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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SENIORS: It's Christmas every day at the home of a Grazierville man FJEJ INJSiPrS r Test your NASCAR smarts, win cash by correctly picking the winners LIFE: Temper, temper! Tame your kids tantrums with a measure of consistency Dl Altamta iKtrror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, JULY 2, 2001 500 newsstand Hollidaysburg wants to invest in its future By TIFFANY SHAW StaffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG borough officials and communi- ty members built and expanded many events and parks in Hollidaysburg in the past few years, the thought in the back of the council's mind was ho wean we make it last? Now, the borough has established an endowment fund to continue and maintain the good work for years to come. The Hollidaysburg Fund is the first municipal endowment established in Blair County, said Jodi executive direc- tor of the Blair County Community Endowment. "It's very exciting to have the borough come to us feeling this was something they wanted to she said of the bor- ough's long-term commitment to improvements maintained. "The borough, as well as other organizations in the Hollidaysburg area, have made some significant invest- ments in what we call cultural Borough Manager Thomas Fountains said. Those resources include the new Canal Basin ParK, Chimney Rocks Park, the HoUidaysburg Area Arts Council and projects and festivals through the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership. "The plan is to create long-term funding in order to create long-term money to provide a significant base for success of programs in the Fountaine said. The fund's money won't be available for grants for about 10 years, unless the body of the fund grows very largo quick- ly, Fountaine said. That will give the fund enough time to build before money for grants is withdrawn, he said. "It truly is a long-term he said. Please see A3 TO DONATE Anyone can donate to The Hollidaysburg Fund in any amount. Donations can lie sent to: Blair County Community Endowment The Hollidaysburg Fund 1216 11th Ave., Suite 310 Altoona, PA 16601 Teaching safety as a matter of course Police offering program to help residents brush up. By TIFFANY SHAW Stuff Writer How safe do you feel in your home at night? Are you really secure when you walk through a dark parking garage alone? Local police say that you can take steps to be safe and "Refuse To Be A Victim." Altoona police are offering a new program to groups that discusses a number of safety steps for home, per- sonal and vehicle safety. Community Services Officer Rick Johnson leads the four-hour seminar through a presentation and a follow- along workbook. "It's a good Johnson said. "I think as far as home safety and per- sonal safety it's about as complete as you can get." One of the most important things the course reminds is to be aware. Johnson recommends planning a per- sonal safety strategy ahead of time and always being alert to possible dangers. "You won't walk out of here bullet- proof, but hopefully you will be more aware and know your he told a group recently at the Altoona YWCA. Carol Irwin of Altoona picked up safety tips from the program she plans to implement and do some things dif- ferently. "I'm going to be a little more careful. Sometimes you get she said. Irwin enjoyed the class because it brought to mind information she may have learned once but now brought it back to memory. "I think it really heightens your awareness. It makes you think about how you would act in certain situa- she said. "It's a good thing to have in the back of your mind." Sheila Clowes, who attended the YWCA program, grew up with her fami- ly in iaw enforcement but appreciated hearing the common sense ideas of ways to be safe and learned some new things. Please see A5 TO LEARN MORE What: The next "Refuse To Be A victim" program open to the public. Time: 9 am Dale-. Aug. 18. Where: Higgles Gap Sportman's Club. Contact: Altoona Officer nick Johnson at 949-2489 or e-mail Visit The Altoona Police Department's Web site at ICE CREAM BUSINESS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennetl Emily Claycomb scoops ice cream at Ritchey's Dairy in Martinsburg. CUSTARD'S LAST STANDS Mom and pop shops hot summer stops BY CHAIR WILLIAMS Staff Writer It's been a long hot day, and you've worked hard. You deserve a treat. On your way home, temptation strikes. You know you shouldn't because it will spoil dinner, hut you just have to stop for something cold, something sweet, something that reminds you of your care-free days of youth that all-American favorite ice cream. And every summer, the many road-side stands and dairy bars that dot the landscape of central Pennsylvania become the most popular places in town. Modern ice cream connoisseurs arc a bit spoiled. Not only can they pick from hun- dreds of flavors try blueberry cheesecake, a hot seller in Marlinsburg they can select from frozen treats without the calories, such as frozen yogurt, ice milks and shaved ices, in addition to sherbets, which are fruit juices with a little cream, and sorbets, which are frozen fruit juice mixtures. Please see Ice A3 Checks blocking gun buys Number of sales also down in 2000. Analysts point to lowered crime rate. BY KAREN GULLO The Associated Press WASHINGTON Background checks blocked of the nearly 7.7 million prospective sales of guns last year, and fewer people tried to buy firearms in 2000 than in 1999, the Justice Department reported Sunday. Analysts attributed the decline to a drop in crime, which they said has led Americans to feel safer and less inclined to purchase guns. "These are the long-term positive repercussions of a lower crime said James Alan Fox, crimi- nal justice professor at Northeast- ern University in Boston. "People see that streets are safer, and they are not as compelled to go out and purchase a gun." Researchers, however, said (he decline in applications does not nec- essarily mean that fewer guns were sold. In some slates, people can pur- chase more than one gun from a sin- gle application. "It's not a measure of whether gun sales are up or said I-awrence Greenfeld, acting direc- tor at Ihe Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Between 1999 and 2000, there was an 11 percent drop in the number of Americans who tried to purchase guns from federally licensed firearm dealers from 8.6 million to 7.7 million. Almost all 19 stales listed in the report as providing complete statewide data for applications and rejections in 2000 had declines last year; the largest were in Indiana (25.8 percent) and California (24.8 Almost 58 percent of applicants rejected by state and local authori- ties had felony convictions or indictments, compared with 73 per- cent in 1999. The second most common reason for rejection was a domestic vio- lence misdemeanor conviction or a restraining order. Those accounted for about applications, or 12 percent of rejections. Background checks to sec if pro- spective gun buyers have criminal DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 f 3 BMFOCJR 9 f'-jv'; i.O i O Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, 74" Forecast, A 2 COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE ftRBAT COMBINATION of MJIUIOR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-1422 or fax us at (81-0 946-7547 Between 1999 and 2000, {here was a drop in the number of Pennsylvanians who tried to purchase guns legally. records have been required since February under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act Through 2000, the FBI or stale and local police rejected of near- ly 30 million applications, or 2.3 per- cent, compared with the 2 percent rate of rejection last year, the report said. The checks are done electroni- cally. The report showed that in 2000, the FBI processed 4.3 million appli- cations and state and local agencies processed 3.5 million. State and local agencies did not approve or 2.5 percent of applicants; the FBI rejected or 1.6 percent of those who applied in 2000. Greenfeld attributed the differ- ence to state agencies' access to more detailed criminal history records than the FBI's. "They may have other databases they check that the FBI couldn't Greenfeld said. Attorney General John Ashcroft said the report shows that the Brady law is working, hut more needs to be done to prosecute people who try to purchase guns illegally. "While the Brady law has'helped us stop convicted felons and other dangerous individuals from buying guns easily, violations of the law are not being prosecuted Ashcroft said. Ashcroft recently announced sev- eral initiatives to improve the National Instance Background Check System, called NICS, and increase gun prosecutions. He cited FBI statistics showing that attempted illegal gun purchases were referred for investi- gation, but only 294 people were convicted. INSIDE Movies Hospitals Obituaries Opinion 03 SPORTS Youth baseball Scoreboard AS A3 A9 AS B4 B5 Hure Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4   

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