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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Novelist remembers her roots INSIDE TODAY SPORTS: Offensive line a concern "at PSD Cl BIZ: yields to the almighty dollar store Altnmra Ultrrot Copyright 2001 AUGUST 12, 2001 newsstand Public Opposes Amtran cutbacks Tight budget blamed for route eliminations. BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer Wolf, general manager of Amtran, deliberately scheduled a public hearing about proposed bus route cutbacks Saturday morning to'get comments from riders who use the buses to get to work. He got what he was looking for. This'year, the authority is strug- gling with a budget short- Tfall, the result of increases in diesel "fuel costs, union wage increases -and medical insurance premiums. said the only way to keep bus service running was to eliminate two bus drivers and a mechanic, restricting the time buses can run by SO hours a week. Bus routes across the network will be cut or reworked. "It's really Wolf said. and Altoona are the size "where it's hard to get away from specific issues. These aren't face- loss people. I ride the buses and know most of the people personal- ly. On the other side, there were two really gopg.Jjdbple I had to say, 'You are doing a good job, but I have lay you off.'" About 20 users of the transit sys- tem voiced their.' concerns about specific routes at the meeting held at Logan Valley Mall. The first day- for any service changes would be Aug. 27. Routes slated for elimination or alteration are as follows: Lakemont Route 12, formerly running Monday through Saturday, rerouting Pleasant Valley Route 5 to serve Lakemont and Fairway Drive Monday through Saturday; eliminating the p.m. trip on Route 2, Second Avenue Monday through S aturday; eliminating Route 5, Pleasant Valley during the week and Saturday; eliminating the p.m. Dasher trips Monday to Friday; alternate bus service on routes and 6 Saturdays. "You're not limning the buses the way the people want them to be run. You're running them the way the union wants you to run said Gary D oyle, Logan Township. Doyle told the authority he was forced to go to work two hours earlier the last time the service changed. Please see A9 GOVERNMENT Victims1 kin find support OFFICE Of JOHN Q. POLITICIAN Who's who? K! oil ices olten are 'staffed by several people at reach location But what do JhSsa 'people do? Here's a "j ;quick guide lo 'Mro dees what'! Mti Washington, Harnsburg i "and all points in between staff: The lop aide lo Ta representative, oversees oper aliens of all offices, bolh main istrict -4 Mam 7 lo a representative on 'i mailers, director: jResponsibla for maintaining the' of a representative. JEress secretary: Primary between a representative the media sbftlce manager: Maintains.the of tile Washington often aids in scheduling correspondence .Caseworker: Generally a mem- of a dislnot office staff, as the main contact per- son for constituent complaints, 3 :questions and problems Mirror plralo by Jason Sipes U.S. Rep. John Peterson (left) talks with Robert Moran, his legislative director, before a vote on the House floor. Office politics Away from D.C. spotlight, staffers make Capitol move Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington II Editor's note: Ova' a three- itxek period this summer, 'Mirror Staff Writer Robert Igoe and Photographer Jason Sipes visited the offices of local U.S. and state represen tativesfor a look at the inner loorkings of the offices, focusing on Hie men and women who aid our politi- cal leaders in their work. In the first part of a two- part series, we take a look at the people who support U.S. Reps. John Murtha, John Peterson and Bill Shuster. Next Sunday, we look at our state representatives. BY ROBERT IGOE StaffWriter July 26, 2001 a.m. Washington office of Rep. John Peterson, R-5th District 307 Cannon House Office Building "This is not a typical day Wendy Colfer said. While a congressional More politics PAGE A4 office manager such as Colfer can handle the chal- lenges of scheduling appoint- ments and telephone calls with little difficulty, a local telephone service provider proves to be the great equal- izer, cursing both the meek and the powerful. This morning, Colfer joins millions around the country in trying to straighten out a mess with the telephone com- pany and restoring service to Peterson's Washington home. As the telephone company keeps Colfer on hold and treats her to instrumental versions of popular songs, life goes on in Washington. "A typical day for me is scheduling appointments and making sure Congressman Peterson is where he needs to Colfer said. "There aren't really any tricks to it, you just have to react to it." Please see AS Program to help survivors deal with homicide may come to Blair. BY Pan RAY Staff Writer You can't know what it's like to lose a loved one to a violent crime unless you have gone through it, said Ron Klotz, whose 16-year-old son was murdered in Clearfield County four years ago. Klotz said his son, Micah Pollock, was missing for several days Before his body was found. The killer turned out to be anoth- er teen-ager, 17-year-old Andrew Callahan, who eventually was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Klotz said the one thing that helped him get through the public- ity, the court hearings and the grief was a special Clearfield County program developed for family and friends of victims of homicide and homicide by vehicle Susan Griep, former ness coordinator for Clearfield County, developed a homicide sup port group in the early 1990s. for Klofz, the program meant that Griep and her staff were with him to listen, to provide comfort and any other type of help he need- ed almost from the moment he dis- covered his son was missing. "They were He said. They were there even after the trial was over, Klotz said, because a group of survivors would get together each month to talk about their loved ones, hear from experts or just talk to one another. Klotz was so impressed with the support group in Clearfield County that he will help Griep, who for 10 months has been Blair County's coordinator, to develop a similar program in Blair County. In the past three years, there have been many high-profile homi- cides or homicides by vehicle in Blair County. NOT FORGOTTEN A list of homicide and homicide J by vehicle victims: Ryan 0 Neill, 22, of Lilly, Frances DelGranrJe, 18, and Leonard McConnell, 21, both of Cressorl, 'i who died in November 1998 In an ff alcohol-related head-on collision on Route 36 Jay T- Yerty, 38, i died in a traffic accident on Route 866 near Williamsbiirg in the wintef James A Mowery, 35, of Altoona on Thanksgiving Day 1998, J Arlene M Piper, 74, of Rose Hill Drive in July 1999, John W, Eichelberger IV, 41 of rl "I Shari llee Hollidaysburg'inMay, Randy Buchanan, 42, o{ Junlata in June, x Patience Ferguson, 21, of Alloona in July The list of victims is long. It includes three Cambria County men, Ryan O'Neill, 22, of Lilly; Frances DelGrande, 18, and Leonard McConnell, 21, both of Cresson, who died in November 1998 in an alcohol-related head-on collision on Route 36. And. Jay T. Yerty, 38, of Martinsburg died in a traffic accident on Route 866 near Williainsburg in the winter. The homicide victims include James A. Mowery, 35, of Altoona on Thanksgiving Day 1998; Arlene M. Piper, 74, of Rose Hill Drive in July 1999; John W. Eichelberger IV, 41, of Lakemont in July 2000; Shari Lee Jackson, 20, of HolHdaysburg in May; Randy Buchanan, 42, of Juniata in June; and Patience .Ferguson, 21, of Altoona in July. Please see A6 Boy, talk about a 'national' anthem Altoona 5-year-old sings Star Spangled Banner from coast to coast BY LINDA HUDKINS For the Mirror An Altoona child will step onto major league turf in California today when he sings the National Anthem at the game between the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. before hopping a plane for a 10-day trip to the West Coast, Mason McGinnis said he'll also sing the patriotic number Sato-day in another California stadium, before the San Francisco Giants play ball with the Atlanta Braves at Pac Bell Park. Mason's an old pro at singing "The Star Spangled Banner." He first sang it at age 2, surprising even his mother, Michele, who often sang it to him because it seemed to hold his attention. By age 3, he sang for Altoona Curve fans in his I hometown's Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, then at age 4, at (Three Rivers Stadium and the 1 Houston Astros' Enron Field. Mason's almost 5 now and eager to slip into his tuxedo, take the microphone in hand and belt out "Oh, say can you see for fans of the nation's and his own I favorite pastime. Sure, he said, he likes the tux and all the accompanying perks such as meeting the players. But if he's called upon, he said he's equally willing to put on catchers' equipment and help out the team. Please see A6 McGinnis READY, AIM RE-ENACT rea Civil War re-enac- tors John Wells, (right) HolHdaysburg, and Ray Nicewonger, Roaring Spring, members of an artillery battery, prepare to fire a parrot rifle during an event Saturday in Altoona. 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