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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 4, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Shark kills man in Outer Banks, N.C. I Life: Fall movies take turn toward sophistication DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2001 SOC newsstand HOLLIDAYSBURG "iOur [high school] facilities are so outdated that we just have to do this.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 $1.75M addition By Jay Young Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - Half the battle for high school athletes playing in Hollidaysburg is escaping a packed locker room. The school board this month will consider a $1.75 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 construction, 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 compete or return from battle to dress together. “This is what we’ve got,” Athletic Director Dean Rossi said, shaking his head at the site of the boys' locker room. Visiting students often are forced to leave belongings on the benches or floor because of limited locker space. "Ifs embarrassing.” Rossi told the school board about the enormous challenge of accommodating visiting athletes with current facilities. “The visiting teams come and they see they have no locker room to go for their own use,” he said. “They’re doing one of two things: They’re going to the rest rooms to change, which most of the girls do. Boys go in the bus and change in their own bus when they visit here.” It’s from able, MMM Mi I EASIER a situation that has gone inconvenient to unaccept-school board member Pat Dandrea said. “Our facilities are so outdated that we just have to do this,” he said. “It’s no longer a want anymore.” 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 Addition/Page A8 MARTINSBURG Mirror photos by 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 Benzein Bretzels first broke out cinnamon grahams about four years ago, Kathy Powell broke out into coughing spasms at her post in the company’s packaging department. “Every time they made cinnamon grahams, I would start coughing terribly and gasping for air, and I even lost my voice,” 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 coughing,” 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 blockage or narrowing of airways. “Six thousand asthmatics die every year,” Mathis said. “This is not a rinky-dink disease; this is a disease 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 asthma attack, and they can live their normal lives.” Please see Asthma/Page A4 A variety of treatments are available today for asthma sufferers. ASTHMA CHICK Could you have asthma? Take the Asthma Education Network’s health test, lf you have one or more of these symptoms, you may have asthma. Report these symptoms to your doctor: ■ Allergies - exposures that cause nose, skin or breathing 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 Ray Stephens Staff Writer MARTINSBURG — Morrisons Cove Home has drawn up a 20-year plan to build five residential neighborhoods on 98 acres behind its facility. It’s a very ambitious 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 minimize the flow to nursing homes,” 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 development for Sweetland Engineering 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 townhouses or apartments and an area for assisted-living apartments. Stewart said the development will look like a college campus with a group of common build-_ ings for activities, theater performances, 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 throughout the development, away from the streets,” Stewart said. Stewart and Jones will present the plans this month to North Woodbury supervisors, Martinsburg Borough Council and the 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 agricultural property under its 1974 land use policies. “This is a big farm field right now,” 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. Civil engineer J. Alan Stewart said the development will look like a college campus. Please see Complex/Page A5 Workers’ advocate tells of sweatshops By Craig Williams Staff Writer LORETTO — Holding merchandise 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. Kernaghan said he is working to keep “Made in the USA” a mark of quality and fair treatment. Kernaghan, author of National Labor Committee reports documenting labor conditions and abuses, told of horror stories in American Samoa, Central America and China. Although the committee was established in 1980 to help Central American union members who were victims of Please see Sweatshop/Page A4 Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Antisweatshop advocate Charles Kernaghan 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 for $140. One in a million Attendance record broken at ballpark By Cory Giger Mirror Sports Staff Altoona sports fans made two incredible statements Monday. A crowd of 8,070 fans attended the Curve’s season finale at Blair County Ballpark, obliterating the previous record of 7,568. And the franchise in one of the smallest minor-league markets in the country attracted its I millionth fan in ■ More Curve coverage / Pages Bl, B2 its third season. “That’s a testament to the people in the community,” 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 Record/Page A4 MMI Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 7    9    9    (5 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly sunny, 78° ■ Forecast, A2 4 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: r I y ITALIAN VILLA “Is One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers"    -    Aug.    3ist    Edition 0 local , 0 NATION Business A5 Classifieds C2-8 Hospitals A7 Obituaries A7 A . -..._____..... . Opinion A6 LD UR mmm SPORTS Comics D5 Community news D2 Local B4 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard BS Television D4 NO STOCKS TODAY 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. ;

  • Charles Kernaghan
  • Corey Jones
  • Cory Giger
  • Craig Soyster
  • Craig Williams
  • Dave Kibblehouse
  • Dean Rossi
  • Gary Robinson
  • J. Alan Stewart
  • Jason Sipes
  • Jeff Parker
  • Jeffrey Rosch
  • Jerry L. Mathis
  • Kathy Powell
  • Pat Dandrea

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 4, 2001

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