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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Nation: Shark kills man in Outer Banks, N.C. Cl Fall movies take turn toward sophistication jUtoana iltrror Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2001 500 newsstand HOLLIDAYSBURG "Our [high school] facilities are so outdated that we just have to do this. It's no longer a want anymore." Pat Dandrea school board member Officials consider addition BY JAY YOUNG Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Half the battle for high school athletes play- ing in Hollidaysburg is escaping a packed locker room. The school board this month will consider a million plan to upgrade locker rooms and build the first addition to the high school since it opened in 1970. Hollidaysburg Area High School athletes and visiting teams still use the building's two original locker rooms. The district has added athletic programs since the building's con- struction, and it has seen an increase in student participation. As a result, it isn't uncommon to find a locker room full of potential conflict as teams prepare to com- pete or return from battle to dress together. "This is what we've Athletic Director Dean Rossi said, shaking his head at the site of the boys' locker room. Visiting stu- dents often are forced to leave belongings on the benches or floor because of limited locker space. "It's embarrassing." Rossi told the school board about the enormous challenge of accom- modating visiting athletes with current facilities. "The visiting teams come and they see they have no locker room to go for their own he said. "They're doing one of two things: They're going to the rest rooms to change, vyhich most of the girls dp. Boys go in the bus and change in their own bus when they visit here." It's a situation that has gone from inconvenient to unaccept- able, school hoard member Pat Dandrea said. "Our facilities are so outdated that we just have to do he said. "It's no longer a want any- more." The proposal includes adding three classrooms to use primarily for health classes, principal Gary Robinson said. A temporary divider will allow the rooms to be used as one multipurpose area. Please see A8 Breathing EASIER MARTINSBURG Mirror pholos hy J.D. Cavrich Chelsea Montgomery, 15, of Hollidaysburg uses a nebulizer to ease her asthma symptoms at Dr. Jeffrey Rosch's office in Altoona. Despite an increase in sufferers, many treatments help asthmatics BY MICHAEL V. EMERY Staff Writer When bakers at Benzel's Bretzels first broke out cinnamon grahams about four years ago, Kathy Powell broke out into coughing spasms at her post in the comp- any's packaging department. "Every time they made cinnamon grahams, I would start coughing terribly and gasping for air, and I even lost my Powell said. Debra Magill remembers suffering similar spasms about 13 years ago, when she was pregnant with her third child. "I would cough and cough, and I couldn't stop Magill said. "I was coughing constantly, and I could never catch my breath." Coughing, gasping for air and shortness of breath are three common symptoms of asthma, and Powell and Magill have been diagnosed as asthmatic. Dr. Jerry L. Mathis, who has offices in Altoona and State College, defined asthma as chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, a condition that involves block- age or narrowing of airways. "Six thousand asthmatics die every Mathis said. "This is not a rinky-dink disease; this is a dis ease that can have dire consequences if not treated. "But if treated correctly, patients can cope, they can learn to adjust and take preventative measures to avoid asthma attacks, they can be educated about symptoms to be aware of before the onset of an asth- ma attack, and they can live their normal lives." Please see A4 A variety of treatments are available today for asthma sufferers. ASTHMA CHECK Could you have asthma? TaVe the Asthma Education Network's health test. It you have erne or more ot these symptoms, you may have aslh- ma. Report these symptoms to your doctor Allergies exposures that cause nose, skin or breath- ing symptoms Shortness of breath Tightness in chest 'Hard to breathe while exercising Missed work or school Almost always coughing 98-acre housing complex planned Morrisons Cove Home proposes to build a total of five residential neighborhoods behind its facility. BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer MARTINSBURG Morrisons Cove Home has drawn up a 20-year plan to build five residential neighbor- hoods on 9B acres behind its facility. It's a very ambitions plan, said Corey Jones, chief executive officer at the home. The goal is to design homes that can change to accommodate changing needs of the elderly. "We're trying to promote in home living and mini- mize the flow to nursing Jones told the Blair County Planning Commission last week when it reviewed plans for the proposed project. Civil engineer J. Alan Stewart, director of land devel- opment for Sweetland Engin- eering and Associates Inc. of State College, said the goal based on demand during a 20- year period is to build an area for single-family estates, two areas for single-family or duplex homes, an area for town- houses or apartments and an area for assisted-living apart-, ments. Stewart said the development will look like a college campus with a group of common build- ings for activities, theater per Civil engineer J. Alan Stewart said the development will look like a college campus. fonnances, a fitness center, barber and beauty shops and convenience stores. The main access entry will be from Spring Street. "There will be an extensive walking system through- out the development, away from the Stewart said. Stewart and Jones will present the plans this month to North Woodbury supervisors, Martinsburg Borough Council and Uic Martinsburg Planning Commission. The majority of the project lies in North Woodbury Township, but a portion of the tract and transportation, public sanitary sewer and public water access is in Martinsburg. The county Planning Commission said during its review that the proposed site contains prime farmland, and the commission discourages development on agri- cultiu-al property under its 1974 land use policies. "This is a big farm field right Assistant Planning Director Craig Soyster said. The Planning Commission recommended that the project's developer check building requirements and height restrictions that could be imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Please see AS Workers' advocate tells of sweatshops BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer LORETTO Holding merchan- dise ranging from sports jerseys to sneakers to pocketbooks, Charles Kernaghan poignantly told a packed house at St. Francis University Monday of abuses that workers who make the items must endure in sweatshops around the world. A fitting speaker for Labor Day, Kernaghan is fast becoming the loudest voice in a growing chorus against human rights abuses of Third World factory workers. Kemaghan said he is working to keep "Made in the USA" a mark of quality and fan- treatment. Kernaghan, author of National Labor Committee reports docu- menting labor conditions and abus- es, told of horror stories in American Samoa, Central Amer- ica and China. Although the com- mittee was established in 1980 to help Central American union members who were victims of Please see A4 Anti- sweatshop advocate Charles Kemaghan holds a piece of sports apparel during a speech at St. Francis University Monday. Kernaghan said the Los Angeles Lakers jersey costs 29 cents to make and sells Mirror pholo by Jason Sipes for One in a million Attendance record broken at ballpark BY CORY GIGEK Mirror Sports Stqff Altoona sports fans made two incredible statements Monday. A crowd of fans attended the Curve's season finale at Blair County Ballpark, obliterating the previous record of And the franchise in one of the smallest minor-league markets in the coun- try attracted its 1 millionth fan in More Curve coverage PAGES B1, B2 its third season. "That's a testament to the people in the Curve General Manager Jeff Parker said. The Curve beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-2, and the night turned memorable for Dave Kibblehouse. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: _ "Is Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers" Aug. :iisi Edition Business__ Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Local Scoreboard A5 A7 A7 A6 134 B5 Classifieds C2-8 -V, Comics D5 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 There are no stock listings in today's paper because Wall Street was closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Look for today's results inside Wednesday's Mirror.   

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