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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Doing it for dad Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Pepsi 400 at track where father died ALTOONA W MIRROR INSIDE TODAY SPQRTS; Curve rally in bottom of 9th inning BIZ; A check of the region's economic pulse Ultrror Copyright 2001 SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2001 newsstand Blair music association folding BY LINDA HUUKINS For The Mirror They introduced local audiences r iito photo The civic group brought Mummenschantz to Altoona in 1997. Competition, lack of interest cited to 'worlcU-eiiowned cultural artists Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art celebrates 25th year, PAGE Dl such as operatic diva Boverly Sills, pop singer Harry liellefonte, cellist "Maybe the time has come, the In the last two years, competi- Andre Segovia and the Swiss mime Walrus said, to think of other tion from larger venues, rising troupe Mmiiinenscliantz. said First Vice President entertainment costs and an inabil- But after 57 years, the Blair Charlotte Morris, adapting a line ity to get younger patrons to coin- County Civic Music Association is from Lewis Carroll's "Through the mil to a five-concert series marie it taking its final bow. Looking Glass." impossible for the association to sell enough season tickets to stay afloat, members said. "We actually are closing our said Lucy Stover, third vice president and campaign chair- woman. "Fifty-seven years with wonder- ful success, except for the last Stover said. Please see A6 Game panel aims for safety aipiloliaire.com HARRISBURG In a month or two, Betty J. Johnson will spenti part of most days in a small, bullet- resistant glass house. She's not tin-owing any stones. "I think it's a good said Johnson, who is lobby receptionist at the Pennsylvania Game Comm- ission headquarters. By mid-July, the commission will supervise the installation of an enclosure around Johnson's oversized ctesk area. It's just anoth- er facet in a continuing effort'to make state offices more secure places to work from metal detec- tors in the slate House and Senate chambers to surveillance cameras and swipe-card entry systems in outlying state agency buildings. "There is a heightened awareness that they're exercising throughout state said Jerry Feaser, commission spokesman. "We are making some changes con- sistent with that." Johnson usually is one of the first members people in the public encounter when visiting the com- mission's central office, a few miles from the state Capitol. With confidential lists of hunting licenses upstairs and a well-stocked armory one flight down, the com- mission wants to make sure Ihe building is secure, Feaser said. In April, employees started carrying coded ID badges, which let them open doors that are locked to the general public. Before installation of the new security system, Johnson some- times felt helpless as outside sales- people ducked into employees-only entrances before she could say anything. Johnson now is the keeper of authorized visitor pass- es, and her new glass enclosure will prevent people from grabbing at the badges or anything else on her desk. The bullet-resistant material also will, of course, deter people from discharging other kinds of anus in her direction. "We are a state agency, and as such, we are subject [to] any kind of threat that any other state agency or federal agency Feaser said. Please see A10 OUTDOORS INSIDE... In Itie woods column: Hunting in Missouri evenl for Ihrills and laughter, V Epeards-Lounge vest lailor-madeto accommodate needs of all turkey hunters. Native Alloonan earns a living as fishing guide in Florida. YOUTH SPORTS Mirror photo by Gary M. Barancc Umpire George Green calls A.J. Rispoli out after a tag by Matt Gaeto in a recent Independent Little League action. More and more kids arc getting out of baseball after their Little League years. Toast to the old days and DiMaggio, too, and old Drysdale and Mantle, Whitey Ford and to you." "A Sight For Sore Tom Wails 33 By MlCHAEI, ElMKHY Staff Writer In a promo for the cable sports channel ESPN Classic, there is a highlight of. Willie Mays' dramatic over-thc head catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, followed by the channel's fag linfi, "Are you old The ad is meant to attract sports enthusi- asts who relish great moments in sports his- tory. But with today's declining interest in baseball, the aci might be thought to suggest that the sport of baseball itself is old school. Known as the national pastime, baseball is trying to overcome a decline in interest that seems to indicate the sport is past its prime. In today's world of the Internet, computer games, roller and ice hockey, skateboarding, youth soccer and year-round basketball, baseball is battling for the attention and interest of young people. The number of children playing baseball nationally has dropped 20 percent since 1977, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. Please see A3 Changing times, plethora of other options pulling kids off diamonds The most popular organized sports tor youngsters aged 6-t7: Sport Total Basketball Soccer Baseball Slow-Pilch Softball Tackle Football Track Field Volleyball (conn) Cheerleading Touch Football Fast-Pilch Soltball Tennis 10.02 9.S9 7..18 3.56 2.86 2.71 2.39 1.S7 1.43 1.35 1.09 20.7% 19.8% 15.4% 7.3% 5.9% 5.6% 5.3% 4.9% 3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 2.3% Source: American Sports Dala Inc. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthinglon II EVERY MONDAY: Youth baseball roundup in Mirror Sports State road money exits Bud Shuster's absence is keenly felt as project funds dwindle. BY CI.AUUE R. MARX The Associated Press WASHINGTON During the last 10 years, Pennsylvania officials had a two-word solution when they needed help in getting transportation money: See Bud. That was a reference to the immense power for- mer Rep. Bud Sinister hart over transportation projects even before starting his six-year tenure as chairman of the Transportation Committee. Since the Pennsylvania Republican's resigna- tion in Kebruavy, it has been a different story. Already, the House has cut funding for con- struction on a suburban Philadelphia train line from Million to million. "The current delegation is well-meaning, but it is not the said a lobbyist who has been working on helping Philadelphia get more public transportation funds. The full impact will not be known until Congress rewrites the five-year transportation spending bill in 2003. Most transportation funding is governed by the five-year, billion spending bill Congress passed in 1998. That measure, enacted at the height of Shuster's power, gave Pennsylvania an average of billion per year in funds, an increase of 59 percent over the previous five years. By contrast, Illinois and Ohio each average billion per year, while Michigan's average is million. "We were well taken care of by the funding for- mulas and the specific projects that were. approved. It will be a challenge to match that PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirk- pa trick said. The measure funds 186 projects in the state, but some funding levels are subject to yearly review. Please see A4 POLITICS IHSIDE... Gov. Ridge kicks off campaign for Declaration ol Independence signing. The week's political news, notes, votes and quotes. Little-noticed tobacco bill provision discourages law- suits against cigarette makers. LawmaVers looking to build mail processing and print- ing facility with hefty price lag. PAGE A4 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 9-16-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ?r 2291DlluniSO BIO FOUR 2 7 94 Lottery numbers, A2 i. .WEATHER Showers possible, Forecast, A2 NO DOWN "J NO MONTHLY PAYMENTS NO CARRYING -1 Lane Dual Reclining Sofa 1'j Upholstered In durable Herculon fabric, JTSSSS soft and corafonable. 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