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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Penn State's Jon Crispin transferring HI Nation: Living organ donations jump 16 percent Ci iWtmir 2001 TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2001 500 newsstand Congress hopefuls square off "How can we expect our kids to be able to com- pete on a world level if they are not on an equal playing Scott Conklin Democratic Party BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter CHAMBERSBURG It was time for the three can- didates for the vacant 9th Congressional District seat to put up or shut up Monday as the first major debate of the campaign kicked off in Franklin County. The debate, held on the campus of Wilson College, was the first of three head-to-head debates between Democrat Scott Conklin and Republican Bill Shuster, with Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok provid- ing a significant third corner in the showdown. "Central Pennsylvania is a great place to live and Shuster said. "I'm running for Congress to make sure that it stays that way for your children and mine. Together, we can make the future bright for our families, our children and our communities." "Will Rogers once said that the difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician looks ahead to his next election, while a statesman looks ahead to the next Conklin said. "I will fight to make our children the next great generation." Hartzok, however, called the major parties' candi- dates' words nice rhetoric but with no results. "Have we really made she asked. "Economic progress, social progress, environmental progress? The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is stuck. We need new vision, we need new guidance, we need to unite people of good will from both sides." The debate's most heated moment came during an audience question concerning abortion. Conklin told the audience that he was "100 percent pro-life" and eluded Shuster for referring in his cam- paign to a story in Penn State University's college newspaper which implied that Conklin was pro- abortion. Conklin said he was misquoted and that a retraction was run in a later edition. Please see A10 "We need new vision, we need new guidance, we need to unite people of good will from both sides." Alanna Hartzok Green Party "We must reduce the tax burden for working For too long, our citizens have been overcharged and overtaxed." Bill Sinister Republican Party Schools, firm win on local project Blair Technology selected to create Spring Cove's digital district program. BY JON FLECK For the Mirror ROARING Spring Cove School District is teaming up with a locally operated technology company to build one of the state's first digital school districts. One of three school districts recently selected to participate in the groundbreaking state project, Spring Cove selected Blair Technology Group to design and build the digital system. "I was really impressed with their competency and the service they had to Spring Cove Superintendent James Scott said. "They've been really creative in what they have to offer. It's a win- win situation." said Blair Technology was knowledgeable about the project ajjd received "glowing responses" from seven references, which enabled the Altoona-based compa- ny to beat out some well-known national firms. is the primary con- sideration in any Scott Said. "When this was first anaounced, it brought out a lot of companies wondering what it was all about. did their homework, came JUand wanted to know what they could do to help us get this thing done." ;'-'-Please see AS CANINE CIRCUS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett A jump-roping Jack Russell terrier was part of the Madcap Mayhem with O'Donnell's Bavarian Barnyard Review Monday at the 62nd annual Jaffa Shrine Circus. The event continues through Friday with shows at a.m. and p.m. There wUl.be three shows Saturday (10 a.m., 3 and p.m.) and two shows Sunday (1 and 5 For ticket information, call 944-5351 or 944-5352. Pa. lawmakers work to rescue WIG program From Mirror staff and wire reports At least one local couple wouldn't like to see anything threaten Pennsylvania's premier early childhood nutrition program, which has been helping fewer peo- ple recently and getting mil- lion less federal money than three years ago. The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is showing signs of stress, but it's a critical part of the household budget for Robert and Melissa Vogel of Altoona, who have 3-year-old and 9-nionth-old daughters. Robert Vogel has his pride and wants to be self-sufficient, he said Monday afternoon as he bought two containers of milk and two of juice through WIC. at Weis Market in the Park Hills Plaza while the rest of his family waited in the car. "But we kind of need he said. "It pretty much keeps us in milk." WIC supplements his income as a salesman at Rex TV and Appliance, giving his family about per month in checks ear- marked strictly for items such as formula, milk, cheese, eggs and peanut butter. Melissa Vogel doesn't work outside the home. Federal funding for the opera- tion of local clinics is this year, down from in 1998. Participation is down too, from a monthly average of in 1999 to in 2000. And last year, for the first time in many years, Pennsylvania returned million in unused federal WIC funds to the U.S. Department of Diane Wallace, director of the WIC program in Blair County, said the two main clinics and nine satellite sites in the county may be affected. "We are looking at our opera- IN THE STATE Federal funding for Pennsylvania's WIC clinics is million for 2001; down from million in 1998. Average monthly participation by Pennsylvania residents in 2000 was down from in 1999. Pennsylvania returned millionC- in unused WIC funds to the U.S. ,'-v Department of Agriculture in 2000. tions.JSfe are evaluating our pro- gram. We are not looking at clos- ing any right now, but I can't slay that it won't happen in the Wallace said. "I am not saying it is not going to happen." The WIC program's two main clin- ics are at 500 E. Chestnut Ave. and 308 Allegheny St, Hollidaysburg. The nine satellite sites are in Williamsburg, Tyrone, Bellwodd, Martinsburg and Claysburg, at the Altoona Area High School, Station Mall, Evergreen Manor and Healthy Beginnings Plus at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital. As local WIC staff across the state voice their alarm about what's happening to WIQ-, Pennsylvania lawmakers have begun to pay attention. Sen. Allen Kukovich, D- Westmoreland, has bill calling for million for WIC in next year's budget. His bill is co- sponsored by 15 senators. Sen. Tim Murphy, R-Alleghenyt who chairs the Senate Aging arid Youth Committee, is seeking million for WIC next year. His approach has attracted the support of additional senators who had not signed on to the more cost- ly Kukovich bill. Please see AS LASMIINUTE RETURNS Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Postal employee David Adams collects tax returns from a steady stream of llth-hour filers, including Diana Ingersoll of Altoona. The Altoona Post Office offered extended window service until midnight. Legislator's one-man crusade creates thorn in side of Republican majority" BY PETER DURANTDJE capitolwire.com HARRISBURG Out of power for nearly seven years, what appears to remain of the Democratic Party in the state Legislature, in some people's eyes, is a lone House member, fighting with the only thing left at his dis- posal: amendments. State Rep. Camffle "Bud" George, a gravelly voiced, 73-year-old rural lawmaker from Clearfield County, has driven Republicans to distrac- tion by offering amendments to one bill after another ceaselessly for more than three years. His amendments, consumer- or environment-oriented, have Re- publicans voting for them for fear of criticism back in their districts. George has caused such a disrup- tion that Republican leaders are exchanging memos about him. In a Feb. 12 memo to House Majority Leader John Perzel, R- Philadelphia, four GOP leaders said Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R- Delaware, had brought up George and his amendments in caucus that day. "He objected to these amend- ments taking so much time in cau- cus and on the according to the memo. George is not just disrupting the House. The Republicans who con- trol the Senate also have come to know a George amendment when they see it. "It's clear that it goes from the sponsor's mouth to the paper with very little said Steve MacNett, counsel to the Senate Republicans. "The purpose seems to be inter- rupting the process rather than addressing a particular out- come." Please see A10 JIT A GUNGE Camille "Bud" George I Democrat I District I Centre and Clearfield I counties Born: Dec. Family: Wife, Edna; J six children Hometown: Houtzdale First elected to Pennsylvania House: 1974 Committees: Environmental Resources and Energy (minority Rules George Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Cloudy, snow showers, Forecast, A2 Altumut iEtrror 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) 946-7547 T Business Hospitals _ Obituaries Opinion A7 Aft A9 A8 QNMNN Movies Classifieds Hun Local Scoreboard Comics I DearAbby B4 j Puzzles B5 j Television C4 C5-10 D3 D2 D2 D2 IN LIFE Girls in their tweens idolize pop singers and want to dress like them. PAGE D1 r   

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