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   Indiana Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 2000, Indiana, Pennsylvania                                Wednesday May Vol 96 278 New ground Jim Leonard has helped the Blairsville Bobcats baseball team break new ground as they head into todays District 6 Class AA championship game Page 21 INSIDE Forecast Mostly cloudy tonight with a low in the 60s Hot and muggy Thursday with a slight chance of thun derstorms High in the upper 80s Page 6 Safe nightlights Two groups of researchers have released studies suggest ing that nightlights do not cause nearsightedness in chil dren contrary to an earlier study Page 5 Asbestos crayons In the wake of a newspaper report claiming that its crayons contain asbestos Binney Smith the Eastonbased mak ers of Crayola crayons says it is confident its crayons are safe Page 18 Time for change Voters in six North Dakota counties will soon decide the fate of time Some in the area want to abandon Mountain Time for Central Time used in the greater bulk of their state Page 17 Altoona memorial After traveling around the country for various veterans events a halfsized replica of he national Vietnam Memorial in Washington has found a permanent home in Altoona Page 14 Deaths Obituaries on page 8 S1CKENBERGER Frank Bal timore formerly of Dixonville Index Lottery The Indiana Gazette on the Internet Teddy In the faces of men and women I see Whitman This newspaper is printed on recyclable paper Please T Q recycle 28 Pages 4 Sections Copyright 2000 Indiana Printing and Publishing Company Indiana Pa Fifty Cents Area political leaders remember Gov Casey By RANDY WELLS and JOHN COMO Gazette Staff Writers Indiana County residents and local legislators today remembered for mer Pennsylvania governor and doubletransplant recipient Robert E Casey as a feisty campaigner who worked hard for years to reach the states highest elected office and as a man who stuck to his principles while leading the state Flags on state buildings were or dered flown at halfstaff today in honor of Casey who died peacefully last evening in his sleep in a Scran ton hospital He was 68 Casey who spoke fervently against abortion and overcame 20 years of dashed hopes to win the governors Italian Buffet Every Thursday June Jamboree Downtown Saturday Parent Teen Others Work From Home Plant Sale Reeger 4630440 Sports Beanie Pokeman Indiana Mall June 34 VFW Wednesday May 31 Spaghetti Thursday June 1 Fish More Everyone Welcome Weight Loss Made office died of an infection at Tuesday said Jeff Lewis a spokesman for Mercy Hospital in Scranton Casey who served as gov ernor from 1987 to 1995 had been in and out of the hospital several times over the past year Ive had the privilege of knowing Bob Casey since my days as an Indi ana County Sen Pat Stapleton DIndiana said this morn ing He was one of the most honest and down to earth gentlemen you could ever want to know and a very strongwilled family man His family always came Stapleton recalled working most closely with Casey on district high way projects including the Kittan ning Bypass and improvements to Route 119 south of Indiana During a campaign swing through Indiana County on Sept 27 1986 Casey pledged to give top priority to missing links in the state highway system including the incomplete Route 422 bypass Casey called the unfinished sections of highway an outrage that has gone on long He was a tough Staple ton continued He believed in him self and in what he was Bob was a dynamic political figure Be lieve me when I say that Pennsylva nia has lost a great leader and a very fine I think the thing most striking about Gov Casey was the strength of his Rep Sara Steelman Continued on page 3 Robert Casey right front met with local Democrats in Indiana in Sep tember 1986 With him were Bea States the late Owen Dougherty left and the late Tom Huff Gazette file photo by Tom Peel As numbers fa nuns roes s l hift Sister Gertrude Foley president of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill has seen many changes since becoming a nun 50 years ago By PAT RICH Gazette Staff Writer Third of five parts GREENSBURG the 1950s and 60s it was commonplace for nuns to teach in Catholic schools and work alongside priests in the church Today many religious sisters are working in different roles due main ly to a declining and aging popula tion and an increase in lay ministry Sister Gertrude Foley president of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill said she has seen many changes since becoming a nun 50 years ago This year she will be celebrating her Golden Jubileeas a religious sister In 1950 there were 28 sisters in my she said during a recent interview in the convent near Seton Hill College in Greensburg Today we have two which are women in an early stage of becom ing a nun We certainly do have fewer sis Foley said She said that today many of the 220 active sisters in her community headquartered in Greensburg work in Catholic schools as principals in hospitals as chaplains and in churches as pastoral associates per forming such tasks as visiting the sick and coordinating adult and youth religiouseducation pro grams Foleys community has ters in both the Dioceses of Greens burg and Pittsburgh as well as in Tucson Washington Raleigh New Haven and New York City None of the Sis Charity of Seton Hill are cur rently working in Indiana County TheSisters of St Joseph of Baden Beaver County is another large reli gious community in this area Ac cording to Sister Karen Stoila the order was founded as the Baden Sis in 1869 Currently the community has 294 sisters in the Dioceses of GfeerisburgV Pittsburgh and AltqonaJohnstown as well as in 22 other states The community has the only two religious women Work ing in Indiana County Sisters Ada McMahon and Eileen Mackaness are managers for Clairvaux Commons an elderly housing com plex next to St Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Indiana Many of our sisters are spread out working in parishes as pastoral associates and in various forms of socialservice said Stoila Foley said the process to become a Continued on page 4 The Diocese of Greensburg which covers Catholic parishes in Fayette Westmore land and Armstrong counties has seen a number of changes since the 1950s and 60s Today there are fewer men and women entering the priest hood and religious sisterhood The majority of the priests and nuns that are serving in the dio cese have reached senior citizen age As a result the diocese is searching for ways to continue to minister to its parishioners without diminishing the services provided by traditional clerics Indiana native worked in TV before entering religious life By PAT RICH Gazette Staff Writer Although she was a successful tele vision news anchor Mary Parks felt as if something was missing from her life So one day she wrote a list ti tled Whats Really To ward the bottom of the list were two words Religious Little did she know that her life would be turned upside down by that list In 1996 the 49yearold Indiana native took her final vows to become a member of the Sisters of St Joseph located in Baderi and she currently holds the position of secretary of communications to the Most Rev Joseph Adamec bishop of the Dio cese of AltoonaJohnstown She vividly remembers the day that she wrote the list that changed her life around I had an apartment outside of In diana which had two bedrooms and a Parks said I was working at WJAC a television station in John stown as a news searched all over for this couch for my apart ment and my mom came to let the deliverymen in while I was at work I came home that night and just stood in the doorway marveling at that new couch I had a sense of awe in the world I felt I had it all Then while I was standing there I started to think Whats wrong with you Thats when I made the Parks is the daughter of Edward Parks who passed away in 1980 and Patricia Parks who still resides in In diana along with her paternal aunt Lois Parks Antram She attended St Bernard Catholic school graduated from Indiana High School in 1969 and received a teaching degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1973 But in the back of her mind there was always the thought of religious life When I was a kid many of the boys and girls at St Bernard wanted to be priests and she said The thought of becoming a nun went away for a while But it would always come Parks had a chance to experience many facets of secular life before en tering the sisterhood From 197375 MARY PARKS Former WJAC she was known as Miss Mary on Romper a childrens pro gram that was broadcast on WJAC During the program she would Continued on page 4 Area nuns find work rewarding By PAT RICH Gazette Staff Writer Sisters Ada McMahon and Eileen Mackaness who have been the ad ministrators of Clairvaux Commons for the past 10 years both say they have developed a great relationship with the elderly tenants of the non denominational apartment com plex in Indiana They trust us and are comfort able with said Mackaness Weve never let religion become an Mackaness who is 75 years old and McMahon who wont reveal her age are both members of the Sisters of St Joseph community in Baden Although McMahon waited until the age of 21 to enter religious mother resisted the Mack aness knew she wanted to be a nun from the moment she met the sis ters at St Lawrence OToole a girls parochial school on the east side of Pittsburgh where she grew up I decided to go into sisterhood Continued on s s Canal Days honored nationally By WENDY SZAKELYHID Gazette Staff Writer Saltsburgs Canal Days festival is unique Even the Library of Congress thinks so In honor of its 200th birthday the fa cility has accepted a report on the festi val scheduled this year for Friday through Sunday as part of its Local Legacies project All the materials will eventually become part of the perma nent collection at the librarys Ameri can Folklife Center About reports representing every state and territory are in cluded in the project according to co ordinator Evie McCleaf Ann Palmer of Historic Sallsburg who helped write her towns submis sion for Local Legacies was proud of the honor It was thrilling to get she said Saltsburg deserves Its all part of the Library of Congress bicentennial celebration The facility was founded in April 1800 Today its the worlds largest library with 119 mil lion items in the collection Its primary mission is to serve as a re search site for members of Congress but its also open to the public via the Internet and with 22 reading rooms on CapitolHill To celebrate the bicentennial special exhibits are planned at the library in cluding one on Thomas Jefferson the nations third president and the Wiz ard of a fantasy based on a book published in 1900 by L Frank Baum A commemorative stamp and the countrys first bimetal coin of gold and platinum were issued April 24 And every congressman and senator was invited to select commu nities in their district and ask them to submit reports for the Local Legacies project Rep John P Murtha of John stown had a hard time deciding which towns to include according to his spokesman Brad Clemenson Murtha represents the 12th District which covers all of Indiana Cambria and Somerset counties and parts of Armstrong Clarion Fayette and West moreland To narrow it down he focused on fes tivals People in his office were sur prised by how many there were Muriha was careful to choose ones that emphasized uniqueness and tradition Saltsburg ranked up Clemenson said We felt that tying it to Canal Days made it Murtha contacted the communities Continued on page4 Tiie LIBRARY of CONGRESS H THE OUR WEP iLTE SITE MUMMY CIPYIIIIT Fonts o lafnnantctm iOJ WASHINGTON ISSJO Connect to the Library of Congress on the Internet from the Research section of the Gazettes Web site   

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