Altoona Mirror, December 23, 2001

Altoona Mirror

December 23, 2001

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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania USA WEEKEND GWYNETH PALTROW SPEAKS FREE INSIDE BUSINESS: CONGRESS SCRUTINIZING 401 (K) PLANS PAGE El Schilling highlight all-star team Altoona native carves niche in stained glass Copyright 2001 Y December 23, 2001 newsstand itltrror 2 Blair raises above normal H Wage increases approved for chief clerk, director of personnel for 2002. BY KAY STEPHENS Stiff Writer 'HOLLIDAYSBURG Two county employees will receive higher- than-average raises in 2002 that Blair Counts' commissioners have approved. While most county union and nonunion employees, in addition to elected officials, will receive raises between 3 percent and 4 per- cent, commissioners approved a 13 percent increase for Chief Clerk Terry Wagner and an 8 percent raise for Director of Personnel W.T. Will-iams. Commissioner John Ebersole worked on the proposed changes approved this month by the salary board. Ehersole wasn't at that salary board meeting, but Commissioners John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Donna D. Gorily and Controller Richard J. Peo reviewed and approved the new salaries. The action increased Wagner's base salary from in 2001 (o in 2002, and it increased Williams' base salary from in 2001 to in 2002. Ebersole acknowledged the raises for Wagner and Williams were above the typical yearly increase, hut he said the pair was deserving because they have taken on addi- tional work, they work beyond nor- mal hours and have saved the county money. "I'll justify it to Eber- sole said. Wagner manages the county worker's compensation program, saving the counts' about to it was spending to have the program administered, Ebersole said. Williams' workload has expand- ed to handle tasks and personnel matters that otherwise might re quire an attorney, Ebersole said. Please sea A5 AGRICULTURE ASSISTANCE i-s-1 I V i fc Mirror lile photo by J.9. Caviich Mike Burket of Burket-View Farms makes a second cutting of alfalfa July 27 in Morrisons Cove on Piney Creek Road. Drought-stricken farmers can apply for financial help BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer Brent Lowmaster said this summer's drought had a significant effect on crop production at his Cambria County farms. Hay and corn production each were down about 40 percent. "The drought hit us hard, but just a couple of miles down the road in Loretto, farmers had enough Lowmaster said. Jerome Carl of Dysart said his farm was for- tunate to get rain when it was really needed, although the overall shortfall of rain did hurt some crop production. The sporadic nature of the summer drought in central Pennsylvania has left many area farmers in need of federal low-interest emer- gency loans available in 58 of 67 counties. Please see A3 "We've been dealing with this {for] four years. I don't know that there is any great headway to be made." PIAA President Wally Blucas irer, I Cashman lay blame H Each claims the other is responsible for the problems facing the state athletic association. Jubelirer BY WILLIAM Kmi.uii Staff Writer The Pennsylvania Intcrscholas- tic Athletic Association should fol- low through on a proposal to dis- solve itself if it can't muster the ini- tiative to dismiss its top manage- ment, state Sen. Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, said Saturday. PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman said hoard President Wally Blucas made a last-resort proposal out of sheer frustration. It's the result of four years of per- secution by law- makers led by Jubelirer, Cash- man said. Blucas said the organization isn't measuring up to expectations of lawmakers, who continue lo pressure it on deficits, stakeholder representation and accounting practices. "We just can't he doing what we've been going through for the last foul' he said. Jubelirer, who serves as state senate president pro tern and lieu- tenant governor, said the organiza- tion "desperately needs new lead- ership" to replace the team led by Cashman. He called Cashman a free-spend- ing, arrogant czar who controls everything, is accountable to no one and who runs a good-old-boys network he created by hand-pick- ing board members. If it continues to exist and fails to cashier Cashman, the PIAA may end up dissolved anyway in about a year for failure to comply with about 20 General Assembly direc- tives for reform, Jubelirer said. The PIAA ran for 84 years, and everything was fine until the high school football championships moved from Altoona to Hershey in 1998, triggering Jubelirer's wrath, Cashman said. Since (hen, investigations and probing, poking and damaging comments by lawmakers have made it hard to get and keep vol- unteers the organization needs. Cashman says the organization has done its best to comply with lawmakers' directives, and it plans to continue to do so. Under encouragement from law- makers, the PIAA added voter rep- resentation for more stakeholders, such as school boards, superinten- dents and representatives from male and female sports. But it hasn't been possible to do everything. A broad-based oversight commit- tee created by the General Assem- bly wants two parents to seat on the PIAA board, and the board twice has proposed that, btit the membership consisting of high and middle schools, rep- resented by their principals has rejected it, which kills the mea- sure, Cashman said. "I think we can work through some of those Cashman said. The board will consider parents as advisers until enough time pass- es to reintrocluce the proposal to make them full-fledged, he said. Cashman shouldn't have the chance to help, Jubelirer said. He has no confidence in the organiza- tion as long as Cashman is at the helm. To continue with Cashman means continuing in self-destruc- tive, irresponsible, financially reckless old ways, he said. Please see A5 CHRISTMAS IN WARTIME: THEN AND NOW Clergy wonder if America has spiritual strength BY RICHARD N. OSTLING The Associated Press At Christmas in 1941, new Roman Catholic convert Aycry Dulles was in his first days as a civilian U.S. Navy worker, having just quit Harvard School. He would receive an officer's commis- sion that eventually led to battles in the Mediterranean and a bout with polio. Philip Hannan was a young priest, cel- ebrating Christinas Mass in Baltimore before volunteering as an Army chap- lain. While serving with paratroopers in Europe, he narrowly escaped from German bombings twice. G. Thompson Brown, a Davidson College student, took a holiday break with other children of missionaries. But it was an anxious Christmas because Japanese troops had put his parents under house arrest in China. After the Army swore him in on grad- uation day in 1942, he went to work deci- phering enemy codes. Lyle Schaller was on break from the University of Wisconsin. In his home- town of Lime Ridge, Wis., the preachers and populace aggressively professed patriotism, partly because most were of German descent. Schaller soon left school to enlist, and he was taught aerial gunnery at a base in western Texas. All four wore to become Christian patriarchs. Dulles, now 83, was named this year as the first U.S. theologian in the College of Cardinals. Hannan, 88, was the longtime Catholic archbishop of New Orleans. Brown, 80, was a noted missionary to South Korea and head of a Presbyterian foreign mission board. And Schaller, 78, became a valued con- sultant to thousands of troubled Protestant congregations. Please see A8 Cardinal Avery Dulles, 83, poses with a portrait of him self when he was a Navy officer during World War II in his office at Fordham University. 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