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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Ebensburg's McKavish boosts NFL chances Life: Tips on creating the best Super Bowl snacks Dl Alt0ona Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2001 newsstand SMILING SKIERS BY MIA ROHART Staff Writer CLAYSBURG-Andrea Seabrook, who has skied since she was about 10 years old, said the skills involved in ski- ing are not transferable to snow- boarding. "It's like the difference between roller skating and riding a skate- she said. Seabrook and her fiance, Chris Mandra, are enjoying snowboard- ing for the first time this week at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. The couple has joined a multi- tude of outdoor enthusiasts, ski resorts and sports equipment retailers in taking advantage of the early winter and continuing cold streak. "Sales have been said Conrad Sikirica, manager at Ski Den Sports in Johnstown, which also has a shop in Lakemont. Sales are up 40 percent to 50 per- cent from last year. Sikirica attributed this in part to the early snowfall in November and December. Ski Den Sports sells and rents ski and snowboarding equipment. Sikirica suggested that people rent snowboarding equipment for the first year until they are sure they enjoy the activity enough to make buying the equipment prac- tical. Many parents rent equip- ment seasonally for their chil- dren, who still are growing, he said. Cross-country skis have been the hottest sellers this season. "Last year we couldn't give a pair of them Sikirica said. Cross-country ski sales have skyrocketed across the country, and manufacturers can't keep up with the demand, Sikirica said. Please see A7 Early winter weather heats up sales, rentals of outdoor sporting equipment Mirror photo by J.D. CavriCh Above: Skiers ride a lift up the mountain at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. At left: Kurt Fink, manager of Ski Den Sports in Lakemont, installs bindings on a pair of cross-coun- Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett try skis. Nominee for attorney general vows to enforce laws as written BY MARK SHERMAN Cox News Service WASHINGTON Voices were raised. Interruptions were made. The ghosts of pitched battles past were invoked. John Ashcroft came before his former Senate colleagues Tuesday, pledging to enforce "the Jaws as they are written" in a bid to win confirmation as attorney general. "So help me Ashcroft said, conclud- ing his opening statement with his right hand raised. Seeking to quiet critics of his 24-year record as an outspoken conservative Republican, Ashcroft made a separate com- mitment to uphold abortion rights, which he opposes. "If confirmed as attorney general, I will follow the law in this area as in all other the Missouri Republican said. "The Supreme Court's decisions on this have been multiple, they have been recent and they have been emphatic." A divided Senate Judiciary Committee opened the first of several days of hearings on Ashcroft's nomination, with all Republicans in the 50-50 Senate apparently prepared to support him, making the orga- nized effort to defeat Ashcroft a difficult one. Please see A4 John Ashcroft, President- elect George W. Bush's choice for attorney general, listens during his confirmation hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The hearings will contin- ue through Thursday. The Associated Press Republican candidates pledge unity BY ROBERT IOOE Staff Writer HUNTINGDON As Bud Shuster's last day as Pennsylvania's 9th District repre- sentative to the U.S. House draws near, possible successors are con- tinuing to plead their cases, though it is a message of unity and support as well. Seven contenders presented their arguments before the Huntingdon County Republican Committee Tuesday night at the committee's regular meeting at the courthouse. They were Blair County Commissioner and county GOP chairman John Eichelberger Jr., state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, Fulton County Treasurer Bonnie Mellott- Keefer, state Rep. Lynn Herman, Centre County Commissioner Connie Lucas, Blair County busi- nessman Bill Shuster and Mifflin County resident Monte Kemmler. Another possible candidate, Blair County Commissioner John Ebersole, was not present. "People need to focus on things that are going to have a long-term benefit for the Eichelberger said. "Those interested in this con- gressional seat need to think about that, because it's not one person's vision: it's a team effort." Eichelberger is the only one of the seven who has not declared officially his candidacy, but he said he will reach a decision with; in a week. Fleagle said that the pool of pos- sible candidates is one of the deep- est ever, and he said that will help produce a quality nominee. "I want to be the next congress- he said. "But I can say this: How many times have you had so many great candidates like this? What if we had this many good contenders fighting over every office? Whoever the congressman or congresswoman is going to be, we'll get a good one." Mellott-Keefer said she hopes the candidates will follow her example and run a positive campaign. "I have had a lot of media call me and try to get me to say something negative about the other candi- she said. "I will not do that. I will run on my own merits. Please see AS Mirror photo by J. D. CavriCh Bill Shuster, with his wife, Rebecca; son, Garrett; and daugh- ter, All; standing by his side, officially announces his candida- cy Tuesday for the congressional seat vacated by his father. Son rises in 9thf Bill Shuster jumps into the fray for his father's seat in Congress Br ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer Bill Shuster announced Tuesday that he'd like to be the next represen- tative to Congress from Pennsylvania's 9th District, stress- ing that despite similarities in pur- pose and interest to his famous father, his political career is his own. "My last name alone is no reason to support said Shuster, offi- cially entering the crowded Republican field for the seat that will become open when his father, Bud Shuster, retires Jan. 31. "I believe that I am the most qualified candidate and hope that you will agree with me." Shuster read a list of nine rea- sons that he believes makes him the top candidate for the seat, including his experience in both the private sector as president of Shuster Chrysler and his work with Goodyear Tire and Rubber and in the public sector as a mem-I her of the Highway Users Federation, a public policj; research organization. Bill Shuster also has experience' with the re-election campaigns for, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and Gov. Tom Ridge, and has worked with Blair Countyfs; Republican Committee. "I am not a he said, "but Ihave in-depth knowledge of Congress and personal relation- ships with numerous people in the Bush administration." "i' Shuster said, if elected, he hopes" to gain a seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that his father chaired, but he also would be interested in a seat oft either the Agriculture or Educatidfi and Workforce committees. Please see AS DEUVtRY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 6 060 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEWHER Mostly cloudy, Forecast, C2 Altonna mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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