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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 10, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                ofwtwna, duu ti Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2001 50C newsstand Union's circular seeking support Car shop workers want the community to voice opposition to facility's closing. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer. HOLLIDAYSBURG Members of the local Transportation Workers of America union will hit the-streets this week, distributing fliers and calling for support from their neighbors in the fight to keep the Hollidaysburg Car Shop open. The blue and white handbills already can be found on lunch counters and in storefronts throughout Altpona. Within the coming days, union members will spread literature throughout Bedford and Cambria counties to call attention to what the federal Surface Transportation Board is calling one of the most visible cam- paigns since the original plan to breakup Conrail. "We sent these [fliers] out to get community said Tom Luttqn, president of TWU Local 27. "Basically it is a letter-writing campaign to tell the politicians that the people are concerned, too." Addresses of local state represen- tatives are listed on the fliers. Community members are encour- aged to write politicians about their opposition to Norfolk Southern Corp.'s decision to close the shop in September and move 380 jobs out of the area. Already, about letters from the TWU and supporting unions, including the National Council of Firemen and Oilers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and Blacksmiths, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Sheet Metal Workers International Association, have gone out to state politicians. The campaign was strong enough that the state joined with the unions in a petition to the STB. The petition calls on the federal agency to review commitments Norfolk Southern made before the board during hearings on the breakup of Conrail. A hearing of the Pennsylvania Surface Transportation Board, chaired by state Rep., Richard Geist, R-Altoona, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Perm State Downtown Conference Center. Please see A7 PITTSBURGH CURVE A GRAND OPENING Mirror photo by Jason Sipss A balloon release capped the pregame activities Monday at PNC Park. The crowd of observed a moment of silence for the late Pirate great Willie Stargell. Rain delay fails to drown out enthusiasm of Curve fans Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Jon Grindall and his grandson Tim Fink, 15, both of Tyrone, cheer the Altoona Curve as they are introduced Monday at Blair County Ballpark. BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer It was a night for kids to remember even before the first pitch was thrown. A dream came true for 6 year- old Jimmy Skinner of Altoona. Kelsey Mulhollem, 12, took the field in her youth baseball uni- form. And the countdown until the-home opener finally reached zero for Tim Fink, 15, of Tyrone. Fink, 15, made the drive from Tyrone through the pouring rain with his grandfather Jon Grindall. While the onslaught of rain delayed the start of the game, it certainly didn't delay the fun. Fink was quick to make his way to the gate with ticket in hand. He bypassed congression- al candidate Bill Shuster, who was taking advantage of the crowd to campaign. "Who was that Fink said More baseball PAOES B1, 2, 7, 8 while handing his ticket to the taker. The question wasn't answered because seconds later he was in a different world, and it didn't really matter. It just smelled like baseball. A walk past the concession stands was like a trip through a park on a summer day, with the taste of grilled food hovering in the air. Grindall handed his grandson a new right-handed baseball glove after entering the park. "He made me go to Ames and buy him a new Grindall said. "I said, 'What about all of these in the He said they are all too small." Minutes later the pair waited to take their seats as usher Jim Lowe removed the water left behind from the downpour. Please see A10 PNC Park opens gates to awestruck Pirates fans; BY RAY ECKENROD'E Staff Writer PITTSBURGH For 22-year-old Altoonan Jason Pagliaro, and a genera- tion of fans like him who grew up watching professional baseball played in concrete bowls, that was one of the few superlatives avail- able Monday to describe PNC Park. "I love it. It's said Pagliaro, who works for a city answering service and scored his tickets for the Pirates opener on the Web. "I have a lot of memories of the teams that played at Three Rivers, but this is... is... unbeliev- able." After Monday, you gotta believe. Cold, hollow and ultimately arti- ficial Three Rivers Stadium has given way to a million, base- ball-only marvel, a delicious architectural mix of arches and angles and nooks and crannies where the national pastime will be played on real grass and fans can almost touch the players a mix of Forbes Field charm and Camden Yards splendor. And those fans walked around their new ballpark Monday in slack-jawed wonder, basking in the open-air feel and the great sight lines and checking out the bleachers and benches in the out- field and the awe-inspiring view of the city skyline from behind home plate. Nearly as important to civic offl4 cials as what goes on inside the ballpark is what goes on outside, where a handful of new business- es already line the surrounding streets, and fingers are crossed that more will follow. Please see A10 AISO INSIDE Fans paid tribute to the patriarch of the Pirate Willie Stargell, who died Monday after suffering a stroke. Please see stories, Pages Stargell Mine cleanup, heating aid hurt under Bush federal budget plan BY CLAUDE R. MARX The Associated Press WASHINGTON Funds to clean up Pennsylvania's aban- doned mines would be reduced, as would subsidies to help poor peo- ple pay for heating, under the trillion budget plan released Monday by President Bush. But funding for medical research would go up, as would money for mass transit. The fate of the V-22 Osprey fighter aircraft Bush proposes cutting a multi- tude of programs PAGE C1 remains in doubt. Those are among the Pennsylvania-related provisions contained in the spending propos- al. Congress is required by law to pass a budget by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Funding for Pennsylvania's share of mine cleanup would drop from million to million. Twenty-four states receive money through the fund, which is financed largely from taxes paid by coal mining companies. Business and political leaders in northeastern and southwestern Pennsylvania contend that the funds are crucial to helping the region attract more employers. A spokesman for Rep. Donald Sherwood, R-Pa., said the Appropriations Committee mem- ber would try to restore the fund- ing for the mine cleanup program. Please see AS HOW TO COPE Mother addresses suicide prevention Tina Henderson of Bedford County offered advice Monday to young people on how to cope with the stresses in their lives: Be open with your feelings. Spend time with family and friends. Consider the importance of spirituality in your life. Get involved with after-school activities. Accept thanks or compliments from others. Think and plan your future, setting realistic goals. Volunteer because you have a lot to offer. Eat right. Seek help if you feel overwhelmed or troubled. BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter A Bedford County mother who lost her 13-year-old son to suicide urged parents Monday at Altoona Area High School to tell their kids to talk to someone about what's bothering them. They may have broken up with a girlfriend or a boyfriend. They may have flunked a test. One young man was distraught because his dog died. Sp distraught that he took his own life, J saidTinaHendersonof7516 Lincoln Highway, Bedford. She told the parents to tell their kids if ever some- i thing is bothering them a I lot, "Suicide is not an Before you get to that point, ask for help." Debbie Wade of Altoona described Henderson's message as "very powerful." Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 V. 7 5 6 6 Lottery numbers, A2 Thunderstorms likely, Forecast, A2 Altoona Ultrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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