Altoona Mirror, November 6, 2001

Altoona Mirror

November 06, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania WIN TEST YOUR GRIDIRON KNOWLEDGE IN THE MIRROR'S FOOTBALL CONTEST B3 Altoona IHsrrar Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2001 newsstand DRYING UP Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Customers who get their water from the Bakerton Dam soon may find themselves high and dry. Because of a lack of rain- fall, the dam is down to a three-day supply. Shriveling supply Authority treading water to keep Bakerton Dam customers afloat BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror BAKERTON The dam providing water for 300 homes in this West Can-oil Township village is very low because of the lack of rainfall. At one point, it appeared Bakerton Dam would run dry in five days. But rainfall poured enough water into the 5.7 million-gallon reservoir to extend the supply another week. Now the West Carroll Water Authority is hoping for at least a solid day's rainfall, authority chairman John Thurman said. hi recent years, the authority, and particularly Bakerton Dam, have gar- nered considerable public scrutiny. One problem with the surface water source is that droughts tend to dry up the dam, leaving customers frustrated and angry. Another problem occurred a few years ago when a state inspection determined that the dam was unsafe. For the safety of people living down- steam, the state mandated removal of the top 5 feet from the dam's breast, reducing its capacity from the original 12 million gallons. Please see A5 Costs leave families out of public system BY LINDA HUDKINS Par the Mirror ST. BENEDICT Jean and Rodney Harbridge don't have to look far from their home on Route 219 in West Carroll Township to see public water supply dams. But they don't have public water and don't expect to get it anytime soon. In fact, they've sunk thou- sands of dollars into drilling a deep well and treat- ment system for the iron water they tapped into. "It's a bad Jean Harbridge said. But after 11 years of using water from a shallow spring and runoff from gutters on their roof, it's an improvement. Please see AS Employees of car shop back on job Retirements and disability claims cut Hollidaysburg staff down to 170 people. .1 Norfolk Southern likely to appeal stay. Legal wrangling could drag on for months. BY Ciurs WILLIAMS Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG Workers returning lyionday to the Hollidays- burg Car Shop said they are happy to finally see a victory, although a temporary one, in a long-running battle to save their jobs. Norfolk Southern Corp. had no choice but to reopen the idled shop Monday after the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay Friday to force the factory doors open during an appeal of the Surface Transportation Board's decision to allow the shop's closing. About a week ago, Norfolk South- ern told workers lo go home and never to come back. "It's good to he said one man swinging his lunchbox as he finished his shift at p.m. "Everything is kind of the same." But everything isn't the same, the railroad said. Attrition through early retire- ments and disability insurance has reduced the car shop roster 'from 290 workers in September to 170, Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said. Those remaining workers re- turned to begin cleanup in antici- pation of working on rail cars side- tracked from the 22-state system. Many recalled employees were starting new jobs with the railroad in other states as part of transfers required under federal merger agreements. According to union some machinists, metal workers, painters and brake- repairmen, already rented apartments in Ohio, North Carolina or Georgia in antic- ipation of starting new smaller repair shops. Norfolk Southern confirmed that 20 percent to 30 percent of the Holjidaysburg work force accepted positions in other states. Please see A7 Mirror photo by Jason Workers leave the Hollidaysmirg Car Shop Monday after theif. First day back on the job in more than a week. The shop was granted a temporary reprieve from a court of appeals BEDFORD COUNTY Voluntary layoffs draw little interest BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD Voluntary layoffs among county government employ- ees failed to reach expectations, so county commissioners are asking department heads to propose other cost-cutting measures. Commissioners Chairman David Thompson two weeks ago suggested 30 of the county's 190 workers could volunteer for furloughs from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7, saving about Only five workers expressed inter- est by Monday's deadline. The county is facing an estimat- ed shortfall this year. In a letter to commissioners, President Judge Daniel Lee How- sare said the court system cannot afford to lose employees for the period requested or a shorter peri- od, and he would not permit any job holders to take layoffs. Please see A5 District attorney candidates trade jabs on eve of election ALSO INSIDE 0 A proposal is on the table to allow voters to cast ballots in retention elections for district justices. 13 Bars are permitted to remain open on Election Day, thanks to a new liquor code reform law that eases restrictions. H Election Day closings. PAGEA4 BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer The marathon for Blair County district attorney ends today with incumbent Dave Gorman and chal- lenger Robert Donaldson sprinting to the finish line. Donaldson held an early morn- ing news conference Monday to denounce advertisements in which Gorman decried Donaldson's lack of legal experience. Gorman responded that the issue in today's election is the same as it Donaldson Gorman has been since the race began Gorman's 14 years as an assistant district attorney and district attor- ney compared to Donaldson, an attorney for two years who lacks trial experience. Donaldson, who spent 20 years as an business executive before obtaining a law degree, said Monday, "I am experienced; 1 am qualified. I am capable, and I atri honest." He said he performs criminal court work every week. Donald- son works for the Centre County Public Defender's office. Please see A4 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 _.' J Lottery numbers, A2 Sunny, wanner, Forecast, A2 Altomta iEtrror We're while-hot! THE GREAT COMBINATION 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) 946-7g47 Business____ Hospitals_____ Obituaries Opinion A7 _A? 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