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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Steelers record first win of season Bl LIFE: Christian artists to perform at Jaffa Copyright 2001 MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2001 Coping with a tragedy Area students raise rnipney and write letters to come to terms with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter CW. Longer Elementary School fourth-grader Domenic Cuzzolina feels better these days, a lot better than three weeks ago. lot of children are smiling again as things slowly return to normal. Normalcy, or as close as they can get after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has been accomplished in schools by teachers setting aside portions of regular plans to allow time to cope. .It was a need that became apparent early in the school day Sept. 12. Younger students may not have a com- plete understanding of what has happened, but they have a sense that something is wrong. "They Eire dealing with some really strong emotions thai they aren't used to dealing Ixiiiger counselor Irish Gray said. "They are little sponges for picking up on the emotional tone in the community, in school and at home. They look to us to sec if they're OK, and when they look at us and we're not OK, then they know they're not OK, either." The motions were so strong for Cuzzolina the day after the attacks that classroom work noarl was impossible. During a visit to the office that day, the boy shared an idea he and his 12-year-old brother discussed. "We came up with this, and it was a real- ly good Cuzzolina said, sitting in front of a desk covered with pennies, nick- els, dimes and quartos. In the background, other students counted change, while fourth-graders Anahi Meneses Bucio and Kaitlyn Felty spread out a pile of crumpled dollar bills. The more than raised so far will go to the Salvation Army to assist in their relief efforts. But first, it must be counted. Gray thought about finding an automatic com counter, hut she realized that might defeat tlie purpose. "I think the actual physical act of count- ing is more memorable for she said. Please see A6 WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE: PAGES A6, A7, C1, C3 500 newsstand Mmoi pholos by Jay Young Above: C.W. Longer Elementary School fourth- grader AnaM Meneses Bucio counts a portion of the money she and her classmates collected for a relief fluid to help those touched by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. School staff bad the students count the money by hand to help them cope with the strong feelings sparked by the tragedy. At right: Longer fourth-grader Domenic Cuzzolina was one of about 20 students who helped count money raised by the school. The hoy shared his idea to collect the funds with school staff shortly after the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. BELLWOOD-ANTIS SCHOOLS Residents opposing proposed upgrades One critic says million to improve district's athletic facilities and parking availability has nothing to do with enhancing education. Hv WALT FIIANK Staff Writer BELLWOOD JlellwoDd-Antis School District offi- cials face opposition to a million proposal to improve the district's athletic facilities and to create additional parking. Superintendent Rod Kuhns hosted two feedback ses- sions with government officials, business people and residents Tuesday to gain public input before school board members decide whether to proceed with the project. District residents also can comment on the project at p.m. Oct. 9 before the monthly school board ineeting- Meanwhile, opposition to the project is growing. Resident Clyde Flaugh has placed more than 300 letters at various locations expressing bis objections. A petition also is circulating in the communi- ty and is expected to bo pre- sented to board members. "I am definitely against Flaugh said. "Look at the economy in the area. Look what is going to happen to Tyrone [Westvaco plant clos- a number of jobs have been lost in Altoona." "My biggest concern is, what does this do for educa- tion? It docs almost nothing. If it were for education, I wouldn't complain." But extracurricular activities are an important part of the school's curriculum, Kuhns said. "Every school knows how important it is to have an athletic he said. "It is very important here at Bellwood-Antis." Leo Matuszewski, vice chairman of Antis Township supervisors and chairman of the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority, said the time is not right to proceed with the project. "1 think that as a taxpayer and an elected official, it is a very worthwhile Matuszewski said. "But in light of the past few weeks, it is not the time to do it. "We need to see more stability before we undertake a project of that magnitude. The land acquisition is a good move." In August, board members reached sales agreements with Hank to purchase about 10 acres for and with CRH Catering Co. Inc. for about one acre of land for District residents can comment on Hie proposed project at p.m. Oct. 9 before the monthly board meeting in the high school cafeteria. Please see A4 'Slight murmurs of change' Census data show population up in Pennsylvania's rural areas BY JEANETTE KSEBS capitolwire.com HARRISBURG In the heartland of Pennsylvania, more children are living in two-parent families, minor- ity residents are growing and homcownership is increasing. At (he same time, rural workers earn far less than the national average and have access to fewer doc- tors; and teens are not as likely to go to college as their urban counterparts. Pennsylvania has the largest rural population of any state in the nation, although that may change when the final census numbers are released. .While much of the conversation generated by the cen- sus has focused on population changes in urban and suburban areas, the once-a-decade snapshot of rural Pennsylvania shows the landscape of many small towns also is changing. Nationally, Pennsylvania ranks 40th among the 50 states in percentage of population change. Please see A8 PENN STATE ALTOONA Students' off-campus behavior will reflect standing at college BY MARK LEBKHFINGEII StaffWriter The behavior of Penn State Altoona students who live off campus will affect their on-campus standing. "Most of our students are making wonderful deci- said David Shields, I'enn State Altoona's director of student affairs. For students who don't make wonderful decisions, Penn State .University has implemented a new code Spokeswoman: Niltany Pointe Apartmenls tries to help PAOE A4 of conduct covering off-campus misconduct. Previously, off-campus offenses such as underage drinking, public drunkenness, retail theft and crim- inal mischief wouldn't have registered on the uni- versity's judicial radar. Rut that changes with the new code of conduct. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4-180 Altnnna Mtrrnr THE GREAT COMBINATION Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GREAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HOT-ADS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) 946-7547 fci 1 nT-iiiJfWkr j ll Xr.L_ i ALt J Business____ AS Movies___ A5 Obituaries A9 Opinion A7 NFL____________B2 Scoreboard BS Classifieds C3-10 Comics ____ D5 Community news D2 Puzzles ______ ___D4 Television D4
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