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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY IT; Test your smarts and win cash by picking the winner of next week's race B3 Mike Gonzalez helps lift Curve by shutting out Erie for the first 8 innings Altomra iKtrror Copyright 2001 MONDAY, JULY 9, 2001 PENN STATE ALTOONA v- r Mirror photos by Gary M. Baranec Peiiu State Altoona makes headway with its soccer field and track construction. The field is slated for completion Oct. 1, hut the new soccer teams won't he able to use the field this season. PLAYING PROGRESS ,Soccer, track to sport new turf for events Bv TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer Penn State Altoona will have a new track and field ready (o open this fall, but not in time for the school's inaugural seasons of meiis' and womens' soccer. Campus officials believe the new sports programs will help convince students to stay at the local campus fov all four years of their education, instead of trans- ferring to University Park. That phenomenon has been seen already with the baseball team, according to Sports Information Director Brent Baird. "Student athletes decide to stay here and complete a four-year degree so they can play all four lie said. Most players who transfer to University Park to finish their degree have to give vip their sports careers, he said. Please see A5 KICKS TO COME The first Penn State Altoona men's soccer team looks strong, according to sports information director Brent Baird. The team will be under Coach John Parenle, a doctoral student at University Patk who has worked with community teams in State College. The lirsl women's soccer team also looks strong and will be slocked with many incoming freshmen, Baird said.The women are led by Coach Jim Fee of Altoona, who coached at Altoona Area High School and worked with Penn State Altoona club teams. This fall's schedules for the soccer teams are available on the campus Weh site al The site soon will contain updated photos of the new track and Held construction. Ithel Sheedcr checks grade stakes at the site of Penn State Altoona's new soccer Held and track. General contractor of the development project is Krierger Contracting Co. Inc. of Duneaiisville. newsstand Teen-age drinking not lower Despite laws, poll shows numbers remain widespread. BY WILL LEST EH The Associated Press WASHINGTON Two-thirds of Americans........both adults and teen- agers say they support the legal drinking age of 21, an Associated Press poll shows. Teen-agers sup port the law even though teen drinking remains widespread. Even more people three- fourths of both teens and adults say they think laws on the drink- ing age should be enforced more vigorously, according to the poll conducted for the AP by ICR of Media, Pa. The enthusiasm among teens for strict enforcement is not as unusu- al as it may seem, said Ralph Hingson, a researcher on alcohol and youth al Boston University's School of Public Health. "In a given year, the majority of high school seniors drink, but oniy a small proportion are drinking Hingson said. "On bal- ance, they are supportive of legis- lation that will reduce the risks to themselves. Teens recognize the Question Who is you favorite Altoona Curve player month: TeenFest hopes to build on success For a list ol quick facts from the poll PAGE AS seriousness of drinking and dri- ving." After dropping significantly in the 1980s, when the-iegal drinking age was raised to 21 in all 50 states, the level of teen drinking has set- tled in at a rate many consider too high and a continuing health haz- ard. School officials and drug abuse exports are looking for ways to regain momentum against a prob- lem associated with traffic fatalities among people 15 to 20 in 1999, the most recent statistics available. Please see A5 Hot line allows youth to help cnpitolwire.com HAURISBURG This summer, the state is looking for a few con- scientious party busters. Using a 3-year-old, but apparently underused telephone hot line, kids many not old enough to remem- ber when dropping a dime on some- one actually involved spending 10 tip police to incidents of underage drinking. They can do it with a free call and more importantly, authorities say, without identifying themselves. In the crosshairs are social gath- erings, watering holes, beer dis- tributors and state-owned liquor stores where the under-21 crowd has access to alcohol. Since October 1998, the telephone number (888) UNDER-21 has offered Pennsylvanians of any age a nearly painless way to draw atten- tion to suspicious parties or estab- lishments that are selling illegally to minors. The stale police, the state Liquor Control Board and Pennsylvanians Against Underage Drink ing admin- ister the line, which is thought to be the first statewide effort of its kind in the nation. Please see AS Venus Williams retains women's title at Wimbledon PAGEB1 Rafter, Goran Ivanisevic face off for men's title today IN SPORTS Old Bedford Village drying some debt By BETH N. GHAV for Hie Mirror BEDFORD Officials of Old Bedford Village acknowledge the tourist attraction incurs more than its share of waterline breaks, repeatedly asks for relief on water and sewage bills and is delinquent in paying. But plans are under way to fix all that, village Executive Director Pain Roub told the Bedford Township Municipal Authority Thursday. INSIDE: Consulting service at Old Bedford Village awarded contract for Lewis and Clark Historic Site PAGE A3 The village owes the authority for water and sewage ser- vices dating to October. The amount includes about for gallons ofsBwage treatment fees, which are based on water con- sumption. The gallonage repre- sents water lost into the ground during two recent line breaks, meaning the water never went into the sewage system. "The infrastructure at the vil- lage is in Roub said. "It does seem we're always plagued waterline breaks. We want the authority to know we're work- ing on tliat and not taking advan- tage of she. added as she requested relief from the most recent billing. "We've been having problems with the village for more than 20 authority member Dick Bugle said. "We've probably for- given debt in excess of for [your] water and sewer." "We've been assured in the past these things would be corrected and yrm'd pay Wayne Bennett said. The authority has a legal respon- sibility to its bond holders to col- lect money due, Dennett said. Please see A3 DEUVEHV Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (BOO) 287-4480 BIG TOUR 9 5 84 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 ilttrrnr THE GREAT 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) 94G-7547 Q LOCAL Business Movies Obituaries Opinion QJ SPORTS Local Scoreboard A7 AS A9 A8 B4 B5 Q NATION Classifieds C2-10 Quire Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSIDE PAGE 03   

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