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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                -Benzel gets key Pennsylvania post INSIDE TODAY Over's store proves family affair Ei USA WEEKEND: A look at Make a Difference Day Altmma Copyright 2001 OCTOBER 21, 2001 It's about time! I Penn State records first season victory Paterno ties Bryant's alt-time win record IT'S ALL Pases C1, C2, C13, C14 BY NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor EVANSTON, m.........JOD Paterno didn't piaii to celebrate for too long after final- ly tying Paul "Bear" Bryant's all-time Division I-A record for college football victories. After beating Northwestern 38-35 to pick up his 323rd win and the first of the season Saturday at Ryan Field Paterno saitl he'.cl probably "pour myself a stiff catch a couple of hours sleep and start watching tapes of Ohio State. "I haven't thought about the he but it means a lot. I' m j ust delighted I've been fortunate enough to be able to coach in as many games as I've been able to coach in and stay healthy and still be able to enjoy it." Paterno, 74, was presented with a game ball by his players in the locker room. "It's definitely something center Joe lorio said. "It was something I really wanted to get for him. He didn't say much, but he had a couple tears in his eyes." J Paterno said he is glad his players didn't carry him off the field. When asked by Jerry Kellar, a 350-pound ;i> spor js writer, if he wanted the news media to carry him off, the quick witEerl Paterno cracked, "I'm sure not goingjo; carry you off." .j-i The room howled with laughter and Paterno was whisked back to the locker, room in a golf cart. Paterno, now 32342-3 in his 36th sqa; son as the coach, is contract through the 2004 season. WAR ON TERRORISM More coverage on Pages A5, A6, B1, 82 Area man signs up for battle BY WILLIAM KIBI.ER Staff Writer Bob Fitzgerald always felthe didn't quite measure up when talking to combat veterans. Those guys had something he lacked, and there no getting around it. "He had something to prove and no way to do it. i'1 He may be on his way to proving it now after a I hijacked plane crashed Sept. 11 a I few miles from his Somerset County home. Several nights later, he lay I awake, disturbed, feeling help- less, not knowing what to do. The solution that finally came I to'him was straightforward, but a I revelation nonetheless. It promises I to fulfill a life that always felt unful- j filled. It brings him into line with a Fitzgerald cherished family tradition and qui: ets the inadequacy that rises when he talks to veterans who've been under fire. Bob Fitzgerald has joined the Marines. "I got the paper work filled out, and it felt like a big weight the 30-year-old Fitzgerald said. It's happening at an age when Fitzgerald thought such an opportunity had faded. Sgt. Greg Clemensoix accepted Fitzgerald into the service from his recruiting station on Pleasant Valley Boulevard, a couple blocks from where Fitzgerald works at a phone book company. Please see A5 WAS YOUR PAPER LATEP Technical problems at the Mirror cause (I .del ays in delivery of Saturday's and today's editions. We apologize for trie inconvenience and thank our drivers, carriers and readers for their patience. Bv CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer It may take years befoi e many of the jobs lost during the cur. rent economic slide are replaced. Even then, the pay scale will be two-thirds of what was lost in highly skilled manufacturing jobs, research indicates. Many skilled workers have lost jobs recently at manufacturing plants throughout Blair County; including Huck Jacobson; the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, C-COR.net, Westvaco Corp., F.L: Smiths Co. and Butterick Co. Inb: "Slowly the area will rebound; but with a greater emphasis than ever before on service industries, said Dennis Donovan, senior man- aging director of the Wadley- Donovan Group, a site appraiser for new companies seeking loca- tions. Analysts: Tough times ahead for Blair PAGE A9 What will it take to turn this thing around? "1-99 is said Donovan, whose company identifies prime sites for industrial growth. In recent years, Donovan became intimate with Altaona when firm was hired to do an economic assessment of Blair County. "I see good opportunities for data centers, customer services operations, distribution centers, light manufacturing and anything in the bank office arena, due to market proximity.- "Right now, most companies are operating with 'just-in-time' deliv- ery he said of the manu- facturing and warehousing struc- ture of industrial America. "So until 1-99 is complete, there is going to be a lot of companies that pass Altoona by." Two years ago, a Donovan client passed by Altoona because of infrastructure concerns. The Altoona Blair County t- Development Corp. vows that won't happen again. ABCD is clotting the landscape- with industrial and technology parks, spending more than mil- lion of state grant monies in theT- 1990s in anticipation of "At the present, we are running to stay said Martin Marasco, executive director of ABCD. Mirror illustration by Tom Worthington lile photos Please see A10T. Get connected Highway officials are still examining several options for the route of Corridor 0, which will join interslates 99 and SO: History, geology playing role in Corridor 0 route Mirror graphic by Tom Worthinglon BY ROHEHT IGOE Staff Writer PHILIPSBURG-- While slate-ofrthe-art vehicles and improved materials have made road construction more efficient, science still plays a big role in determin- ing where a road goes. That was evident recently when Penn- DOT and the Corridor 0 Project Team offered a tour of the area being studied for the proposed link between interstates 99 and 80. While geologists take core samples of the earth beneath the proposed route, archaeologists and experts in noise abatement also help to determine the best route for Corridor 0. Just off the AHport-Bigler cutoff east of Bigler, archaeologists dug a series of holes about 2 feet in diameter and up to 10 inches deep. The contents of the holes are sifted through, steel mesh and examined for signs of civilizations during the last years. Please see A7 Photo courtesy of Pem Two PennDOT workers take soil samples duriritjTa survey of a proposed site for the Corridor O Subscription or home -delivery questions: :9.16-7480 or (800) 287-44 80 Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 Harvest A WINE TASTING Oct. 30th 6 to 8 pm Per Person Hospitals ______ Obituaries Opinion Politics A13 A13 A8 A4 Nation in a minute B4 Strange Brew B3 Aslrograph Movies Puzzle_ Travel   

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