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April 6, 2012

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EPA: Water quality OK at 20 more wells

DIMOCK – Testing at 20 more water wells in a northeastern Pennsylvania community at the center of a debate over the safety of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale shows no dangerous levels of contamination, according to a report issued Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA had already tested 11 wells in Dimock, Susquehanna County, showing the presence of sodium, methane, chromium or bacteria in six of the wells before the results of the latest round of testing.

Three of the newly tested wells showed methane and one showed  barium well above the EPA’s maximum level, but a treatment system installed in the well is removing the substance, an EPA spokesman said.

Investigators term fire accidental

BOLIVAR – A March 28 house fire has been ruled accidental, state police in Westmoreland County said Friday.

Troopers said an electrical malfunction within wiring caused an electrical arc within the second-floor joist space, causing ignition of surrounding combustibles.

No one was hurt in the fire at the home in the 500 block of 502 Street.

Damage was set at $35,000.

Navy vet to speak at working women lunch

Kristen Majocha, retired Navy veteran and assistant professor of communication at Pitt-Johnstown, will share her story about growing up in a military family and how that experience affected her life in “Obstacles or Road Signs” at this year’s Salute to Working Women Luncheon.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at the Pitt-Johnstown Living-Learning Center.

Participants will hear Majocha, a self-proclaimed “Navy brat,” talk about how she juggled competing obligations in her military and civilian lives while taking advantage of otherwise unknown opportunities.

She will reveal some of the tactics she learned in order to thrive under tremendous pressure during times of unexpected drama.

The seminar luncheon is presented by the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Community Education and Outreach.

The cost is $24 per person or $207 for a table of nine. Registrations still are being accepted.

More information on the luncheon can be obtained by calling the Outreach Office at 269-2099 or visiting

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