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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Workers make Huntingdon fair a success Life: What to consider when choosing paint Dl iKtrrar Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2001 newsstand Private producer Craftsman Darryl Yeager works on a toy. A finished long- nose tractor and bulldozer stand in the foreground. Area toy maker keeps his craft under wraps BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer BELLWOOD Darryl Yeager says he's the best kept secret in the area. Yeager, 64, a retired appliance repair teacher at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, works in his shop in the Reightown area of Antis Township, turning out to wooden toys per year. Through his e-mail address (toymak- Yeager's Easy to Love Wooden Toys are sold worldwide. "There are so many people in the local area who have no idea I exist here; it is said Yeager, a member of the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority and a former Antis Township supervisor. "I don't advertise because 1 don't want masses of people coming in he said. Yeager doesn't like to use the word manufacture to describe what he does. "I am a craftsman; I design and make wooden "They are mostly for children, but.spme are collec- tor's items." PfV Yeager said he always had an interest in woodworking but did riot have a background in it. His paternal grandfa- ther was a master carpenter, and his maternal grandfather was a cabinet maker. His father repaired television sets. "I am strictly self-taught. If I need to know how to do something, I research it and then do Yeager said. "I honestly believe people can do more than they think they can, if they are willing to try." Yeager'.s woodworking began as a hobby. "I built everything for the house I could build. I started out with wall racks and dough he said. "I started doing local craft shows and found out that toys sold better than any- thing else." Please see A10 Mirror pholos by J.D. Cavrich Darryl Yeager assembles a Pull Bee toy. The retired appliance repair teacher churns out to wooden toys per year in ahoutCO varieties. Housing market healthy Experts: Interest rate cuts have kept sales steady or better. BY LTNDA HUD KINS For the Mirror National news pundits whisper about recession while thousands of Blair County workers prepare to hit the unemployment lines. But local real estate agents say the housing market is doing well. "We have been very, very said Robert Pennington of Coldwell Banker Town and Country Real Estate. "Housing sales in most parts of the country are up, driven by inter- est rates being so he said. "We are very fortunate because our sales are up over this time last year." Other agents agree, but some with lesser degrees of enthusiasm. Ace Evey of John Hill Real Estate used the words "pretty good" to describe the real estate business. A lot of bad economic news has befallen the region recently, and some of the announced layoffs IN BUSINESS Microsoft should tie punished quickly (or its monopoly behavior because delay only further disrupt's the computer markel, Justice Departmenl lawyers argued Friday. The Bush administration announced Friday that it would impose a 19.3 percent penalty tariff ori softwood lumber imported from Canada. PAGE A9 haven't happened yet, he said. Even more expensive homes are moving, Evey said, adding the market remains "better than we all thought it might be or expected it to be. "I, at times, find it hard to believe myself." Others also expressed surprise about the market. "It's been pretty said Roger Meckley of Century 21. "My business is up from last year, but I don't know what it pertains to." Please see A6 Market Watch Below is a comparison of deeds transferred and mortgages recorded in Blair County. July 2000 Jan. 2001 Feb. 2001 Mar. 2001 Apr. 2001 May 2001 June 2001 July 2001 Source: Blair County Register And Recorders Office. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthfngton II STEM CELL RESEARCH Issue dividing clergy members, lawmakers BY RODERT IGOE Staff Writer As genetic researchers moved forward into the brave new world President Bush heralded Thurs- day sharply divided reaction in the wake of the decision. The issue of allowing limited fed- eral funding of stem cell research divides many lawmakers and reli- gious leaders, just as it divides many Americans. "I think the president handled the issue said U.S. R'ep. John Peterson, R-5th District. "I have no quarrel with his Debate moves to Congress, action to PAGE C1 views, and I have the same con- cerns about the issue that he has. I think his plan is a prudent course of action." In hjs televised address to the nation Thursday, Bush said he would endorse federal funding for research that uses only stem cells from embryos that already have been destroyed, such as from fertil- ity clinics. Please see A6 Murtha Specter Bar owners claim Wing Off decision a double standard BY WILLIAM KIHLER Staff Writer A city bar owner says the state needs to be as tough on Lakemont Park's Wing Off as it is on him. Mike Rubine, owner of Rubine's Bar, wants to organize fellow bar owners to protest the Liquor Control Board's new leniency ori minors' access to alcohol at special events like the Wing Off. Liquor Control Enforcement can cite bars for failing to ensure minors are supervised closely, but the state lacks an equivalent provi- sion for special events. "It's a double Rubine said. The LCE cited the Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company, the Wing- Off permit holder, after finding a 17-year-old girl drank beer given to her by a patron of legal drinking age July 26. But the citation was withdrawn after the board found the provision too generic and after reports that the Wing Off might not survive a ban on teens imposed by organizers to prevent a recurrence of under- age drinking. Bureau of Liquor Control super- visor Mary Mills never used the generic provision before for such a special event problem. But she tried it in the case of Wing Off because she didn't want to be harsh and she didn't want to ignore organizers' responsibility to ensure minors didn't consume alcohol. "On the .whole, they were doing what we want to see being done with these permits" by using wrist- bands to identify those of legal drinking age, Mills said. "But the fact was, we had a juve- nile drinking there, and we didn't want to just let that she said. It's not fair that the fire company got off the hook, Rubine said. Please see Wing A13 Subscription or home delivery questions: MS-7480 or ILL II BBLI. _1J 2 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: b ITALIAN VILLA "7s One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers" -Aug. 3ist Edition [01JOCAL Business Moviss I A9 Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard AS T? A8 B4 Nxnow Classilieds C2-14 tSrrJizT i Comics ____D5 Community news D2 Puzzles ______D4 Television D4 IN NATION Eight Marine Corps officers were charged with misconduct in connection with alleged falsification of maintenance records on the MV-22 Osprey. PACE 01 V   

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