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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 27, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Martin Oil goes 1-1 in NABF Bl BUSIMESS: Pa. has peachy harvest A9 weight training foundation iHttrar Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2001 500 newsstand Lakemont liquor license rejected Bv KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer Lakemont Park's food and bever- age supplier has lost another quest to secure a liquor license. Logan Township's supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to turn down a request from Boston Concessions Group Inc. for permis- sion to transfer an Altoona license into the township for use in the pavilion area of Lakemont Park. Supervisors questioned the motive behind the request and pos- sible changes over which they would have no control. Their vote allows Lakemont Park's current practices to contin- ue. Groups booking catered events at Lakemont Park's pavilion area are allowed to bring their own beer and wine. Groups also can obtain special event liquor licenses for activities such as the annual Wing Off fundraisers. The vote has no effect on liquor licenses at the Casino at Lakemont or at Blair County Ballpark. Jim Bronson, general manager of Boston Concessions, said the vote left him surprised and disappointed. "Our plan is a good Bronson said.. The supervisors' decision could be appealed to the Blair County Court of Common Pleas, Boston Concessions attorney Robert Don- aldson said. Boston Concessions could try again to purchase a license from another license holder inside Logan Township. If it could do that, then it could bypass the need to have a transfer approved by I ,ogan Townsh ip sup erv isors. Boston Concessions sought approval on the transfer so it could add beer and wine to the beverages offered fit catered events. Bronson said bartenders would dispense the beverages and card consumers served at picnic pavilions. No sales of beer or wine were planned at the park's food booths. "We'll have a very controlled, managed Bronson told supervisors before they voted. Please see A6 SUMMER MOVIE MENAGERIE Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrtch Mirror piioto by Kelly Be Above: Christopher Wojcik, 6, and sister, Ashley, 3, relax with their dog, Lady. At luft: Lindsey Spahii, 12, holds Treasure and her sister, Lauren, 9, holds Barney. Hie truth about cats and dogs... Hollywood capitalizes on the popularity of pets. BY MIA ROHART Stuff Writer As mankind's faithful compan- ions, cats and dogs capture imaginations daily with their antics. This summer, they've cap- tured imaginations on the big screen as the film "Cats and Does" where mail's best friends wage a fictional battle for pet superiority has grossed more than million since a July 4 weekend debut. Although the movie plot is pure fan- tasy your dog is more interested in having its belly scratched than fight- ing ninja cats and your cat is content to rule your home instead of the world pets play an important part in the lives of their human compan- ions. According to the 2001-02 American Pet Products Manufacturers Association Survey, there are 63 mil- lion pet dogs in the United States and 73 million pet cats. On average there are 1.7 dogs per household and 2.1 cats. One way to classify someone is as a cat or dog person, and locals who attended the movie are no different. Lauren Spahii, 9, and her sister, Lindsey, 12, like cats. Dena Spahii, their mother, considers cats to be more convenient because they are more independent and can be left at home for longer periods of time. Barney is Lauren's white, black and brown calico. He is a friendly animal that runs to the door to greet strangers, a behavior usually associ- ated with dogs. Please see A4 and donkeys, dinos and apes Animals of all sorts take over at the box office. BY KKVIN On Staff Writer When it's over, they might call it the Summer of the Animals. There were movies about com- panion animals and human animals mythical animals and talk- ing animals Doolittle There were animals farther down on the Darwinian ladder and farther up of the There were extinct ani- mals Park There were even animals that had nothing to do with the movies they were named after This weekend, millions of homo sapi- ens will pour into theaters nationwide to see Tim Roth and Helena Bonhara Carter dressed as simulated simians in "Planet of the Apes." In the previous weeks, they watched Sam Niell get his Jurassic kicked in "Jurassic Park 3" and JefTGoldblum's attempt to make man's best friend nothing to sneeze at in "Cats and Dogs." Somehow, no matter how famous the human, they're nothing without the animals. "It's the absurdity. To anthropomor- phize them so strongly, it's almost like intellectual slapstick on a subconscious said Jay Hostler, j Juniata College neorobiologist and creator of "Clan an Eisner Award-nomi- nated comic book about boe society. Most of us hang out around humans all day and consequently have our- selves pretty well figured out as a species, Hostler said. Please sec A4 H An appeals court allows the 60-year minimum prison term imposed on Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer stale appeals court has upheld the 60-year minimum prison sentence imposed by lilair County Judge Norman D. Callan on the leader of a Buffalo, N.Y., drug gang that distributed heroin in Altoona two years ago. Callan sentenced Efrain G. Hidalgo Jr., 27, to a GO- to 120-year sentence, one of the longest nonhoinicide sen- tences ever handed down in Blair County. Hidalgo appealed the sen- tence and several other deci- sipns made by Callan during his weeklong trial last year to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, but the court rejected most of the appeal questions put of hand, not even commenting on them. Hidalgo Callan's decision to impose lengthy and consecu- tive sentences on cacli of nine charges against Hidalgo was within the judge's discretion, a three- judge Superior Court panel said. The question that most concerned the higher court was whether Callan clearly stated why he imposed such a long sentence. Karlier this month, the Superior Court vacated one of Callan's sentences because a presentence investigation was not conducted. The appeals court ordered resentencing, even though the defendant, Jacob A. Riichey of Martinsburg, had waived his to the preparation of a presentence report. Ritchey was sentenced last year to serve 10 to 20 years for firing 11 shots into the home of a Roaring Spring-area couple and their children. Please see A7 Embalming fluid offers different high From Mirror staff and wire reports PHILADELPHIA A chemical used to pre- serve the dead is becoming an increasingly popular drug for users looking for a new and different high, one which often comes with vio- lent and psychotic side effects, officials said. The chemical is embalming fluid, and users mainly teens and twcntysome- things are buying tobacco or marijuana cigarettes that have been soaked in it, then dried. They cost about apiece and are called by nearly a dozen names nationwide, including "fry" and "illy." "Some people around here think it's just a city problem, but it's said Julie Kirlin, OxyContin maker faces at least 13 .lawsuits from addicted patients PAGE C1 a juvenile probation officer in Reading. "Whether they live in a million-dollar house or a house, kids who are smoking pot or crack and are looking for a different type of high are turning to wet." The high that users experience depends on what they're really getting. Many users who want embalming fluid often get it with phenylcyclidine (PGP) mixed in. Embalm- ing (Iviid is a compound of formaldehyde, mefhanol, ethanol and other solvents. "We test for heroin, cocaine and marijua- na but not For Kirlin said. "Numbers- wise, I think we're missing a whole lot." Adding to the confusion is that PCP has gone by the street name "embalming fluid" since the 1970s. "What they're getting is often PCP, but the idea of embalming fluid appeals to people's morbid curiosity about said Dr. Julie Holland of New York University School of Medicine, who has studied drugs including wet. "There's a certain gothic appeal to it." Mixing embalming fluid with drugs hasn't yet caught on in central Pennsylvania, drug law enforcement officers said. Please see A7 Sunbather gets surprise visit Somerset County woman licked by black bear in her yard BERLIN (AP) A Somerset County woman found more to worry about than sunburn while lying out in her yard. Wendy Boyor was sunbathing at her house just outside of Berlin when she heard something moving in the grass behind her lawn chair. "I just thought it was my husband trying to sneak up on she said. "Then I realized that he wasn't back from town yet." Boyer said she felt a tongue on her arm and opened her eyes to see a black bear licking her. "I jumped up and yelled, and then it yelled, and then I must have hit it with my hand, and then ran into the house and never looked she said. fioycr said she since has seen the bear, which she said may only be a cub, rooting around the yard. "It's still hanging around, tearing clothes off the clothesline and digging around in the she said. Boyer said she may call the state Game Commission to have the bear (rapped and taken elsewhere. 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