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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - March 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Clinton owes $4 million in legal fees Life: Ensemble keeps Aaron Copland’s songs aliveAltonna Mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2001 Mirror graphics by Tom Worthington Businesses start lining up help for seasonal jobsHelp wanted The following is a comparison of year-round, full-time jobs to I seasonal positions.; Altoona Curve Full-time.......... 16 Seasonal    about    70    per    game Ovations concession stands (Blair County Ballpark) J Full-time..    2 J Seasonal    30    hourly    employees plus 70 volunteers from nonprofit groups I OelCrosso Amusement Park Full-time.....................15 Seasonal    140    to    220 I Lakemont Park I Full-time.................................................... 9 Seasonal......................... 140 By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror othing defines summer like baseball, amusement parks and fishing. 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 get,” said Rob Egan, director of broadcasting and communication for the Altoona Curve baseball team. One of the first things seasonal businesses 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 them,” so they come back year after year, he said. 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 anywhere 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 concession 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 Summer/Page AIQ SOO newsstand 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-pat ient 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 insurance payments and a labor squeeze, the hospital is working both ends, trying 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, possibly 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 podiatry, 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 couple of trauma rooms that can handle operations within the new emergency area that could become a trauma center this fall. Before it can build the outpatient surgery center, the hospital first v > j lit;ii needs to figure out whether it would own it outright, or a group of surgeons would own it or there would be joint ownership and who would manage it. “Several different models are possible,” 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 building. but an increasing caseload has created backlogs, Reeves said. Some surgeons, especially podiatrists, have trouble scheduling operations. The hospital does up to 80 procedures per day, turning rooms over an average of IO times on those days. “Many operating rooms are kept busy into die early and sometimes late evenings,” Reeves said. “The addition of more operating rooms would greatly add to the convenience 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 estimates for any of the projects yet, but the money will come from the hospital’s capital fund. Construction on the endoscopy suite should begin in July and be finished in a couple of months. The emergency room expansion to accommodate the new trauma center is ongoing and should be finished in July. Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler can be reached at 949- 7038 or hkibler(a>alt(X)nan urror.com. Site of new surgery center ss Three surface parking lots C/) exiling Y" house V? A & Howard Avenue ILI Altoona Hospital plans to build an outpatient surgery - center (indicated in red) when it resolves questions about ownership, management and design. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Security concerns spread to Bedford By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — On the heels of the firebombing of a Blair County district justice office and more school violence nationwide, Bedford County Register-Reeorder Faith Zembower is suggesting 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 second floor and restrooms and storage spaces in the basement usually 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/Page A4 TOUGH TO TAKE Williamsburg’s Shannon Reigh (left) and Kristie Burger express disappointment after losing to Kennedy Christian 66-52 in the PIAA playoffs Wednesday. Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop Carroll advanced to the next round. Please see stories, Page Bl. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 mi*-' •    •*    sr    „    .y.    Xai.'HI    : *} 22910 0005|> a BIG FOUR 9 ii 8 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, rain likely. 44° ■ Forecast, A2 Cambria man faces trial for burning dad’s home By Phil Ray Staff Writer HASTINGS — An Ebensburg chiropractor 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. H(f*ADS^om We’re white-hot! " —■■■ - Altoona mirror [THE GREAT COMBINATION I 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) 946-7^47 □ LOCAL H NATION Business A9 Classifieds C5-12 Hospitals All Comics C4 Obituaries All Opinion A6 03 life Q SPORTS Movies D3 Night Life D4 Local B4 Planner D2 Scoreboard ?5 Television D5 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 $400,000. Police said Michael Rizzo, who was living with his parents because of Anan cial problems, put in a claim with his father’s insurance carrier, State F’arm Insurance Co., for $93,000 to pay for equipment lost in the fire. Please see Rlzzo/Page A7 INSIDEIN STATE Child advocates and business leaders Wednesday urged legislators to increase preschool education funding. PAGE A5 ii i ;

  • Aaron Copland
  • Bishop Carroll
  • Carl Crider
  • Edward Ostrowski
  • Kelly Bennett
  • Michael Joseph Rizzo
  • Michael Rizzo
  • Michael Zungali
  • Rick Reeves
  • Rob Egan
  • Shannon Reigh
  • Terry Despoy
  • Tom Worthington
  • Victor Rizzo
  • William Kibler

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: March 15, 2001

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