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Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - December 4, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania ; * f' Celehrating Hometown Life Inside: Sister Schubert Sports: Girls Soccer All-Stars Pg. 6 Weekend Extra: Libary donationGazette "Weekend Bedford, Pa. 75^! Published Continuously Since 1805. One of America's Oldest Newspapers. Vol. 206 No. 64 December 4 & 5, 2010 SATURDAY & SUNDAY U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster ' ^voted Thursday against the J '^"Democrats' flawed tax ; 'plan." '' Thursday's vote on a bill -that would prevent taxes from arising on lower- and middle-^ ^income wage earners but allow ' 'them to go up for people at ^ higher incomes passed 234-;; . 188, largely along party lines; • ' it had no chance of passing the ¡ Senate. "Real tax relief means ' that all Americans get the ' chance to keep more of their own money instead of sending ■ it to Washington to be spent .. recklessly. We don't need to tax any more, we need to spend .less," Shuster said in a news ! release. He added that the bill ' -fails to recognize that many Ipeople who are small business .owners, by law, report their business income as personal ■income, and much of that 'income goes to payrolls and [reinvestments into those businesses. "Raising taxes on the 'people who create jobs and ;drive our economy is misguided and damaging to our economic recovery," Shuster said. The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is holding a technology vendor show, with seminars, on Thursday, Dec. 9. The show is being held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old Bedford Village. A seminar schedule and registration information is available by calling the Chamber at 623-2233 or online at [email protected] Letters for Santa will be accepted. Children ages 10 and younger are invited to write letters to Santa for publication in the Good News edition on Dec. 24. Each letter must include the child's name, age and town of residence .and may be accompanied by a photo of the child. The child's name must be written on the back of the photo. Each letter should include a Christmas wish for someone else. Mail letters to Bedford Gazette, Santa Letters, 424 W. Penn St., Bedford-, Pa. 15522 or drop them off at the Gazette office in Bedford. Letters and jpeg photos also may be e-mailed to [email protected] The deadline for submitting letters is Dec. 10. No late letters will be accepted for publication and should be mailed directly to the North Pole. Deaths. (Obituaries on Page 16) ALBRIGHT, Dora B., 93, of Bedford. HOOVER, Vincent E., 87, of Osterburg. KUNSMAN, Grace M., 80, of Everett, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Obituary in Monday's Gazette. Arrangements by Dalla Valle Funeral Service Inc., Everett. STIFFLER, Mary L., 86, of Martinsburg. WILL, Eugene To' Thomas, 59, of Amherst, Ohio. Obama faces economy, deficit, taxes WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three hours Friday, the extraordinary forces tugging at Barack Obama's presidency — and the Republicans who will soon take more control of Congress — came into sharp relief: a sky-high jobless rate, an out-of-control deficit and pressure to keep taxes down. Together, they illustrate the difficulty of balancing immediate, costly fixes for the economy with the long-term austeri ty needed to control the nation's debt, ^^at's more, Obama must show that his handling of those challenges has been deft enough to earn him four more years in the White House. To be sure, the competing demands create a conundrum for all of Washington — Democrats and Republicans alike. But it is the president who has claimed the mantle of honest broker and the price would ultimately be paid by him. Between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday, the Labor Department announced first that November's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent, then a majority of the president's deficit commission backed tough penny-pinching measures to slash $4 trillion from the budget over the next 10 years. In between. Democrats and Republicans continued to struggle for a compromise that would extend Bush-era tax cuts. In one bright spot, the Obama administration sealed a trade agreement Friday with South Korea, further opening the 12th-largest economy as a market to American goods. The final deal, which eluded the president during his recent trip to Asia, is the largest since the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico negotiated under President Bill Clinton. —Continued on Page 5Schellsburg Christmas home tour set By Elizabeth Coyle Gazette Associate Editor SCHELLSBURG — The biennial Christmas home tour returns to Schellsburg this year with three festive homes on the route along with the former Odd Fellows hall, the beloved Old Log Church and the United Church of Schellsburg where there will be refreshments. In a historic district where 19th-century architecture is preserved in many of the homes, churches and businesses, visitors will be able to see the architecture and the homeowners' flare for Christmas decor. The tours will be Dec. 11 and 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. Advance purchase tickets will cost $8, while tickets at the door will cost $10. Tickets are on sale at Country Originals at Sto-ryland, Deepwood Gallery, Bedford County Visitors Bureau and the Bird's Nest Shoppe. Tickets also are being sold for one of three prizes: a quilt made by —Continued on Page 5 Gazette Photo/Elizabeth Coyle Wreaths on the windows, a decorated Christmas tree and a Santa statue will greet visitors to the Murphy home during the Schellsburg home tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. The cost is $8 per person in advance of $10 at the door.Job growth weak in November WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation added only a trickle of jobs in November, far fewer than experts had expected and a reminder that the economy is still recovering only fitfully. The job market was weak all around: Stores, factories, construction companies and financial firms all cut positions. The unemployment rate nudged closer to double digits again — 9.8 percent, after three straight months at 9.6 percent. Employers added 39,000 jobs for the month, the Labor Department said Friday They added 172,000 in October — enough to qualify as a hiring spurt in this anemic post-recession economy. "Just when it was safe to believe the labor market was firming and job growth was coming back, we were reminded that this recovery is proceeding with fits and starts," said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors. —Continued on Page 5 BP challenge to spill size could affect fine WASHINGTON (AP) — BP is mounting a new challenge to the U.S. government's estimates of how much oil flowed from the runaway well deep below the Gulf of Mexico, an argument that could reduce by billions of dollars the federal pollution fines it faces for the largest offshore oil spill in history. bp's lawyers are arguing that the government overstat ed the spill by 20 to 50 percent, staffers working for the presidential oil spill commission said Friday. In a 10-page document obtained by The Associated Press, BP says the government's spill estimate of 206 million gallons is "overstated by a significant amount" and the company said any consensus around that number is premature and inaccurate. The company submitted the document to the commission, the Justice Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "They rely on incomplete or inaccurate information, rest in large part on assumptions that have not been validated, and are subject to far greater uncertainties than have been acknowledged," BP wrote. "BP fully intends to present its own estimate as soon as the information is available to get the science right." In a statement Friday, the company said the government's estimates failed to account for equipment that could obstruct the flow of oil and gas, such as the blowout preventer, making its numbers "highly unreliable." bp's request could save it as much as $10.5 billion or as lit tle as $1.1 billion, depending on factors such as whether the government concludes that BP acted negligently. For context, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's entire federal budget for 2010 was $10.3 billion. President Barack Obama has said he wants Congress to set aside some of the money BP pays for fines for the Gulf's coastal restoration. Louisiana —Continued on Page 3 Nutrition bill could limit fundraisers in schools WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't touch my brownies! A child nutrition bill on its way to President Barack Obama — and championed by the first lady — gives the government power to limit school bake sales and other fundraisers that health advocates say sometimes replace wholesome meals in the lunchroom. Republicans, notably Sarah Palin, and public school organizations decry the bill as an unnecessary intrusion on a common practice often used to raise money. "This could be a real train wreck for school districts," Lucy Gettman of the National School Boards Association said Friday, a day after the House cleared the bill. "The federal government should not be in the business of regulating this kind of activity at the local level." The legislation, part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to stem childhood obesity, provides more meals at school for needy kids, including dinner, and directs the Agriculture Department to write guidelines to make those meals healthier. The legislation would apply to all foods sold in schools during regular class hours, including in the cafeteria line, vending machines and at fundraisers. It wouldn't apply to after-hours events or concession stands at sports events. Public health groups pushed for the language on fundraisers, which encourages the secretary of Agriculture to allow them only if they are infrequent. The language is broad enough that a president's —Continued on Page 2 — Photo submitted An employee of the Bedford Post Office worked Friday afternoon to brush away a religious message and symbol that two young men had chalked on the sidewalk adjacent to the post office a short time earlier. One passerby who spoke to the men said they were missionaries representing an area church, and that he got a hostile reaction when he requested that they stop. The person who photographed this scene described the graffiti as 'Vandalism of public property that should be prosecuted." Bedford Gazette 424 W. 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