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Vol- 205 No. 162

April 1, 2010


Police: Shooting response to deadly force
Work will start on the
Koute 30 Bedford Bypass
Grannas Bros. Contracting
Inc., of Hollidaysburg, will
reduce traffic to a single lane
in each direction using longterm traffic control. The $6.1
paving, shoulder upgrades
and guiderail upgrades along
9.33 miles of roadway from
Stony Lane (T-720) to just east
of the Snake Spring Township
line. All work will be completed by mid-December. The project is funded by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, according to the state
transportation department.
Within PennDOT's District 9,
the state will invest approximately $47 million of federal
economic recovery fimds on 21
transportation projects, which
include road and bridge
improvements and signal
upgrades, according to the
transportation department's
office in Hollidaysburg.
Graduating homeschoolers and private school studente are asked to call the
Tb be included ip this year's
Graduation Edition, each
homeschooler and private
school graduate will need to
submit a graduation form and
photo. Forms are available by
caUing 623-1151, Ext. 120, or
by sending an e-mail to The deadline for
submissions is May 7.
; T h e Everett library has
announced new library
; As of April 1, the Everett
B^ree Library will be open 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 1
•to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 9
a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
The Bedford County
Conservation District has
canceled its April meeting.
The district's board of directors was scheduled to meet
April 7. The board is scheduled to meet again on May 5.

(Obituaries on Page 16)
FEATHER, Ivan K., 90, of
Claysburg, died Wednesday,
March 31, 2010 at the VanZandt VA Medical Center,
Altoona. Obituary in Friday's
Gazette. Arrangements by
Leslie-Miller Funeral Home,
GUYTON, Chester L., 67,
of Yellow Creek Drive,
KNISELY, Edgar E. Jr., 65,
of Queen, died Wednesday,
March 31,2010 at home. Obituary in later edition of the
Gazette. Arrangements by
Leslie-Miller Fimeral Home,
WELSH, Doris B. "Dolly,"
79, of New Enterprise.

By Morgan Natl
Gazette Staff Writer
State police said they shot
and killed a Hopewell Township man with one bullet to the
chest after he pointed a gun at
state troopers during a standoff Tuesday afternoon.
The shot was fired at

Chester Guyton, 67, of Yellow
Creek Drive after a trooper
attemped to negotiate with
him for nearly 90 minutes.
Guyton was pronounced dead
at the scene by Bedford County
Coroner Sam Gordon.
"The initial report was that
Chester Gujrton was outside of

his residence with a rifle and
acting very distraught. Information was received that Mr.
Guyton was going to kill himself and anyone attempting to
prevent himself from doing so,"
said Lt. Greg Bacher, Troop G
Crime Section Commander,
during a press conference on

Wednesday morning.
Gu3d;on was inside his residence alone when troopers
arrived at the scene. Police
called Gu3i;on using the patrol
vehicle PA system, but he did
not respond. After troopers had
established a perimeter around
the area, Gu^on came out of

residence with a handgun,
police said.
The Pennsylvania State
Police Special Emergency
Response Team (SERT) was
called to the scene.
"Mr. Guyton refused to surrender his weapon or to comply
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State fines
$22,000 for
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Middle school project starts early

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By Elizabeth Coyle
Gazette Associate Editor
The state levied a $22,000 fine
against Steckman Ridge, the natural
gas storage company that operates a
natural gas compressor station south of
Clearville, for two incidents in which
"blow downs" sprayed an oily mist over
the neighborhood.
The state Department of Environmental Protection's
Region office, announced the fine on
Steckman Ridge's compressor station
violated the state's Clean Streams Law
and its Air Pollution Control Act for the
unauthorized release oi' gear lubricant
during "blow downs" on Aug. 23 and
again on Oct. 2(5. The company not. ozily
released the oil in both incidents but
also failed to properly notify the DEP as
On the afternoon of Aug. 23, a 1-inch
diameter pipe nipple cracked and
caused a natural gas leak. In a safety
measure, the station automatically
shut down and the system set off an
alarm that lasted 20 to 30 minutes. The
system automatically vented about
967,000 standard cubic feet of natural
gas. It also sent a mist of about 20 gallons of gear lubricant that was in the
pipe, but wasn't supposed to be, over
the neighborhood. Area residents discovered homes, vehicles and other
items that were outside sprayed with
oil droplets over the next several days.
The company didn't inform the state
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Expansion and renovation of Bedford Middle School is starting earlier than planned. Instead of the
original proposal to renovate starting this summer, then begin a gymnasium addition on the east side of
the building, school officials decided to start the addition first. In this view looking west, heavy equipment has been moved in to begin tearing up the ballfield visible here for the gym footers, as well as
drilling for the geothermal heating system. Pictured below, pallets of brick for the exterior were delivered this week and some unused furnishings were removed already. C l o s e s will continue in the school
to the end of the term; th^e nuddle .school w m be closed nt^jp&lii^

Gazette photos/Sharyn Maust

Lawmaker: State deficit Obama expands offshore drilling
may reach $1Bby July
Pennsylvania's budget situation worsened in March, as
lagging tax collections prompted a senior Republican lawmaker to warn Wednesday
that the state could be staring
at a $1 billion deficit soon.
However, the administration of Democratic Gov. Ed
Rendell responded that it is
too early to predict such a
shortfall, and that the state is
in a position to avoid further
spending cuts before the June
30 end of the fiscal year.
The Rendell administration
also insisted that its projection
of 3.2 percent growth in next
fiscal year's tax receipts is
sound, despite this year's lackluster revenues.
The volley came on the last
day of a disappointing March,
one of the two biggest tax collection months for the state
government. The results were
expected to be more than $200

million short for the month as
the recession continues to take
a toll on Pennsylvania and
other state governments.
As a result, the state is facing a $700 million-plus shortfall to date — about 2.5 percent — after budget negotiators reached a deal in October
to wipe out a two-year, $6 billion-plus budget deficit by cutting programs, raising some
business tax rates, drawing
down reserves and plugging
holes with federal budget aid.
"I think it's very reasonable
to estimate that the deficit
could push a billion by the end
of the year," said Senate
Chairman Jake Corman, RCentre.
The deepening deficit tears
a hole in the $29 billion, notax-increase budget proposed
by Rendell and passed last
week by the Democratic-led
— Continued on Page 16

Shaking up years of energy
policy and his own environmental backers, President
Barack Obama threw open a
huge swath of East Coast
waters and other protected
areas in Alaska and the Gulf of
Mexico to drilling Wednesday,
widening the politically explosive hunt for more homegrown
oil and gas.
drilling from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern
waters of Alaska, and exploration could begin 50 miles off
the coast of Virginia by 2012.
He also wants Congress to lift
a drilling ban in the oil-rich
eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125
miles from Florida beaches.
Still off limits: the entire
Pacific seaboard. And in a nod
to conservation, Obama canceled oil exploration in Alaska's Bristol Bay, deeming the
area a national treasure.
For this
nation, the decision could start
to reshape far-reaching eco-

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New policy expands offshore drilling
President Barack Obama reversed a ban on oil drilling off most U.S.
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Whisker pens book on potters State fines Steckman Ridge . . .
By Elizabeth Coyle
Gazette Associate Editor
Following up on his recent
volume on gunsmiths of Tennessee, local author and historian James Whisker of Everett
has released a 144-page volume
on potters of Pennsylvania.
The 144-page book titled
"Potters and Potteries in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania c. 1660 to c. 1910," is an
encyclopedia of potters from
across the state.
Whisker said the book came
about as part of his series on
occupations of the country's
colonial and post-Revolutionaiy
War eras. Pottery making was
a popular profession, especially
in parts of the state where the
clay was kiln-worthy, because it
was relatively inexpensive as a
start-up business, he said.
The volume lists member of
the well-known Pfaltzgraff family of York County that is sold
in department stores today.
It also lists many potters who
had operations, however large
or small, in Bedford County.
Peter Schell, son of Schellsburg
founder J o h n Schell Sr., is
among them.
Whisker said two of the more
notable p o t t e r s in Bedford
County operated in Fishertown.
One of those was William Kirk
who arrived in Fishertown with
his father, Herman Kirk Sr. in
1829. Whisker's book notes, "In
1864, the tax collector noted,
'good pottery.'" The book goes on
to say Kirk became a partner of
Jacob Fisher until the operation b u r n e d in 1855. K i r k
rebuilt the pottery business and
l a t e r became a deputy U.S.
marshal, and a member of the
149th Pennsylvania Volunteers
during the Civil War.
Bedford C o u n t y w a s n o t
known for its potters. "The real
centers were in Chester County,
and in Himtingdon County and
in Greene County," Whisker
Unlike the gunsmith and silversmiths t h a t Whisker covered in previous books, starting
a kiln took r e l a t i v e l y l i t t l e
"It was t h e cheapest of all
professions to be into in t h e
18th and 19th c e n t u r i e s , "
Whisker said. "The immigrant
did better over here (in the new
country) than if they were over
here as a farmer" and had to
purchase land. While a gunsmith needed at least several

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Dr. J a m e s Whisker of Everett has published this volume on t h e potters of Pennsylvania. \ ^ i s k e r , a local historian a n d retired West Virginia University political science professor, has p e n n e d 35 books. The book is available at I c k e s Drug store in Bedford and on
hundred dollars to start a business, a p o t t e r needed m u c h
W h i s k e r compiled biographies through U.S. Census, tax
records, t h e U.S. Census of
Industry, local directories, and
newspaper accoimts and other
The v o l u m e will provide
insight to r e s e a r c h e r s and
antique collectors who are looking for some background. The
book will h e l p someone who
says, "I have a piece of pottery,
what can you tell me about it,"

Whisker said.
He expects to publish a volume of pre-1800 archival material t h a t r e f e r s to Bedford
County from the Pennsylvania
Packett, a newspaper of the
1700s and the Pennsylvania
Gazette, in the near future.
"Potters and Potteries in the
Commonwealth of. Pennsylvania c. 1660 to c. 1910" can be
p u r c h a s e d for $20 at Ickes
Drug Store, 122 S. Juliana St.,
through The publisher is
Closson Press of Apollo, Pa.

Gubernatorial candidates find common ground
The six candidates for Pennsylvania governor found as
much common ground as differences during a freewheeling
discussion about the need for
reforms in Pennsylvania state

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R e p u b l i c a n s — all m e n r—>

fielded questions from members of the audience and Harrisburg Area Community College s t u d e n t s d u r i n g a 90minute forum Wednesday
night. Most not only answered
t h e q u e s t i o n s b u t t r i e d to
squeeze in a mini- speech in
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until neighbors called the DEP
inquiring about the incident.
According to state regulations,
the company must notify the
d e p a r t m e n t via t e l e p h o n e
report within two hours of the
station malfunction and offproperty release and a written
report within three days.
The company didn't inform
the state until neighbors called
DEP inquiring about that incident. The DEP then contacted
Steckman Ridge on Aug. 25.
"While both incidents were
accidental, the discharges violated environmental law," said
DEP S o u t h c e n t r a l Regional
Director Rachel Diamond. "By
waiting for up to two days to
report the incidents to DEP,
the company failed to act in a
responsible manner protective
of the public's health and safety and the environment."
While DEP was considering
the first notice of violation,
another off-property release
occurred on the morning of
Oct. 26. This time, about 6,000
cubic feet of natural gas and
and unknown amount of lubricant were vented. The oil mist
t h i s time didn't impact any
neighboring property, according to the company, but it did
leave the company's property.
S t e c k m a n Ridge officials
didn't inform DEP until Oct.
27, again violating the streams
and a i r pollution laws and
notification requirement.
The DEP issued two violations each of the Clean Air and
Clean Water acts for each of
the two incidents.
Neighbors were not totally
satisfied with the penalty.
"It seems to me it was sort of
a s l a p on t h e w r i s t , " Lee
Glover, one of the nearby residents, said. "I don't know how

(DEP f i n e s and p e n a l t i e s )
operate," but he said a $22,000
fine for the gas company "was
not much to them."
Neighbor Angel Smith, an
outspoken opponent of the gas
company and p l a i n t i f f in a
lawsuit against Steckman
Ridge and p a r e n t company
S p e c t r a Energy, said t h e
p e n a l t y is "wrong, very
"It affected water, it affected
soil, it was on people's property," she said, even on children's
p-ay equipment.
"it's a joke," she said.
spokesman, said the amount
was derived from a matrix the
department's staff uses, weighing the length and severity of
each incident. He didn't know
what a maximum or minimum
penalty would be for Steckman
Ridge's violations.
Whether $22,000 was appropriate "depends on your perspective," Repetz said.
Steckman Ridge agreed to
the fine and will pay $17,000
to the state's Clean Air Fund
and a n o t h e r $5,000 to t h e
Clean Water fund. The company, on s i g n i n g a C o n s e n t
Assessment of Civil Penalty,
waived a right to challenge the
content of the civil p e n a l t y
signed March 24.
Steckman Ridge conducted
cleanups of some area propert i e s following the A u g u s t
event. According to the consent
assessment, cleanup activities
included collection of "stained
soil" from the compressor site
for disposal, hiring of an envir o n m e n t a l c l e a n u p f i r m to
abate neighboring sites,
cleanup of a pond along Rock
Hill Church Road where an oil
sheen was noted and testing of
a drinking water well to deter-

mine if there was contamination. Those tests showed the
oil didn't reach the water of
the particular well tested.
The company also said it
would improve its procedures
by providing for a "more localized shutdown of the system."
The shutdowns or blow offs
that the company said are routine in most instances, result
in a loud roar, similar to a jet
engine, local residents have
said. Steckman also said it
would reduce it lubrication
rate for the compressor.
Repetz said the investigation and final consent agreement occurred relatively fast,
according to what DEP staff
told him. "With some of the
staffing issues we have, there
was some backlog. Considering
it took place just a few months
ago, this actually moved forward rather quickly."
In a p r e p a r e d s t a t e m e n t .
Spectra Energy said it h a s
taken a number of steps to
minimize the p o t e n t i a l for
shutdowns and releases.
"We continue to invest in
improvements to ensure the
station meets the highest envir o n m e n t a l and o p e r a t i o n a l
standards. We've i n s t i t u t e d
new reporting procedures to
ensure timely and accurate
communication with PA DEP
and other r e g u l a t o r s . We
understand and appreciate our
neighbors' concerns and are
committed to demonstrating
the high performance levels
that the community expects,"
the statement from Spectra
The Steckman Ridge natural
gas reservoir has the capacity
to store 12 billion cubic feet of
n a t u r a l gas in a d e p l e t e d
underground gas field in Monroe Township.

Court ruling puts Everglades deal in jeopardy
(AP) — Gov. Charlie Crist's
grand plan to revive the dying
Florida Everglades by buying
back the land is in jeopardy
after a federal judge Wednesday o r d e r e d t h e s t a t e to
resume construction on a multimillion-dollar r e s t o r a t i o n
Work on the 25-square-mile
reservoir — th,e. largest of its
kind in the world — was halted in 2008 a f t e r water man-

agers said a lawsuit from envir o n m e n t a l i s t s could h i n d e r
their ability to complete the
The decision to stop work
came just a month before Crist
a n n o u n c e d a plan to spend
$1.75 billion to buy all of U.S.
Sugar Corp.'s 180,000 acres
and assets in the Everglades.
Crist's plan has since been
scaled down, because of the
economy; to $536 million for
78,000 acres from U.S. Sugar,

the nation's largest cane sugar
U.S District Judge Federico
Moreno's ruling on Wednesday
could now end it all.
Moreno granted a motion
from the Miccosukee Indians,
who live in the Everglades, to
force the South Florida Water
M a n a g e m e n t D i s t r i c t to
resume construction of t h e
massive reservoir with an estimated cost of up to $800 million.


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