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Publication: Altoona Mirror April 25, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania I Sports: St. Francis to honor luzzolino, Anderson Life: Cookbook author says it’s all about flavor DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2001 500 newsstand NS sets 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 internodal marketing executive, who is expected to talk about the railroad’s investments in infrastructure in Pennsylvania. The public hearing is scheduled for IO a.m. to I 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 members present at the Altoona hearings, 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 commitments made to Altoona also will be part of the proceedings. Geist is calling the hearings factfinding 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 acquisitions negotiations two years ago. The U.S. is expected to send representatives from the Federal Rail Administration to monitor the hearings. “Now we are going after the statewide perspective,” Geist said. Mirror Staff Writer Craig Williams can be reached at 946-7460 or [email protected] RALLY Mirror photos by Jason Sipes 4manda 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 graduates 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 Association 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 visible 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 committee to produce results, though. “It’s my opinion this whole oversight committee is much to do about nothing,” 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 pessimist, 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 committee. “This committee is a work in progress,” said Drew Crompton, counsel for state Senate President Pro Tem 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 theAT A GLANCE What: First meeting of PIAA oversight committee When: 9 a.m. today TV: PCN (Channel 22 on Altoona’s Charter cable system)TIMELINE January 1998 — After six years in Altoona, PIAA officials announce the 1998 and 1999 football championships will be played at Hersheypark. February 1998 — The state Senate agrees to form a 10-member committee to review the actions of the PIAA and how they reached their decision to move the football championships. May 1999 — Under intense pressure 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 2000 — The 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. May 2000 — 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. Today — The PIAA oversight council meets for the first time in Harrisburg. Mansion Park athletic complex are hopeful the committee can level the playing field when it comes to 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 valuable information and input on the selection process,” she said. Please see PIAA/Page A14 Secretary title no longer works By Craig Williams Staff Writer 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 back,” said Sheran Springer, a legal secretary for Evey Routch Black Dorezas Magee & Levine in Hollidaysburg. She said the duties of a typical office professional now include meeting coordination, client contact 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 Administrative Professionals Day. IAAP said Secretaries Day started 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 secretaries and administrative assistants and 1.4 million clerical supervisors and managers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Pennsylvania Career Guide reveals there were more than 3,000 openings for secretaries last year in schools, hospitals, businesses, factories, law firms and government agencies. Please see Secretary/Page A12BY THE NUMBERS ■ 4,800,000 — Number of secretaries, administrative assistants and clerical supervisors and managers 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. ■ 42,500 — Number of secretaries who are men. ■ $30,370 — Average salary of a legal secretary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ■ $23,970 — Average salary of all other secretaries. Judge says court cannot get involved in Boyer operation By Phil Ray Staff Writer 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 concern about how Boyer is being operated under Raybuck is not enough to warrant court oversight 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 evidence 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 accountant to oversee the company and particularly Raybuck’s management. Dickey said that Deborah Forgione should at least help Raybuck operate the candy-producing enterprise because she is the trustee of the irrevocable trust that holds the 400 shares of stock comprising Boyer Candy. He contends that, as trustee, she has the power to make decisions to protect the assets of the company and the financial interests of the recipients of the trust, which include herself, her daughter, Danielle, and her sons, Anthony II and Jonathan. Dickey said Tuesday while outside Smith’s courtroom, “How do we protect the assets. ... We just want somebody [to oversee RaybuckJ. We don’t care who it is.” Please see Boyer/Page A12 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ? *22910 00050^ 4 BIG FOUR 3 2    4    6 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 60° ■ Forecast, A2 Altoona iHirror 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 □local Business A9, 12 Hospitals A13 Obituaries A13 Opinion* A8 □ sports Movies B2 Scoreboard BS 7 Q NATION Classifieds    C3-14 GS LIFE Comics    D5 Community news    D2 Puzzles    D4 Television    D4 INSIDE IN STATE A man who crashed a tractor-trailer full of toilet tissue stole $44,000 worth of it. Page AU ;

  • Anthony Forgione
  • Anthony Ii
  • Brad Cashman
  • Cheryl Ebersole
  • Craig Williams
  • D. Brooks Smith
  • Deborah Forgione
  • Drew Crompton
  • Graham Spanier
  • Michael Mcclellan
  • Mike Veon
  • Phil Ray
  • Richard Timmons
  • Rick Geist
  • Robert C. Jubelirer
  • Sam Smith
  • Sheran Springer
  • Thomas M. Dickey
  • Tom Bradley
  • Tom Ridge

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: April 25, 2001

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