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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 17, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Penn State’s Jon Crispin transferring Nation: Living organ donations jump 16 percent ClAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2001 5O0 newsstand Congress hopefuls square off “How can we expect our kids to be able to compete on a world level if they are not on an equal playing field?” Scott Conklin Democratic Party By Robert Igoe Staff Writer CHAMBERSBURG — It was time for the three candidates for the vacant 9th Congressional District seat to put up or shut up Monday as the first major debate of the campaign kicked off in Franklin County. The debate, held on the campus of Wilson College, was the first of three head-to-head debates between Democrat Scott Conklin and Republican Bill Shuster, with Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok providing a significant third corner in the showdown. “Central Pennsylvania is a great place to live and work,” Shuster said. “I’m running for Congress to make sure that it stays that way for your children and mine. Together, we can make the future bright for our families, our children and our communities.” “Will Rogers once said that the difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician looks ahead to his next election, while a statesman looks ahead to the next generation,” Conklin said. “I will fight to make our children the next great generation.” Hartzok, however, called the major parties’ candidates’ words nice rhetoric but with no results. “Have we really made progress?” she asked. “Economic progress, social progress, environmental progress? The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is stuck. We need new vision, we need new guidance, we need to unite people of good will from both sides.” The debate’s most heated moment came during an audience question concerning abortion. Conklin told the audience that he was “IOO percent pro-life” and chided Shuster for referring in his campaign to a story in Penn State University’s college newspaper which implied that Conklin was proabortion. Conklin said he was misquoted and that a retraction was run in a later edition. Please see Debate/Page AIQ “We need new vision, we need new guidance, we need to unite people of good will from both sides.” Alanna Hartzok Green Party “We must reduce the tax burden for working families. For too long, our citizens have been overcharged and overtaxed." Bill Shuster Republican PartyAT A GLANCE Camille “Bud” George Democrat — 74th District Centre and Clearfield counties Born: Dec. 23,1927 Family: Wife, Edna; six children George Hometown: Houtzdale First elected to Pennsylvania House: 1974 Committees: Environmental Resources and Energy (minority chairman), Rules Schools, firm win on local project ■ Blair Technology selected to create Spring Cove’s digital district program. By Jon Fleck For the Mirror ROARING SPRING - The Spring Cove School District is teaming up with a locally operated technology company to build one of the state’s first digital school districts. One of three school districts recently selected to participate in the groundbreaking state project, Spring Cove selected Blair Technology Group to design and build the digital system. “I was really impressed with their competency and the service they had to offer,” Spring Cove Superintendent James Scott said. “They’ve been really creative in what they have to offer. It’s a win-win situation.” Scott said Blair Technology was knowledgeable about the project and received “glowing responses” from seven references, which enabled the Altoona-based company to beat out some well-known national firms. “Competency is the primary consideration in any venture,” Scott said. “When this was first announced, it brought out a lot of companies wondering what it was all about. “They did their homework, came in and wanted to know what they could do to help us get this thing done.” Please see Project/Page A5 Pa. lawmakers work to rescue WIC program From Mirror staff and wire reports At least one local couple wouldn’t like to see anything threaten Pennsylvania’s premier early childhood nutrition program, which has been helping fewer people recently and getting $1.8 million less federal money than three years ago. The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is showing signs of stress, but it’s a critical part of the household budget for Robert and Melissa Vogel of Altoona, who have 3-year-old and 9-month-old daughters. Robert Vogel has his pride and wants to be self-sufficient, he said Monday afternoon as he bought two containers of milk and two of juice through WIC at Weis Market in the Park Hills Plaza — while the rest of his family waited in the car. “But we kind of need it,” he said. “It pretty much keeps us in milk.” WIC supplements his income as a salesman at Rex TV and Appliance, giving his family about $220 per month in checks earmarked strictly for items such as formula, milk, cheese, eggs and peanut butter. Melissa Vogel doesn’t work outside the home. Federal funding for the operation of local clinics is $26,635,000 this year, down from $28,428,000 in 1998. Participation is down too, from a monthly average of 238,203 in 1999 to 232,431 in 2000. And last year, for the first time in many years, Pennsylvania returned $6 million in unused federal WIC funds to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Diane Wallace, director of the WIC program in Blair County, said the two main clinics and nine satellite sites in the county may be affected. “We are looking at our opera-IN THE STATE ■ Federal funding for Pennsylvania’s WIC clinics is $26.6 > million for 2001; down from $28.4 million in 1998. ■ Average monthly participation by Pennsylvania residents in 2000 was 232,431; down from 238,203 in 1999 ■ Pennsylvania returned $6 million in unused WIC funds to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2000. tions. We are evaluating our program. We are not looking at clos ing any right now, but I can’t say that it won’t happen in the future,” Wallace said. “I am not saying it is not going to happen.” The WIC program’s two main clinics are at 500 E. Chestnut Ave. and 308 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. The nine satellite sites are in Williamsburg, Tyrone, Bellwood, Martinsburg and Claysburg, at the Altoona Area High School, Station Mall, Evergreen Manor and Healthy Beginnings Plus at Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital. As local WIC staff across the state voice their alarm about what’s happening to WIC, Pennsylvania lawmakers have begun to pay attention. Sen. Allen Kukovich, D-Westmoreland, has introduced a bill calling for $6 million for WIC in next year’s budget. His bill is cosponsored by 15 senators. Sen. Tim Murphy, R-Allegheny, who chairs the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, is seeking $1.5 million for WIC next year. His approach has attracted the support of additional senators who had not signed on to the more costly Kukovich bill. Please see WIC/Page A5CANINE CIRCUS Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett A jump-roping Jack Russell terrier was part of the Madcap Mayhem with O’Donnell’s Bavarian Barnyard Review Monday at the 62nd annual Jaffa Shrine Circus. The event continues through Friday with shows at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will.be three shows Saturday (IO a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m.) and two shows Sunday (I and 5 p.m.). For ticket information, call 944-5351 or 944-5352.LAST-MINUTE RETURNS Legislator’s one-man crusade creates thorn in side of Republican majority By Peter Durantine capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — Out of power for nearly seven years, what appears to remain of the Democratic Party in the state Legislature, in some people’s eyes, is a lone House member, fighting with the only thing left at his disposal: amendments. State Rep. Camille “Bud” George, a gravelly voiced, 73-year-old rural lawmaker from Clearfield County, has driven Republicans to distraction by offering amendments to one bill after another ceaselessly for more than three years. His amendments, consumer- or environment-oriented, have Republicans voting for them for fear of criticism back in their districts. George has caused such a disruption that Republican leaders are exchanging memos about him. In a Feb. 12 memo to House Majority Leader John Perzel, R-Philadelphia, four GOP leaders said Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, R-Delaware, had brought up George and his amendments in caucus that day. “He objected to these amendments taking so much time in cau cus and on the floor,” according to the memo. George is not just disrupting the House. The Republicans who control the Senate also have come to know a George amendment when they see it. “It’s clear that it goes from the sponsor’s mouth to the paper with very little polishing,” said Steve MacNett, counsel to the Senate Republicans. “The purpose seems to be interrupting the process rather than addressing a particular outcome.” Please see Thorn/Page AIQ i> DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 22910 00050 BMI FOUR# 9 Id 8 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Cloudy, snow showers, 36° ■ Forecast, A2 *4 Altoona mirror I THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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