bekina a full time employee on the township Road Crew and an officer of the Homer City Volunteer fire company said he took Issue with rumours that Smyers and supervisor Robert Pozik had disparaged his candidacy. In his statement Bekina said he wanted to run his Campaign differently. I apologize to township residents for not meeting everyone individually because of his Busy schedule with his family his Job and the fire department he said. Smyers responded that he never accused Bekina of tampering with his Campaign signs. Smyers said he once said in a radio interview that he was running a clean Campaign but said that was not a part of his Campaign advertising and that he did not imply that Bekina was not campaigning fairly. I would like nothing More than to work together Smyers said. Pozik replied that he had earlier discussed the issues with Bekina. We went Over this in the police to use bikes for summer patrols by Ellen Matis Zematis Indian Gazette. Net Homer City residents of Homer City Borough May now see members of the police department patrolling on bicycles during local events. Police chief Louis Sacco reported at councils meeting tuesday that bicycles the department owns received tune ups allowing them to be used this summer at events such As the Doodlebug festival. We have four officers that Are trained through the International police Mountain Bike association and weave had them in service before Sacco said. We utilize the bikes mostly during the summer because they re helpful during events. Sacco said that not Only Are the bikes a Ste Althier option for the department but they allow the officers to connect More with the Community. Its a version of Community oriented policing Sacco said. When you re Riding a bicycle you re actually communicating with the Public. According to the Iamba website bicycles Are one of Center township Homer City Borough continued on Page 12 continued on Page 12

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