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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania JUt0mra Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 newsstand NFL DRAFT Steelers grab Texas NT, Georgia LB PENGUINS Early goals hold up for win, 3-2 lead BUSINESS Expert: Altoona good location BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer .Blair County has a lot to offer .companies looking to relocate but ;must address several key weak- -nesses and market itself better, a corporate relocation expert said. ,-J'Most companies don't know Dennis Donovan told members of the I Altoona Blair County Development Corp. dur- ing their annual meet- ing. "You just remain j off the radar screen." j Donovan's company, the Wadley-Donovan Donovan Group, specializes in analyzing a town's Strengths and weaknesses and 'then recommends selected devel- opmtnt sites to companies and firms looking to open new opera- tions in the area. "Right now, the most popular places for businesses to locate are in the Atlantic sub-belt from Florida to he said. "Also, the mid-Atlantic is doing well as foreign companies are locating all along the coastal mid- Atlantic states, from Philadelphia to New York." Unfortunately, the focus is not on rural hinterlands of the eastern seaboard, even though places such as Altoona have one main ingredi- ent all other regions don't a tremendous labor pool, he said. With headquarters in Morristown, N.J., the Wadley- Donovan Group first came to this region about a decade ago looking for a building location. Please see A12 MINUSES, PIUSES What one expert thinks companies .see when consider locating in Altoona. 'Weaknesses: Location I Strong labor union presence I Perceived quality of'life I Skilled labor pool Relatively low starhip costs Real quality of life OF PROTESTS Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett Protesters are dragged off the field by Penn State police officers before the Penn State Blue-White football game. For story, please see Page A3. AND PIGSKIN Penn State White squad quarterback Matt Senneca signs autographs for fans before the Blue-White game. Mirror Sports staffers Neil Rudel and Philip Cmor were on the scene and have the lowdown on the 2001 version of the Nittany Lions. Complete coverage begins on Paged. Blair's recycling effort lags Centre County ranks at the top with 53.9 percent of trash being sent for recycling. BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Blair County residents have some work to do if they're going to help the state reach the recycling goal of 35 percent that Gov. Tom Ridge set for 2003. After spending thousands of dol- lars in the past decade to initiate and improve recycling, Blair has a recycling rate of 18.1 percent, according to 1998 statistics, the lat- est available. That means that of tons of trash generated that year, tons were recycled. Carl Hursh, who oversees a pro- gram for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Blair County's 18.1 percent rate is respectable. But in comparison to surrounding counties, Blair is sending a lot of trash to landfills. While Centre County is a leader in the state and region by recycling 53.9 percent of its trash, Cambria and Clearfield counties also recy- cle more trash than Blair. Cambria's 1998 statistics indi- cate it recycles 39 percent of its trash, and in Clearfield, the recy- cling rate is 28.4 percent. Meanwhile, Bedford and Huntingdon counties are recycling less than Blair County. Their rates are 13.5 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively. Hursh said Blair County has come a long way in its recycling efforts over 10 years when it started from scratch and it's up PA Cleanways looks to extend cleanup efforts PAGE A4 Alternative fuel interest grows in Pennsylvania PAOE AS Blair commissioners reactivate solid waste committee PAOE A4 to local governments to decide how to increase the percentage. "We rely on our county recycling coordinators, and through our technical assistance program, we offer free professional advice on how to improve a recycling pr'r> gram's efficiency or he said. Blair County commissioners John J. Ebersole, John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Donna D. Gority have said they're interested in efforts to do more recycling: They've hired consultant Richard C. Sutler Associates to update the county's 10-year solid waste plan by the end of the year. The updated plan should spell out efforts to improve the percent- age of recycled trash, but it likely won't include any measures to force more Blair County commu- nities to start recycling pro- grams. Commissioners have said that while the county will help any community get into recycling, they're not interested in trying to force any community to recycle. That means curbside recycling in Altoona, Logan Township, Hollidaysburg and Tyrone will continue because the state man- dates it. Curbside recycling in neighboring municipalities may or may not continue, depending on efforts made by trash haulers trash generators. Please see A4 THE NUMBERS 1998 municipal waste generation and recycling: County Blair Cambria Centre Clearfield Bedford Huntingdon Percentage Rate 18.1 percent 39.0 percent 53.9 percent 28.4 percent 13.5 percent 16.3 percent Source: Pa. Department of Environmental Protection Some of the C.W. Longer Elementary team, T including EricMalone Elissa Henry (center) and Ellie Psaki, take part in "their group's production of "Omer's Glue" at Roosevelt Junior High School in the -Ody-See-Ing Sounds competition. Teams quality in Odyssey of the Mind competition for world finals Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer A team of students from St. John's the Evangelist Catholic school in Lakemont was one of 26 teams qualifying for the world finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition. The St. John's team qualified by placing second in Division III of the Classics Wild, Winged Wonders category, held Saturday during the Pennsylvania finals at Altoona Area High School. St John's and other qualifying teams will compete June 2-5 at the University of Maryland-College Park, where they will be matched against other champions from throughout North America, Australia, China, Europe and Japan. In its qualifying competition, the team was required to identify three birds, one of a living species, one that is team-created and one that is classic. The team discussed the merits of the birds and selected one for special recognition. This will be the second trip to the world finals for at least four members of the St. John's team. Jennifer Price, Laura Deely, Lindsay Wilson and Jim Bacon and coach Linda Vogel were part of the 1997 team that qualified for the world finals. Other members of this year's qualifying team include Chris Madden, Eric Sral and Andy Madden. "I am very proud of them, they showed a lot of courage during the day. We are such a small school and the kids worked so well as a Vogel said. "Our kids are 13 and 14 years old and competing with kids up to age 19 makes this extra special." More than students from elemen- tary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania participated in the event, hosted for the 14th-consecutive year by the Altoona Area School District. Students who compete in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving competi- tion with an athletic games spirit, said the experience is beneficial. Please see AID Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 2578 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 Altnnun mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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