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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY Making good decisions when it comes to healthy snacks FREE INSIDE Curve leaves bases loaded in final inning loss to Erie Bl_________________ LIFE; Soweto Strings Project lifts kids out of despair of South Africa's poverty Dl Altnona Ultrrnr Copyright 2001 MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2001 500 newsstand State's welfare rolls on decline But in the midst of a flagging economy, it's uncertain whether trend will continue. BY JEANETTE KREBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG Despite the sagging economy, welfare rolls in Pennsylvania continue to drop. The number of people receiving public assistance in the state has dropped by 51 percent since wel- fare reform began in 1997. As of February, the caseload dipped to people, and wel- fare officials said they believe the trend will continue. "The rolls are the lowest they have been in more than 30 years, and they continue to go public welfare department spokes- man Jay Pagni said. So far, families have left public assistance and not re- turned. Pagni said many of those people are working. The average wage for a welfare recipient start- ing a job is per hour. As the economy continues to sour, however, some worry the numbers will begin to boost upward again. Some economists have speculat- ed the welfare numbers declined so rapidly because of the robust econ- omy of the last few years. Heather Boushey, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, said even though Pennsylvania's wel- fare numbers are not growing now, they could in the near future. "in the last 18 months, she said, many job cuts across the country have been in the manufacturing area. "That is not really where we see a lot of people going she said. The majority of former welfare recipients land jobs in day cares, home health services, hospitals and restaurants. If the financial picture of the country does not improve, those jobs also will be hit eventually. Please see AS ON THE JOB Ifs worth waiting Servers say they wouldn't have it any other way JIUJJ li Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Darlene Winters of Altoona serves up some hot dogs at Texas Hot Wieners on 12th Avenue in Altoona. Winters has been work- ing at the restaurant for 27 years. BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer It was the breakfast rush hour at Granny's Restaurant. Waitress Barbara Coke had a major problem she accident- ally locked herself in the ladies restroom. Coke wasn't worried so much about her own predicament she was more concerned about her customers. "I'm hollering through the door, 'Get my orders, take care of sections two and said Coke, 51, Altoona, who has worked as a waitress at the 613 Valley View Blvd. restaurant for 27 years. "That was my worst experience. I got locked in the stupid Coke and other women who have waitressed for many years agree that wait staff must take care of customers to be success- ful. It is even more important in today's economy. "People watch their expenses. We have to make sure we can satisfy them with all the compe- Coke said. "We have to keep them happy. People ask for things that are impossible to do, but we try." Despite the challenges, being a waitress can be very rewarding. "The reward is the friendships I've made over the Coke said. "I listen to people if they have a problem. Widows and wid- owers have become good friends. We were there for them." "I feel good when people come in and they still want me to wait on said Marge Miller, 73, Tyrone, who's been a waitress for more than 34 years and now works part time at the Bull Pen Restaurant in Tyrone. "I enjoy waiting on people." The veteran waitresses said they really enjoy their jobs. "I just have a good time. I real- ly enjoy coming to said Darlene Winters, 46, Altoona, who has spent 27 years on the job at Texas Hot Wieners, 1122 12th Ave. "We are like a family here." "I'm a people person. I like to be around said Coke, who originally planned to go to nursing school. "I thought about going into it, but I was content here. I found a home here. Please see AS BATTLE OVER BOYER Daughter backing Raybuck BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer The future of Boyer Candy Co. Inc. may be in doubt because of the death of longtime president Anthony Forgione, but his daughter has vowed the company will thrive as a tribute to her father's memory. Danielle Forgione, 28, said she supports Boyer Chief Financial Officer Roger Raybuck's efforts to resurrect the company's finances as he carries on the business. "Several years ago, Boyer Candy was on a financial high. Boyer isn't so strong as it once was. That's not to saj( we will not get said Danielle Forgione, the oldest child of Anthony and Deborah Forgione. "My father cared so much for that company. The only thing I care about is seeing his legacy continued, seeing that the company thrives." Raybuck, was a "trusted confidante" of her father, who died March 23. "He [Raybuck] is working with our family, and he is doing an amazing job for Boyer said Danielle Forgione, who works as a reporter at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, N.Y. Danielle Forgione said she was addressing the future of the company because of her mother's attempts to take con- trol of the irrevocable trust that holds the company's stock. Danielle Forgione said Deborah Forgione has been estranged from the family for the past six A week ago, Altoona attor- ney Thomas M. Dickey filed a lawsuit on behalf of Deborah Forgione charging that she has been excluded from participating in decisions about the company's future even though she is the only surviv, ing trustee of the trust. The lawsuit asks the court for intervention to open up the books and company business to Deborah Forgione. Dickey said Deborah Forgione is worried that Raybuck will squander the company's assets, placing its future and the future of more than 200 local jobs in jeopardy. The attorney for Raybuck and Boyer Candy, James Walsh of Johnstown, April 9 removed the lawsuit to U.S. District Court in Johnstown. Dickey will fight that removal and said he could file his challenge today. Raybuck contends that Deborah Forgione resigned her position as trustee of the Forgione Family Trust and that he is the only surviving trustee. Please see AS it My father cared so much for that company. The only I care about is seeinghis legacy continued. Danielle Forgione daughter of the late Anthony Forgione 55 Poll results show Americans want their privacy protected BY GINA HOLLAND The Associated Press WASHINGTON Americans want laws to pro- tect their private information, even at the cost of restricting public access and free press, a new sur- vey shows. Such privacy fears, fueled by the availability of information on the Internet, could lead to new restrictions that handcuff journalists, said Ken Paulson, executive director of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. A center survey, done with the American Society of Newspaper Editors, which met recently in DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Court rules prison employee information PAGE A3 Washington, D.C., found that people were as concerned about pri- vacy as they were about issues such as health care and the future of Social Security. "There's tremendous potential for backlash against public record Paulson said. Please see A3 Local number cruncher helps reveal senseless census data BY CRAIG WILLIAMS StaffWriter Next year, New Yorkers are going to find that Native Americans have left Manhattan Island again least in the eyes of the federal government. That's because a glitch in the 1990 census form a single category for those of "Indian" ancestry resulted in people claiming American Indian descent being counted in the same category as people who indicated they were born in India. That should be cor- rected in the 2000 numbers. Local number cruncher John Grumbine was one of the data specialists who noticed the problem. United Stales Census profiles of Clearfield and Huntingdon PAGES A4, 6 His research showed a sampling of the4990 cen- sus indicated many American Indians were fluent in Asian-Indian lan- guages a key tip-off that something was amiss. Grumbine, president of Innovative Computing Inc., 1216 llth Ave., Altoona, may be one of the few people Please see A4 6085 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEMMER Cloudy with rain, 52" Forecast, A2 Altoona mirror [THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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