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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 9, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: NASCAR chase rides into Richmond LIFE: Tips to stretch your budget to the limit Dl Alloona dNtrror Copyright 2001 SEPTEMBER 9, 2001 newsstand Bucking national trend, scouting thrives here Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Teddy Feller (left) did landscaping at St Matthew's Church, Tyrone, for his Eagle Scout project He's shown with Scoutmaster Pete KreckeL BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Penns Woods Council of the Boy Scouts of America is experiencing unprecedented growth in the local five- county area with a total membership of and an Eagle Scout class of 104. Membership has more than doubled in this region in the past decade. In 1990, Penns Woods Council had members and in 1995, it had said Chris Smith, chief of the council's Logan District in Blair County. The most recent class of Eagle Scouts numbered 104, compared to 74 in 1995 and 68 in 1990. Smith said that by the end of this year Penns Woods Council could reach members in Blair, Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties and parts of Hunting- don, Armstrong and Indiana counties. That's in stark contrast to national numbers, which show a struggle for break-even membership. Boy Scouts of America reports a one-year loss of 1.2 percent in total traditional scouts on a membership summary contained in its 2000 annual report. Nationally, the only division of Boy Scouts to show growth was Venturers, an age 14 to 2fl cc-ed group that leans toward high adventure activities. Started in 1998, Venturers grew by 15.7 percent to a total of in 2000. Total Cub Scout membership (ages 7 to 10) dropped nationally by 2.4 percent, to according to the Scouts' annual report. And total Boy Scout membership (ages 11 to 17) dropped by 2 percent, to "According to our numbers, we have grown by 12 to 13 percent in the last three Smith said, explaining that Penns Woods is one of 300 councils of Boy Scouts of America. "Our council has experienced the best growth of all of them." Penns Woods registrar Sharon Jackson says individ- ual membership is on the rise locally as is the total num- ber of scouting troops, packs, crews and teams. "We qualify as a quality council as of the end of said. Penns Woods Scout Executive Daryl Mancinelli says the quality council award is granted based on eight cri- teria, including membership management, fiscal man- agement and quality programs and services. Please see A9 How scouting is growing in the Penns Woods Council: Total membership 2001 The Penns Woods Council includes Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties and parts of Huntingdon. Armstrong and Indiana counties. Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington II Police to revise sex sting policies By MIKE CRISSEY The Associa ted Press PITTSBURGH The Pennsyl- vania State Police is revising its poli- cies to spell out when undercover officers go too far to obtain evidence after a pair of troopers accepted oral sex during a sting at a massage par- lor. The two troopers, whose identities weren't released, paid a woman each for oral sex July 19 while under- cover at a massage parlor in Dun- cansville, according to court records. State police vice detectives statewide have been told officials are writing a new policy, which likely would require undercover troopers to get permission from their superi- ors before having sex during an investigation, slate police spokes- man Jack Lewis said. Maj. Ralph Pariandi, head of the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said the new rules could go so far as to prohibit troopers from having sex during investiga- tions except in life-and-death situa- tions. As part of the sting, the troopers paid received massages and men were approached by a woman who touched them sexually. The woman asked the troopers if they "liked that and wanted more" and told them she would accept a tip in advance for sex, according to court records. Authorities said the troopers did not reveal their identities and paid the woman because they wanted to get enough evidence to search the Garden Health Spa and find the marked money in the hands of the massage parlor's owners. some extent you have to rely on- your people to make the right decisions on the Pariandi said. heart was in the right place." Although troopers are trained mat money changing hands is enough for a prostitution charge, "there is noth- ing that spells out what to do in this particular Lewis said. i'We feel obviously it needs to be Lewis said. disregarding the advice of their superiors and a district attor- ney, the troopers weren't criminally charged and weren't disciplined for their unorthodox investigative tac- tics. Please see A3 POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT u..t i Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-74BO or (800) 287-4480 Minor pholo by Gary M. Baranec Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shustcr is teaching a class Saturdays at St. Francis University. Former rep.'s reputation as a master dealmaker precedes him as instructor of legislative class at SFU. BY MARK LKBGRFINGKR For The Mirror LORETTO It's a.m. Saturday and visiting professor Bud Shuster begins week two of his teaching career at St. Francis University. Shuster, who retired earlier this year after a 28-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, is sharing his knowledge of the legislative process and the history of how that process came to be in this country. "I'm loving Shuster said. "I'm sur- prised at how much 1 liked These are great students." Shuster gained a new student from last Saturday's class. More politics inside Page A4 "I thought we'd have some falling off after all the work I gave Shuster joked. "It will get easier." The retired representative, who earned his Ph.D. in business and economics from The American University in Washington, D.C., started the class by talking about the early stages of our nation's development. "Our country didn't simply get the Declar- ation of Shuster said. "It was something that bubbled up from the people." Shuster told 14 students that west-central Pennsylvania played a major role in the Please see A9 BWFOOR S) 8 Lottery numbers, A2 VKJOHER i Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 'V Altnuna mirror THE GREATCOMBINATJQN Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIimOK CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 ____ A11 Newsmakers_ __ A4 Obituaries A1 1 Opinion A8 AARP shifts focus Influx of boomers affecting priorities of retirement group. BY JEANETTE KREBS capilolwire.com HARRISBURG For years the AARP has been identified with the issues important to the golden agers of the country. Medicare, Social Security and nursing home care still top the list. But that mindset is changing for the American Association of Retired Persons as the baby boom generation arrives, kicking and screaming, into retirement age. Many in the 50 to 65 age group who are eligible for AARP membership are active and not giving any thought to slowing down or "retiring." What that means is AARP, nationally and in Pennsylvania, is going to bat on a new set of issues. The boomers are worried about Social Security and Medicare. They are just as frustrat- ed about rising prescription drug prices as AARP members who are 30 years older. But they also are concerned about age discrimination on the job, keeping their pension plans intact dur- ing the weakening economy and long-term care their parents. "People who are 50 years old today look a lot different man people who were 50 even 10 years said Nora Dowd, Pennsylvania director of AARP. "They are better educated, healthier, active and more diverse." Dowd said she believes as the baby boomers age they and their issues will have a profound influence on Pennsylvania and the nation. Ray Landis, state legislative director, said the younger members definitely are having an impact on the issues he champions. "It is fine balancing he said. "We've got to keep advocating for that older population, but we also have to realize there are other issues for our younger members." One of Landis1 frustrations is that whenever he talks to the governor's office on an issue, the thinking is to automatically send him to the Aging Department. "A lot of the issues we are working on are not Department of Aging issues and we have to explain ho said. Please see A5 Nation in a minute B5 World news B4 SPORTS Outdoors Scoreboard Astrograph__ Movies Puzzle Travel C11 C10 Stocks________E2.3 CDs, Mutuals [cOMMMCTMVn] D4 D3 D4 j Couples_____G2 D6 Yesteryear G3   

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