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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - May 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Pirates outscore CONTEST; Test your racing SPORTS: Castroneves wins at I Hunting, fishing magazine Copyright 2001 The shoulder along Municipal Drive near the Interstate 99 overpass was eroded almost a foot deep in some places because of heavy rainfall and runoff Saturday night. iltrrnr MONDAY, MAY 28, 2001 newsstand Allegheny declares state of emergency Mirror photo by Jason Sipes BY KEVIN On Staff Writer, DUNCANSVILLE No homes suffered major damage in Saturday night's flooding but in a way, that's the biggest problem. A state of emergency was declared by Allegheny Township supervisors Sunday in the wake of flooding throughout the area, which left widespread damage to roads and some damage to local homes. The state of emergency will enable supervisors and county officials to apply for funding from the M Federal Emergency Management Agency to ERODING make repairs. But FEMA doesn't offer money for housing repairs unless the Hooding has caused first-floor damage in homes. There's plenty of damage to the outsides of Allegheny Township homes, particularly in Cross Keys Village mobile home court, where mobile home skirts were washed away and yards were damaged. Please see A3 Roads damaged in Allegheny Township flooding: Carson Valley Road West Carson Valley Road Harrison Street Broad Avenue Extension Mill Road Maple Hollow Road Local GOP praise tax cut BY ROBERT IOOE Staff Writer Local lawmakers are declaring victory in Saturday's approval of President Bush's tax cut plan by both houses of Congress. The House of Representatives and the Senate approved Bush's bil- lion tax cut Saturday, ending a battle over one of the president's key pro- jects in legislation. "One of my pledges in my bid for Congress was my support for tax relief for the people of the 9th Congressional District and for the rest of the said U.S. Rep. BUI Shuster, R-9th District, in voting for the House version of the legislation, House Resolution 1836. "This vote fulfills that pledge, and I look forward to President Bush sign- ing this legislation into law in the coming days." While the tax cut eventually agreed upon was lower than origi- nally proposed, Shuster considers it an excellent first step. "This is a wonderful day for the American Shuster said. "Although this compromise legisla- tion did not maintain the rate cuts which the House passed, this 10-year, trillion pro-growth tax relief bill enables families, small businesses and farmers to recoup a portion of their hard-earned tax dollars to invest and spend as they see fit not the federal government. "In fact, in late summer, taxpayers will see their first refunds with mar- ried couples receiving up to and individuals up to The trillion, 10-year tax cut package Bush intends to sign during the first week of June is retroactive to the beginning of the year, and the rebates are to be adjusted for over- payment They reflect the first year of a new 10 percent income tax rate on the ini- tial of an individual's income and for married couples. Married couples will receive checks for up to single parents will receive up to and single taxpayers will get up to U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-5th District also voted in favor of the final bill. U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D- 12th District voted against it. Altoona resident Dennis Hatch is upbeat about the tax refund, but he's more interested in the economic cli- mate of Blair County. "I'm all for tax cuts for middle- and Hatch said. "But it's window dressing. They allow Norfolk Southern to do what they are doing [at Hollidaysburg Car Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN DIOCESE TURNS 100 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes An estimated crowd of arrive to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Sunday at Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament. Dignitaries help local Catholics celebrate BY KEVIN OTT Staff Writer Brothers and fathers and sis- ters lined the aisles and hugged each other, ruffled the haii of children running by and shot waves and knowing smiles at those out of reach. It was a family reunion, but not in the sense we usually think of one. The brothers were dressed in simple black robes cinched at the waist, the fathers regaled in white ceremonial albs. The sisters dressed as simply as the brothers, in habits according to their order. They were there to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their family Catholic Diocese of Altoona- Johnstown. "The Diocesan Church of Altoona-Johnstown gathers... exactly 100 years to the day after it was established as a Particular Church by Pope Leo said Bishop Joseph Adamec, who assisted in leading the High Mass to celebrate the centennial. Leading the Mass as chief cele- brant was Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Pope's diplomatic ambassador to the United States. Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, the archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal James Hickey, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Please see AS Women contributed to overseas war efforts Memorial Day program honors, remembers and pays tribute to America's veterans. BY MlA ROHART AND ROBERT IGOE Staff Writers EBENSBURG It wasn't only men who served in World War H and braved the heat of the Pacific Theater, a resident of Laurel Crest Rehabilitation and Special Care Center said. Jane Ann Fitzsimmons, now in her 80s, served in World War n in the Women's Army Corps when she was little more than a teen-ager. Fitzsimmons said her family was supportive of her choice. "I was a wacky Fitzsimmons said. She served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. "I sweated my head she said with a chuckle. Residents of the home, including several vet- erans, participated in a Memorial Day program put on by World War n veteran Charles Vizzini Thursday afternoon. Besides not enjoying the tropical heat, Fitzsimmons missed the food she was used to at home: butter, scrambled eggs, fresh milk, coffee and sugar. The Army did serve a lot of ham- burger and rye bread, she remembered. Although the Army had its rules and regula- tions, Fitzsimmons made friends with many of the other women and had fun at the frequent dances and parties. When asked if she met any nice young men in the Army, she replied, "Hell, yes." But Fitzsimmons had promised her aunt who raised her after Fitzsimmons' mother died she would return home to get married. When Fitzsimmons left the Army in 1944, she returned home, and at 23, married her first hus- band, a man from Johnstown. "I don't regret one minute. I was happy. I did my job, and I served my she said Another Laurel Crest veteran, Glenn George, 79, joined the Navy in 1943 when he was 21 years old. He flew a dive bomber, was stationed in the South Pacific and took part in the Battle of the Philippines. Please see AS The Associated Press A statue of a soldier helping a wounded buddy is part of the National D-Day Memorial. 3372 Lottery numbers, A2 1 wunin'' Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altoona iHttrnr [THE_GREAY COPdBiMATlON Call us today...Make money today. 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