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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 25, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania the ultimate sports viewing room Altoona Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2001 newsstand Appeals court tosses 1-99 lawsuit ruling could clear the way for construction on the interstate, which should be completed in 2006. BY-PHIL RAY StgffWriter Interstate 99 construction between Alloona and State College should continue without legal interruption now that a fed- eral appeals court has dismissed an envi- ronmental coalition's lawsuit. In an opinion issued this week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld language in a federal trans- portation act written by former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District. The act autho- rized PeimDOT to proceed with engineer- ing, final design and construction of 1-99. At that tune, Shuster .was chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastruc- ture Committee. In its lawsuit filed in federal court in Williamsport, the coalition known as Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, or PennFuture, argued that Shustor illegal- ly exempted the road from environmen- tal laws. The act excused plans for a so-called "ridge route" from further court review. The environmental group, representing the Bald Eagle Ridge Protection Association, the National Audubon Soc- iety, Pennsylvania Trout, the Pennsyl- vania Federation of Sportsman's Clubs, The Pennsylvania Deer Association and Bowhunters Pennsylvania, charged the ridge route will damage the environment. liecause I-99's route cuts Uirough 500 acres of wooded land, the road will ruin wetlands and the habitat of deer, grouse and wild tin-key, PonnFuture argued. But PennDOT contended that environ- mental studies showed the ridge route would result in the least environmental damage of the several corridors pro- posed for the road. In October, U.S. District Judge James F. McClure Jr. dismissed the group's lawsuit, which brought on the appeal. Please see A10 million, 80-million-to-l Big pot, big dreams .Powerball players plot prize plans BY Wir.UAM Staff Writer WILEY FORD, W.Va. Salisbury Township High School, across the border in Pennsylvania, might not have any more'financial problems if Paul arid Edna Housel win the big Powerball lottery today. the Salisbury couple has survived some dicey hospital stays, including open-heart surgery for Paul, they've never really won anything big much less the million up for grabs in the lottery. Tickets are being sold in West Virginia, 20 other states and Washington, D.C. At 75, with their house paid for, no children and no long-term plans, the Hpusels have earmarked their potential Winnings from two tickets bought here Friday for nieces and nephews and worthy causes like the local school dis- trict, which has talked about shipping its students elsewhere because it can't afford million to renovate the school. Hut calculating the BO-million-to-l odds against the success of this finan- cial plan might be a good exercise for Salisbury students to keep their minds off their uncertain futures. Still, the stiff odds were not enough to discourage a stream of customers at Hagcnbuch's Restaurant. By about 4 p.m. Friday, tickerls were sold compared to maybe 150 on a normal day with a minimal jackpot, said clerk Brandy Thornton of Bedford, Pa. Please see All Mirror photo by Jasrjn Sipcs Brandy Thornton of Bedford pulls Powerball tickets from the machine at Hagenbuch's Restaurant in Wiley Ford, W.Va., Friday afternoon. Most players had the computer pick the numbers instead of selecting their own. BILL SHUSTER: THE FIRST 100 DAYS Rookie rep puts focus on service Bv MARK LKIIKHVINGER For The Mirror U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, said Friday that he will continue to work to improve ser- vice to his constituents. Since he assumed office 100 days ago, Shuster lias gloved casework- ers from his Washington, D.C., office into three district offices in Hollidaysburg, Chambersburg and Clearfield County. "It's all a part of increasing cus- tomer service constituent service it's the same thing in my Shuster said. "So someone can go to the office locally with a Social Security, a Veterans Administration, an IRS problem, and they can talk to somebody that will handle their case for them, get the paperwork signed and get the case under way." On the legislative front, Shusler cited as accomplishments his votes support of railroad retirement pension improvements, federal income lax reduction and for allowing faith-based programs to compete for federal grant money. G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Millersville University, said it is difficult for a freshman congressman to make much of a difference in Washington. "The first year isalearningexpe- Shuster rience, figuring out your niche m the legislative he said. "Typically, the leadership will give each freshman something to work on that he can utilize back home with the constituents for re- election. "There can be no expectations that 100 days is time enough for successful, substantial achieve- ments." Shuster said he believes Demo- crats are "crying wolf1 over the reduced budget surplus and alleged raiding of Social Security and Medicare trust funds suppos- edly caused by President Bush's tax reduction. "The surplus is Shu- ster said. "It's still the second- largest surplus in the history of the United States. And it's not because of the tax cut, but because the econ- omy has gone down. "If the economy comes around which I believe it will money will flow into the coffers. But the Republicans and the members of the House and the president are committed to the lockbox for Social Security and Medicare." While supporting many of Bush's initiatives, Shuster voted against some proposals, including education vouchers and allowing Mexican trucks to haul merchan- dise and other products through- out the United States. "He [Shuster] can do it on some issues, some of the said. "He definitely would not he considered a maverick." Please see All Bellwood native flies with Bush on board BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer As a boy growing up in Bell- wopd, Danny Maillard knew he wanted to fly. He didn'tknow that he would get his chance that his passenger would be a world leader. always wanted to fly, and now I get to do that. This was my goal since I was 3 years said Maillard, now Lance Cpl. Daniel MaUIard, 19. He's a crew chief on CH53E, a helicopter that transports Pres- ident Bush. "I always pictured myself flying the jets and said Maill- avd, whose father, Edward, lives in Bellwood and mother, Linda, in the Raleigh, N.C., area. Maillard joined the Marine Corps two weeks after graduating from Bellwood-Antis High School in June 2000. Please see All Lance Cpl. Daniel P. Maillard Problems plaguing park force Bedford to ground its skaters Bv BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD The skate park at Kort Bedford Park is closed. Bedford Borough Council will decide if the park will be reopened at its next meeting at 7p.m. Sept. 4. A group of skating enthusiasts is expected to address the council. Earlier this month, the council advised Borough Manager John Montgomery to close the facility if two stolen signs listing park rales weren't returned. One sign reap- peared last week. The borough purchased the signs for But that incident was only the latest of increasing problems at the 4-year-old park, a paved area with ramps and jumps surround- ed by concrete barriers. The borough paid for the paving while skaters .provided the ramps and jumps. Barriers and a storage shed to house ramps not in use were donated. According to the rules, the park was for skateboards and in-line skates only, and skaters were required to wear protective gear. But bicyclists have intruded, creating an unsafe situation at the park, Montgomery said. Please see AH Subscription or home delivery questions: .946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, 79" Forecast, A2 Business A9 Classifieds C2-14 Movies___ Obituaries A11 A13 Opinion A8 I Ipl SKMIII I Comics D5 Community news _D2 Local B4 I Puzzles D4 ______ Scoreboard B5 j Television D4 IN NATION Inc. has agreed to pay a reporter) million 1o the family of a woman left paralyzed in the rollover crash of a Ford Explorer. PAGE Ct