Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1990 · Page 14
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 14

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Monday, September 17, 1990
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Page 14 —Thursday, September 18, 2003 REGION John Phillips a party Batten down the hatches all you landlubbers. Hurricane Isabel is on her way. Actually, what we're going to get is a watered-down version of a hurricane. (Is that a contradiction, a watered-down hurricane?) Actually, the biggest threat to us from this storm is the water part, the flood threat (remember Agnes?), although we could get wind gusts up to 60 mph, according to the weather experts. There doesn't appear to be a whole lot of thunder and lightning, if any, associated with this storm — it's not like a cold front or a warm front moving through, I guess. No fireworks. No reports of any tornadoes either, although I thought that tornadoes could be spawned on the outer edges of a hurricane. Anyway, after we take in all of our lawn furniture off the deck and shuttered the windows, let's have a hurricane party. I have never been to a hurricane party, but I hear that they are a lot of fun — as long as it's a little hurricane. There were a bunch of people who gathered for a hurricane party at a motel somewhere in Florida a few years ago, I remember. It was a bad, bad mistake. The hurricane ripped the motel to shreds and several people were killed. I do not expect us to have this problem, but to be on the safe side, let's not have our party in a mobile home sitting on a cliff. , We're smart enough* aren't we, to keep our boats in dock during a storm? How does one dress for a hurricane party? Lifejackets and swimwear would be mandatory, I would mink, but should we wear flippers or flip-flops? Or, we could make it a formal get-together — tuxedoes and torrents. Nah.This should be an informal, sand between the toes, surf's up, affair. We'll have shrimp scampi and raw clams and oysters, steamed mussels, crab cakes and smoked salmon hors d'oeuvrcs. Served with a chilled white wine, of course. It may be loo late now, but it would have been fitting to have a lamaican band beating out some storm rhythms. This hurricane comes with the subtitle of "any excuse for a party," so let's do it. Have you been watching the Weather Channel's coverage of the hurricane? 'They have people in ponchos and windbrcakers stationed all up and down the coast reporting on the storm. Wind whips their hair and tugs at their clothes and the surf pounds on to the beach behind them. And they are just as happy as kids in a candy store. I guess when you're a meteorologist a hurricane like this is exciting. All of those things they learned in Hurricane 101 and Hurricane 102 can now be called upon to analyze this storm. While everyone else is retreating inland to escape the wrath of Isabel, these brave (or foolish?) meteorologists plant their feet into the sand and lean into the wind to give us the report that the hurricane has come ashore and that it is blowing very hard. Get out! 'The rain and wind will start this evening in our area, according to the forecast, and should taper to showers by Friday afternoon. The heaviest rainfall should be later tonight. The good news is (hat, when the storm passes, the skies will clear and the sun will come out Saturday and Sunday. That's our silver lining. (John Phillips is a Gazette assistant editor. His column appears on Monday and Thursday. He can be emailed atjphil@indi HELPING HAND IRMC pioneer of procedure An inmate from SCI Pine Grove helped John Buckshaw, left, resource development director for the Indiana County Community Action Program, sort grocery items for ICCAP's food bank. Inmates from the state prison in White Township are helping at the food pantry as a part of a supervised work program. The program allows the inmates to spend six hours at the food warehouse one day per month. Duties performed by the inmates include stacking pallets, organizing food packages and breaking down boxes. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) Township close to deal over lighting By JOHN COMO Gazette Staff Writer BLACK LICK — The Burrell Township supervisors in 2000 balked at a plan for the township to pay one-half the cost of maintaining and operating 38 street lights on the new-Route 119/Route 22'• interchange'! as proposed by the Pennsylvania Department brTransportation. : At that time, the supervisors argued that local municipalities should not have to pay the cost for lighting on highways that are constructed by the state and federal, governments. Wednesday, the supervisors announced that they are close to signing agreements with the Indiana County Development Corporation and PENNDOT that will result in the township not paying any of the estimated $5,434 in annual operating and maintenance costs for the interchange lighting for 10 years. Under the agreements, the ICDC and PENNDOT each will pay 50 percent of the cost of operating and maintaining the lights for the first 10 years. After that, PENNDOT and the township will share the cost of electricity and maintaining the lights. After a review by Bill Shulick, township solicitor, the supervisors plan to vote on the agreements at the Oct. 1 meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal building. At Wednesday's township meeting, Byron Stauffer, executive director of the Indiana County Office of Planning and Development, said the ICDG has agreed to pay the costs for 10 years because of its ongoing cooperation with the supervisors for economic development in the township. He said the ICDC expects significant development to continue and offered to pay half the costs for 10 years because of the chance the township would be mandated to pay the costs so the interchange could comply with slate and federal regulations. "I also congratulate you (the supervisors) on the agreement with PENNDOT because paying half the cost of energizing and maintaining lights on new interchanges is not something that PENNDOT normally does," Stauffer said. "White Township is paying the maintenance costs for the lighting on interchanges on Route 422, Route 119 and Route 286. You got a good deal." The supervisors announced plans to enforce an almost 20- year old law that requires landlords to provide the township with updated lists of tenants in their rental properties by June 30 and Dec. 31 each year. Violators of the law are subject to fines of up to $100 and jail sentences of up to 10 days for each conviction. "We want to start educating the people about the landlord ordinance that was adopted in 1984 because not too many people are Burrell Township aware that it exists," said Leslie Henry, chairman of the board of supervisors. "The lists of tenants ,will help in.the,,coUe^t|oQ.of per Capita/ o^uoatiphal privilege land e*an||j[||peDme taxes and 'also iheJJ3 ; i6 Keep track of people !moviri^*ih*and out of the township.", , Helen Olechovski Hill, town- ship''secretary, said about four landlords provide updated lists of tenants annually to the township. In other action, the supervisors: • Voted to buy a new backhoe from Cambria Tractor of Ebensburg at a cost of $59,726. The backhoe is being bought through a state cooperative bidding program and includes a trade-in of a 1973 backhoe for $4,500. • Announced that all three supervisors plan to attend a hearing of the Indiana County Zoning Hearing Board at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at 827 Water St. in Indiana to protest a request by Thomas J. Smith Inc. of Shelocta for a zoning variance to expand a surface coal mining operation along Strangford Road into the conservation district of Pine Ridge Park. The zoning hearing board hears appeals for zoning changes in buffer and conservation zones around Pine Ridge, Blue Spruce, Hemlock Lake and Yellow Creek State Park. • Approved a $100 donation to the township planning commission to help pay the cost of the annual township picnic to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Pine Ridge Park. Free food, entertainment and games will be provided at the picnic. Continued from page 1 rive to the laser-assisted angioplasty would have been by-pass surgery. A section of saphenous vein would have been removed from Atwell's leg and used to construct a by-pass around the blockage. That, Bloom said, would have been a very invasive procedure, requiring a couple hours of surgery and several days of recovery forAtwell. The disposable laser-tipped catheters cost $1,200 and are only used for one patient, hi most cases, the cost of materials used in a hospital procedure are included in the total cost charged to the patient or the patient's medical insurance carrier. But even with the relatively high price tag on the laser catheter, the cost of a laser-assisted angioplasty compares favorably to conventional surgery and several days of hospitaMzation for the patient Bloom participated in about 25 laser-assisted procedures in Florida in the mid-1990s using a Yag hot-tip laser. At IRMC he used an Excimer cold-tip laser. "The surrounding degree of tissue damage is much less" with a cold-tip laser, he said. "The complications you would see are reduced as well." The advantages of the laser-assisted angioplasty over conventional surgery are that it lessens The gap in the otherwise dark vein in this {horoscope image indicates a blockage. (Gazette photo by Tom Pee/) the possibility of bleeding, infection and anesthesia complications. "It cut the risks way down," Atwell said. Bloom said surgeons don't know the recurrence rate of blockages that have been pulverized by a laser. "Only time will tell," he said. But even if a laser-cleared blockage forms again, the procedure can be repeated. "And it doesn't obviate surgery," he said. "I think there's a lot of potential for this device," Bloom said. "There's a fair amount of patients .1 who are candidates for lasers." He expects that laser-assisted angioplasty may be especially beneficial for people battling diabetes. |. "Many patients are faced wit|i amputations, typically diabetic patients," he said. I Blockages in arteries above thj? knee are often fairly easy t6 open, but blockages in vessels below the knee can be problems. "We have very limited modalities to help these patients in terms of vascular intervention," Bloom said. "My hopes are the laser will allow us to preserve more of these extremities." i Hurricane storms ashore Continued from page 1 storm-surge potential to 5 to 8. feet, from the previous forecast of up to 11 feet, Rappaport said. "That still poses a significant danger along the coast line," he said. He said the heart of the storm could hit land around noon between Morehead City, N.C.,. and Cape Hatteras, N.C. High tide is in early afternoon. Seas up to 33 feet had been reported off the Virginia coast, said Ken Reeves, senior meteorologist atAccuWeatherlnc., the weather forecasting company based at State College, Pa. At least 131,000 customers had lost power by midmorning, including 110,000 in the Virginia Beach area and more than 20,000 along the North Carolina coast, said Dominion Power. More than 300,000 people in North Carolina and Vkgiiiiajhad been urged to move to rug$^jEj| ground. Even seasoned storm* veterans succumbed to the five days of warnings that started when Isabel was a Category 5 leviathan with 160-mphwind. But a few thousand hardy — or foolhardy — souls ignored mandatory evacuation orders and remained behind. Virginia Beach police suggested they write their names in permanent marker on their forearms so they can be identified if they are in- jured or killed. At Howard's Pub on isolated Ocracoke Island, bartender James Tucker said he and five other employees resolved today to "hang out and drink beer until the cable runs out." The tourists, he said, were all gone. That's, good, said the 13- year-island-resident: Rookies tend to get scared. A hurricane warning was in effect from Cape Fear in southern North Carolina to the Virginia- Maryland line. A tropical storm warning extended northward to New York's Long Island, including parts of New York City. This morning, Isabel was less than 100 miles south-southeast of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras. It had picked up speed, moving northwest at around 15 mph. It's expected to stay at a similar strength as it moves closer to land and could spawn isolated tornadoes in eastern North. Carolina- and •. southeastern Virginia. Forecasters said Isabel was expected to maintain its status as a hurricane for about 24 hours after landfall. It was expected to move north across North Carolina and Virginia and then take a path through western Pennsylvania and western New York state before dissipating in Canada by Saturday. In the nation's capital, federal and district offices were ordered closed, and Congress canceled votes so members could return home. Amtrak canceled all servi- ice south of Washington. j' Up to a foot of rain was possible in West Virginia's hilly Easterh Panhandle and 6 to 9 inches of rain was forecast for parts of Pennsylvania. Governors of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Delaware had declared states of emergency. Pennsylvania officials said the ground is so sodden that it would take as little as 2 to 4 inch-, es of rain to cause rivers and creeks to spill their banks. . John and Rita Razze's home in Chadds Ford, Pa., was flooded with several inches of water when rain earlier this week caused the nearby Brandywine River to overflow. Now, with everything pumped out and cleaned up, John Razze worried that the ground would be unable ,to absorb any. of Isabel's rain. ?• r/,"ysuaily-we stay here and wait it but," said Razze, who left work early Wednesday to move any-' thing he could carry to the sec r? ond floor. "This time, we're going to get the heck out of here." .f . At historic Jamestown, Va., ar- : chaeologists blanketed a dig of the first permanent English settlement in America with a tarp and anchored it with sandbags. More than 500,000 artifacts from Jamestown Island are stored in a s torm- pro of vaul t. High schools shuffling games Continued from page 1 Coaches were glad their games were moved up a day rather than pushed back to Saturday. "The fact that it could be really terrible weather Friday could ruin it for the players and the fans," said Blairsviile coach Ab Dettorre, whose team plays Purchase Line. "Had we kept the game Friday and not been able to play and had to reschedule for Saturday, then we faced the possibility of not having the kids for 48 hours, and that's not a good situation in football. And if the weather gets real bad, who knows what happens. You could end up playing Monday, and we don't want to do that." Blairsville was also scheduled to hold homecoming festivities this evening, but they have been pushed back to next week's home game against Saltsburg. "It wouldn't be fair to those kids, either," Dettorre said. "They work hard on those floats for the parade, and it wouldn't be fair to have them go out and get destroyed. It's a big night, and it should be a nice night." Marion Center plays at Saltsburg in this weekend's most anticipated Heritage Conference game. Saltsburg enters the game 3-0 for the first time in more than two decades. "It made us scramble (Wednesday)," Marion Center coach Dave Malicky said. "There was stuff we were planning to do in two days, and we only had one day to do it. So we extended practice (Wednesday), and hopefully we're ready to go. I think there could be some distractions, and the team that stays more focused will have the better chance at winning." Homer-Center travels to Northern Cambria for a matchup against the conference's only other unbeaten team. "Both teams have the same time to prepare," Homer-Center coach Ed Kowchuck said. "It's probably more of a disadvantage for the underdog that needs to prepare a little longer and really pay attention to small things compared to the team that is rolling and has everything in sync." 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