Altoona Mirror, November 23, 2001

Altoona Mirror

November 23, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania A LEG UP GOULD GETS KICKS AT PSU FREE INSIDE WAR ON TERRORISM: BRIDAL RETAILERS REPORT SURGE IN SALES PAGE C4 m PI AA showdown with Erfe Oathedral Bl Altsona landmark celebrates the season Copyright 2001 BALD EAGLE BASEBALL Wetland solution pitched H PennDOT offers to buy ball fields built on property in violation of the Clean Water Act. BY WALT FRANK Staff Writer TYRONE PennDOT and the U S. Army Corps of Engineers are helping the Bald Eagle Baseball Association get out of a messy situ- ation. When the association built its two baseball fields off Old Route 220 in Snyder Township in 1997, part of the fields were constructed on a wetlands area. The association also failed to secure proper permits to do the work, said Frank EHewa, Corps enforcement officer for Blair and several surrounding counties. 'They did not get the required permits to build the Plewa said. "Whether they knew it or not, they are still requirecl to get them." Proper procedure was not fol- said Charles Diehl, chair- man of Snyder Township 'Supervi- sors. "The township had nothing to do with it." Rose Black, baseball association piesident, admitted she was not aware that between 5 and 6 acres of the 8.G5-acre tract donated to the baseball group by local businessman Tib Miller was a wetlands area. The Army Corps has cited the association and the contractor who built the field for a violation of the Clean Water Act for building the fields on wetlands, Plewa said. The association has not been fined, but penalties are possible if the situation isn't resolved soon. "We have been bending over backwards to work with them. .The ball field is there; the problem won't go Plewa said. "We are trying to work with them to come up with a good solution." PennDOT officials have come up with a potential solution. has offered to buy the property from the baseball associa- tion, said Kim Bartoo, environ- mental manager for PennDOT's District 2. "We are trying to help them out We could use that as part of a wet- lands mitigation project for the Route 220 Bartoo said. "Since they are already in violation and the Army Corps is breathing down their necks, we thought it could be a win- win situation for everybody. We would buy it from them and then restore it to a .The baseball association has agreed to consider PennDOT's offer, Black said. If the baseball association agrees to sell the property, it then will be faced with trying to find another site for a baseball field. The local fields are used each summer by more than GO children between the ages of 4 and 15, Black said. Plewa and Diehl are willing to try to help the baseball group find a new location. Mirror Staff Writer Wall Frank can be readied at 946- 7467 or FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2001 MIXING POT Mirror pholo by Jason Sipes Tonya Deem, a volunteer at the Geeseytown Fire Hall, begins to set a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Thursday, which was served by the dirt-track-racing Deem team. Mixed crowd attends Deem's dinner BY WILLIAM KIBLEII Staff Writer The brakes on Bobby Hines' '85 Cadillac are too badly worn to risk going to his family home- stead in Mansfield, Ohio, for Thanksgiving dinner, so he let Gary Deem's pit crew handle the problem. The brakes are still bad, but Hines had his fill of turkey and fixings at Geeseytown Fire Hall Thursday, served by the dirt-track-racing Deem team and its members' families. "It was like a big Thanksgiving din- ner you see on said Elizabeth Rotosky, who came with Hines, their son Daniel, 11, and friend Wayne Miller. They could have gone to Rotosky's -relatives in this area but preferred the fire hall, remembering how friendly everybody was last year, Rotosky said. Deem's crew couldn't have fussed over them more. They constantly were asking: "Can we get you something "Is every- thing "Can we get you some- thing to Nothing can replace family, Rotosky said, but it's nice to have strangers treat you just as good as family would have. The crew served 300 meals, includ- ing takeouts, Deem said. It was free, although donations were accepted. Everyone who came was welcome. Not everyone was poor. There were stockbrokers and car dealers. There were a lot of middle-class people. Please see A3 newsstand Afghan fighters to leave Kunduz BY ELLEN KNICKMEYEH The Associated Press BANGI, Afghanistan Taliban commanders agreed.Thursday to let northern alliance troops into their last stronghold in northern Afghan- istan to oversee a surrender of the besieged city of Kunduz, anti-Taliban officials said. Alliance fighters, apparently unaware of the breakthrough, launched a chaotic offensive outside Kunduz just as details of the agreement emerged. Fighters attacked Taliban positions east of Kunduz with rocket launchers, artillery and tanks. Commanders said they also pushed toward the airport. In Washington, Marine Lt. Col. Dave LaPan, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday thatTO U .S. aircraft struck Taliban military forces, tunnels and caves during the previous 24 hours, concen- trating on the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in.the south and the, Jalalabad area in the east. Under the purported deal for the'surrender of Kunduz, reached during negotiations in the alii-, ance-held city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghan fighters would be allowed to leave the city, the alliance said. Arabs, Pakistanis and other foreign fighters loyai to Osama bin Laden would be placed in camps until the alliance and the U.S.-led coali- tion can decide what to do with them, alliance officials in Tajikistan said. Please see All Lawmakers adjourning not likely BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer Normally, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are beginning the second month of the adjournment of the fall and winter session. Of course, these are not normal times. With the threat of a recession looming over the heads of many Americans, lawmakers are not expecting a break from the action. "It's been very difficult to schedule U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, said. "I don't know that we're going to adjourn this year. There are too many things going on right now that the president may need us to go in and vote on legislation that needs passed. We could see a day here, a week there to get things done." When the House and Senate return Tuesday, they will work on passing an economic stimu- lus package to present to President Bush. Shuster said the House has taken care of its end of the deal. "The House has already passed our stimulus package; we're now waiting on the Shuster said. "Ours was fairly well-balanced, lean- ing toward tax reduction for businesses and indi- viduals. Also, we provided for more money to be given to states to extend unemployment benefits." Please see All Subscription or home delivery questions: or (800) 287-4480 V Lottery numbers, A2 Partly cloudy, Forecast, A2 Chrysler Plymouth Jeep 1549 Pleasant Valley Blvd. v, Altoona, PA 943-6167 Nol valid with nny oilier oilers. Excludes parts only purchase. ________Chrysler Corp. Vehicles only. Ends MLocu. f-.J: Business Hospitals__ Obituaries Opinion NFL roundup___ Scoreboard _ A9 Classifieds A13 i Movies AJI3 1 A8 I C6-14 C5 B2 B5 Comics ____ D5 Community news _D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 ft-' ;

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