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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Hollidaysburg YMCA basketball wraps uplife: Herbs add new dimension of taste to food DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2001 500 newsstandBrash burglars bothersome in Blair By William Kibler Staff Writer It’s a scene right out of the movies. A man wakes to a strange sound and lies in bed wondering what it is. He sees the door he closed is ajar. He gets up and sees by the glow of his computer that his desk chair is swiveling slowly. The man flips on the light; chaos ensues. It happened in Greenwood early Tuesday, one of at least seven similar cases in the last week in which thieves invade homes where residents are asleep. Bold burglars, possibly desperate for drug money or craving the high of crazy risks, toke advantage of air conditioners and fans masking odd noises and open windows. When the Greenwood homeowner turned on the light, the burglar sprang from behind the chair where he’d been hiding, dashed to get out the door of the second-floor room where the man had been sleeping. Without thinking, the homeowner flung his arms around toe waist of the fleeing, shirtless burglar and held on. The burglar grabbed at toe door frame and knob and pulled, flailing his elbows back and whacking the homeowners, trying to get free. The 62-year-old homeowner hadn’t been in a fight since about age 12. He’s just 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds, probably 50 pounds less than his adversary — a lean, toll man in his 20s. The homeowner did the only thing he can — he let the burglar go. The burglar thinks he’s going to escape, but the homeowner has a plan. The door opened onto a mezzanine, the bur glar lunged through the door and the homeowner followed. With the help cf the burglar’s momentum, toe homeowner shoved him through the railing and off the balcony. Please see Burglars/Page A6 Plan sought to conserve state water By Peter Durantine capitolwire.com HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is about to launch an unprecedented public relations campaign to encourage residents to conserve water as routinely as they recycle bottles, cans, newspapers and other consumer items. Stuart Gansell, director of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Watershed Management said the purpose is not to alarm people kit to raise concerns in the state, which never had an effec tive water-management program. “We’d like to make water conservation visible and prevalent in everyone’s mind as recycling is today,” Gansell said. “We think the public is ready for this.” According to toe state, water consumption, particularly for house hold, industrial, recreational and agriculture use, has increased dramatically over toe past IOO years. In 1900, when 6 million people lived in the state, a person typically used about 5 gallons of water per day. The population today is double what it was back then, while water use per person has increased 12-fold to about 62 gallons daily. With 83,161 miles of streams, about 3,900 miles of lakes, reservoirs and ponds and what Penn State University researchers estimate to be 47 trillion gallons of ground water, it would appear Pennsylvania has an abundance of water. But demand in toe state is great — ground and surface water withdrawals exceed 4 billion gallons per day — while toe rain and snow falls in certain parts of toe state are not enough to replenish those sources. Ground water levels and streams reached all-time record lows in 1999 while water shortages are becoming more frequent and more pronounced, Gansell said. With 23 counties in toe central part of Pennsylvania plagued by dry conditions over toe last few years All wet How water usage in Pennsylvania has increased dramatically in the last century; Water usage 5 gallons per person per day Water usage 62 gallons per person ptv day -    70 -    WI -    MI -    40 -    JO -    A) 10 1900 Population 6M 2000 Population 12M and again under a drought watch, there appears to be an urgency among some legislators to establish a water-management plan. “We had the so-called ‘Drought of the Century’ in 1999, and now we’re on toe verge of another drought,’’ said Rep. Camille “Bud’’ George, D-Houtzdale, ranking Democrat on the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The Clearfield County lawmaker said he has tried for three years to push a package of bills through the Republican-controlled legislature to regulate water use and require toe state to inventory its water supplies. “By now, we should have been requiring major water users to register with the state,” he said. “You have to wonder how serious the administration is on this issue.” The Ridge administration, always averse to mandating anything, particularly the use of a natural resource, is steering away from legislation — at least for now. Instead, it has promoted a series of statewide water forums conducted by the DEP earlier this year. Please see Water/Page A4 Carrolltown park project on track By Audrey Brothers-Konior For the Mirror CARROLLTOWN — The on-again, off-again community park project is on again after officials from several borough organizations and toe local American Legion post announced a joint effort Tuesday to make toe idea a reality. If it comes to fruition, the Carrolltown American Legion Park will be on 18 acres in the northern end of the borough just off Route 219, known as Carrolltown Fairgrounds. The land is owned by the Fox-Peale American Legion Post. Under the proposed plan, the Legion would rent the ground to toe borough for $1 per year for 25 years with a five-year renewal option, Borough Manager Ron Johnson said. The land already has a ballfield on it, and plans call for construction of a second ballfield, three pavilions, a volleyball court, soccer field, concession stand and a half-mile walking track. “We need a park here,” post commander Ed Lipnic said. A several-years-long effort to build a park on borough-owned land near the fairground died ear lier this year when bids came in significantly more than the project’s $168,000 budget. Johnson said officials hope to complete the new park in two to five years, depending on available government funding, the success of fund raising and volunteer labor recruitment. Officials raised $52,000 locally for the previous park project, and Johnson said contributors to that project will receive a letter giving them toe option to have their donation returned or applied to the new project. Please see Park/Page All Private prison issues must be resolved before building By Phil Ray and Craig Williams Staff Writers PHILIPSBURG — Although toe Federal Bureau of Prisons lifted a stop work order on construction of a private prison in Clearfield County, several issues must be resolved before dirt can fly, a construction company spokesman said. The proposal by Cornell Cos. Inc. of Houston, Texas, to erect a 1,000-bed prison in Clearfield County has been on hold for two years because of two legal challenges. In 1999, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Private Prisons Inc. filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Johnstown. The group claimed the bureau violated toe National Environmental Policy Act by ignoring the possible effect the prison could have on the land, development, water supply, housing, local law enforcement and the court system. U.S. District Judge D. Brooks Smith agreed. But in a 73-page ruling issued a week ago, he said the bureau since has conformed to the law by stopping work and performing a comprehensive environmental assessment. Since the judge’s ruling, the bureau lifted its prohibition against construction, a move that places the onus on Cornell to take the next step. Please see Prison/Page A12 DELIVERY if Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 HHHHHHHH '72910 00050 if* FOUR rn 2 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 82° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror oo co oo oo; Bucks SF □ LOCAL Business A9,10 □ NATION Classifieds C4-14 Movies A6 Obituaries A13 Opinion A8 fjjjj SPORTS Local B4 Scoreboard B5 □ LIFE Comics OS Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSIDE IN NATION The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled a man cannot have the frozen embryos he and his ex-wife created implanted in another woman. PAGE Cl Event weeds out winning farmers By Michael V. Emery Staff Writer ■JOCK SPRINGS - The last WM time this much weed got so 11 much attention on farmland, Jimi Hendrix was on stage at Woodstock. This is not Woodstock or toe second coming of toe Hemp Car. It’s toe Largest Weed in Pennsylvania Contest. And toe contest is strictly for non-noxious weeds. It’s one of more than 300 exhibits at the 33rd annual Ag Progress Days, which opened Tuesday at Penn State University’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center. The event, sponsored by toe College of Agricultural Spence, continues from 9 am to 8 p.m. today and 9 am. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Most exhibits promote agricultural living and are designed to assist farmers and educate the public. The weed exhibit is for fun, although exhibit organizer Dwight D. Lingenfelter of Penn State’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences can offer plenty of insight. As an extension agronomist, he is an expert is weed management and control. “Farmers fight weeds constantly,” Lingenfelter said, “so we thought we’d make some fun out of it and hold an event that turned things around and let people show off their weeds.” The first weed contest in 1999, was an open event with all contestants competing in toe same category. During toe last two years, however, organizers divided toe contest into three categories: farm weeds, residential weeds and kids’ weeds. “Tile first year, we had farmers bringing in weeds 12 feet high and kids bringing in weeds maybe a foot high, so we decided to break toe contestants up into different categories to give everyone a fair chance,” Lingenfelter said. Please see Weeds/Page A14 At PROGRESS DAYS Mirror photos by Jason Sipes Above: Jalisa Hoover, 12, of Mount Joy finds some shade as she relaxes Tuesday in the tire of a harvester at Penn State's Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. At left: Visitors look at a 20-row planter on display at the event. The 33rd annual Ag Progress Days, sponsored by the College of Agricultural Science, continues from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. More than 300 agricultural exhibits are on display. ;

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