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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Hollidaysburg YMCA basketball wraps up 11 Life: Herbs add new dimension of taste to food Dl Altoona 4Htrr0r Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2001 newsstand Brash burglars bothersome in Blair BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer It's a scene right out of the movies. A man wakes to a strange sound and lies in bed wondering what it is. He sees the door he closed is ajar. He gets up and sees by the glow of his com- puter that his desk chair is swiveling slowly. The man flips on the light; chaos ensues. It happened in Greenwood early Tuesday, one of at least seven similar cases in the last week in which thieves invade homes where residents are asleep. Bold burglars, possibly desperate for drug money or craving the high of crazy risks, take advantage of air conditioners and fans masking odd noises and open windows. When the Greenwood homeowner turned on the light, the burglar sprang from behind the chair where he'd been hiding, dashed to get out the door of the second-floor room where the man had been sleeping. Without thinking, the homeowner flung his arms around the waist of the fleeing, shirtless burglar and held on. The burglar grabbed at the door frame and knob and pulled, flailing his elbows back and whack- ing the homeowners, trying to get free. The 62-year-old homeowner hadn't been in a fight since about age 12. He's just 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds, probably SO pounds less than his adversary a lean, tall man in his 20s. The homeowner did the only thing he can he let the burglar go. The burglar thinks he's going to escape, but the home- owner has a plan. The door opened onto a mezzanine, the bur- glar lunged through the door and the home- owner followed. With the help of the burglar's momentum, the homeowner shoved him through the railing and off (he balcony. Please see A6 Event weeds out winning farmers BY MICHAEL V. EMERY Staff Writer ROCK SPRINGS The last time this much weed got so much attention on farm- land, Jimi Hendrix was on stage at Woodstock. Tills is not Woodstock or the sec- ond coming of the Hemp Car. It's the Largest Weed in Pennsylvania Contest And the contest is strictly for non-noxious weeds. It's one of more than 300 exhibits at the 33rd annual Ag Progress Days, which opened Tuesday at Penn State Univer- sity's Russell E. Larson Agricul- tural Research Center. The event, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Science, continues from 9 amitoBp.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thureday. Most exhibits promote agricul- tural living and are designed to assist farmers and educate the public. The weed exhibit is for fun, although exhibit organizer Dwight D. Lingenfelter of Penn State's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences can offer plenty of insight. As an extension agrono- mist, he is an expert is weed management and control. "Fanners fight weeds constant- Lingenfelter said, "so we thought we'd make some fun out: of it and hold an event that turned tilings around and let peo- ple show off their weeds." The first weed contest, in 1999, was an open event with all contes- tants competing in the same catego- ry. During the last two years, how- ever, organizers divided the contest into three categories: farm weeds, residential weeds and lads' weeds. "The first year, we had farmers bringing in weeds 12 feet high and kids bringing in weeds maybe a foot high, so we decided to break the contestants up into different categories to give everyone a fair Lingenfelter said. Please see A14 AG PROGRESS DAYS Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Above: Jalisa Hoover, 12, of Mount Joy finds some shade as she relaxes Tuesday in the tire of a harvester at Penn State's Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. At left: Visitors look at a 20- row planter on dis- play at the event. The 33rd annual Ag Progress Days, spon- sored by, the College of Agricultural Science, continues from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. More than 300 agricultural exhibits ore on display. Plan sought to conserve state water BY PETEH DURANTINE capitolwire.com HARRISBURG Pennsylvania is about to launch an unprecedent- ed public relations campaign to encourage residents to conserve water as routinely as they recycle bottles, cans, newspapers and other consumer items. Stuart Gansell, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Watershed Management, said the purpose is not to alarm people but to raise concerns in the state, which never had an effec- tive water-management program. "We'd like to make water conser- vation visible and prevalent in everyone's mind as recycling is Gansell said. "We think the public is ready for this." According to the state, water con- sumption, particularly for house- hold, industrial, recreational and agriculture use, has increased dra- matically over the past 100 years. In 1900, when 6 million people lived in the state, a person typical- ly used about 5 gallon s of water per day. The population today is dou- ble what it was back then, while water use per person has increased 12-fold to about 62 gallons daily. With miles of streams, about miles of lakes, reservoirs and ponds and what Penn Slate University researchers estimate to be 47 trillion gallons of ground water, it would appear Pennsylvania has an abundance of water. But demand in the state is great ground and surface water with- drawals exceed 4 billion gallons per the rain and snow falls in certain parts of the state are not enough to replenish those sources. Ground-water levels and streams reached all-time record lows in 1999 while water shortages are becoming more frequent and more pronounced, Gansell said. With 23 counties in the central part of Pennsylvania plagued by dry conditions over the last few years All wet How water usage in Pennsylvania has increased dramatically in the last century: Water usage: Water usage: 5 gallons 62 gallons per person per (J3y per person per day -DO -50 -40 -30 -20 10 1900 2000 Population. GM Population: 12M and again under a drought watch, there appears to be an urgency among some legislators to establish a water-management plan. "We had the so-called 'Drought of the Century' in 1999, and now we're on the verge of another said Rep. Camille "Bud" George, D- Houtzdale, ranking Democrat on the House Environmental Re- sources and Energy Committee. The Clearfield County lawmaker, said he has tried for three years to push a package of bills through the Republican-controlled Legislature to regulate water use and require the state to inventory its water supplies. "By now, we should have been requiring major water users to reg- ister with the he said. "You have to wonder.how serious the administration is on this issue." The Ridge administration, always averse to mandating any-- tiling, particularly the use of a nat- ural resource, is steering away- from legislation at least for now. Instead, it has promoted a series of statewide water forums conducted by the DEP earlier this year. Please see A4 Carrolltown park project on track BY AUDREY BHOTHEHS-KONIOR For the Mirror CARROLLTOWN The on- again, off-again community park project is on again after officials from several borough organizations and the local American Legion post announced a joint effort Tuesday to make the idea a reality. If it comes to fruition, the Carrolltown American Legion Park will be on 18 acres in the northern end of the borough just off Route 219, known as Carrolltown Fairgrounds. The land is owned by the Fox-Peale American Legion Post. Under the proposed plan, the Legion would rent the ground to the borough for per year for 25 years with a five-year renewal option, Borough Manager Ron Johnson said. The land already has a ballfield on it, and plans call for construc- tion of a second ballfield, three pavilions, a volleyball court, soc- cer field, concession stand and a half-mile walking track. "We need a park post com- mander Ed Lipnic said. A several-years-long effort to build a park on borough-owned land near the fairground died ear- lier this year when bids came in significantly more than the pro- ject's budget. Johnson said officials hope to complete the new park in two to five years, depending on available government funding, the success of fund raising and volunteer labor recruitment. Officials raised locally for the previous park project, and Johnson said contributors to that project will receive a letter giving them the option to have their dona- tion returned or applied to the new project. Please see All Private prison issues must be resolved before building BY Pun- RAY AND CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writers PfflLIPSBURG Although the Federal Bureau of Prisons lifted a stop work order on construction of a private prison in Clearfield County, several issues must be resolved before dirt can fly, a construction company spokesman said. The proposal by Cornell Cos. Inc. of Houston, Texas, to erect a bed prison in Clearfield County has been on hold for two years because of two legal challenges. In 1999, the Citizens' Advisory Committee on Private Prisons Inc. filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Johnstown. The group claimed the bureau violated the National Environmental Policy Act by ignoring the possible effect the prison could have on the land, development, water supply, hous- ing, local law enforcement and the court system. U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith agreed. But in a 73-page rul- ing issued a week ago, he said the bureau since has conformed to the law by stopping work and per- forming a comprehensive envi- ronmental assessment. Since the judge's ruling, the bureau lifted its prohibition against construction, a move that places the onus on Cornell to take the next step. Please see Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (BOO) 287-4480 .6 i) 8) 2 I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forest, A2 By s iness Movies A9.10 AS Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A8 B4 Classifieds C4-14 Comics __ ____ D5 Community navys D2 Puzzles ____ P4 Television D4 IN NATION The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled a man cannot have Ihe frozen embryos he and tits ex-wife created implanted in another woman. PAGE Cl r   

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