Altoona Mirror, June 30, 2001

Altoona Mirror

June 30, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY I: Meet the Class of 2001 from 17 area high schools _______: Neighbors warned that Penguins player is a convicted sex offender B3 LIFE: Comfort and whimsy are key ingredients to decorating a second home Dl Altoona ilKmrr Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2001 500 newsstand Liquor 3ermit leaning planned BY TIKFANY SHAW Staff Writer Logan Township supervisors have scheduled a public hearing on a pro- posal to bring a liquor license to Lakemonl Park. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. July 26 at the township building. The food concessionaire at the park applied to supervisors to allow for the transfer of an existing license that would allow the group to provide alco- hol for groups that book catered events. With almost a month to go before the hearing, one supervisor has come out against granting the license trans- fer while the remaining two are keep- ing open minds. Boston Concessions Group Inc., which provides catered food at the park, has tried to obtain a liquor license at the park for more than a year, but the initial request was denied last year by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Now they have a second chance under a new state law that would allow them to purchase and transfer an existing license from Altoona and move it to Logan Township, pending the supervisors' approval. Park General Manager Barry Kumpf said the park would be able to regulate alcoholic beverages if they were in charge of the liquor. Park patrons who book events now can bring their own beer and wine to Hie pavilion area. But some of the groups leave coolers of beer or wine unattended while they party, and that could cause problems if teens or children find the alcohol, he said. "What we're trying to do is gain some control over what potentially could be a bad Kumpf said. "While we're not having a great deal of problems why wait until we do." If the park had a liquor license, they could provide their own trained bar- tender to sell and serve the alcohol and keep a cautious eye on it. That would keep young people from the alcohol and prevent intoxicated patrons from drinking more, Kumpf said. Please see A5 BLAIR COUNTY ECONOMY Mirror photo by J.D. Jill Robison of Altoona (left) gets a form and application Friday from Rebecca Ritchey, a Sheetz inbound freight specialist. Sheetz is gearing up to fill more than 200 positions being created through- out the company. The company will conclude a job expo today at the Blair County Convention Center. WHO'S HIRING In tough economic times, some area companies still looking for workers BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer Recent headlines in the news read like a laundry list of local plant closings, job layoffs and fur- loughs. A mere sampling of those headlines reveals the scope of the problem: Norfolk Southern closing Hollidaysburg Car Shop; Butterick will close its facili- ty in Altoona; C-COR electronics plant shutting down, 490 jobs gone; JLG plant closing leaves 265 jobless; Westvaco hit by slowing economy; furloughs announced; Small Tube cuts 30; New Pig Corp. fur- loughs employees for first time in company history. Lately, it seems (hat not a day goes by without some negative news on the local job front. In light of all the layoffs, when a local company announces it's luring, that's news. And this week there was good news on that front when several local companies mounted hiring cam- paigns, while several prominent job fairs, including one in the chronically understaffed health-care field, were held. Two local companies Sheetz Inc. and North American Communications announced plans to hire. Sheetz is concluding a two-day job expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Blah- County Convention Center. Company representatives are available to discuss employment opportunities that will become abundant with the company hi mid-September. With the construction of a new foot Sheetz Inc. center in Greenfield Township, Sheetz is gearing up to fill more than 200 positions being created throughout the com- pany. "About 130 of the job openings will be at the new warehouse and distribution center, and that's just the startup said Amy Hanna, spokeswoman for Sheetz. "There will be about 50 jobs available in stores, and that encompasses store managers; sales- people; and corporate support staff, including informa- tion technology and finance positions. CL1 Transport, the company's petroleum transportation company, is also hiring drivers." Anyone interested in available job opportunities with Sheetz is encouraged to attend the company's job expo to complete an application, turn in a resume and meet with company representatives. Please see A3 Licensing of ATVs approved New law requires insurance, covers snowmobiles as well. BY RdllERT IGOE Staff Writer A new state law, signed recently by Goy. Tom Ridge, requires liability insurance, registration and titles for all-terrain vehicles. The hill's sponsor, state Rep. Merle Phillips, R- Northumberland, said the bill will not hurt responsi- ble riders but will make those who operate these vehicles improperly more responsible for their actions. The measure goes into effect in 120 days. "This legislation is designed to give up a clearer method of enforcement by the Department of Conservation and Natural Phillips said. "Under this new law, we will title and license snow- mobiles antJ for the first time, issue license plates for both snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. A license plate will help enforcement officers in state parks track down violators, Phillip said. "This will also help landowners deal with violators who ride their ATVs and snowmobiles, without per- mission, on private he added. Phillips said the bill also gives DCNR more flexibit ity in making improvements to existing trails and will help build new trails on private lands. But one local ATV dealer said the license plate pro- visions aren't good for riding. "I think it will hurt the said Dick Saylor, owner of Saylor Honda Sea-Doo in Altoona. "It will just be more money that people will have to spend, and that will not encourage sales." Saylor said titles have been a requirement for ATVs for five years and that the state Department of Environmental Protection requires an identification sticker for these vehicles. ATVs used on farms or for similar businesses are exempt from the licensing provisions of the new law. Fines imposed on those violating the law are increased substantially under the new law not less than or more than for a first offense and to for subsequent offenses. The ATV bill was one of several signed this week by Ridge. They include: HB 155, which strengthens the state's "Keep Right Except To Pass" law and stiffens penalties for unauthorized use of emergency lights on vehicles. It also allows vehicles delivering human blood and organs the same right to disregard regulations for passing other vehicles that other emergency vehicles have. SB 236, which increases the distance that a farm- ing vehicle can be driven on public roadways to a repair or service facility from 100 miles to 150 miles. SB 237, which allows for the purchase of an annual Please see A3 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes A shadow is cast by the power parachute flown by Ray Pickens qf Virginia. Pickens traveled to Osterburg for a gathering of Ultralight flying vehicles at Ickcs Recreational Park. The event runs until Sunday. Judge takes vet's guns as part of plea BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG A Viet- nam veteran who shot at four Penn State Altoona students last year when he said a loud noise keyed a flashback to his war experience will have to get rid of all his guns for the duration of his nine-year term of probation. "You cannot have guns in your possession or anywhere near your Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva told 51-year-old Steven Larry Rider of 2914 Wehmvood Road. Rider entered no-contest pleas Friday to charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief in connection with a Nov. 11 incident in which he Steven L Rider of Wehmvood Road said a loud noise keyed a flashback to the Vietnam War, which caused him to open fire on four Penn State Altoona students. ran onto his front yard and opened fire on the students. Rider contended he heard a loud noise that awoke and startled him. He fell as he was getting out of bed, he said, enhancing the fear. A psychiatrist reported to the court that Rider was acting defen- sively, at least in his own mind. Kopriva said the defendant is "mentally damaged" and must learn not to react like he does to noise. One way to help Rider deal with his problem, the judge said, was to take away his guns. She said if he acquires other guns as replace- mentd.hc will be in violation of his probation and placed in prison. Rider's attorney, R. Thomas Forr Jr., said a Pittsburgh therapist Rider has been working with believes he can be helped, and the judge ordered therapy as part of his sentence. The judge said she placed Rider on probation so he could continue to operate a farm market with his wife in Juniata Gap. He was given five years proba- tion for the aggravated assault charges, three years on terroristic threats and one year for criminal mischief. In March, Judge Norman D. Callan rejected a similar plea agreement and called Rider a dan- gerous individual. Kopriva accepted the plea agree- ment Friday that placed Rider on probation but went a step further, ordering him to be on a home mon- itofing program, using an ankle bracelet, for 90 days. An insanity defense was a strong possibility if Rider had gone to trial, according to papers filed by his attorney. Please see AS Subscription or home delivery questions: (MS-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Hazy sunshine, Forecast, A2 323 2SS388 Altnnna I THE GREAT COMBINATION 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 LOCAL Business _ Mpyles_ Obituaries Opinion 0 SPORTS Local Scoreboard A9 A4 AID A8 B4 B5 H NATION Classifieds C3-14 QUFE Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSIDE ;