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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Pirates call up ex-Curve player Figueroa j-'l Life: There's plenty to do to celebrate Fourth of July JVtaona itfirrnr Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2001 newsstand Plan to drop hunting age comes under fire Bv ROBERT Icon Staff Writer HARRIS BURG state leg- islators think a proposal to allow 10-year-olds to hunt is off the mark. But others, including a local rep- resentative who is backing the bill, think it's right on target. Under the bill, introduced by Rep. Bruce Smith, R-York, the state's minimum age for junior hunting licenses would be lowered by .two years to 10. The bill is in the House Game and Fisheries Committee, which Smith chairs. One local legislator says the recreational aspects of hunting have a positive effect on youth. "Hunting is a quiet, sitting sport, and children have to learn to be said Rep. Gary Haluska, D- Patton, the bill's lone co-sponsor. Haluska said the bill was written with safety and parental responsi- bility in mind. "We're not going to just put kids in the woods with high-powered rifles. That's not our said Haluska, who.serves with Smith on the House Game and Fisheries Committee. Haluska said younger hunters first would have to pass the state's Hunter-Trapper Education Course and would be required to have a parent within voice range. Altoona sportsman Dick Yon said the lowered age can work. "I don't have a problem with it as long as they're getting the proper he said. "The hunter safety course is pretty sufficient, but for 10-year- olds, the state might want to add a few extra hours for them." Yon said there probably are 10- year-olds who already hunt on pri- vate farms across Pennsylvania, although it's illegal. Some legislators say the pro- posed bill lowers the hunting age too dramatically. Please see A9 Under the gun A took at hunting-related shooling incidents in Pennsylvania: 50 Years of of the of lender Year 1998 1999 2 12 10 18 10 11 45 X Mirror graphic by Tom WorthlngtorVII Officials reject housing proposal Bv KEVIN OTT Staff Writer DUNCANSVILLE Blair Township supervisors denied a developer's request to build a G8- unit housing development, asking instead that he break the project into smaller phases to minimize the traffic impact. Wednesday night's decision by supervisors John Nigro, David Burchfield and Terry Claar to block the Greystone Estates devel- opment plan was met with mixed reactions from township residents who attended the meeting in force. ''What you're trying to do is fine, but it's not going to get these peo- ple off my said developer Jeff Long, who proposed the develr opnient near the Penn Farms neighborhood. If Long conies back to supervi- sors with a revised plan in several phases, the first phase would con- tain between 25 and 30 new houses. -Penn Farms residents feared the proposed development with 68 houses would empty too much traffic onto nearby Meadow Lane and make that road's intersection with Forsht Drive more haz- ardous. But a traffic study com- missioned by supervisors indi- cates otherwise. The report, com- piled by Engineering Specialists of Indiana, revealed a boulevard- style divided road previously suggested by Long may not he necessary, but a small access road for emergency vehicles would be' appropriate, township solicitor Frederick Gieg Jr. said. But Gieg endorsed the idea of phasing in the development. He also noted that as the development Js built, the township will have to install new guardrails and likely widen Meadow Lane. is a safety issue there that we have to look at, beyond what the plans Gieg said. In keeping with the phased-in version of Greystone Estates, Long would have to resubmit plans to the supervisors and have them approved. "I'm not too crazy about losing another couple of he said. In light of neighborhood con- cerns and the new timetable of the project, Long offered to meet with residents in an attempt to develop a'compromise that would allow him to develop the land while allaying local fears about in- creased traffic. Please see A6 SUMMER TRAVEL DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington I Central Pennsylvanians have plenty of places to choose for vacation spots BY MICHAEL EMEHY Staff Writer It's the big question every summer; Where to go for vacation? The beach is always a popular choice. Resorts are another favorite destination. Amusement parks typically are filled this time of the year. Cruise ships get booked up early. It's a safe bet casinos will attract a fair share of vacationers, too. Adventure trips such as biking and hiking are growing in popularity. Some travelers prefer going overseas. The Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau wants vacationers particu- larly local vacationers to add another desti- nation point to their list of hot spots: the Southern Allegheny Mountains. The visitors bureau's Heritage Committee started a vacation package this summer called The Discovery Deal. The Discovery Deal allows vacationers to visit six local attractions with the purchase of one ticket, costing for children ages 5 to 12 and for those older than 12 years old. Those purchasing tickets for The Discovery Deal will save 25 percent on trips to the six vacation sites: Baker Mansion Museum; DelGrosso's Amusement Park; Fort Roberdeau; Horseshoe Curve; Lakemonl Park and The Island Waterpark; Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. The Discovery Deal tickets are good for SUMMER WISH LIST The top 10 U.S. destinations travelers would most like to visit this summer: I.Florida 2. California 3. New York 4. Hawaii 5. Texas 6. Nevada 7. Colorado 8. Virginia 9. South Carolina 10. Wash., D.C. 34% 32% 12% 12% 10% 9% 3% 7% 7% 6% Source: Travel Industry Association of America admission to all of these six attractions once this summer and are good through Oct. 31. "We tried to include a variety of local attrac- tions in the deal to allow people to experience different types of said Mindy Parker, director of marketing at the visitors bureau. Discovery Deal tickets can be purchased at any of the six participating attractions. "The initial response to the deal has been Parker said. "I'm anticipating that local residents will enjoy the multiple venue tickets, because it Please see AS Springs cash distribution was planned Bud Shuster says he authorized money dispersal to allow Pa, to keep the funding. BY BETH N. GRAY AND WILLIAM KIBLER Altoona Mirror BEDFORD Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, dis- persed million in federal money earmarked for the Bedford Springs project before he retired so Pennsylvania wouldn't lose it, he said Wednesday. The money had remained on the books for years, and because the Springs project has been so uncer- tain, the funding was at risk of being taken back in one of the Appropriations Committee's annual sweeps for "unobligated Shuster said. "The fundamental fear is that the money was going to get he said. His pending retirement made dispersal more urgent, he said. Shuster originally wrote the money into law with "flex" lan- guage that allowed him to disperse it, he said. He asked his staff to identify likely Pennsylvania projects that needed the money, and the staff checked with PennDOT to compile a list. About million went to nine projects in Shuster's District 9; the remaining million went to six projects outside the district in Erie, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Greene and Dauphin counties. Shuster left some money he guessed about million in the pot for the Springs to help restart federal funding if the project becomes reality. The money earmarked for the Springs also had the potentialof being used for the Hollidaysburg bypass another project that is uncertain ever to happen, accord- ing to transportation officials. Shuster estimated that the million has been unused for 10 or 15 years. Bedford County Planning Commission Chairman Tom Cunningham doesn't think it was that long he guessed an original million sat for seven or eight years arid much of the rest lay for only a couple of years. Cunningham conceded the Springs project is uncertain. "It's very he said. But he's not happy to see any of the money Shuster obtained go out of the district. "He worked hard to get that money, and it's a shame to lose out on Cunningham sai'd. I can't take issue with Bud because he's been too good to us." All the money actually went to projects within the district, if only indirectly, PennDOT regional spokesman Asbury Lee said. The money that went outside the district did so to make up for short- falls in other districts because of prior transfers of money into Districts, Lee said. Not having much money in the. Springs pot could make it harder to restart the project, Cunningham said. Bedford County officials are looking at selling tax-free do the project, and the lack: of money might make selling such bonds more difficult, he said. Please see A12 Mirfor file photo Redevelopment of the Bedford Springs Resort, shown aban- doned in this May 1998 file photo, has been plagued with prob- lems for years. BWFOUR 7 6 I Lottery numbers, A 2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altnmta Mirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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