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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 5, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Adam Hyzdu homers twice in Pirates win Lifer AHRT adds modern twist to Biblical tale Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2001 newsstand Weather has mixed effect on local crops BY MICHAEL EMERY StaffWriter Fluctuating weather throughout the spring and early summer has had a mixed effect on local crop production, area farmers said. After a slow year for garden and berry crops, local production has been average or above average tor corn, melons, zucchini and more. "The hot spell through June and the heavy rains were hard on the strawberries this year, but the peppers, cantaloupes, tomatoes and com have grown fast in June with the hot, humid said Bob Baronner of Barotmer's Farm Market on North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg. "I didn't want the hot weather for the strawberries, but 1 wanted it for the said Sam Weyant of Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm in Claysburg. "It did hurt the strawberries a bit, but my corn has been coming in vevy well. "My early tomatoes and late tomatoes look beautiful, Weyant said. The strawberry season at Baronner's Farm Market usually lasts four weeks, but this year's weather limited the season to just more than two weeks. The strawberry season at Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm also had a limited run of three weeks. But Weyant said overall the strawberry season was fair to good. Garden vegetables, on the other hand, such as snap peas and green beans, had subpar seasons. While the corn season started slowly, recent hot, humid and rainy weather conditions have pushed area corn crops back on schedule and, in some cases, ahead of schedule. Please see A10 Sam Weyant opens an ear of corn at the Weyant Berry and Vegetable Farm in Claysburg. photo by Kelly Bennetl CELEBRATING 225 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE Mirror photos tiy Kelty Bennett hove: Spectators watch the fireworks display Wednesday night from the parking lot at Lakemont Park. At left: Jeremy Mock, 10, Williamsburg, talks to Lt. Daniel Lucas, Bellefonte, of Cluggage's Rangers at Fort Roberdeau about Revolutionary Wai- battles. About 400 people gathered at the Sinking Valley fort to cele- brate the. Fourth of July with a reading of a speech written by Gen. Douglas MacArthur and patriotic music. Staffers at Fort Roberdeau spent the day in costumes that reflect Revolutionary times. Please see story, Page A3. Boy killed in cannon accident Homemade device propelled a pipe that struck the 9-year-old in the face. Bv KAY STEVHENS Staff Writer The death of a 9-year-old Wilmington, Del., boy during a family gathering Tuesday night in Logan Township could have hap- pened anywhere and to any family, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Blair County District Attorney David Gorman and Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson said Wednesday that they will study the situation to determine if criminal charges are warranted. About p.m. Tuesday, Kyle Dolan died when he was struck on the head by the pipe of a home- made cannon when the pipe was propelled through the backyard of a Logan Township residence at 723 Pottsgrove Road. Police said the ?i-incli pipe, pro- pelled after gunpowder inside was ignited. The pipe broke away from its anchor and hit the boy. Ross said the cause of death was a massive head injury from an explosive device. "This was a horrible Jackson said. Dolan, son of Kevin and Shelley Dolan, was in Logan Township with his family, visiting friends and relatives. On Tuesday night, they were attending a holiday gathering at the rear of Thomas Weber Jr.'s residence on Pottsgrove Road in Greenwood. Jackson said a 15-year-old neigh- borhood youth at the gathering ignited a fuse meant to react with the gunpowder to discharge a mar- Boy who fell in pool over the weekend dies PAGE A2 hie put inside a pipe. The pipe was attached to a two-by-four. "He lit the fuse and when it dis- charged, the pipe ripped away from the board and traveled as a missile, about 40 yards, striking the child in the Jackson said. Ross said the 9-year-old died instantly. "I rushed over to save someone, and it turned out to he my own Kevin Dolaii told the Wilmington News-Journal. Ambu- lance crews were summoned and took the child to AHoona Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jackson said the 15-year-old youth had no intention of hurting anyone. The homemade cannon was aimed away from the property and officers identified the area struck by the marble. "There was no intent to harm anyone Jackson said. "It was a foolish thing to do and what are the chances of [the pipe] hitting someone when it could have gone in so many other direc- The coroner said the 9-year-old, like others at the gathering, was standing away from the site where the teen-ager was lighting the device. A campfire was going. "This could have been my family or your family ov anyone's fami- Ross said. About 30 people, including adults and children, were there. "This wasn't something where the kids were just left out back. This was a supervised Ross said. The teen-ager who ignited the device, who neither Ross nor police identified, did not know the danger involved, Ross said. He was not related to the victim. Please see A9 Left-lane driving less restrictive BY MICHAEL RACK Capitolwire.com HARR1SBURG By summer's end, motorists on Pennsylvania's highways will find driving in the left lane to be a bit less restrictive. Gov. Tom Ridge signed a bill last week that eases the state's contro- versial left-lane rules, which were put on the books less than two years ago by a state senator who found left-lane lingerers to be a pet peeve. The existing law prohibits dri- ving in left lanes of divided high- ways unless a motorist is passing other vehicles or preparing to BSi. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 make a left turn. The revised law, which takes effect Aug. 25, allows drivers to use the left lane for passing, preparing to turn, allowing drivers to merge onto the roadway or when "travel- ing at aspeed greater.than the traf- fic flow." It also prohibits trucks weighing more than pounds from using tho left lane unless preparing for a left turn or exit. Both the old and new laws allow police to suspend the left-lane restrictions if needed to control or divert traffic. The original left-lane law was the brainchild of state Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Philadelphia, who insert- BIO FOUR ed it into a 1999 bill that toughened the standards for teen-age drivers. At the time, a spokesman for Fumo said the lawmaker and many of his constituents had grown weary of inconsiderate motorists who had a habit of "hanging out" in (lie left lanes, pre- venting others from passing. During 2000, state and local police cited 998 motorists for left-lane vio- lations, according to statistics kept by the Pennsylvania State Police. Each driver faced a fine plus other costs that pushed the penalty for each violation to about Please see A9 City council campaign sign caper dispute still not over BY WILLIAM KIBLF.H Stuff Writer Tom Shaheen is signaling he may not be ready to pull out of the great City Council primary election cam- paign sign caper dispute. Shaheen has accused fellow Councilman Ron Reidell of yanking out a Shaheen City Council sign from commercial property on Logan Boulevard. The theft accusa- tion has passed like Morse Code blinking, from tower-to-tower, from Shaheen Reidell AHoona Police to the Blair County District Attorney to the state Attorney because of con- flict-of-interest concerns. ft has come back to Shaheen, with a recommendation from the state that if he wants to pursue it, he should file a summary crimi- nal mischief complaint with a dis- trict justice. The attorney general's office doesn't handle cases of that low magnitude, Shaheen's lawyer, Steve Passarello, said. Please see A3 2 2 (7; 9 Lottery numbers, A2 1 WEATHER Chance of showers, Fotwast, A2 Altcmtttt DHirrnr THE _GREAY COMBIMATIOM Call us today...Make money today. 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