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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 30, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                USA WEEKEND THE FUTURE OF BABIES FREE INSIDE SPORTS: PSU FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS TAKES SHAPE PAGE Cl PSU football top list Cl Copyright 2001 Y December 30, 2001 newsstand Altmma "If we don't have our basic bills paid, we can't reach out to others." The Rev. Dennis Reedy Financial troubles striking churches BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror Members of Tyrone's Christ United Methodist Church know plenty about hard tunes. Early in the year, job layoffs hit the community, and Sunday offer- ings dropped. By late summer, the collection plate wasn't bringing in enough money to pay the bills, the Rev. Dennis Reedy said. In hard times, people turn to the church, he sairt, but "if we don't have our basic bills paid, we can't reach out to others." Reedy isn't complaining, because even though they were hurting, peo- ple were as generous as they coidd particularly in the wake of the Sept 11 attacks in Somerset County, New York and Washington, D.C. Religious denominations across the country have felt some effects of the convergence of job layoffs, a troubled stock market and nation- al crisis. Reedy said tough times have resulted in "almost a spiritual awakening." But Americans have been stretched to a point where they say, "I have this much to give, and that's all there he said. Nationally, several denomina- tions announced job layoffs and are scaling back some ministries. The worldwide network of United Methodist missionaries lost about million in the stock market, forcing the layoff of 45 employees. The Roman Catholic archdiocese in Boston scaled back ministries and imposed a hiring freeze. And in Erie, a blue-collar city Catholic Bishop Donald Troutman is balancing light collection plates with the need for new programs. The Presbyterian Church in the United States anticipates a million deficit in its million budget next year, while Lutherans Missouri Synod and both Evangelical branches are hold- ing the line and keeping a watchful eye on finances. Please see A5 HAPPY HOMECOMING Mirror photo by Kelly Bonnotl Karen and Jeff Fleming of Hollidaysburg play with their newly adopted daughter, Isabel, who they brought home Saturday from Cambodia. Blair couple brings back daughter from Cambodia BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG After weeks of frustration, anger, uncertainty and sometimes sadness, Jeff and Karen Fleming and their adopted daughter from Cambodia found peace in the arms and smiles of family and friends when they arrived home Saturday night. It was not a noisy reunion. There was no clapping, just ear-to-ear grins and congratulatory handshakes as Jeff Fleming stepped out of the limousine that brought the family from New York after the journeyi Isabel Chompa Fleming, the 2 V'z-year-old whose picture has been in major newspapers around the nation and the world, was asleep, her face buried in her father's shoulder. Please see A7 Norman D. Callan will adjourn court for the linal time Friday after 12 years as a Blair County judge. As he ponders what his future holds, lawyers are lining up to take his place on the bench. Judge reflects on his stint, weighs his career options BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Although the election was nearly two months ago, the emotions sur- rounding Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan's loss of his retention bid remain raw. Callan is considering several job offers from area law firms. Mean- while, he wrestles with the reasons why he was not retained and the prospect of not going to the court- house every morning a place he views with affection. In short, Callan doesn't want to leave office. He says his work to improve the county justice system is far from finished. He enjoys the courtroom, listen ing to testimony, making decisions and applying the law. The last few weeks have been dif- ficult for the judge to come to grips with the election voting "no" to retention versus voting to keep him on the bench. Despite the results, Callan has conic to work daily, often being the only judge in the courthouse dur- ing the holidays. Every day, he totes another box of papers and items from his desk home. His office is almost empty. The pictures on the walls are gone. The many mementos on his shelves are no longer there. The ultimate salt in the wound came in the mail Christmas Eve, when his commission for a new 10- year term, signed by the governor, was sent to him by the Department of State. He was supposed to sign the papers and send them back before the slart of his new term. Callan said the bureaucratic snafu made it hurt a little more. "Have t accepted it? I have to. I'm going to be out of the position, and there is nothing I can do about he said, "but you just don't put Please see A9 District attorney, assistant defender consider applying BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Several Blair County lawyers, including the district attorney and a veteran assistant public defender, say they may apply for the vacancy created when voters rejected Judge Norman D. Call- an for a second 10-year term. An election to replace Callan won't be hold until 2003. In the interim, the vacancy will be filled by a Blah' County attorney appointed by Gov. Mark Schweiker anu confirmed by the state Senate. Callan's term expires Jan. 7. His last day on the job will be Friday. With the dates firmly in sight, the quest to fill the vacancy has moved into full swing. The state Office of the General Counsel to the Governor has advertised for applications. Blair County lawyers have been notified that applications should be submitted by Jan. 11. Many attorneys whose names have been mentioned as-poten- tial candidates were not avail- able for comment Friday, others said they are considering apply- ing for the job. Altoona attorney Theodore J. Krol, who was the county's first full-time assistant public defend- er 11 years ago, said-Friday that he intends to fill out the 50-page application and submit it. Krol, who is in practice with attorney Thomas M. Dickey, handles many criminal cases not only in his private practice, but also as a part-time public defender. He said he has been in Blair County for 11 years since he completed a stint with the U.S. Air Force. Please see A9 Terrorist attacks scramble Bush's goals, priorities INSIDE: U.S. first bioterrorism attack raises more questions PAGE A6 COMING MONDAY: Recession shakes workers, reshapes outlooks BY SONYA Ross The Associated Press WASHINGTON Ge9rge W. Bush's pres- idency changed in a whisper. The whisper came from top aide Andrew Card, who quietly told Bush in a Florida classroom that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center. America was under attack, Card said. Those simple words swiftly transformed Bush's goals and priorities, overtaking his ambitions of going clown in history as a tax cut architect, Social Se- curity crusader or public school reformer. Now he is pursuing the seemingly quixotic mission of ridding the world of ter- rorism. "It is the calling of our Bush said. "A fight between good and evil." Bush assumed the re- sponsibility with full know- ledge that his performance, good or bad, for- Bush ever would mark his legacy. "I hope the legacy of the Bush administra- tion is a lasting peace, so that our chil- dren's grandchildren can1 grow up in civ- ilized Bush said. "America may tire of a president that is insistent that we rout out terror, but I know this is the right thing to he said. Presidential observers say Bush had little choice but to adjust his priorities after Sept. 11, given the historic devastation. Here was Bush, assigned to pull his country past a ghastly national tragedy before he had spent a whole year in the White House. There was no way some issues on his plate, such as a public education overhaul or giving government money to religious charities, could compete with that, said Edward Turzanski, political and national security analyst at LaSalle University. "It would be silly for people to say, 'Hey, whatever happened to education, Mr. Turzanski said. 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