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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY TEENS MIRROR: German teen-ager visits pen paflin Altoona FREE INSIDE Curve fall to Akron Aeros in third-straight t6ss at Blair County Ballpark ii LIFE: Music festival brings country's biggest names to Pittsburgh Dl Altnona Copyright 2001 MONDAY, MAY 14, 2001 500 newsstand Traffic study to review impact BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer DUNCANSVILLE Blair Township supervisors are hiring an engineering firm to do a traffic impact study in the area of a pro- posed controversial housing devel- opment. Supervisors John Nigro, David Burchfield Sr. and Terry Claar have voted to pay to Engineering Specialists of Indiana to perform the study that will examine potential traffic the Greystone Estates devel- opment will generate in the Penn Farms neighborhood and any efforts to lessen the impact. Township engineer Paul Kirby said the study would review key intersections in that area. Neighbors in the Penn Farms area fear the 68-unit housing development will empty an excessive amount of traffic onto the narrow Meadow Lane and make .the intersection with Forsht Drive more hazardous. Township solicitor Frederick Gieg Jr. said the traffic study should look at the need for traffic lights, one-way streets.and review the impact on area roads. The action is one way supervi- sors are attempting to address the neighbor's concerns, Gieg said. "It's going to cost them some money, but I think it's Gieg said. Developer Jeff Long proposed a boulevard-style or divided road through Greystone Estates as a way to meet the township's requirement that any development with more than 20 parcels have two access points. While township supervisors in February 2000 approved prelimi- nary plans for that type of road, neighbors since have protested. The protests caused supervisors, residents and Long to look for another access route through neighboring land. But Nigro said at Tuesday night's supervisors meet- ing that nothing has worked out. Long has secured all the neces- sary approvals for his project except an OK on a developer's agreement that township supervi- sors need to vote on. Kirby said Long could have asked supervisors to vote Tuesday so he could move forward on his development. Instead, Long grant- ed the township a 90-day extension so the traffic study could be done. Please see A8 HONORING COLLEGE GRADUATES Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Francis University President the Rev. Christian Oravec delivers opening remarks Sunday at SFU's 150th commencement at Maurice Stokes Athletics Center in Loretto. Valedictorian of the class of 2001 was 36-year-old Philipsburg resident Lisa Onink, who majored in social work. The class was one of the largest to graduate in St. Francis' history with 500 students. The featured speaker was themostRev. Gabriel Montalw, Apostolic Nuncio, Pope John Paul It's official representative in the United States. Juniata College also held commencement ceremonies Sunday with more than two-thirds of graduates donning a green ribbon, representingtheirsigningofapledgestartedbyanAlt6onastudent.lPAGE A4 2 die when plane crashes after 6 miles in flight BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer SUMMERHILL Two men were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed in Cambria County less than 6 miles from takeoff. The plane was found Sunday afternoon after several hours of searching near the old Mine 38 in a section of Jackson Township off Swigle Mountain Road near the Croyle Township line. The names of the victims were not released Sunday night by the Cambria County Coroner's Office. Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowksi said one man-was 50, the other 49. One was from the area but the other was from Pittsburgh, he said. Details of the crash, including what might have gone wrong so close to the airport, also were unavailable. The Jackson Town- ship police led the probe until investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived to take over. Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the eastern region of the Federal Aviation Administration, said pre- liminary information showed the plane crashed 5.7 miles north of the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, killing the two people on board. The single-engine Cessna 150A was registered to Michael C. Benko, 198 Leidy Lane, Johnstown, and was registered Oct. Although Benko owned the plane, it doesn't mean he was one of those on board, Salac said. The crash was reported to the FAA at p.m., she said. An FAA official from the Cleveland region said the plane number N7064X was headed from Johnstown to Ebensburg. The plane left Johnstown at a.m. Sunday for what should have been about a 19-mile flight. The spokesman said the commu- nications center showed the fami- ly reported the plane long overdue for landing, and the Cleveland center published a routine alert around 5 p.m. That alert was canceled at p.m., and the center assumed that meant the plane had been found at the airport. The Air Force picked up a beacon from the downed aircraft and sent out a search plane, Kwiatkowski said. Please see A7 PRIMARY 2001 Officials: Few want to take on workload BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Take a look at the list of candi- dates for Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primary elections. Go ahead. Give it more than a quick glance. Put your finger at the top of a list of open offices and run it to the bottom. What you're likely to see under many office titles are the words "no candidate." In Blair County, Democratic candi- dates are hard to find, particularly for small boroughs and townships, Director of Elections Janice Blair said. The opposite is true in Cambria County, where it's not easy to field a slate of Republican candidates, Director of Elections Fred Smith said. William Petre, a councilman in one of Cambria County's smallest boroughs, said people tend to get jaded about the political process. But at the grass-roots level, he said, party affiliation doesn't really matter. "Everybody likes to take advan: tage of the privileges of citizen- ship, but few want to take on the Petre said. He's one of five'Chest Springs Borough Council members who PRIMARY ELECTION Mar 15.2001 INSIDE Two vie for Blair Township seat. PAGE M Contested Blair County races. PAGE AS Contested Cambria County races. PAGE AS Tax collector competition in Frankstown Township. PAGE AS are elected by the 84 adult resi- dents in the town of 110. "People should take time out of their careers to [serve in] public office and not particularly to make money at Petre said, whose military sei-- vice taught him to get involved. Please see AS Magistrate challenger criticizes incumbent BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff-Writer The challenger for the district justice seat at Canan Station has charged that the 25-year incum- bent is complacent, unwilling to work with police and entirely too willing to let some defendants off too easily. Jay Burlingame has it all wrong, replies District Justice Patrick T. Jones, citing lots of endorsements from retired police who are free to speak their minds, unlike those still in uniform and a spotless audit record from the state. Burlingame, 41, is the director ofi student .and judicial affairs at Penn State Altoona, and actually moved his family across town nine months ago to get in the district so he could oppose the man that makes press- ing cases against misbehaving stu- dents so difficult for him, he said. "That speaks Burlin- game said, i Initiatives he's tried with the cooperation of local police to con- trol behavioral problems among students have flagged because of Jones' lack of cooperation, he said. Police are frustrated with him, and some simply tell students caught, for example, at drinking parties to go home and not do it again, rather than prosecute. Please see AS EDITOR'S HOTS: It's one of the basic freedoms that our country was founded upon, yet it's taken for granted to the point that many people don't participate in this rite of democracy or fully understand the process. It's voting. This series is intended to help educate all of us about the workings of our democracy. Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 t Bid FOUR 6 UrO Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altoona iltrror THE GREAT COMB8NAT80M I Call us today...Make money today. 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