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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 18, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY UFE: Floor .care will pay off in the future Dl Teens exchange cultures V Where there's a wheel... i-v w ii the'Mirrors racing magazine i Copyright 2001 Successor to the PRR, the Penn Central Oonrail and rumored predecessor to Burling- ton Norfolk Southern is fighting to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop and has hinted the Juniata Locomotive Shop might not last too many years, either. Maybe local rail buffs' refurbish- ing the mighty K-4, symbol of the heyday of Altoona's 150-year-old rail tradition, is a kind of antidote to the negative news from Norfolk. "One thing you can't take away from an individual person is mem- Tom Martin, who spoke on the lawn of the rail 'museum. "And one thing you can't take away from a city is its her itage." Altoona no longer is just a rail town, said museum Executive Director Cummins McNitt, citing the economic development and diversification program begun in ttie 1940s with Jobs for Joes and continuing today with the pro- grams of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. ABCD already has been looking at potential alternate uses for the car shop if Norfolk Southern suc- ceeds in closing it. And part of the diversification that has made Altoona less of a real rail town is the tourism the rail museum is part of. Please see A12 SATURDAY, AUGUST 2001 newsstand (Ground broken for K-4 shelter Officials celebrate Altoona's rail heritage during ceremony for quarter roundhouse. BV WILLIAM KIBI.ER StaffWriter lit happened in front of a museum full of Pennsylvania Railroad arti- facts: Blair County Commissioner Donna Gority proclaimed herself the granddaughter of a New York Central man and showed off her Gonrail-blue after state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, restated the rumor that Burlington Northern Railroad eventually may own the local segment of the industry. s Friday's groundbreaking at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum for a quarter roundhouse' to shelter the famous Altoona-huilt K-4 steamfengine must have, made it clear to the representative of this region's current rail proprietor Norfolk Southern Corp. that his cOnipany'4 tumultuous three-year tenure is hardly dominant in the of the region's rail HERE'S THE STEEPLE W Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec 'orkersfrom Shaw's Steeple Jacks, Johnstown, place a cross for the repainted steeple Friday on Queen of Peace Cathplic Church in Patton. The work on the roof steeple and cross started after Easter. NS, union may face arbitration A decision must be made before closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop by Oct. 1. Lawyers on both sides are preparing to negotiate New York Dock agreement. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Workers at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop are on pins and needles as they-wait to learn if the Surface Transportation Board will force Norfolk Southern Corp. to keep the shop open, said Tom Lutton, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 27, the largest bargain- ing unit in the shop. But until a decision is released by the federal board regulating rail mergers, the legal process contin- ues, and the next step to close the shop is moving forward. This week, Lutton said lawyers on both sides are preparing to negotiate the particulars of the New York Dock agreement. Under the merger contract for the breakup of Conrail, workers of the absorbed company are protect- ed by New York Dock and are to be given jobs within Norfolk Southern that are on par with its current positions. If Norfolk Southern cannot or decides not to provide those jobs, the workers will be entitled to receive six years of wages. But the union said the jobs aren't there. Only shownwhere half of the nearly 300 workers would go within the system, the union contends Norfolk Southern is not going to provide work for all employees. Furthermore, the union said the company already has.started a restructuring plan. The plan includes a reduction in the work force, and the new jobs may not be NORFOLK SOUTHERN secure six years down the road, leaving workers who moved stranded far from their Blair County homes. Between assuring job parity and answering the union's assertions, the matter must go to arbitration, and a decision must be made before Norfolk Southern legally can shut the doors on the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, which it hopes to do by Oct. 1. As a result; members from the union and Norfolk Southern will meet Aug. 27 in Washington, D.C., with an arbitrator from, .the National Mediation Board. Although the arbiter is expected to make a decision within 30 days of the hearing, there is no guarantee the deadline will be met. In theory, the deliberation can take months. "He is sort of like an itinerant wise Richard Edelman, attorney for the TWU, said of the arbiter's position. Although Edehnan is preparing for the hearing, he said ha wishes the STB firs t would render its decision on the fate of the car shop. New York Dock is the name of a decision that came down from' the Commerce Commission in 4979. Please see A10 Grades, attendance available on HASD Web site BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG A candi- date from the Hollidaysburg Area School District with hopes of win- ning an elected office might want to consider claiming he invented the Internet. In the world of education, it wouldn't be far from the truth. Such an effort was on display Friday as school officials unveiled a business partnership with Stale College-based Schoolwires that features a test of new software. The software means the end of clever excuses students use to mis- lead parents about their grades and attendance. The system provides parents and students access to grades, attendance records and just about everything else found in a teacher's grade book. It's building on a concept devel- oped more than a decade ago by Max Hunter, a parent of a student at the time, and Education Director Bill Padamonsky. The result of that idea was Tiger Net, a computer-based program that con- nected junior-high parents with teachers. While the new program's con- cept is the same, technology fakes it to a new level. The new pro- gram, TigerWires (www.tiger- expands services and includes grades four to 12. "We're looking at TigerWires as jumping two or three steps ahead of Schoolwires Vice President Mike Gates said. Both groups told community leaders that it is a win-win situa- tion. The district gets use of the technology for free, and Schoolwires gels a testing ground for a product it hopes to market nationwide. "It's really hundreds of thou- sands of dollars [worth of but we figure we're getting back hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of feedback we will eventu- ally Schoolwires Chief Executive Officer Edward Marflak said. Hollidaysburg district teachers will be required to maintain their grading information electronical- ly this fall. Please see A12 Counties short on doe licenses From Mirror staff reports Blair County hunters planning to get an antlerless deer license for this year need to act quickly. Hunters in some neighboring counties seeking the same license already have procrastinated too long. "State Game Commission officials said the allocation of antlerless licenses this year is running ahead of last year's pace with at Jeast 17 counties, including Bedford, Cambria and Centre, already are selling out of their'allotted licenses. Clearfield County has less than 150 licenses remaining. Blair and Huntingdon counties .still have more than antlerless licenses available, but Monday is the deadline for state residents to apply for the tags at the county treasurers' offices. After that, remaining licenses will be made available to out-of-state residents. Resident antlerless licenses cost non- resident antlerless licenses are More than antlerless deer were har- vested in those six area counties last year. Please see A12 Amtran will make the following changes to Us bus routes Aug. 27: eliminate Houte Monday to Saturday; i- reroute Route 5, Pleasant Valley to serve Lakemont and Fairway Drive, Monday to Saturday; eliminate the final p.m.) Route .2, Second Avenue trip, Monday to Saturday; eliminate the final p.m.) Route 5, Pleasant Valley trip, Monday to Saturday; eliminate ihe and 3 p.m. Route 9 Dasher trips, Monday to. Friday; alternate Routes 4 and 6, Saturday. Amtran OKs changes U BY WILLIAM KiBtEti StaffWriter To balance its budget for this fiscal year, Amtran approved bus route changes'that will subtract 80 hours per week in service. Six' riders attended the transit group's meeting this week, the sec- ond opportunity for the public to comment on the service cuts, but no one objected to them. For Linda Kinkaid of Fairview, the only cut that matters will be the spac- ing of the Fairview bus stops at inter- vals of two hours rather than one hour on Satui-days, which will mean planning occasional shopping trips to Logaii Valley Mall more carefully to avoid a long wait. Kinkaid also uses the bus during the week to gel to the Stevens School near Lloyd Street, and those trips will go on as before, she said. Please see A10 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or I Lottery numbers, A2 tJJ Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 L L dpi 11 K-? 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