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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania *0 INSIDE TODAY RELIGION: Catholics celebrate legacy of diocese’s roots / FREE INSIDE SPORTS: Pittsburgh Pirates, Altoona Curve record wins on the diamond / *1 LIFE: Getting ready for school should include a medical checkup / DIAltoona mirror© Copyright 2001    FRIDAY,    AUGUST    24,    2001    50^    newsstand NS: Job offers for all ■ Awaiting STB ruling, the railroad giant    ■ Most Hollidaysburg workers will hear is moving full steam ahead on plans to close    about transfer opportunities 15 days the Hollidaysburg Car Shop by Oct. I.    before they lose their current jobs. ■ But supervisors want a study done first to find out if the hires are justified. By Mark Lkberfinger For The Mirror Logan Township police Chief Steve Jackson would like to add five new officers to the township’s force during the next five years. But township supervisors said Thursday that they may conduct a police study first to determine if the recommendation is justified. Supervisors Frank Meloy, James Patterson and Diane Meling didn’t object to Jackson’s recommendation, but they asked for more data to back the proposal. “I see some numbers, not a lot of numbers,” Meling said. “I would be comfortable in having some kind of study done. “I have expressed my I k concerns about the «jac on crime rate; and are we operating the police department in the most efficient manner?” The issue was raised during a preliminary discussion on the 2002 municipal budget. Sixteen officers, including Jackson, serve in the Logan Township Police Department. The chief also wants to replace the department’s K-9 unit. Any township police study would be similar to one conducted several years ago for the township’s volunteer fire service. That study led to major structural changes in the way the fire service operated. Jackson told supervisors he wants to keep up with the growth and development of the township. "I based my recommendation in part on per capita population,” Jackson said. "For us, the number would be one-and-a-half officei-s per 1,000 people.” Nationally, police staffing usually is between one-and-a-half and two officers per 1,000 people, Jackson said. After the meeting, Jackson said the township’s crime rate also justifies the increased police presence. Please see Police/Page A4 Mirror file photo by J O. Cavrich Hollidaysburg Car Shop workers labor on the inside of a rail car in this Nov. 29 file photo. While Norfolk Southern Corp. has promised jobs to all 380 employees if the shop closes, only 156 opportunities have been identified so far. Managers receive transfers From Mirror staff reports HOLLIDAYSBURG-As both sides of the Hollidaysburg Car Shop closure await a final hearing from the Surface Transportation Board, company leaders are advising workers not to wait until the last minute to be ready to relocate. Union officials confirmed this week that there was discussion within the plant that managers already have received their assignments. When contacted Thursday, company spokesman Rudy Husband said supervisors and management at the shop have been issued transfer assignments, which will take effect Oct. 2, pending the STB’s final decision. The federal agency is reviewing the company’s proposal to close the shop Oct. I. “This is all part of the process," Husband said. “We have been telling everyone from the beginning that the shops will be closing on Oct. I and let it be known that they will all be offered jobs within the company. That’s part of the procedure.” Mirror file photo by Jason Sipes Norfolk Southern Chief Executive Officer David Goode speaks at a hearing before the railroad subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee July 16 at the Blair County Convention Center. Staff Writer Norfolk Southern Corp. is plowing ahead with plans to close the Hollidaysburg Car Shop Oct. I, assuring federal regulators this week that other jobs in the system will be available to all of the plant’s 380 employees if the shutdown occurs. The company said it would provide specifics about transfer opportunities 15 days before closing the Hollidaysburg shop. Union officials greeted the news with rancor and skepticism. “This whole thing about the other jobs is an absolute outrage," said Rich Edelman, a union lawyer. “Either they have half the jobs or all the jobs — they are supposed to tell us.” ■ The number of laid-off workers getting unemployment benefits hits a nine-year high / Page Cl Edelman was referring to the fact that Norfolk Southern has provided specifics about only 156 transfer opportunities so far. “And the employees have a right to make a decision on what you do and where you go," he said. “And they have a right to have their union participate on that agreement.” Other key points made public Thursday in the railroad’s response to questions from federal legislators about the planned closing include: ■ The revelation that $4 million in improvements to the Hollidaysburg facility were budgeted for 2002. But company officials contended that those investments would not have helped improve the economic equation at the plant. ■ The railroad’s reasoning for the closing remains firmly focused on the inability for the rail car refurbishing shop to attract work from other companies. ■ The company’s claim that it cannot feasibly compare the economic conditions at Hollidaysburg with other smaller repair shops in its system. Please see Jobs/Page A12 Nursing experts discuss shortage By Martha RAFFAELE The Associated Press HARRISBURG — Penn State University nursing professor Rebecca Beatty worries about how well her students can make the transition from classroom to real life under Pennsylvania’s nursing shortage. A former student recently called her for advice after taking a job in a hospital where she quickly found herself overwhelmed on ie 3 to ll p.m. shift, taking care Iii of 30 cancer patients with no one to help her. “She said, ‘I was calling to ask you if my job was normal,’” Beatty said. “I have a sense of guilt right now that I’m leading the lambs to slaughter. I didn’t even know what to say to her. I did recommend that she quit.” Beatty was among 40 nursing educators and administrators who met Thursday to discuss ways to solve the shortage at a Please see Shortage/Page A7 St. Francis gives out laptops to freshmen Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Nichole Chicklo (left) of the St. Francis University admissions office gives Stacy Farabaugh, a freshman from Ebensburg, her new laptop computer at the Stokes Athletic Complex. By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror LORETTO — St. Francis University bustled with activity Thursday as faculty and staff welcomed 354 freshmen — each of whom received a sleek, new laptop computer. Students were grateful they didn’t have to invest time in shopping for or packing a computer to take to college. Parents liked the idea of staying in touch with their children by e-mail. And university faculty and staff were delighted, realizing their longtime ambition of providing students with around-the-clock wireless access had been fulfilled. The plan to provide computers for St. Francis students has been in the works since 1994, said Kathleen Owens, vice president for academic affairs. Putting computers in students’ hands was the finishing touch on the technological infrastructure that connects them to resources in the campus library and the Internet. 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