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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 22, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Altoona Mirror © Copyright 2001SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 $1.50 newsstand NFL DRAFT I* Steelers grab Texas NT, Georgia LB CT PENGUINS ^ Early goals hold up for win, 3-2 lead BUSINESS Expert: Altoona good location By Craig Williams Staff Writer Blair County has a lot to offer companies looking to relocate but must address several key weaknesses and market itself better, a corporate relocation expert said. "Most companies don’t know about Altoona,” Dennis Donovan told members of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. during their annual meeting. “You just remain off the radar screen.” Donovan’s company, the Wadley-Donovan Group, specializes in analyzing a town’s strengths and weaknesses and then recommends selected development sites to companies and Firms looking to open new operations in the area. “Right now, the most popular places for businesses to locate are in the Atlantic sub-belt from Florida to Virginia,” he said. “Also, the mid-Atlantic is doing well as foreign companies are locating all along the coastal mid-Atlantic states, from Philadelphia to New York.” Unfortunately, the focus is not on rural hinterlands of the eastern seaboard, even though places such as Altoona have one main ingredient all other regions don’t — a tremendous labor pool, he said. With headquarters in Morristown, N.J., the Wadley-Donovan Group First came to this region about a decade ago looking for a building location. Please see Expert/Page A12 MINUSES, PIUSES What one expert thinks companies see when consider locating in Altoona. Weaknesses: ■ Location ■ Strong labor union presence ■ Perceived quality of life Strengths: ■ Skilled labor pool ■ Relatively low start-up costs ■ Real quality of life Donovan Blair’s recycling effort lags * I I Centre County renks ■ PA Cleanways looks to extend at the top with 53.9 2!eAa,?up f ortf' ,Paqe A4 ^    ■ Alternative fuel interest grows percent of trash being    in Pennsylvania / Page A5 0    ■ Blair commissioners reactivate Sent tor recycling.    solid waste committee / Page A4 By Ray Stephens Staff Writer * Blair County residents have some work to do if they’re going to help the state reach the recycling goal of 35 percent that Gov. Tom Ridge set for 2003. After spending thousands of dollars in the past decade to initiate and improve recycling, Blair has a recycling rate of 18.1 percent, according to 1998 statistics, the latest available. That means that of 91,732 tons of trash generated that year, 16,559 tons were recycled. Carl Hursh, who oversees a program for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said Blair County’s 18.1 percent rate is respectable. But in comparison to surrounding counties, Blair is sending a lot of trash to landfills. While Centre County is a leader in the state and region by recycling 53.9 percent of its trash, Cambria and Clearfield counties also recycle more trash than Blair. Cambria’s 1998 statistics indicate it recycles 39 percent of its trash, and in Clearfield, the recycling rate is 28.4 percent. Meanwhile, Bedford and Huntingdon counties are recycling less than Blair County. Their rates are 13.5 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively. Hursh said Blair County has come a long way in its recycling efforts over IO years — when it started from scratch — and it’s up to local governments to decide how to increase the percentage. “We rely on our county recycling coordinators, and through our technical assistance program, we offer free professional advice on how to improve a recycling program’s efficiency or effectiveness,” he said. Blair County commissioners John J. Ebersole, John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Donna D. Gority have said they’re interested in efforts to do more recycling. They’ve hired consultant Richard C. Sutter & Associates to update the county’s 10-year solid waste plan by the end of the year. The updated plan should spell out efforts to improve the percentage of recycled trash, but it likely won’t include any measures to force more Blair County communities to start recycling programs. Commissioners have said that while the county will help any community get into recycling, they’re not interested in trying to force any community to recycle. That means curbside recycling in Altoona, Logan Township, Hollidaysburg and Tyrone will continue because the state mandates it. Curbside recycling in neighboring municipalities may or may not continue, depending on efforts made by trash hauliers and/or trash generators. Please see Effort/Page A4 THE NUMBERS 1998 municipal waste generation and recycling: County Blair Cambria Centre Clearfield Bedford Huntingdon Generated(tons) 91,733 103,186 104,000 52,635 34,264 29,530 Recycled(tons) 16,560 40,253 56,041 14,944 4,634 4,828 Percentage Rate 18.1 percent 39.0 percent 53.9 percent 28.4 percent 13.5 percent 16.3 percent Source: Pa. Department of Environmental Protection OF PROTESTS... Mirror photos by Kelly Bennett Protesters are dragged off the field by Penn State police officers before the Penn State Blue-White football game. For story, please see Page A3. ... AND PIGSKIN Penn Shute White squad quarterback Matt Senneca signs autographs for fans before the Blue-White game. Mirror Sports staffers Neil Rudel and Philip Cmor were on the scene and have the lowdown on the 2001 version of the Nittany Lions. Complete coverage begins on Page Cl. Some ‘members of the C.W. Longer Elementary team, including Erie Malone (left), Elissa Henry (center) and Ellie Psaki, take part in their group’s production of “Omer’s Glue” at Roosevelt Junior High School in the Ody-See-Ing Sounds competition. Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett ■ WM DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00150    i BW FOUR 2    5    171    8 M Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Partly cloudy, 80° M Forecast, A2 Teams qualify in Odyssey of the Mind competition for world finals By Walt Frank Staff Writer A team of students from St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic school in Lakemont was one of 26 teams qualifying for the world finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition. The St. John’s team qualified by placing second in Division III of the Classics Wild, Winged Wonders category, held Saturday during the Pennsylvania Finals at Altoona Area High School. St. John’s and other qualifying teams will compete June 2-5 at the University of Maryland-College Park, where they will be matched against other champions from throughout North America, Australia, China, Europe and Japan. In its qualifying competition, the team was required to identify three birds, one of a living species, one that is team-created and one that is classic. The team discussed the merits of the birds and selected one for special recognition. This will be the second trip to the world Finals for at least four members of the St. John’s team. Jennifer Price, Laura Deely, Lindsay Wilson and Jim Bacon and coach Linda Vogel were part of the 1997 team that qualified for the world Finals. Other members of this year’s qualifying team include Chris Madden, Erie Sral and Andy Madden. “I am very proud of them, they showed a lot of courage during the day. We are such a small school and the kids worked so well as a team,” Vogel said. “Our kids are 13 and 14 years old and competing with kids up to age 19 makes this extra special.” More than 1,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools across Pennsylvania participated in the event, hosted for the 14th-consecutive year by the Altoona Area School District. Students who compete in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem-solving competition with an athletic games spirit, said the experience is beneficial. Please see Odyssey/Page AIQ ) Altoona iHtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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