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Publication: Altoona Mirror July 16, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY CONTEST Win cash by picking the winners / SPORTS: Kevin Harvick wins Tropicana 400 / : what InsideAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, JULY 16, 2001 sp* ■■■HMH 50 C newsstandMurder has Blair’s deaf on alert■ They fear Buchanan’s murder may be connected to his hearing impairment.■ They’re concerned that a gap in communications may be hindering police. By William Kiblkr Staff Writer We’ve all been startled by a noise. But the scariest times may be the silent ones, like in movies when only suspenseful music plays, when you anticipate something is about to happen, something bad. Members of Blair County’s deaf community, who live in silence all the time, are scared, knowing they can’t hear the suspenseful music or the footsteps behind them. And ifs no movie. In the wake of the unsolved murder of a deaf man in June in Juniata, Blair County’s deaf residents — a tight-knit group of several hundred people — are upset. They fear police may be hindered in trying to find Randy Buchanan’s killer by the tremendous communications gap involved. Like many, they’ve heard the rumor that what police have described as “markings” on the body was actually writing, and the message involved was for them. But most of all, they fear the horrific crime somehow was related to the victim’s deafness and that danger lurks for each of them until the killer is caught. The Mirror talked with about IO members of the deaf community for this story, including a roundtable discussion about the murder and the problems of being deaf in Blair County. Only one would let her name be used. Newspapers usually don’t let sources get away with remaining anonymous because it undermines credibility. But the refusal of deaf people in this area to let their names be used, even as they eagerly share what they think about the June 21 beating murder of Buchanan, cries out the truth of their anxiety. Please see Deaf/Page A6 Buchanan One of their own Ex-J LG workers miffed By Bkth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — “It stinks,” said the wife of a terminated JLG Industries employee about what she and her husband see as little help from the company in finding new employment. In June, JLG laid off 265 workers. Company representatives and some local economic development officials said the company has been responsive and has not gone overboard on job-finding help because so many state-sponsored employment services already exist. The McConnellsburg-based maker of scissor- and boom-lifts for the construction industry announced June 15 the closing of its Weber Lane manufacturing plant because of an economic downturn. Most of the employees were told to return the next day to pack their personal belongings. Some had worked at the plant as long as 30 years. No opportunity to transfer to another JLG facility and no advance notice of the shutdown irked workers. The day after the announcement, the firm sponsored an employee meeting with CareerLink, formerly the Job Center, at which employment agency officials explained how to file unemployment claims, write resumes and find jobs. “That’s it,” said a welder, angered at what he felt was a lack of support, one-on-one attention and compassion. He asked not to have his name published. “[The workshop! was a lot of paperwork,” said Todd Taylor, director of work force development for the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, which organized the session with the state Department of Labor and Industry. Many of those who attended may have been so upset that they didn’t glean much from the session, he said. Taylor said JLG based a human resource staffer at CareerLink for several weeks and the Workforce Investment Board offered an opportunity for displaced workers to get their resumes on the Internet. The response was “a trickle,” Taylor said. The firm didn’t provide job search aid because the state offerings “are really quite substantial,” said Sam Swope, JLG vice president for human resources. “A lot of companies rely on us because we have a wide array of services and they’re available for these circumstances,” Taylor said “They should be doing a lot more,” said Cathy Fetter, whose husband, Randy, worked through the ranks over 23 years to become a quality control officer. “I’ve seen the company be very concerned about these people,” said Bette Slayton, Bedford County economic development director. Randy Fetter isn’t impressed and feels cut adrift. He’s job hunting on his own. Please see JLG/Page AIQ Area’s supply hits a critical stage By Walt Frank Staff Writer The summer season is in full swing, meaning hot weather is here — and the region’s blood supply has reached a critical stage. Almost every summer, American Red Cross officials are faced with a shortage of blood as donations dwindle. “In our region, it is challenging because about 15 to 20 percent of the blood we collect comes from businesses, and people are on vacation,” said Marianne Spampinato, spokeswoman for the Red Cross Blood Services Greater Alleghenies region. Another 20 percent is collected at high schools and colleges.” Supplies of O negative, B positive, A negative and B negative Please see Shortage/Page A5 WHERE TO DONATI Upcoming bloodmobiles open to the public include: ■ Every Tuesday, noon to 6 p m . Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 317 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. ■ Every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 317 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. ■ Thursday. 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Appleton Papers, New Enterprise annex building, Plum Creek Road and Route 36, Roaring Spring. ■ Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Altoona Hospital auditorium, 620 Howard Ave. ■ July 23, noon to 6 p.m., Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Home, 220 Newry St., Hollidaysburg. ■ July 26,11 30 a.m to 6 p.m., Blair Media Blood Blitz, Jaffa Mosque. Pa. hospitals feeling pinch in cost of blood From Mirror staff and wire reports Hospitals already struggling with increasing costs and nursing shortages now are being asked to pay almost 50 percent more for their most precious commodity — blood. The price for blood from the American Red Cross spiked after July I. Red Cross executives said they have to compensate for rising expenses. “For years, the Red Cross has been absorbing costs for improvements to ■■■■■■■HH DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BIO FOUR S 6    2    S Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 85° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror too OC Bucks t □ LOCAL Movies Hospitals Obituaries Opinion □ SPORTS High schools Scoreboard B NATION the blood supply,” said Marianne Spampinato, spokeswoman for Red Cross Blood Services Greater Alleghenies Region. The cost of processing blood has increased 27 percent since 1996 while the agency has raised prices only 9.9 percent, Spampinato said. National Red Cross officials said prices for red blood cell products are determined by local blood centers. Please see Cost/Page A5 INSIDE A5 A9 A9 A8 Classifieds C3-10 Q LIFE • Comics D5 Community news D2 B4 Puzzles D4 B5 Television D4 V HI ARTS FEST ENDS PEACEFULLY . IbBhbIH Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Mounted state police officers stage on Beaver Avenue in downtown State College early Sunday morning trying to discourage mob behavior. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Kathleen Murphy of State College cools off along Allen Street. Fhe weekend remained calm at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts in State College. Dozens of borough and state police officers stood on street corners along Beaver Avenue, where a strip of high-rise apartment buildings have been the site of riots during two of the last three Arts Fests. More than IOO more state police troopers gathered down the street, including a dozen on horseback. State College police Chief Tom King said other events, including a concert at the Penn State University student union, helped keep crowds from gathering on Beaver Avenue as they have in past years. In 1998, rioters caused $100,000 in property damage, tearing down street lights, breaking windows and damaging cars. Police arrested 17people last year when rioters caused about $5,000 in property damage. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Brothers David and Mark Andersen sleep Friday near Old Main. QMS Getting to the point about pyramids PAGE D3 ;

  • Bette Slayton
  • Cathy Fetter
  • Jason Sipes
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Marianne Spampinato
  • Mark Andersen
  • Randy Buchanan
  • Randy Fetter
  • Sam Swope
  • Todd Taylor
  • Tom King

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: July 16, 2001

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