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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 18, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY LIFE: Roor care will pay off in the future / Pl Teens exchange cultures / here's Speedway, the Mirror’s racing magazineAltonna Mirror © Copyright 2001SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2001 500 newsstand Ground broken for K-4 shelter ■ Officials celebrate Altoona’s rail heritage during ceremony for quarter roundhouse. By William Kibler Staff Writer It happened in front of a museum filii of Pennsylvania Railroad artifacts: Blair County Commissioner Donna Gority proclaimed herself the granddaughter of a New York Central man and showed off her Conrail-blue shirt — just after state Rep. Rick Geist, R-Altoona, restated the rumor that Burlington Northern Railroad eventually may own the local segment of the industry. Friday’s groundbreaking at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum for a quarter roundhouse * to shelter the famous Altoona-built K-4 steam engine must have made it clear to the representative of this region’s current rail proprietor — Norfolk Southern Corp. — that his company’s tumultuous three-year tenure is hardly dominant in the overall view of the region’s rail history. Successor to the PRR, the Penn Central and Conrail — and rumored predecessor to Burlington — Norfolk Southern is Fighting to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop and has hinted the Juniata Locomotive Shop might not last too many years, either. Maybe local rail buffs’ refurbishing the mighty K-4, symbol of the heyday of Altoona’s 150-year-old rail tradition, is a kind of antidote to the negative news from Norfolk. “One thing you can’t take away from an individual person is memories,” said Mayor Tom Martin, who spoke on the lawn of the rail museum. “And one thing you can’t take away from a city is its heritage.” Altoona no longer is just a rail town, said museum Executive Director Cummins McNitt, citing the economic development and diversification program begun in the 1940s with Jobs for Joes and continuing today with the programs of the Altoona Blair County Development Corp. ABCD already has been looking at potential alternate uses for the car shop if Norfolk Southern succeeds in closing it. And part of the diversification that has made Altoona less of a real rail town is the tourism the rail museum is part of. Please see K-4/Page A12 HERE’S THE STEEPLE NS, union may face arbitration ■ A decision must be made before closing the Hollidaysburg Car Shop by Oct. I. ■ Lawyers on both sides are preparing to negotiate New York Dock agreement. w Mirror photo by Gary M Baranec 'orkers from Shaw's Steeple Jacks, Johnstown, place a cross for the repointed steeple Friday on Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Patton. The work on the roof, steeple and cross started after Easter. By Craig Williams Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Workers at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop are on pins and needles as they wait to learn if the Surface Transportation Board will force Norfolk Southern Corp. to keep the shop open, said Tom Lutton, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 27, the largest bargaining unit in the shop. But until a decision is released by the federal board regulating rail mergers, the legal process continues, and the next step to close the shop is moving forward. This week, Lutton said lawyers on both sides are preparing to negotiate the particulars of the New York Dock agreement. Under the merger contract for the breakup of Conrail, workers of the absorbed company are protected by New York Dock and are to be given jobs within Norfolk Southern that are on par with its current positions. If Norfolk Southern cannot or decides not to provide those jobs, the workers will be entitled to receive six years of wages. But the union said the jobs aren’t there. Only shown where half of the nearly 300 workers would go within the system, the union contends Norfolk Southern is not going to provide work for all employees. Furthermore, the union said the company already has started a restructuring plan. The plan includes a reduction in the work force, and the new jobs may not be NORFOLK SOUTHERN secure six years down the road, leaving workers who moved stranded far from their Blair County homes. Between assuring job parity and answering the union’s assertions, the matter must go to arbitration, and a decision must be made before Norfolk Southern legally can shut the doors on the Hollidaysburg Car Shop, which it hopes to do by Oct. I. As a result, members from the union and Norfolk Southern will meet Aug. 27 in Washington, D.C., with an arbitrator from the National Mediation Board. Although the arbiter is expected to make a decision within 30 days of the hearing, there is no guarantee the deadline will be met. In theory, the deliberation can take months. “He is sort of like an itinerant wise man,” Richard Edeiman, attorney for the TWU, said of the arbiter’s position. Although Edeiman is preparing for the hearing, he said he wishes the STB first would render its decision on the fate of the car shop. New York Dock is the name of a decision that came down from the •Interstate Commerce Commission in 1979. Please see Arbltratlon/Page AIQ Grades, attendance available on HASD Web site By Jay Young Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - A candidate from the Hollidaysburg Area School District with hopes of winning an elected office might want to consider claiming he invented the Internet. In the world of education, it wouldn’t be far from the truth. Such an effort was on display Friday as school officials unveiled a business partnership with State College-based Schoolwires that features a test of new software. The software means the end of clever excuses students use to mislead parents about their grades and attendance. The system provides parents and students access to grades, attendance records and just about everything else found in a teacher’s grade book. It’s building on a concept devel oped more than a decade ago by Max Hunter, a parent of a student at the time, and Education Director Bill Padamonsky. The result of that idea was TigerNet, a computer-based program that connected junior-high parents with teachers. While the new program’s concept is the same, technology takes it to a new level. The new program, TigerWires (www.tiger-wires.com), expands services and includes grades four to 12. . “We’re looking at TigerWires as jumping two or three steps ahead of TigerNet,” Schoolwires Vice President Mike Gates said. Both groups told community leaders that it is a win-win situation. The district gets use of the technology for free, and Schoolwires gets a testing ground for a product it hopes to market nationwide. “It’s really hundreds of thou sands of dollars {worth of servicel, but we Figure we’re getting back hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of feedback we will eventually sell,” Schoolwires Chief Executive Officer Edward Marflak said. Hollidaysburg district teachers will be required to maintain their grading information electronically this fall. Please see Site/Page A12 Counties short on doe licenses From Mirror staff reports Blair County hunters planning to get an antlerless deer license for this year need to act quickly. Hunters in some neighboring counties seeking the same license already have procrastinated too long. State Game Commission officials said the allocation of antlerless licenses this year is running ahead of last year’s pace with at least 17 counties, including Bedford, Cambria and Centre, already are selling out of their allotted licenses. Clearfield County has less than 150 licenses remaining. Blair and Huntingdon counties still have more than 2,000 antlerless licenses available, but Monday is the deadline for state residents to apply for the tags at the county treasurers’ offices. After that, remaining licenses will be made available to out-of-state residents. Resident antlerless licenses cost $6; nonresident antlerless licenses are $26. More than 38,000 antlerless deer were harvested in those six area counties last year. Please see Licenses/Page Al2 uiiRNRTE routes Amtra ii O Ks cha nges ntran mill malra tha fnllnminn rhannAS In its    VZ Amtran will make the following changes to its bus routes Aug. 27: ■ eliminate Route 12, Lakemont, Monday to Saturday; ■ reroute Route 5, Pleasant Valley to serve Lakemont and Fairway Drive, Monday to Saturday; ■ eliminate the final (5:35 p.m.) Route 2, Second Avenue trip, Monday to Saturday; ■ eliminate the final (6:05 p.m.) Route 5, Pleasant Valley trip, Monday to Saturday; ■ eliminate the 2:20, 2:40 and 3 p.m. Route 9 Dasher trips, Monday to Friday; ■ alternate Routes 2,4 and 6, Saturday. By William Kibler Staff Writer To balance its budget for this Fiscal year, Amtran approved bus route changes that will subtract 80 hours per week in service. Six riders attended the transit group’s meeting this week, the second opportunity for the public to comment on the service cuts, but no one objected to them. For Linda Kinkaid of Fairview, the only cut that matters will be the spacing of the Fairview bus stops at intervals of two hours rather than one hour on Saturdays, which will mean planning occasional shopping trips to Logan Valley Mall more carefully to avoid a long wait. Kinkaid also uses the bus during the week to get to the Stevens School near Lloyd Street, and those trips will go on as before, she said. 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