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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - October 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania IN LIFE; NATION'S MOOD GUIDING FILMMAKERS' RESPONSE fr PAGE Dl Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2001 newsstand The Steelers battle the Titans from Neil Rudel Full-page, lull-color commemorative poster Paterno photo album, best wins, worst losses and more Event draws few Handful of laid-off workers participate in economic summit. BY CRAIG WIU.JAMS StaffWriter More than 40 state lawmakers, economic development officers and business leaders gathered at the Blair County Convention Center Monday for an economic summit to talk about ways to offset nearly two years of job loss in the county. The news for those expecting a quick fix was bad. Although Uie area was on Uie road to a recovery the Area unemployment Of stats for September 2002 the events of 11 sent the economy into a tailspin with no relief in sight. State Senate President Pro Tern and Lt. Gov. Robert Jubelircr, R- Biair, organized the event, hoping to invite ideas and, commentary from business leaders, government officials and the region's work force, but only a handful of workers showed to question representatives. Much of the session was taken up by a review of current econom- ic development programs and available unemployment relief efforts, with the business commu- -niry outlining its near-term plans "for survival and local economists looking to the future. By tlie end of the informational session, many of the laid-off work- ers in attendance told the leaders that possible jobs in the future wasn't enough to put food on the table now. "The jobs you are talking about are jobs. We're used to said Nicole Leech of Altoona, who recently lost her job at C-COR.net in Tipton at the same time her husband lost his position at Huck Jacobson. "The jobs we are getting laid off from, they're machinists. We're not cashiers. What are you going to do now? I know we are looking to leave the area. And we are not the only ones." "You're asking some tough said Martin Marasco, executive director of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. "We are working diligently. But we are not going to he able to replace those jobs Immediately." David Zillinger of Altoona said he was shocked at the lack of interest in jobs on the part of his fellow Altoona workers. "1 came here expecting a couple of hundred people sitting in these chairs. Do these people really care? If they really cared, they'd be he said of a nearly empty convention hall. Ken Tedora of Altoona asked the board a question echoed by many speakers: Will unemployment benefits be extended beyond the current limit? Please see A3 A HEART OF HELPING Minor photo by Jason Sfpes Lena Kazimirov smiles as she watches her son Sasha, 9, pick out one of his favorite die-cast cars, a silver convertible. A Bellwood man helped make heart surgery possible for Sasha. Surgery made possible for Russian boy BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer 9-year old Russian hoy will undergo heart surgery Thursday at the West Virginia University School of Medicine largely because of a Bellwood man's efforts. In March, Perry Haupt learned Alexander the son of Pastor Mikhail Kazimirov and his wife, Lena, had a serious aortic valve problem and probably had only to four years to live, Haupt, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Bellwood who has served as a missionary in Russia since 1994, and Sandy Neal, the wife of the Rev. Barry Neal, pastor of Williamsburg United Methodist Church who worked closely with the Kazimirov family, took action. Please see A10 Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 2874480 I Lottery numbers, A2 Partly sunny, Forecast, A2 Head today's Mirror Classifieds to see if you're a winner! r" Business _'____A7 Hospitals A9 Obiluaries________A9 Opinion A8 NFL notebook Scoreboard B2 Pastor pushes social religion BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter An Altoona pastor is soliciting help froni local public officials and those seeking office in his continued effort to bring religion into the public forum. Pastor Gary Dull is expected this week to announce the'formation of the Coalition for -----------------------------Religious Freedom. Supreme Court while Dull wouldn't rejects challenge to discuss the specific law requiring minute purpose of the group in of silence PAGE A10 a recent phone inter- view, saying there will be arTofficial announcement Wednesday, a letter directed to local elected officials and candidates spells out the group's mission. ''We intend to announce the formation of our coalition w ith a signed le Her from our founding members and to kick off our campaign with a distribution of book'covers reminding our school-age children our national motto, 'In God We the letter signed by Dull states. In God We Trust became the national motto in 1956 and was added to U.S. currency in 1957. It replaced the original motto of e pluribus unum during a period when "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance arid "so help me God" was added as a suffix to the oaths of office for fed- eral justices and judges. Dull also wrote the group will make sure that everyone is allowed the opportunity to pray a't work, school and throughout the community. When asked if there have been specific viola- tions of a local individual's right to pray in pub- lic, Dull said he didn't know of any. Please see A10 BEDFORD COUNTY Voluntary layoffs requested BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD Bedford County commissioners today expect to request up to 30 voluntary lay- offs among nonemergency county employees from Nov. 19 through Jan. 7 to tie a tourniquet on a bleeding budget. Commissioners David Thompson, Dick Rice and Ira Claycomb met individually with most department directors Monday to alert them of the impending request. The county scrapped a plan announced in July to close nonemergency county offices from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 four working days in another effort to save money. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, representing court-appointed and court-related workers, filed an objec lion last week to the shutdown, calling it a lockout and a contract violation, Thompson said. Commissioners considered offering one- week-per-month layoffs earlier this year but didn't follow through. Rice said work wouldn't be accomplished and would pile up, hampering delivery of county services. Finance Director Barry Crawford recently estimated a year-end shortfall around on a million budget. Please see A3 Classifieds Cornics_ C4-10 D5 Dear Abby Puzzles_________D2 television D2 IN NATION Ground operations, more aggressive moves possible, defense officials said PAGE C1