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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 2, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania YMCA YMCAs mark 150 years of service INSIDE TODAY NATION; Iowa suspect's bail set at 8: ;S: Area department store lauded Altflmra Copyright 2001 Home is where the heart .is. Or maybe it's just where you hang your hat. Area's group housing tops state average BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror In Bedford County, more than 99 percent of the population lives in residential homes and less than l percent lives in institutions. But not far away, in Huntingdon and Centre counties, the number Of people in group quarters pris- ons, college 'dormitories, religious groups, long-term health-care facil- ities and the like is more than 10 percent. Whether it's a place for your heart or hat, figures released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau reflect the makeup of Pennsyl- vania's homes residential and institutional. _...In addition to details on residen- tial and institutional living, the census figures indicate the num- ber of married couples living together and families that have taken in an older parent. In Pennsylvania, 3.5 percent of the population lives in group quarters, compared to 5.4 percent in Cambria County, 10.9 percent in Centre County and 10.3 percent in Hunting- don County. Cambria County Commissioner Ted Baranik likes the higher per- centage. like to see another prison he said. The way he sees it, prisons, col- leges and nursing homes bring jobs, attract businesses and increase pop- ulation numbers, which are used in competing for state and federal funding. Cambria County has a relatively new prison that is home to 375 men and women. Cambria capitalized on overcrowding in other county jails and in the state system by tak- ing in overflow inmates. Cambria County also has a state prison in Cresson that is home to inmates and an equally large federal prison in Loretto, both of which contributed to economic growth in the heart of the county. Baranik said that because of a Mirror photo by Gary M. Daranec Mary Beth Schinidhamer is a single parent raising her daughter AUys, 12, in Altoona. recent downsizing to 400 residents at Laurel Crest Rehabilitation and Special Care Center, the county's nursing home, the county payroll likewise decreased to about employees from The high percentage of institu- tionalized residents in Huntingdon and Centre counties can be tied to Penn State University's main cam- pus in State College and two state prisons in Huntingdon. Conversely, in Blair County; where there's only a county lockup housing an average of 240 to 270 inmates, only 3.2 percent of the population lives in group quarters. Bedford County Commiss-ioner Dick Rice doesn't mind the rural lifestyle where 99.1 percent of all residents live in family homes. Especially pleasing to him is knowing that Bedford Countians tend to say "I do" before taking up residence together. The number of households in which people live as unmarried couples is 1.6 percent in Bedford compared to a state average of 2 percent. Please see A3 SEPTEMBER 2, 2001 newsstand Witfor photo by J.D. Cavrich A total of fans watch Penn State play its first night football game at Beaver Stadium in eight years Saturday. Saturday night spoiler Taliaferro's long-awaited return proves one of the few highlights of the evening. BY NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor UNIVERSITY PARK Perm State University fans knew the sight of Adam Taliaferro leading the Nittany Lions out of the tunnel before Saturday night's game would be a highlight. At least there was one. Tatiaferro's remarkable comeback from near-paralysis was capped as he skipped 50 yards to midfield, a pack of photographers snapping his every step to the prolonged cheer of standing at newly remodeled Beaver Stadium. Please see AS MORE INSIDE Mirror photo by Keliy Bennett Adam Taliaferro is all smiles as he runs onto the field before Saturday's game amid the cameras. PAGES C1.C2, C11.C12 Pitt had an easy time with East Tennessee State, but star wide receiver Antonio Bryant's status is uncertain after he left the game with an injury. PAGEC3 The top 25 national and Pennsylvania college football roundups. PAGE C5 2002 GUBERNATORIAL RACE Ridge's endorsement sparks GOP campaign BY PETEH JACKSON I'he Associated Press HARRISBURG Gov. Tom' Ridge has jolted to life Pennsyl- vania's once-languid race for the Republican gubernatorial nomina- tion by handing an early endorse- ment to state Attorney General Mike Fisher. announcement was a major coup for Fisher, giving him access to a wealthy network of campaign contributors and a seasoned team of political opera- tives nine months before the pri- See more political coverage PAGES A4, A6, A1O mary election. But it also provided an unintend- ed soapbox for Fisher's only intra- party competitor, state Treasurer Barbara Hafer, who also had sought the governor's backing. Hafer elbowed her way to promi- nence in the next day's news stor- ies by countering Ridge's staid news conference with her own political theater. Please see A10 The Associated Press Pennsylvania Attorney General Mike Fisher (center) who is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, speaks with reporters in Harrisburg Wednesday. Money woes clip wings on airport BY MARK LEBERFINGER For Ihe'MiiTOr EBENSBURG When Borough Council decided last week to close the Ebensburg Regional Airport, it cited a basic reason: dollars and cents. During the last 44 months, the airport has had an operating loss of more than an average of almost per year. The borough contributes about per for the airport's operation, administration and maintenance. "They [council members] made a business decision based on the said Ronald F. Budash, executive director of the Cambria County Industrial Development Corp. "It's like any other venture. It has to be valuable. ;-y "You cannot support something that can't sustain he said; But Thomas Manning, one of two council members to vote against the closure, said the airport's possi- bilities have never been "The key out there is buildings (for airport operation and hangar he said. "The possibilities exist only if we invest in the port." 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