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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: St. Francis to honor luzzolino, Anderson Life: Cookbook author says it's all about flavor Dl Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2001 newsstand NSsets second hearing lineup BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer This week, Richard Timmons, Norfolk Southern Corp.'s vice president in Harrisburg, again will appear before the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee in round two of hearings in what the committee chairman is calling fact-finding sessions. Timmons will be joined by Michael McClellan, NS intermodal marketing executive, who is expected to talk about the rail- road's investments in infrastruc- ture in Pennsylvania. The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Senate Hearing Room of the Capitol building in Harrisburg. Similar to the previous hearing held in Altoona two weeks ago, state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, will preside as chairman of the committee and call for testimony from workers and management. The testimony will be heard by at least 12 members of the General Assembly, up from the eight mem- bers present at the Altoona hear- ings, which included Geist. Members and lawyers for the Transport Workers Union of America, the leading union at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, are expected to testify and will be joined by at least one other union. House Democratic Whip Rep. Mike Veon, D-Beaver, and Republican Whip Rep. Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, will address the committee. Geist said the session will focus on NS operations throughout the state, though testimony on com- mitments made to Altoona also will be part of the proceedings. Geist is calling the hearings fact- finding sessions, as the state and rail labor unions have a petition pending before the federal Surface Transportation Board for a review of Conrail merger agreements made to the state and region during acquisi- tions negotiations two years ago. The U.S. is expected to send repre- sentatives from the Federal Rail Administration to monitor the hear- ings. "Now we are going after the statewide Geist said. Mirror Staff Writer Craig Williams can be reached at or ANTI-HATE RALLY Mirror photos by Jason Sipes manda Slade, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., (above) holds a sign denouncing the actions that have occurred in the last week at Penn State University. At left: Thousands of students sit in front of Old Main after university President Graham Spanier made a brief statement and quickly retreated. Below: Students hold hands as a show of solidarity during a chant on the steps of Old Main. Last week, threats to bomb a ceremony honoring black gradu- ates was sent to a reporter of the campus newspaper. I PAGE A14 PIAA panel will begin oversight BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer If there is a road to bring the state football championships back to Altoona, it may start today when a panel charged by lawmakers with monitoring the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Associ- ation meets for the first time. The oversight council for the PIAA was created by lawmakers after Senate leaders complained that the organization wielded its power unfairly and punished those who complained. The complaints became very vis- ible after PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman in 1998 awarded the state football championships to Hersheypark, where they have remained. The process that was used to select a new site, after Altoona had hosted the games without complaint between 1992 and '97, left local school and tourism officials feeling slighted. That feeling was repeated last year when the PIAA Board of Control accepted a Hersheypark bid to host the games in 2000 and 2001 without reading the Hershey or Altoona proposals. The Altoona Area School District isn't holding its breath for the com- mittee to produce results, though. "It's my opinion this whole over- sight committee is much to do about said district spokesman Tom -Bradley, who played a key role in hosting the games and led the charge to bring the games back last year. "I don't expect much. Maybe I'm a pes- simist, but these last few years it's been rough to see how things have gone and decisions have been made." Today's meeting is a starting point for the newly formed com- mittee. "This committee is a work in said Drew Crompton, counsel for state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R- Blair, a vocal PIAA critic. "This is something we've been working toward for three years, and it was our next logical step. We are trying to ensure that the PIAA acts in a fair and equitable manner when it comes to student-athletes." Crompton said the meeting will be used to establish officers and an agenda for the next year, among other things. Those who worked on the last proposal to return the games to the AT A GLANCE Whit: First meeting of PIAA over- sight committee Wlwn: 9 a.m. today TV: PCN (Channel 22 on Altoona's Charter cable system) TIMELINE Jimiiry 1998 After six years in Altoona, PIAA officials announce the 1998 and 1999 football champi- onships will be played at Hersheypark. February state Senate f agrees to form a 10-member com- mittee to review the actions of the PIAA and how they reached their decision to move the football cham- pionships. Miy 1999 Under Intense pres- sure from state lawmakers, the PIAA Board of Control strips Executive Director Brad Cashman of his power to name the host of the playoffs without board approval. March Senate Special Committee on Interscholastic Sports, introduces legislation designed to place school athletics under state oversight. April 2000 The PIAA Board of Control accepts their administrative staff's recommendation to award the 2000-01 football championships to Hersheypark. Proposed legislation to turn control of the PIAA over to state government is amended and approved by the Senate Education Committee. November 2000 Gov. Tom Ridge signs PIAA reform Into law creating a 17-member oversight council for the PIAA. Toiliy The PIAA oversight coun- cil meets for the first time in Harrisburg. Mansion Park athletic complex ate hopeful the committee can level the playing field when it comestn the selection process. Altoona is more than willing to give input to possible changes in the way the PIAA does business, said Cheryl Ebersole, executive director of the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I think we could give some valu; able information and input on the selection she said. Please see A14 Secretary title no longer works BY CRAIG WILLIAMS StaffWriter In today's mile-a-minute business world, no one has to be faster on his or her feet than a secretary. In fact, the job has changed so much that the title doesn't always fit it anymore. "We are doing a lot more things that mid-level managers used to do even a few years said Sheran Springer, a legal secretary for Evey Routch Black Dorezas Magee Levine in Hollidaysburg. She said tie duties of a typical office professional now include meeting coordination, client con- tact and an ever-increasing responsibility for knowledge of computer software. It is this blurring definition of what a secretary is that has led the International Association of Administrative Professionals to lobby to change the name of Secretaries Day, which is marked today, to the all-inclusive Admini- strative Professionals Day. IAAP said Secretaries Day start- ed in 1952 as an effort to recognize secretaries for their contribution to the workplace and attract young people to secretarial careers. The efforts seem to have worked. Today there are 3.4 million secre- taries and administrative assis- tants and 1.4 million clerical super- visors and managers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Pennsylvania Career Guide reveals there were more than openings for secretaries last year in schools, hospitals, businesses, factories, law firms and govern- ment agencies. Please see A12 BY THE NUMBERS Number of secre- taries, administrative assistants and clerical supervisors and man- agers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 99 Percent of secretaries who are women, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Number of secre- taries who are men. Average salary of a legal secretary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average salary of all other secretaries. Judge says court cannot get involved in Boyer operation BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter JOHNSTOWN Roger Ray- buck emerged from a federal court hearing Tuesday still in charge of Boyer Candy Co. Inc., the Altoona Mallo Cup business in the throes of a power struggle. U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith told Raybuck's antagonist, Deborah Forgione, the estranged wife of the late Boyer owner Anthony Forgione, that her con- cern about how Boyer is being operated under Raybuck is not enough to warrant court over- sight of the company. Speaking to Deborah Forgione's attorney, Thomas M. Dickey of Altoona, Smith said the court could not become involved in Boyer's operation unless Dickey showed him "pretty powerful evi- dence of irreparable harm." Dickey filed a petition in federal court last week charging that Raybuck, the company's former chief financial officer and a friend of the late Boyer president, is operating the company as chief executive officer and president without answering to anybody. He asked the court to name a receiver, a trustee and an accoun- tant to oversee the company and particularly Raybuck's manage- ment. Dickey said that Deborah Forgione should at least help Raybuck operate the candy-pro- ducing enterprise because she ;ib the trustee of the irrevocable trust that holds the 400 shares of stock comprising Boyer Candy. He contends that, as trustee, s'hfc has the power to make decisions to protect the assets of the compa- ny and the financial interests .of the recipients of the trust, which include herself, her Danielle, and her sons, Anthony n and Jonathan. Dickey said Tuesday while out- side Smith's courtroom, "How dp we protect the assets. We just want somebody [to oversee We don't care who it is." Please see A12 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 3246 I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altoona iHtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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