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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Nation: Link between lUDs, infertility discounted Life: African-American Heritage Festival on tap Dl Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2001 500 newsstand MORE POWER TO'EM Mirror phulos by J.D. Cavrich Boaters take a small watercraft onto Lake Glendale at Prince GallitzLn State Park Wednesday. State officials are consid- ering lifting motor horsepower limits on seven of Pennsylvania's lakes. Officials testing the waters on lifting boat motor limits BY LINDA HUIIKINS For the Mirror State officials want to know what Pennsylvanians think ahout allowing larger motors on seven state park lakes, Includ- ing Glendale at Prince Gallitzin. The current motor size limit is 10 horsepower at Prince Gallitzin, as well as at Yellow Creek In Indiana County, Codorus in York County, Maurice K. Goddard in Mercer County, Moraine in Butler County, Nockamixon in Bucks County and Pymatuning in Crawford County. .Dick Caracciolo, who operates the marina at Prince Galiilzin, says he will attend the public hearing at? p.m. Wednesday at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. He's not hi favor of speed boats that would allow for water skiing. But he supports an increase to 25: horsepower motors on state lakes. Boats are larger now, and some pontoons are enclosed wilh a lot of canvas, which provides shelter from the elements, Caracciolo said. Some fishing boats also are big- ger and heavier. With greater size and weight, the boats are harder to handle, especially when the wind picks up. An increase in horsepower would ease handling of certain boats without increasing the speed beyond 12 or 13 mph, Caracciolo said. "Some users of these lakes have suggested we allow larger motors on them and restrict aU boats to a 'slow, no-wake' speed said John Simmons, a state Fish and Boat Commission official. State Rep. Gary Haluska, D- Palton, said he supports state park managers from the region who will recommend raising the horsepower to 25, with strict enforcement of the new limit. The Fish and Boat Commission is the only state agency with the authority to establish boating reg- ulations. It maintains regulations allow- ing unlimited horsepower at seven park lakes, motors not larg- er than 10 horsepower at another seven lakes and only electric motors at 35 state parks. Haluska said new regulations have been under consideration for at least three years. Please see A12 If the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has its way, hoat motors can have more than 10 horsepower at the state's park lakes. LOOKING FOR COMMENTS Lake GlenrJale at Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of seven state parte where boats are limited to 10- horsepower motors. A public meeting to receive comment on requested changes to the horsepower limits will be held Wednesday in Harrisburg. Send comments to: Gary Smith, Chief, Park Operations and Maintenance, Bureau of Stale Parks. Rachel Carson Slate Office Building, P.O. Box 8767, Harrishurg, PA 17105-8767. Getting more than we paid for: Pa. obtains high return on its taxes BY CLAUDE R. MAIIX The Associated Pi-ess WASHINGTON For every Pennsylvanians pay in federal taxes, the government returns in benefits, goods and ser- vices, according to a study by a Washington research group. Most funds come to Pennsyl- vania in fixed-cost programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, the report by the Tax Foundation concluded. The state has the 26th highest overall rate of return. Pennsylvania receives 117 per- cent of the national average in retirement and disability pay- ments and a 121 percent return on all other fixed-cost programs, often called "entitlements." It also receives 103 percent of the average in grants to slate and local governments. By contrast, the state receives 69 percent of the average in federal purchase dollars and 70 percent of the average in federal salaries and wages. "Federal dollars have been flow- ing away from the Northeast and toward the South and Midwest, but Pennsylvania has avoided some of that because of its large elderly said Scott Moody, an economist at the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania receives 117percent of the national average in retirement and disability payments and a 121 percent return on all other fixed-cost programs. who wrote the report. Pennsylvania receives bil- lion in direct Pentagon spending each year. It tied with Connecticut as the loth-biggest recipient of defense dollars. About military, civilian, reserve and National Guard per- sonnel work at military facilities throughout Pennsylvania, accord- ing to the Pentagon. New Mexico, which receives for every SI it pays ip federal taxes, has the highest rate of return. Connecticut, which receives 62 cents for every it pays in federal taxes, has the lowest rate. Please see A10 State's welfare caseloads rise BY JOANN LOVIGUO The Asswiated Press PHILADELPHIA The number of Pennsylvania welfare caseloads rose slightly from June to July, the state's first increase since federal welfare reform legislation was enacted in August 1996. The statewide caseload rose 0.6 percent from people in June to people in July, according to statistics released by the state Department of Public Welfare. However, a state official said the numbers shouldn't be a cause for worry. "One month does not make a department spokesman Jay Pagni said. "It could be a num- ber of things because the case- load is smaller than it was, any change looks larger. It could be what's going on with the economy, it could even be that more people got divorced or relationships broke up" during that month. Please see AID LOCAL ROILS The number ol people in the region receiving cash assistance and food stamps lor April, the latest figures available: County_______Cash Food stamps Bedford Blair Cambria Centre Clearfield Huntingdon 336 4GO 469 255 371 351 Tola! Source: Pa. Department ol Public Welters Former GTE employees facing charges in scam BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer JOHNSTOWN Seven former GTE employees will be arraigned Tuesday before federal Magistrate Keith Pesto on charges they bilked the telephone company out of at least million by submitting false invoices for services and other items never received. Company spokesman Lee Gierczyn- ski of Pittsburgh said the theft was "distressing but isolated." The investigation into the missing money began internally in the late 1990s and continued after GTE and Bell Please see A7 ALSO IN BUSINESS Rent-Way Inc., lhe nation's second-largest rent-to-own company, said it will close as many as 30 stores. Florida's attorney general is investigating the General Nutrition Centers health-food chains. PAGEA9 Norfolk Southern settlement draws last-minute objections From Mirror staff and wire reports Lawyers presented last-minute objections that could derail a set- tlement requiring a Norfolk Southern Corp. subsidiary to pay landowners along its rail tracks including some in Blair County when it installs underground fiber- optic lines in Pennsylvania and 14 other states. Owners of 602 parcels adjacent to the mainline in Blair County are scheduled to receive settlement payments. There also are 847 parcels in Cambria County and 425 in Hunt- ingdon County involved in the set- tlement. Lawyers representing a Georgia landowner said the settlement was unfair to property owners on the side of the tracks opposite from where cable is laid. But lawyers for Norfolk, Va.J based Thoroughbred Technology and Telecommunications Inc. Please see A9 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 948-7480 or (800) 287-4480 BIG FOUR Lottery numbers, A2 Chance of showers, Forecast, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: ITALIAN VILLA "Is One of the hesi Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers" Aug. sist Edition LOCAL Business__ Comics____ Obituaries Opinion j 03 WORTS Local______ Scoreboard A9 A8 "All A4 ,Q NATION Classifieds El LIFE Movies C4-12 D3 NightJ-ife________D2 B4 Puzzles D5 B5 Television D5 INSIDE IN SPORTS The Altoona Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates recorded losses in baseball action Wednesday night. PAGE B1   

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