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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                ALTOQNA HIRES WRESTLING, BASEBALL COACHES Bl Altoona Copyright 2001 claims BY WILLIAM KIDLER StaffWriter TYRONE A 51-year-old Tyrone man died after a personal watercraft driven by his son rammed him, after he had fallen from another watercraft in a Michigan lake Saturday the day before Father's Day. Mario Paese was riding on a watercraft driven by his brother- in-law Gregory Heller, with his son Marco, 16, following to the side, when both boats turned sharply and Mario fell, according to the Hillsdale County, Mich., Sheriffs Department and a family member. Marco's watercraft hit his father in'the side. Marco got off the craft and helped get his father onto another watercraft. They took him to shore, where he lay and com- plained about a sore side but didn't seem badly hurt, the victim's brother, Santo Paese of Harrisburg, said. But Mario soon complained of increasing discomfort and bloat- ing, and they took him by pickup truck to Community Hospital of Williams County, Ohio, 10 or 15 minutes away, said Santo Paese and Larrie Herman of Derman Funeral Home, Tyrone. Doctors found Mario; had inter- nal bleeding and summoned a med- ical helicopter to take him to a trauma hospital in Toledo, Ohio, but he died of a lacerated liver before they could get him onto the helicopter, Santo Paese and Derman said. Mario was conscious until doctors at the hospital rendered him uncon- scious to treat hiiii, Santo Paese said. Mario believed he was going to be OK, Santo Paese said. It's possible Mario might have lived if the first hospital were equipped for trauma, Santo Paese said. The family is conscious of the irony of the accident happening the day before Father's Day, said Santo Paese, who found out on the way back from his own family's pre-Pather's Day outing. Santo Paese said Marco has been sitting with him and talking about his dad. "The boy is very sad." Born in Cosenza, Italy, Mario came to the U.S. around age 18, two years after Santo Paese arrived, Santo Paese said. His brother was the greatest guy he knows, Santo Paese said. "He Please see A3 TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2001 GARBAGE COLLECTION Mirror pholo by Jason Sips Employees of liurgmeier's Hauling collect trash Monday on Second Avenue. Burgmeier buyout of WSI clutters city trash picture BY KAY STEPHENS AND WILLIAM KIBLEH Staff Writers Burgmeier's Hauling and Recycling has become the area's largest residential trash hauler by taking over several routes of the financially troubled Waste Systems International, known locally as WSI. hi letters to local customers and in advertisements, Burgmeier's announced the change, which had an immediate effect for some local resi- dents by changing their traditional trash pickup day. The change also is expected to gener- ate a new price schedule. WSI, with headquarters in Wilmington, Del., in January filed Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, allowing it a chance to hold off its creditors while reorganizing its business. In April, the company asked to terminate its registration as a pub- lic reporting company. By acquiring the WSI routes, Owner Dave Burgmeier will double his com- pany's residential customer count by adding customers in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Somerset and Huntingdon counties. IN THE LETTER Burgmeier's Hauling and Recycling sent letters la local customers to announce changes In trash mules: the traditional pickup day will move; a weekly pickup schedule lor recyclable materials will be announced; a new price schedule is expected but has not been announced. In Blair County, Burgmeier's and WSI were considered the two largest residential trash haulers with at least residential customers each. Most of the county's other 35 haulers have or fewer customers, according to figures compiled by the Blair County Department of Solid Waste. Burgmeier said he and his staff intend to blend the WSI customers into existing routes. "It will take a little Burgmeier said Monday, "but I think it will work real well for both our customers and for us." To handle the additional workload, Burgmeier said he added about 30 workers, bringing his staff to about 80. Of the 30 new employees, 25 are former WSI employees who are familiar with the WSI routes. Burgmeier said his new customers should get a letter from his company with a designated day for trash pick- up and starting July 1, a weekly pick- up schedule for recyclable materials. The letter also states that customers will receive a letter about billing. Some customers paid their WSI bills in three-month increments or more so not everyone is on the same billing schedule, Burgmeier said. He also said that he intends to pro- vide WSI customers with the same dis- count deal he. offered several months ago to his customers. In that deal, he offered a monthly rate of to those who signed a three-year collec- tion contract and separated their recy- clables on a rotating basis. "It would be a nightmare to do it right Burgmeier said. While Burgmeier's takeover of the WSI routes makes his company the largest in area residential trash collec- tion, some other local haulers said that doesn't concern them. Please see A7 500 newsstand _____ BBSttaaasaaBsaaiii OTfor nurses at issue Legislation unveiled today would eliminate shifts now mandatory. BY ROBEHT IGOE AND WILLIAM KIDLER Stuff Writers Legislation will be introduced today in Harrisburg to prohibit hospitals from enforc- ing mandatory forced overtime for nurses except in emergency situations. State Sen. Mary Jo White, R-Venango, will introduce the measure, which has the backing of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. Supporters of the measure said it will benefit patients and nurses by giving nurses more right to refuse extra hours. But hospital officials, already dealing with financial woes and staffing shortages, are concerned how it may affect them. Mandatory overtime is one of several issues being fueled by a nursing shortage and con- tributing to an ongoing effort to unionize nurs- es across the state. The PSNA, which has been a driving force behind this legislation, issued a position state- ment that says mandatory overtime too often is an abused method of filling short shifts. "The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association opposes the routine use of mandatory overtime for staffing health-care the paper states. overtime is not accepted by the PSNA as an appropriate method of staffing. Facilities are responsible for having the appro- priate numbers of nurses to care for patients in then- charge." While Judy Boerger, Altoona Hospital's senior vice president for nursing, agreed that the lack of nursing candidates is part of the problem, she said it goes deeper. "What makes it difficult is that when we get sick call-offs, it creates unexpected she said. "We try to manage the hours and fill the vacancies without calling in other nurses, but we still have patients that need our care, and no matter how much we try to avoid over- time, patient needs come first." Voluntary overtime isn't so bad because there usually is time to make arrangements for things such as child care and enough time to get needed rest, said Sue Flowers, vice president of Healthcare PSEA, a nursing union. But hospitals often impose mandatory over- time when nurses are getting ready to go home after a shift, which forces them to scramble for child care and continue working when they ought to be going to bed, Flowers said. Nurses average 43 years old, and it's not as easy for most of them to work a shift-and-a-half or double as it is for a 20-year-old, she said. It's not safe for patients, either, she said. "Would you want somebody working 1G hours to be giving you your medications in a critical care asked Flowers, who is a critical-care nurse at Indiana Hospital in Pennsylvania. The PSNA contends that mandatory overtime doesn't serve patients. Please see A6 Mirror photo by Kelly Bennelt Curve outfielder Tony Alvarez dives home to score from third base on a wild pitch Monday night against the Reading Phillies at Blair County Ballpark. Page Bl I DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 237-4480 BIO FOUR Lottery numbers, A2 East Carroll Township residents upset over dirt bike race course By LINDA HUDKINS the Mirror CARROLLTOWN The East Carroll Township supervisors don't want to get into the business of regulating the noise that comes from a dirt bike track on private property. Some residents think they should. On Monday, township supervi- sors Francis Miller, Ted Farabaugh and Don McNulty voted to table an ordinance pre- pared by their attorneys that out- lined specifically when and where people can make noise and exactly how loud they can be down to the decibel. Solicitor Dennis Govachini offered a crash course on decibel levels. The least perceptible noise is ranked zero, and a sound that causes pain is 130. He listed some familiar activities according to noise level: shouting in the ear, a power saw and a leaf blower, 110 decibels; tractor, 90 decibels; and thunder, 120 decibels. Noise issues came to the fore- front in East Carroll, a rural town- ship of residents, a few months ago when 56 people signed a petition complaining about the noise coming from people riding dirt bikes on a property on Dutch Road. The property is owned by John P. Lanzcjidorfer of Duncansville. Please see A6 Residents in East Carroll Township, near Carrolttown, are upset over noise from a dirt bike track. They have taken Iheir complaints to township supervisors. Cafiolltovvn J East Carrol I Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington 11 1 WEATHER Sunny and hot, Forecast, A2 iEtrror THE GREAT COMBIMATIOM I 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 Q LOCAL Business Movies____ Obituaries Opinion SPORTS Local Scoreboard A7 A6 A9 'AS B4 B5 [3 J NATION 1 Federal Regulatory Commission approved 1 caps on electricity the West. Dear C1 5   

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