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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Altoona, Pennsylvania
Hitoon . 95 no 45 phone 944-7171 Altoona pa., thursday evening aug. 2, 1979 founded june 13, i�74 20t a copy Iii Tho Mirror weather tonight fair a few showers Low in the is Friday fair less humid High in the 80s to highlights the a climate of fear Quot a elderly Are prime victims. Page 19 Park furniture makes federation finals other series tied Page 22 Miami Pilot a a Lucky in Bedford air plane 29 inside area.29 horoscopes 2 classified.51-59 life style 14 comics.28 movies.24-27 crossword.2 opinion.8 or. Lamb.15 sports.22-25 yesterdays circulation 36,018 Elsie Neff is 105 Elsie Neff a resident of the Allegheny lutheran Home Hollidaysburg. Celebrated her 105th birthday wednesday. Mrs. Neff was married in 1894 to Cort Neff who died in 1961, at the age of 92. She has four children mrs Ross Clapper and Carl of Altoona and mrs Charles Fry and mrs. D a Yingling of Clearfield three grand children la great grandchildren and three great great grand children a sister mrs. Verda Conley of Myrtle Beach so is 95 years old. Mrs. Neff has resided in the Home since March to 1975. 4 Blair housing projects receive Hud Extension Delta Landfill to stay open by Tom Gibb staff writer the plan agreed on for the closing of the existing Delta excavating co Landfill East of Altoona is a three phase proposal which leaves the door open for More land filling to be done there according to an official for the state department of environmental resources but both the Der official a solid waste specialist Frank Bertovich a and Landfill owner John Niebauer say they re not sure that will be the end of the complaints from Landfill area residents Quot it s anyone s guess if this will Stop the complaints a or Bertovich told the Altoona Mirror this morning a personally i think the problem goes deeper than the Landfill itself Quot according to a plan agreed on tuesday Landfill owner John Niebauer will have to fill in voids and contour the land in the Section of the Landfill closest to Sandy run Road Between Altoona and pin Croft ifs that area according to or Bertovich that was the main Point of Contention when a fire broke out there in late june eleven residents of the Landfill area were treated for respiratory illnesses after apparently breathing smoke from the fire. Or Bertovich has indicated that the residents May have been exposed to nothing More than Ordinary smoke but land of ii i area resident Judith Stotler has contended that there was some toxic chemical in the air from the fire the area will be seeded with Winter Corn in a joint Effort by Delta excavating and Pennsylvania state University according to or Niebauer a second phase of the closing will be the proper closure according to Der standards of the old Stotler Landfill the dumping area has been filled to capacity for several years or Bertovich said but it was never properly closed a for years ifs been up to maximum capacity Quot or Niebauer said wednesday a but its former owners never did anything with a final Section of the Landfill already filled to capacity will also be closed or Bertovich said the entire closure the Der official estimated should be done Quot within a year a a a emr Nuebauer said he wants everything taken care of and that he wants it used As a farm Quot or Bertovich said. But the agreement leaves open the rest of still untouched land there for an Extension of the Delta Landfill. A it s adjacent to the existing site but Well consider it separate and or Bertovich said the Der official said the tract a about i v3 mile from the Sandy run Road Homes a could go into operation by the end of the year if or Niebauer can secure the Nec Cesary Der permits it a Quot sunding room Only at Hie Juniata Insil upon Essiy and Many swimmer had Loti a a the wading arca to Rea my Hie heal House okays Gas rationing plan Washington up the House has approved a gasoline rationing and Energy saving Bill that backers say will set the nation on a a think conservation course and detractors Call an unlimited gift of Power to the president. It was an Energy policy Victory for president Carter who wants standby rationing authority to use As a last resort in a fuel crisis but the Bill provoked bitter partisan quarrelling that involved democratic and Republican floor leaders the speaker and the major Energy legislators and the final version brought the hint of a possible presidential veto. The Bill. Sent to the Senate on a 263-159 vote wednesday night would let the president order gasoline rationing under a streamlined procedure but Only if fuel shortages were severe and prolonged the Senate has approved a similar conservation package and is on record in favor of emergency gasoline rationing authority. But the White House made it Clear wednesday night the president wants More work done on the Bill before final passage a spokesman said the House version Quot clearly needs improvement before the president can sign he said the administration is a disappointed that the House has been unable to agree on a direct and Clear Cut Bill that contains a set of measures that would enable the president to protect the country from the kinds of problems we have been experiencing this the House Bill would set up a Federal state program of mandatory conservation in emergencies less severe than those requiring rationing. It has two main parts and Here is How they would work a rationing if fuel shortages reach or threaten to reach for 30 Days a level 20 percent below supplies a year earlier the president could order a rationing plan of his own design. Either House could Block its implementation in 15 Days. Carter already has the Power to order rationing. But existing Law puts it under a cumbersome congressional approval process the House Bill would simplify. A conservation when fuel shortages hit to percent for 30 Days Carter could direct states to meet Energy conservation targets. Those that failed would have to accept mandatory Federal programs this is the portion of the Bill that opponents such As rep Dave Stockman r Mich. Called Quot unlimited Power to the president Quot and fought bitterly As too much Federal control. But rep. Toby Moffett d-conn., told a reporter a this Bill will help gel people to thinking conservation on the state level see gasoline. Page 3 of deride to do something about i vandalism Bellwood people a we re not going to take it by Rebecca Bennett staff writer Bellwood a it was t a tax revolt like the one which led to California s famous proposition 13, but the sentiment was the same. A we re mad As hell and we re not going to take it any some 60 Bellwood citizens decided wednesday at a hastily organized town meeting the citizens decided to face up to the town s growing crime problem by forming a seven member committee to study the situation and present recommendations to Borough Council. The meeting followed on the heels of newspaper reports this week on increasing violence and vandalism especially along main Street where several businesses have hired Security guards. The people said they were angry disgusted and fearful of what is happening in their Community. They discussed the actions of local police the mayor and Borough Council the District magistrate and parents in an Effort to determine the cause of the problems. The suggested solutions included hiring additional policemen ousting the Borough Council voting the town dry of liquor updating and enforcing the curfew buying police dogs and complaining to the judge about the District magistrates alleged leniency. The citizens asked that their names and the location of the meeting not be published for fear of retaliation by the hoodlums. A committee of five men and two women was appointed to study the alternatives and the citizens present signed a statement indicating their support. The townspeople had talked about forming a vigilante committee one woman said. A i Don t know How much people Are going to take. I done to want innocent people to get the councilmen mayor and police came in for some Sharp criticism but they also had their defenders. Several residents referred to an incident in which a gang surrounded the police car. Pounded on it and damaged the communications equipment while the officers sat inside and did nothing. A Why is it that our police think they can to defend themselves a a a citizen asked another related that she recently saw a group of hoodlums surrounding a Security guard at Corn messers hardware jeering and spitting on him a woman said her family s Tomato plants were uprooted and vandals tried to break into their garage last week but the family dog chased them away. A Well set our dogs on them Quot she said. A i m late coming to the meeting because i went out and bought another German Shepherd tonight Quot a resident said that during the past school year a Bullet was shot through her door while another told of being endangered by a gang with a Pellet gun a we have to hoodlums running Bellwood How can a handful scare a whole town0&Quot a Man asked the citizens differed As to How Many were terrorizing the town and where they came from. Some said they were from Bellwood while others speculated that some were from Greenwood and Juniata. A a lot of the troublemakers Are not kids Quot a resident noted a we have some 35-to-38-year-old men out see Bellwood Page 3 by Phil Ray staff writer Hollidaysburg Blair county s housing authority received a shot in or Arm wednesday afternoon when the department of housing and Urban development Hud agreed to the continuation of three new construction projects and a minor rehabilitation program involving More than $4 million and 136 units Richard Furman his. Direr Tor of the authority which is located in the Highland Hall courthouse Annex said he presented a budget to Hud outlining expenditures of about 186,000 to continue the operation of a county housing authority through june 1980. Or Furmanchik listed several source1 of funds for the county office thus showing Hud that the authority will be Able to fund its operation Over the next year Hud officials two weeks ago expressed concern about continuing any programs under the sponsorship of the authority because of the fear that the Agency May fold Hud at that time also considered the withdrawal of $4 million in programs already approved for Blair and the rejection of several other applications for funds because of the inability of the authority to get any of the major housing programs under Way. On wednesday. Or. Furmanchik and other members of his staff went to Pittsburgh with a plan to continue the operation of the housing authority and to get the housing projects under Way within the next year a i think we got everything we wanted to or. Furmanchik said today As he summed up the results of wednesday s five hour meeting or. Furmanchik called the Hud officials Quot very cooperative Quot adding that they Are concerned about housing in Blair Quot they have a commitment to or. Furmanchik said one of the major obstacles to the county housing program has been the proposed construction of 30 units of family housing in Hollidaysburg Hud allocated More than a million dollars for these units but Over the past two years the authority has not been Able to find a suitable Developer Hud gave the authority permission to switch the 30 units from Hollidaysburg to Snyder township or Tyrone Borough or Furmanchik said he will approach the Snyder township supervisors tonight to see if they want % additional units in the township. If they do not. Or. Furmanchik will go to Tyrone Borough Council. Hud has already approved More than a million dollars for 30 units of family housing in Snyder township the third new construction project involves 26 units of for the elderly in Bellwood the final major program that was Given approval wednesday is for the Purchase and rehabilitation of so units throughout the county. Or Furmanchik said under this program. The housing authority purchases Homes makes a a minor repairs and then rents Tho units this program will occur in those communities in which cooperation agreements have Bern signed Between the authority and municipal officials the authority has cooperation agreements with Williamsburg. Hollidaysburg Bellwood. Snyder township and Tyrone the future of any housing in Hollidaysburg however will have to be reviewed because of recent citizen opposition the Blair county housing authority is a combined operation with the redevelopment authority and for the past six years a operated on funds from Rode clop ment projects in Tyrone and Williamsburg those projects Are coming to an end and this led to concern by Hud that the authority May go out of business or. Furmanchik pointed out to Hud officials that Over the next year the authority still will be getting some Money through the redevelopment projects in addition the authority will get administrative Money for operating a Federal rent subsidy program to Blair it will receive some Money through the housing and Community development program and Hud will provide approximately 1200 a unit in front Money for any of the housing programs for which plans can be developed Over the next scar listing All of these sources of funds. See housing Page 3 school room assignments schools will be reopening their doors soon and for some students the first Day of the 1979-80 school year is just three weeks away. The Mirror s annual school Section on pages 3150 today lists student homeroom assignments. School districts were asked to submit by july 21, homeroom listings for publication those that missed the deadline Are Tyrone area Northern Bedford Bellwood Antis Cambria Heights and Penn Cambria senior High Alt other Penn Cambria schools submitted homeroom assignments. According to the policy adopted by the Mirror this year. Schools that missed the deadline will have to the current advertising rate to have their homeroom assignments listed
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