Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2001
I Roundup of the region’s golf courses
P News Printing Co. bridges old with new
Area children find unique ways to celebrate Christ’s resurrection
Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett
Members of the First Church of Christ Worship Band (from left) Ross Hoover, Scott Hildebrand, Chris Condit, Amber McCaffrey, Scott Barger, Sarah Collins and Steven Hoover, practice for their Easter performance.
By Linda Hudkins
For the Mirror
Last night’s darkness gave way to this morning’s light as youngsters across the region celebrated the resurrection of Christ at vigil and sunrise services.
The youth of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church used the symbolism of butterflies emerging from a cocoon as a way of portraying Christ’s rising from the dead.
At St. Matthew Lutheran Church, youngsters used the medium of black light and glowing sticks to transform a Christmas tree that
represents Christ’s birth into the cross that ultimately led to his resurrection.
And at daybreak today, junior high and high school students at First Church of Christ shared their personal thoughts about images of the Crucifixion they’d gleaned from the Internet — the cross on which Christ died, the spear that pierced his side, the nails that held him to the cross and the empty tomb.
Children of all ages have spent the last several weeks preparing for Easter vigil services that are held Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Every Sunday during Lent, the children of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, made symbols of the season and placed them on a tree, said the Rev.
Harold E. Bishop, interim rector.
Purple bows represented Christ’s purple robe, and pennies wrapped in aluminum foil and placed in mesh bags represented the price of the betrayal of Christ — 30 pieces of silver. Pretzels stood for arms crossed in prayer. Nails were formed into crosses and a crown of thorns.
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I RS vows to crack down on cheaters
By Hank Ezell Cox News Service
ATLANTA — The Internal Revenue Service wants you to know that it’s looking hard for tax cheats.
The tax collectors need to say that, and loudly, because they have been catching a lot fewer of them.
IRS Commissioner Charles 0. Rossotti acknowledged the problems before a congressional committee recently, admitting that hundreds or thousands of promoters are pushing abusive schemes over the Internet.
“We need to be faster on the draw,’’ Rossotti said.
The Senate Finance Committee heard that $70 billion to $300 billion per year in taxes are avoided. The gimmicks include phony trusts, fancy charities and offshore accounts.
Enforcement efforts by the IRS have dropped dramatically. About 618,000 taxpayers were audited last year — a third as many as in 1995.
In 1995, 1.68 percent of individual taxpayers were audited, either in person or by mail. By last year, the figure had dropped to 0.49 percent.
The decline is no surprise. Pressed by Congress, the IRS has been making itself more user-friendly.
One result has been that drop in enforcement. A second result, experts believe, has been a rise in dishonest returns.
“People know the IRS has gone through a tremendous reorganization process,” said Andre Martin, special agent in charge of criminal investigation in Georgia and Alabama. “I’m sure folks have felt this is an opportune time to take advantage.”
“I think it’s because of the falling audit rate,” said John W. Roth, a federal tax analyst with CCH, a leading tax information company. “The scam artists are saying, ‘They’re never going to catch you.’ ”
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WHOM TO CUI
lf you encounter a tax return scam, call the IRS fraud hot line at (800) 829-0433.
The Altoona post office will be open late Monday night for procrastinating tax filers.
Tips on how to avoid some of the most common mistakes made when filing income tax returns.
i: CENSUS TRENDS
* Mirror photo by Jason Sipes
Housing developments in the Penn Farms, Holliday Hills and Newry Lane areas (shown above) are reflective of population dropping in the cities and boroughs and increasing in townships. This trend is supported by results from Census 2000.
Results from the 2000
census for Blair County
and comparisons to the
Martinsburg Borough *
North Woodbury Borough
Roaring Spring Borough
Blair townships gain population; Cities, boroughs see drop
Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll
By Ray Stephens Staff Writer
The 1990s turned into a population shuffle for Blair County, with many of the townships getting bigger and Altoona and the boroughs getting smaller.
While there were exceptions in that shuffle, the latest census figures show growth in about half of Blair County’s 25 municipalities, offset by population drops in the other half. That left the county with 129,144 people, according to Census 2000, down I percent, or 1,398 people, from the 1990 census.
Blair County Planning Commission Director Richard T. Haines, who has monitored changes within the county, said he didn’t find the latest census figures surprising.
“One of the things that’s missing at this point for us to tell a little bit more about what’s going on is the number of housing units,” Haines said.
That information will be released later.
While Blair Countians witnessed
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Clearfield County Huntingdon County Census 2000 data reveals some senseless information.
a lot of farm acreage turn into housing developments during the 1990s, Haines said housing developments don’t necessarily translate into population increases because household sizes have been decreasing.
But housing developments probably did contribute to population increases in Blair and Frankstown townships in the 2000 census.
The latest data show those townships had the greatest population growths of Blair County’s municipalities. Blair Township added 593 people and Frankstown Township
added 451 to its 1990 population figures.
The development in both townships is easy to see, and people who live there can attest to the changing climate.
For instance, Blair Township residents Rick linier and Ed Detwiler . on Robin Lane are among those asking township supervisors for action to keep their Penn Farms neighborhood safe.
A proposed 68-unit housing development called Greystone Estates is likely to funnel traffic onto Meadow Lane, a two-lane road the residents said cannot safely handle a significant increase in traffic.
Imler said he moved to Blair Township because he found the rural community attractive. His neighbors did too. While some are more willing than others to welcome additional development, all seem interested in preserving the nature of the township.
“I don’t think any of us wanted to live in an uncontrolled, developed area,” Imler said.
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