Altoona Mirror, June 15, 2001

Altoona Mirror

June 15, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELICiiON; Area church members spend week at Bahamas AIDS camp NATION: Study raises concerns that vitamin C may help damage DNA Ci____________ UFE: The number of people with arthritis is growing with aging baby boomers Dl Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2001 newsstand Juniata shop's July shutdown extended Pleased that their jobs will stay intact, workers take three-week furlough in stride. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. announced Thursday that workers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop will be furloughed for three weeks in July in what railroad officials are calling a cost-cutting measure. Of the 900 workers at the facility, 50 workers will remain on the job for security and other purposes during the temporary shutdown. "I'm Michael Miller of Altoona said on his way to work on second shift at the shop. "Usually there are rumors float- ing around, but I didn't hear any- thing about this. I shouldn't be sur- prised said M iller, who has worked as an electrician for 22 years. Typically the plant closes one week each summer for mainte- nance, but this year, the adminis- tration decided to shut down the facility for an additional two weeks. At the end of the third shift July 9, the railroad will close the gates and reopen them the morning of July 30 for the first shift. "The guys already on a vacation schedule will take vacation. Those not on vacation will go on fur- railroad spokesman Rudy Husband said. Many employees coming to work Thursday afternoon took the news in stride and said that as long as they still had a job when they returned, it was OK by them. "It's nothing we haven't seen before. As long as they call every- body back, that's the important said Mitch Lynn of Mar- tinsburg, a boilermaker at the Juniata shop. But as workers left the plant at 3 p.m. Thursday, the mood was any- thing but joyous. "First damn good thing they've done for a worker who refused to give his name said sarcastically. "It'll give me two more weeks another said. The furlough was coordinated to coincide with the period when automakers dose their shops to re- tool for the 2002 model year and during, a period when coal mines close each summer. "Because there is less demand to run trains, there will be less of a demand for Hus- band said. In Roanoke, Va., all 175 to 200 employees at both the rail car shop and locomotive shop also will be furloughed for three weeks. Please see A7 BLAIR DEMOCRATS Dissent rearing its head BY ROHEUT IGOE StaffWriter After two elections that brought little success for the Democratic Party, one local member is calling for a major shake-up of the Blair County Democratic Committee beginning at the top. During June 8's episode of "The Andy Pappas Weekend a public access political debate program, co-host Tom Mealy called for the resignation of Robert "Whitey" Miller, chairman of the Blair County Democratic Party. Healy called a meeting for Wednesday at the Blair-Bedford Central Labor Council hall in Altoona to discuss this issue, among others. Healy is upset by Al Gore's poor showing in Blair during the 2000 presidential election ant! Scott Conklin's loss in the 9th Congress- ional District special election. Gore won Pennsylvania but lost the election, while Conklin lost both the county and the election to Bill Shuster. "The Democratic Party's action in the last two major federal elec- tions has been said Healy, a member of the Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee. Please see A5 Comedian Dennis Miller yuks it up with the audience Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College. Miller, a Pittsburgh native, is the latest performer to bring laughs to central Pennsylvania residents. What a laugh Mirror photo by Jason SipE-s Residents can go for a giggle on occasion BY KEVIN OTT Staff Writa- OK, so' this guy walks into a central Pennsylvania concert venue... Comedian, color commentator and "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Dennis Miller showed up at the Bryce Jordan Center Thursday night to ply his trade and bring stand-up comedy to the masses of the southern Alleghenies. He's not the first to bring laughs to central Pennsylvania. Every Saturday night, locals gather at Uriah's Pub on Bellwood Avenue to see comedians from around the world. Local colleges bring comics in to entertain students. Earlier this year, Juniata College hosted Suzanne Westenhoefer, known as "America's No. 1 Lesbian provoking contro- versy around the area. A few weeks earlier, Westenhoefer was booted from Carlow College, a Catholic campus in Pittsburgh. Please see A7 Tour de Toona, BikeFest riding in at same time BY TIFFANY' SHAW Staff Writer What's a few more thousand bicyclists coining to town during the week of Tour de 'Toona? The answer could be more tourist dollars for the area's economy. The League of American Bi- cyclists will hold its annual nation al rally in Altoona at the same time as the Tour de 'Toona in August, with more than bicyclists expected to attend. The largest organization of recreational riders seemed a nat- ural fit with the Tour do 'Toona's large prq-am stage races, race pro- moter Rick Geist said. He helped bring the league's national rally called BikeFest to the city with a commitment for at least the next three years. When Tour de 'Toona started 16 years ago, part of Geist's dream was to establish Altoona's reputa- tion as a bicycle-friendly city. "During the dog days of August, our goal was to bring people to Altoona, and we succeeded mighti- he said. "This year, we're doing things that are out of sight." The league is the country's largest membership organization of cyclists who promote the sport for fun, fitness, transportation and work through education and advo- cacy for a bicycle-friendly America. It doesn't hurt that many cyclists AT A GLANCE Trie League of American Bicyclists will hold Us annual national rally Aug. 3-5 in AUoana, loining ttieTour lie 'Toona July 31 lliraugli Aug. 5. More than bicyclists are expected at BikeFest 2001. Members will attend workshops, shop al local establishments and bike daily through the area. The league, founded in 1880, has about members and affiliates Members will slay at Penn State Altoona, where cycling instructors and presentations will fake place. are important figures in their own communities and are the types of business leaders that Altoona could try to attract professionally. "A lot of the people coming; ABCD [Altoona Blair County Development Corp.] and the [Blair County] Chamber would bring in for lunch, but we're going to have them here in Geist said. Please see A4 Ex-volunteer coach to stand trial Aug. 7 BY MICHAEL EMERY StaffWriter CLAYSBURG A former Claysburg-Kimmcl High School volunteer wrestling coach is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 7 on a corruption of minors charge. Mark Moslcy, 21, of 605 MairieSt., Hollidaysburg, waived his formal arraignment. Instead, he filed a not-guilty plea by mail and requested a trial by jury in the Dauphin County Courthouse. Mosley was charged with corrup- tion of minors for an incident with a 16-year-old female Claysburg- Kimmel student March 10 at the Hampton Inn in Hcrshey. According to the criminal com- plaint filed by Detective David Melhorn of the Deny Township Police Department, Mosley, repre- senting Claysburg-Khmnel as an assistant wrestling coach, had sex- ual relations with the student. At that time, the Claysburg- Kitninel wrestling team was stay- ing in Hevshey March 7-11 for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Ath- letic Association state wrestling championships. The victim was in Hcrshey as a fan. In a written statement to Melhorn, Ihe student said Mosley initiated sexual relations with her by asking her for sex and kissing her. Please see A6 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Pebbles, a 7-week-old kitten, is returned to her Scott Snyder, 8, by Altoona firefighter Mike Nicodemus. Neighbor Wendy Williams looks on. The kitten was hiding in the living room during a blaze at 840 27th St. Please see story, Page A2. JLG plant closing leaves 265 jobless BY BOTH N. GRAY For the MiiTor BEDFORD A five-year materi- als handler at JLG Industries' Weber Lane plant said he was shocked when he and other employ- ees learned at a plantwide meeting Thursday that 265 jobs will be ter- minated. The worker said the announce- ment sounded like a permanent closing of the site that manufac- tures scissor-lifts for the construc- tion industry. Before the announcement, the worker, who did not reveal his name, said there was no inkling of a shutdown. In the briefing, employees heard they'll be offered severance pay and "odds and ends." Details were sketchy, but workers expected to learn more in a follow- up session today. "It's not good said Bette Slayton, Bedford County director of economic development, who learned of the shutdown Thursday afternoon. "It's the effect of the economy. "It's my understanding it's per- Slayton said of the closing of the plant in the Bedford Indus- trial Park. "We're going to do everything we can to maximize whatever benefits there she said of the unem- ployed. Please see A9 i DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 948-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIO FOUR I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly sunny, Forecast, A 2 2002 JEEP LIBERTY 4 Wheel Drive NOW IN STOCK! Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Altoona, PA 943-6167 T LOCAL Business Hospitals, Obituaries _ Opinion (3 SPORTS Local Scoreboard AS All All' AS B4 B5 [jj NATION Classifieds C3-12 [JUFE Comics Movies Puzzles Television DB D3 D4 D4 INSIDE IN BUSINESS Promislar, a Johnstown- based financial corporation wilh branches in Altoona and Hollidaysburg, will merge inlo F.N.B. Corp. of Naples, Fla., in a million deal. PAGEA9 ;