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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 28, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                FREE INSIDE TODAY FOOTBALL 2001 PRESEASON SECTION 24 high schools, Penn State, Pitt, Steelers Popular path j _, 'Lower Trati leads visitors to nature Altmma iHtrror Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2001 newsstand Alpha-Fry Technology .employees give a thumbs up when honk in "support of -the strike. Union members rejected a proposed contract because of its language. 1 vote triggers strike at Fry Metals Union says they will stand together. Management insists offer was fair. Mirror ptiolo by Jason Sipe; BY WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer The union members striking Alpha-Fry Technologies rejected a proposed contract Sunday by just one vote but are sticking together, according to workers on the picket line Monday. The solder-manufacturing com- pany is continuing to operate the plant with a staff that includes managers and salaried employees, but no p icket-cross ing union mem- be rs, they said. The secret-ballot vote was 59 to 58, said Arnold Nelan, vice presi- dent of the ISO-member Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union local, who was outside Monday afternoon as passing motorists gave the now-familiar strike support signal by honking their horns. Whether the contract was voted 'down by one vote or a million votes, it doesn't make a difference, union member John Myers said. The narrow margin isn't a prob- lem to the international union, either, in the dispute over layoff language in the conn-act that union members find objectionable. "Our members voted to strike; we support our said Rich Kline, director of communi- cations in Media, near Philadel- phia. But management seems to be saying it shows a weakness. Please see A10 pacing Victim lived 'at 80 mph' Mother says cars were in her son's blood. BY WILLIAM KIBLEH Staff Writer CLEARFffiLD The mother of the 20-year-old spotter killed by a sprint car on the third turn at Central Pennsylvania Speedway over the weekend said she never felt right about her son working that particular corner. Another death on another third turn at another small track when she was young haunted Carrie Seabolt of Emporium, whose son Fredrick Pscholka died of blunt force trauma to the head and chest on the edge of the infield during warmups Saturday. She was nine when she first wit- nessed a track death. She was in the stands of a track near Marion, Ohio. Her dad was racing and a car in front of him came around Turn 3 and went into the wall. There was no doubt the driver was dead, she said, remembering his wife and children were hi the stands. "We just sat there like frozen in she said. Fredrick was new to the spotter's j pb this year, and she shared her dis- comfort with him about the assign- inent, she said. But he would try to make her feel tetter and tell her "nothing exciting happened there." third corner the one at the end of the backstretch is danger- ous because cars have picked up speed coming down the back- stretch, she said. 5-rPlease see A10 Paralyzed player back on his feet BY DAN LEWEUENZ The Associated Press STATE COLLEGE Most days, Adam Taliaferro's routine begins at 7 a.m. in the training room of the Lasch Football building on the Penn State campus. Wearing dark blue shorts and a gray T-shirt, the bottom of a tattoo showing underneath his left sleeve, Taliaferro looks a lot like any of the Nittany Lion football players who come through this room on a given day. But there are signs a slight hitch in his walk, his shoulders' forward curl, the clench of his right hand that betray the late- game injury nearly a year ago that left a frightened 18-year-oU immo- bile on the turf at Ohio State, and that many thought would leave him paralyzed for life. And then there's the sweat building on his brow, the determi- nation on his face when he goes for one more rep, then one more, then just one more all after being told he can quit. Taliaferro wants to lead Penn State out of the tunnel in Beaver Stadium Saturday, when the Nittany Lions open their season against Miami. At the rate he's pro- gressing, it's almost certain he will. "I'm going to keep pushing myself. I'm not going to get better unless I do." Taliaferro said. "I can think of myself as lucky to have gotten this far, or I can say to myself that there's more to do. And I'm going to keep working at it." On Sept. 23, Taliaferro tried to tackle Jerry Wcstbrooks in a game at Ohio State. Please see A10 RETURNING TO THE MTTANY LIONS Tho Associated Press Adam Taliaferro concentrates on his walking during a physical therapy session at Penn State University. Taliaferro is recovering from a severe spinal injury suffered in a football game Sept. 23 at Ohio State. E'burg airport to close BY MARK LEBEKFINGKK For The Mirror EBENSBURG Borough Council voted Monday night to close the Ebensburg Regional Airport, effective Jan. After an hour-long presentation on a fact- finding report about the airport, the council decided by a 5-2 vote that it no longer was cost effective to continue supporting the facility. The majority of the council also believed the airport land could be used better in other ways. "I was in favor of keeping the airport open, but when you look at all the facts, there has been no good reason [to keep it council Vice President Ronald Springer said. The council estimated the borough will liave an additional in its coffers for other pro- grams as a result of closing the airport. The money would cover the annual operating and capital costs of the airport and a projected invest- ment savings. During the past three-and-a-half years, the air- port has seen an operating loss of The borough contributes about per year, almost one-and-a-half mills of real estate tax. But councilman Harold Askew said there are so-called hidden costs that also are borne by the borough for administration and other mainte- nance at the facility. The council didn't decide on the future of the airport property, but its report showed the best use would see 115 acres used for commercial and light industrial development. The remain- ing 288 acres would be retained for timber growth. "It [the airport] appears to be hindering eco- nomic council woman Karen Fugini said. There are no signs the airport has helped attract any business to the Ebensburg area, she said. Several members of the Ebensburg Airport Authority attended the meeting and, at one point, left the council chambers in disgust with the majority of the council. Please see A6 Concern flows over prospective reservoir replacement Qv WILLIAM KIBLER Staff Writer prospect of replacing Prospect Park reservoir recently sent tremors through the city Planning Commission, which Worried the project might create havoc in ajieighborhood where geologic instability has caused sinking, settlings and cracking over the years. TBut the Altoona City Authority, owner Of; {he reservoir, told commission mem- bers not to worry. The authority believes the project is safe and has test results to BSck the claim. More facts about AUoona's reservoir system PAGE A3 Fear of more geologic instability is a legitimate concern, but people shouldn't panic, said Tim Boland, design director at Gwin, Dobson and Foreman, the authori- ty's engineering firm. The authority plans to replace the 5 mil- lion gallon, concrete storage basin at Prospect with a similar concrete basin of the same capacity. But the new facility would be partitioned into two compart- ments and would have concrete caps instead of rubber covers. Also, a circula- tion system would keep water fresher. The Planning Commission discussed the sensitive geology of Prospect Hill as a warning. But the commission nevertheless endorsed the Prospect project and the replacement of the Oakton storage reser- voir as compliant with the city's compre- hensive plan. "There exists beneath parts of Dutch Hill a subterranean void just below the surface that is estimated to be approximately feet deep in according to the Planning Commission's letter to the authority. The hill is honeycombed with voids, the commission warned. Because of those voids, there has been damage to a street and to waterlines and sewer lines in the area. There also was the loss of a house at 1324 First Ave., which was abandoned in 1966 after seven years of problems, the commission said. The demolition of the old reservoir, the construction of the new one, the potential redistribution of weight on the site and the possibility of unstable fill beneath the reser- voir could mean trouble for the authority and neighboring properties including Prospect Pool according to the letter. The authority has it covered, Boland said. In 1975 and 1976, water system officials drained the reservoir, drilled dozens of test borings, verified the base of the reservoir was natural clay, shale and sandstone, and pumped grout into some voids beneath the reservoir and along Second Avenue at 13th Street, Boland said. After that, the reser- voir was stable, he said. Engineers since have monitored the reservoir and surrounding area and have observed no significant subsidence, crack- ing or leaking, he said. 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