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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Emmanuel Community Church celebrates first anniversary FREE INSIDE Rick Nead, Rhonda Salsgiverwin Bowlers of Year UFE: A preview of what's coming to the movie theaters this summer 01 Altoona Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2001 500 newsstand 9TH DISTRICT RACE Another big gun endorses Shuster BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer GREENCASTLE Republican Bill Shuster garnered his biggest national endorsement for Congress to date Thursday as U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert offered his seal of approval. Shuster, who will battle Democrat Scott Conklin and Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok for the vacant 9th Congressional District seat in the May 15 special election, welcomed the Illinois Republican's endorsement at a fund-rais- er at the Comfort Inn. "We need good com- mon sense in Washing- ton, and I need good people on our side of the aisle that we can count on, who know what it's like to run a business and make a Hastert said. Hastert said lawmak- ers are busy trying to pass the budget, and they hope to celebrate passing a budget that contains parameters for the biggest tax reduction in the country's history. The tax cut has been a keystone of Shuster's campaign, and Hastert said Shuster also would be a valuable ally to reform health care. "The first thing we do is pass some com- mon-sense health-care relief for the American he said. "We need to make sure that everyone gets the health care they need without being sorted out, and that their employers can afford to provide it." Before returning to Washington, Hastert said he was pleased to help Shuster raise funds and awareness in his district. "My view is that they best way to guar- antee a good election is to go to the local area and make sure that the voters make an investment in their he said. "The problems stem from people who go to Hollywood or New York City and raise funds from people who don't support you and that you don't serve." Some say the visit from Hastert shows how serious the GOP is about retaining the 9th District. Please see A6 Hastert We have put Blair County on the map in a big, big way More than 800 people watched a seven- minute video of the chronology of the Blair County Convention Center that was played at a dinner celebrating the facility's grand opening. Mirror photos by Jason Sipes CENTER STAGE Officials retrace steps that led to facility's opening Food service workers at the center prepare sea bass on a bed of cous cous and filet mlgnon with baby vegetables for guests Thursday. BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Local leaders offered repeated affirma- tions Thursday that Blair County is in the convention business with a first- class center as the main attraction. "How proud we are tonight to see the sym- bol of our said state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R- Blair. "We have put Blair County on the map in a big, big way." Jubelirer was among more than a dozen people armed with scissors, who stood shoul- der-to-shoulder Thursday afternoon to cut a piece of the red ribbon stretched outside the Blair County Convention Center. When the job was finished, retired U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, was left holding a big red bow that he draped around his And when Shuster spoke three hours later at the opening night banquet, he was still wear- ing the ribbon. "After tonight, after seeing this facility, eat- ing this five-star food, I can say this simply isn't a Blair County Convention Center or a Our Opinion: New center will be heavy- hitter in Blair County's lineup PAGE AS Party atmosphere, low traffic dominate grand opening PAGE A7 central Pennsylvania convention Shuster said. "It's a world-class convention center." Shuster, who secured million in federal funds to contribute to the million project, Thursday night joined Jubelirer and others at the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau annual membership recogni- tion dinner, the center's first banquet. Standing on the stage of the convention cen- ter's ballroom that will bear his name, Shuster, with cameras enlarging his image on two projection screens, recalled how he and Jubelirer met with Gov. Tom Ridge to ask for state funding. "I heard Tom say he'll do it, so I said, 'Bob, let's get out of Shuster said. Please see A7 Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster (left) and state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, share a laugh after the ribbon cutting. Woman wins a judgment against Jehovah's Witness CLEONA (AP) A Lebanon County Halls in October and threatened legal woman who said she repeatedly told action if the visits continued. Jehovah's Witnesses to stay off her prop- But two Jehovah's Witnesses awak-erty won a judgment against one of ened the late-shift worker in February them who showed up at her door and after driving down a 300-foot lane past woke her up anyway. eight no-trespassing signs and three dog-Jennie Basiago was awarded the money warning signs, Basiago said, by a local district justice after filing a civil "I just reached my limit, Basiago said, trespassing complaint against Bernadine DiStefano said the visit was an acci-DiStefano, a member of the Palmyra dent. Basiago was on a list of homeown-Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's witnesses. ers who had requested no visits, but offi-Basiago said followers of the religion cials in East Hanover Township assigned came to her home every few months for new addresses in the area and the list was 12 years, and she called two Kingdom not contestant Tina Wesson is shown at an undisclosed location In the Australian Outback during an episode of the show. Wesson outlasted two men to claim the million prize, which was announced smile Tina Wesson outplays, outwits, outlasts to become ultimate Survivor of Outback BY MICHAEL EMERY crowds at pubs and nightclubs Staff Writer throughout Altoona, but the biggest _. cheer of the night came from Zach's Tina Wesson, a 40-year-old nurse g ts and when and mother of two children from Ramirez blasted a skth-inning home Knoxville, Tenn., became a million- run at PNC Park in the Pirates' 4-3 vic-aire in the Australian Outback. tory over the San Francisco Giants Wesson outlasted 15 other contes- a game featured on a TV screen oppo-tants in the CBS show site of "Survivor." with the final episode airing in a two- There was at least one group of vora-hour special Thursday night cious survivalists in the city, though. 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