Altoona Mirror, March 15, 2001

Altoona Mirror

March 15, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Clinton owes million in legal fees life: Ensemble keeps Aaron Copland's songs alive PI UKrrnr Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2001 newsstand Mirror graphics by Tom Worthington I Businesses start lining up help for seasonal jobs Help wanted The following is a comparison of year-round, full-time jobs to seasonal positions. Altoona Curve Full-time........................................................16 Seasonal..........................about 70 per game Ovations concession stands (Blair County Ballpark) Full-time..........................................................2 Seasonal......................30 hourly employees plus 70 volunteers from nonprofit groups. DfilGrosso Amusement Park Full-time........................................................15 Seasonal........................................140 to 220 lakemont Park Full-time..........................................................9 Seasonal....................................................140 BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror lothing defines summer like baseball, I' [amusement parks and fishing. J j Long before the rest of the world starts believing red-breasted robins will ever poke in the mud for worms again, people at area parks start getting ready for summer. "We like to think warm thoughts and hope for the best weather we can said Rob Egan, director of broadcasting and communication for the Altoona Curve baseball team. One of the first things seasonal business- es do this time of year is interview and hire summer workers. Advertisements are placed, interviews are set and people wait to be hired. At Blair County Ballpark, as many as 70 percent of the "game-day employees" who worked there last year will be back again this year, Egan said. "It's a fun job for so they come back year after year, he Opening day at the ballpark is April 9. At Lakemont Park, folks are thinking warm thoughts like lifeguards and ride operators. Kent Shade, human resources director, has advertised for the park's typical job titles such as cashiers and janitors. He knows he will need about 300 people, many of whom will be between ages 14 and 18, to get through the season. Jobs at Lakemont Park require any- where from 16 to 30 hours per week, and interviews can be set up by calling 949- PARK. Training begins in April, and new employees will have a "family night" so they can give their new park skills a trial run before the park officially opens for weekends May 4. The regular daily season starts in June. In Tipton, the DelGrosso Amusement Park started conducting job interviews Saturday, hoping to fill 300 to 400 summer jobs, including ride operators and conces- sion stand workers, as well as American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and others to work in the water park. Carl Crider, who works in group sales, said his job is especially fun this time of year, just before winter goes away. .Please see AID Hospital planning additions Altoona is looking to build a new surgery center, create another suite for endoscopy. BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer Financially sick Altoona Hospital wants to give operating revenues a booster shot by constructing an out- patient surgery center on nearby parking lots and operating rooms in two places in the main building. Running a multimillion-dollar deficit because-of cutbacks in insur- ance payments and a labor squeeze, the hos- pital is working both ends, try- ing to cut costs and increase income. It plans to build the outpatient surgery center on half a city block on Eighth Street across from the three-tiered lots closest to the main entrance, possi- bly starting within a year. Outpatient surgicenters make it easier for patients to get in and out and create a cheerful setting for same-day operations in specialities such as neurosurgery, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics and podia- try, hospital spokesman Rick Reeves said. The hospital plans to add an endoscopy suite with at least one operating room and a pre-op holding room on the seventh floor and a cou- ple of trauma rooms that can handle operations within the new emer- gency area that could become a trau- ma center this fall. Before it can build the outpatient surgery center, the hospital first Branching out needs to figure out whether it would own it outright, or a group of sur- geons would own it or there would be joint ownership and who would manage it. "Several different models are pos- Reeves said. The hospital also needs architects and engineers to figure out the building's blueprint, where it would stand on the lot, the layout and aesthetic details. The building probably would be one story and should fit in with the rest of the hospital campus. The hospital already has eight operating rooms in the main build- ing, but an increasing caseload has created backlogs, Reeves said. Some surgeons, especially podiatrists, have trouble scheduling operations. The hospital does up to 80 proce- dures per day, turning rooms over an average of 10 times on those days. "Many operating rooms are kept busy into the early and sometimes late Reeves said. "The addition of more operating rooms would greatly add to the conve- nience of patients." It only would get busier with the addition of the trauma center. It's not clear exactly what has caused the increased caseload, other than perhaps an aging population that needs more surgery, Reeves said. The hospital doesn't have cost esti- mates for any of the projects yet, but the money will come from the hospi- tal's capital fund. Construction on the endoscopy suite should begin in July and be fin- ished in a couple of months. The emergency room expansion to accommodate the new trauma cen- ter is ongoing and should be finished in July. Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler can be reached at 949-7038 or Alloona Hospital parking garage Alloona Hospital Altoona Hospital plans to build an outpatient surgery center (indicated in red) when it resolves questions about management and design. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthinglon I Security concerns spread to Bedford BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD On the heels of the firebombing of a Blair County dis- trict justice office and more school violence nationwide, Bedford County Register- Recorder Faith Zembower is sug- gesting county commissioners look into courthouse security. The register-recorder's and pro- thonotary-clerk of courts offices are located on the first floor of the courthouse. In addition, the courtroom, jury room and law library on the sec- ond floor and restrooms and stor- age spaces in the basement usual- ly are readily accessible to the public. Posted just inside the back door to the building, is a sign stating "NOTICE. If you are in possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon at this time, please check it in the prothonotary-clerk of courts office immediately. Please see Security A4 Kuranr Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 2 9 18 Lottery numbers, AS Cloudy, rain likely. Forecast, A2 TOUGH TO TAKE Williamsburg's Shannon Reign (left) and Kristie Burger express disappointment after losing to Kennedy Christian 66-52 in the PIAA playoffs Wednesday. Bishop Giulfoyle and Bishop Carroll advanced to the next round. Please see stories, Page Bl. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Altoona iHfrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7B47 Cambria man faces trial for burning dad's home BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter HASTINGS An Ebensburg chiro- practor was bound over for trial Wednesday on charges that he burned his father's home to the ground. District Justice Michael Zungali said there was enough evidence presented by state police to show that Michael Joseph Rizzo, 35, of Ebensburg probably set the Jan. 12, 2000, fire in the home of Victor Rizzo, also a chiropractor. A garage about 116 feet from the Rizzo home also burned down. Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A9 A11 All A6 B4 QNMMN Classifieds Comics Movies Night Life Planner Television Despite protests from Rizzo's attorney, Terry Despoy of Altoona, Zungali for- warded the arson charges to the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas for trial. State police Cpl. Edward Ostrowski said the financial loss from the fire was estimated to be Police said Michael Rizzo, who was living with his parents because of finan- cial problems, put in a claim with his father's insurance carrier, State Farm Insurance Co., for to pay for equipment lost in the fire. Please see A7 CS-12 C4 D3 D4 D2 DS IN STATE Child advocates and business leaders Wednesday urged legislators to increase preschool education funding. PAGE AS ;