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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania A IS Wl»( % m rn I ■ I Workers make Huntingdon fair a successLife: What to consider when choosing paint DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 SATURDAY, AUGUST ll, 2001 500 newsstand Private producer Area toy maker keeps his craft under wraps By Walt Frank Staff Writer BELLWOOD — Darryl Yeager says he’s the best kept secret in the area. Yeager. 64, a retired appliance repair teacher at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, works in his shop in the Reightown area of Antis Township, turning out 3,000 to 5,000 wooden toys per year. Through his e mail address (toymak-enfrez2love.com), Yeager’s Easy to Love Wooden Toys are sold worldwide. “There are so many people in the local area who have no idea I exist here; it is amazing,” said Yeager, a member of the Northern Blair County Regional Sewer Authority and a former Antis Township supervisor. “I don’t advertise because I don’t want masses of people coming in here,” he said. Yeager doesn’t like to use the word manufacture to describe what he does. “I am a craftsman; I design and make wooden toys,” Yeager said. “They are mostly for children, but some are collector’s items.” Yeager said he always had an interest in woodworking but did not have a background in it. His paternal grandfather was a master carpenter, and his maternal grandfather was a cabinet maker. His father repaired television sets. “I am strictly self-taught. If I need to know how to do something, I research it and then do it,” Yeager said. “I honestly believe people can do more than they think they can, if they are willing to try.” Yeager’s woodworking began as a hobby. “I built everything for the house I could build. I started out with wall racks and dough boxes,” he said. “I started doing local craft shows and found out that toys sold better than anything else.” Please see Toys/Page AIQ Craftsman Darryl Yeager works on a toy. A finished long-nose tractor and bulldozer stand in the foreground. Housing market healthy ■ Experts: Interest rate cuts have kept sales steady or better. By Linda Hi dkins For the Mirror National news pundits whisper about recession while thousands of Blair County workers prepare to hit the unemployment lines. But local real estate agents say the housing market is doing well. “We have been very, very busy,” said Robert Pennington of Caldwell Banker Town and Country Real Estate. “Hoijsing sales in most parts of the country are up. driven by interest rates being so low ” he said. "We are very fortunate because our sales are up over this time last year.” Other agents agree, but some with lesser degrees of enthusiasm. Ace Evey of John Hill Real Estate used the words “pretty good" to describe the real estate business. A lot of bad economic news has befallen the region recently, and some of the announced layoffs IN BUSINESS ■ Microsoft should be punished quickly for its monopoly behavior because delay only further disrupts the computer market, Justice Department lawyers argued Friday. ■ The Bush administration announced Friday that it would impose a 19.3 percent penalty tariff on softwood lumber imported from Canada. PAGE A9 haven’t happened yet, he said. Even more expensive homes are moving, Evey said, adding the market remains “better than we all thought it might be or expected it to be. “I, at times, find it hard to believe myself.” Others also expressed surprise about the market. “It’s been pretty steady,” said Roger Meckley of Century 21. "My business is up from last year, but I don’t know what it pertains to.” Please see Housing/Page AG Market Watch Mirror photos by J O Cavrich Darryl Yeager assembles a Pull Bee toy. The retired appliance repair teacher churns out 3,000 to 5,000 wooden toys per year in about OO varieties. Below is a comparison of deeds transferred and mortgages recorded in Blair County rn Month Deed transfers Mortgages recorded July 2000 347 N/A Jan 2001 301 423 Feb 2001 263 452 Mar. 2001 28/ 525 Apr. 2001 353 693 May 2001 534 794 June 2001 373 801 July 2001 350 757 us J............-UMBi Source Blair County Register and Recorders Office Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll STEM CELL RESEARCH Issue dividing clergy members, lawmakers By Robert Igoe Staff Writer As genetic researchers moved forward into the brave new world President Bush heralded Thursday sharply divided reaction in the wake of the decision. The issue of allowing limited federal funding of stem cell research divides many lawmakers and religious leaders, just as it divides many Americans. “I think the president handled the issue wisely,” said U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-5th District. “I have no quarrel with his ■ Debate moves to Congress, action to labs/ Page Cl views, and I have the same concerns about the issue that he has. I think his plan is a prudent course of action.” In his televised address to the nation Thursday, Bush said he would endorse federal funding for research that uses only stem cells from embryos that already have been destroyed, such as from fertility clinics. Please see Dlvlde/Page A6 A da mw Dull Murtha Specter Bar owners claim Wing Off decision a double standard By William Kibler Staff Writer A city bar owner says the state needs to be as tough on Lakemont Park’s Wing Off as it is on him. Mike Rubine, owner of Rubine’s Bar, wants to organize fellow bar owners to protest the Liquor Control Board’s new leniency on minors’ access to alcohol at special events like the Wing Off. Liquor Control Enforcement can cite bars for failing to ensure minors are supervised closely, but the state lacks an equivalent provision for special events. “It’s a double standard,” Rubine said. The LCE cited the Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company, the Wing-Off permit holder, after finding a 17-year-old girl drank beer given to her by a patron of legal drinking age July 26. But the citation was withdrawn after the board found the provision too generic — and after reports that the Wing Off might not survive a ban on teens imposed by organizers to prevent a recurrence of underage drinking. Bureau of Liquor Control supervisor Mary Mills never used the generic provision before for such a special event problem. But she tried it in the case of Wing Off because she didn’t want to be harsh and she didn’t want to ignore organizers’ responsibility to ensure minors didn’t consume alcohol. “On the whole, they were doing what we want to see being done with these permits” by using wristbands to identify those of legal drinking age, Mills said. “But the fact was, we had a juvenile drinking there, and we didn’t want to just let that go,” she said. It’s not fair that the fire company got off the hook, Rubine said. Please see Wing Off/Page A13 ■MMM! 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