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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Nation: Link between IUDS, infertility discountedLife: African-American Heritage Festival on tap DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2001 500 newsstand MORE POWER TO ’EM Mtrror photos by J O Cavnch Boaters take a small watercraft onto I .ake Glendale at Prince Gallitzin State Park Wednesday. State officials are considering lifting motor horsepower limits on seven of Pennsylvania’s lakes. Officials testing the waters on Ijftiig boat motor limits By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror State officials want to know what Pennsylvanians think about allowing larger motors on seven state park lakes, including Glendale at Prince Gallitzin. The current motor size limit is IO horsepower at Prince Gallitzin, as well as at Yellow Creek in Indiana County, Codorus in York County, Maurice K. Goddard in Mercer County, Moraine in Butler County, Nockamixon in Bucks County and Pymatuning in Crawford County. Dick Caracciolo, who operates the marina at Prince Gallitzin, says he will attend the public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission headquarters, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. He’s not in favor of speed boats that would allow for water skiing. But he supports an increase to 25-horsepower motors on state lakes. Boats are larger now, and some pontoons are enclosed with a lot of canvas, which provides shelter from the elements, Caracciolo said. Some fishing boats also are bigger and heavier. With greater size and weight, the boats are harder to handle, especially when the wind picks up. An increase in horsepower would ease handling of certain boats without increasing the speed beyond 12 or 13 mph, Caracciolo said. “Some users of these lakes have suggested we allow larger motors on them and restrict all boats to a ‘slow, no-wake’ speed limit,” said John Simmons, a state Fish and Boat Commission official. State Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, said he supports state park managers from the region who will recommend raising the horsepower to 25, with strict enforcement of the new limit. The Fish and Boat Commission is the only state agency with the authority to establish boating regulations. It maintains regulations allowing unlimited horsepower at seven park lakes, motors not larger than IO horsepower at another seven lakes and only electric motors at 35 state parks. Haluska said new regulations have been under consideration for at least three years. Please see Power/Page A12 Getting more than we paid for: Pa. obtains high return on its taxes By Claude R. Marx The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For every $1 Pennsylvanians pay in federal taxes, the government returns $1.06 in benefits, goods and services, according to a study by a Washington research group. Most funds come to Pennsylvania in fixed-cost programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, the report by the Tax Foundation concluded. The state has the 26th highest overall rate of return. Pennsylvania receives 117 percent of the national average in retirement and disability payments and a 121 percent return on all other fixed-cost programs, often called “entitlements.” It also receives 103 percent of the average in grants to state and local governments. By contrast, the state receives 69 percent of the average in federal purchase dollars and 70 percent of the average in federal salaries and wages. “Federal dollars have been flow ing away from the Northeast and toward the South and Midwest, but Pennsylvania has avoided some of that because of its large elderly population,” said Scott Moody, an economist at the Tax Foundation, Pennsylvania receives 117percent of the national average in retirement and disability payments and a 121 percent return on all other fixed-cost programs. who wrote the report. Pennsylvania receives $6.3 billion in direct Pentagon spending each year. It tied with Connecticut as the lOth-biggest recipient of defense dollars. About 81,800 military, civilian, reserve and National Guard personnel work at military facilities throughout Pennsylvania, according to the Pentagon. New Mexico, which receives $2.03 for every $1 it pays in federal taxes, has the highest rate of return. Connecticut, which receives 62 cents for every $1 it pays in federal taxes, has the lowest rate. Please see Return/Page AIQ State’s welfare caseloads rise If the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has its way, boat motors can have more than IO horsepower at the state’s park lakes. LOOKING FOR COMMENTS Lake Glendale at Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of seven state parks where boats are limited to 10-horsepower motors. A public meeting to receive comment on requested changes to the horsepower limits will be held Wednesday in Harrisburg. Send comments to: Gary Smith, Chief, Park Operations and Maintenance, Bureau of State Parks, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 8767, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767. By JOANN Loviguo The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - The number of Pennsylvania welfare caseloads rose slightly from June to July, the state’s first increase since federal welfare reform legislation was enacted in August 1996. The statewide caseload rose 0.6 percent — from 229,712 people in June to 231,134 people in July, according to statistics released by the state Department of Public Welfare. However, a state official said the numbers shouldn’t be a cause for worry. “One month does not make a trend,” department spokesman Jay Pagni said. “It could be1 a number of things — because the caseload is smaller than it was. any change looks larger. It could be what’s going on with the economy, it could even be that more people got divorced or relationships broke up” during that month. Please see Welfare/Page AIQ (| LOCAL ROUS The number of people in the region receiving cash assistance and food stamps for April, the latest figures available: County Cash Food stamps Bedford 336 255 Blair 2,415 2,071 Cambria 2,801 2,389 Centre 460 371 Clearfield 1,254 1,061 Huntingdon 469 351 Total 7,735 6,498 Source Pa Department of Public Welfare Former GTE employees facing charges in scam By Phil Ray Staff Writer JOHNSTOWN — Seven former GTE employees will be arraigned Tuesday before federal Magistrate Keith Pesto on charges they bilked the telephone company out of at least $1.3 million by submitting false invoices for services and other items never received. Company spokesman Lee Gierczyn-ski of Pittsburgh said the theft was “distressing but isolated.” The investigation into the missing money began internally in the late 1990s and continued after GTE and Bell Please see Scam/Page A7ALSO IN BUSINESS ■ Rent-Way Inc., the nation’s second-largest rent-to-own company, said it will close as many as 30 stores. ■ Florida's attorney general is investigating the General Nutrition Centers health-food chains. PAGE A9 Norfolk Southern settlement draws last-minute objections From Mirror staff and wire reports Lawyers presented last-minute objections that could derail a settlement requiring a Norfolk Southern Corp. subsidiary to pay landowners along its rail tracks — including some in Blair County — when it installs underground fiberoptic lines in Pennsylvania and 14 other states. Owners of 602 parcels adjacent to the mainline in Blair County are scheduled to receive settlement payments. There also are 847 parcels in Cambria County and 425 in Huntingdon County involved in the settlement. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ?2910 00050 BIG FOUR §392 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 81° ■ Forecast, A2 The Magazine..; Wine Spectator Says:    , 'Fin* *ITALIANVILLA “/s One of the best Restaurants in the world for Wine Lovers”    -    Aug.    31st    Edition □ LOCAL Business Comics Obituaries Opinion Pl SPORTS Local Scoreboard A9 A8 All A4 B4 B5 H NATION Classifieds C4-12 □ life Movies D3 Night Life D2 Puzzles D5 Lawyers representing a Georgia landowner said the settlement was unfair to property owners on the side of the tracks opposite from where cable is laid. But lawyers for Norfolk, Va.-based Thoroughbred Technology and Telecommunications Inc. — Please see Settle/Page A9 INSIDE Television D5 IN SPORTS The Altoona Curve and Pittsburgh Pirates recorded losses in baseball action Wednesday night. PAGE Bl ;

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