Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - April 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok speaks during a 9th Congressional District debate last week.
■ Hartzok, Green Party mean business and are in to win the 9th District race.
EDITOR S NOTE: This is the third in a three-part series on the candidates for the 9th District Congressional seat.
By Robert Igoe
While talk around the showdown for the 9th Congressional District seat centers on the competition between Republican Bill Shuster and Democrat Scott Conklin, Green Party candidate Alanna Hartzok fights a different battle — one for exposure and respect.
Many political pundits in the district say the massive GOP registration edge makes' it unlikely the contest will be a two-party tussle, let alone a three-way dance.
But thanks to good showings in two recent debates, the Green Party’s Hartzok is getting noticed.
Hartzok is taking advantage of her time in the spotlight to express viewpoints sharply different from the major party candidates’.
For example, Hartzok has not been shy about criticizing the traditional approach to economic development: Lure in large corporations with sweetheart deals and build around the jobs they create.
“We should be working to build a better local-based economy,” she said. “We have to start untaxing local production and buildings so that people can start building new structures and homes.
“We can shift that taxation to the site value of the property. This has been used in 20 state communities
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4ltoona Curve fan Tyler Rispoli, 2, Altoona, washes the game Sunday afternoon from behind the wall at first base at Blair County Ballpark. The Curve completed a three-game sweep of the Akron Aeros Sunday I Page Bl
■ Judge to rule on two petitions filed by attorney representing the late president’s ex-wife, Deborah.
By Phil Ray
JOHNSTOWN — A federal judge will hold hearings Tuesday that could affect the future of the longtime Altoona candy making business Boyer Candy Co. Inc. and its 200-plus employees.
Since Anthony Forgione, the company’s president of 16 years, died a month ago, a battle for control of the company has erupted, pitting Forgione’s former wife, Deborah, against Forgione’s longtime friend and former Boyer Chief Financial Officer Roger Raybuck.
Raybuck said he is now Boyer’s chief executive officer and president.
On Wednesday, Blair County attorney Thomas M. Dickey, representing Deborah Forgione, requested a federal court injunction that would allow her to exam* ine Boyer’s books.
Dickey also has filed an appeal against hearing the case in federal court, noting that it instead should be heard in Blair County, where the company is located.
Attorney James Walsh, representing Boyer and Raybuck, said Friday that he believes the case should be in federal court because Deborah Forgione lives in Boca Raton, Fla., while Raybuck and Boyer are in Pennsylvania. This “diversity of citizenship" allows such a case to be transferred from state to federal court.
Walsh said he will fight to keep the case in federal court.
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AASD seeking waiver to save
money on job
By Jay Young
A state law may force the Altoona Area School District to pay $24,000 more for a capital improvement project than it would cost if school workers legally could do the job.
The district is planning to construct fences and turnstiles at the Mansion Park athletic complex. While an architect for the district estimated the project cost at $20,000, the low bidder for the project was going to charge $39,600. When the district rejected that bid, only one company submitted a bid on the second try, and that was for $44,400..
While the district claims it can do the project for $19,959 by using its own staff, the state Department of Education prohibits any school district maintenance staff from doing work that costs more than $5,000.
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Whiz kid lauded
for beating odds
ERIE (AP) — John Mushat spent much of the last week taking on the smartest students in the United States.
That’s easy compared with everything else he’s been through.
His father and stepmother are in prison. He was stabbed by another relative when he was living with his mother. And he spent the first two years of his life in hospitals because of brain seizures.
Mushat, 18, was honored with the U.S. Academic Decathlon’s
Kristin Caperton Award Saturday night in Anchorage, Alaska, as the academic skills competitor who has met the most extreme challenges. The award is named for a past competitor who had cancer.
Mushat also won the only medal for the nine-member Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy team that represented Pennsylvania. He took a bronze in the interview contest in the scholastic category for students with a “B” average.
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Task force probing weaknesses of city
By William Kibler
A task force studying city finances and services will use a guidebook that lays out a method for probing city government weaknesses.
The task force will use the book to suggest corrections to ensure Altoona is earning all it can, spending as little as possible, giving good service and doing it in a way it can sustain.
The guidebook — “The Financial Monitoring System of
the Allegheny League of Municipalities” — provides an early warning that helps local officials identify problems before they get out of hand, according to its introduction.
There are no initial red flags indicating problems in Altoona’s government departments, which seem to be working fairly cost-effectively, said Alan Kugler, executive director of the northwest division of the Pennsylvania Economy League, which is helping
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John Mushat of Erie, shown in Anchorage, Alaska, won an award at the U.S. Academic Decathlon for overcoming extreme challenges.