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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports Mirror announces football All stars Fuei a look at Holiday Light displays in the area copyright 1999 sunday december newsstand shoppers Christmas Rush inundated area stores mall by Jay Narh Holiday shoppers converged on Altoona s Plank Road saturday in a hectic Rush to grab Holiday bargains or possibly that perfect gift As the chopping Days till Christmas begin to dwindle. The lines of customers inside the mail and department stores were rivalled by the lengthy lines of vehicle traffic outside. The parking lot of Logan Valley mall on goods Lane was filled nearly to capacity throughout the Day and hosted a steady Stream of incoming and outgoing traffic. Part time employees at the mall s Shenk and Tittle sporting goods store said it took about 20 minutes to get from the Plank Road exit of interstate 99 to the mall parking lot. Those who bravely bore the traffic found themselves fighting through crowds of shoppers inside the stores. Justin Kobuck assistant manager of Shenk and Tittle said saturday was by far the store s busiest Day of the year. It s been crazy absolutely Kobuck said. Since this morning there s been a full line at the please see As traffic backs up on the Plank Road exit of interstate 99 South As motorists prepare to turn right to go to the Logan Valley mall and other stores or to turn left to shop at. Stores such Wal Mart and target. Mirror photo by Jason Sipes religion in education scripture in school Mirror photos by Gary m. Baranec a Baker elementary school student holds a Bible during a recent class at Faith Baptist Church 315 40th St. Students Are released for one hour each week to study scripture at the Church. Altoona schools join National resurgence by Jay Young staff writer slowly rising from his classroom seat John Pine closed his eyes after the school Bell echoed through the Halls of Altoona area High school. He gently brought his hands together a student voice filled the Chilly school Halls and every classroom. Pine a senior quietly spoke along with the Young Man s voice flowing from the intercom. Our father which Art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on at the sound of the word Pine and the rest of the students faced the . Flag hanging above the Black Board. Please see Aid. Pastor Paul Nordland of Faith Baptist Church reads the Bible with students during a lesson. Clinton gives out guidance on. Working with religious groups. By Lawrence l. Knutson the associated press Washington president Clinton issued new guidelines saturday clarifying How Public schools can work with religious groups without violating the constitutional separation of Church and common sense says that Faith and Faith based organizations from All religious backgrounds can play an important role in helping Chil Dren to reach their fullest Poten he said in his weekly radio address. Our new guidelines will help them work together on common ground to meet constitutional Muster to avoid making students uncomfortable because they come from different religious traditions while helping students make the most of their god Given the president said. The administration s third set of guidelines since 1995 continues the Effort to quell the divisive and emotional debate Over religious expression in the classroom by clarifying what the Constitution allows. The guidelines repeat the earlier ones in stating the boundaries of religious expression in the Public schools. They also reflect the latest supreme court rulings and offer a guide for the use of religious organizations in tutoring mentoring after school enrichment programs and other nonreligious educational activities. The supreme court generally has held that state sponsored or state organized prayer or mandatory religious activities inside Public schools violates the Constitution. Last month agreed to decide whether Public school districts can give students the unfettered right to take part in student led group prayers at football games. The revised education guidelines indicate students have the right to express their religious beliefs in such things As Homework and Art work free of discrimination based on the religious Content of their but school officials May not endorse or favor religious activity or doctrine coerce participation in religious activity or seek to impose their religious beliefs on impressionable education Secretary Dick Ruey wrote Princi pals. The guidance Given to More than schools about forming partnerships with religious groups includes ensuring All activities and pro Grams provided by the groups Are purely selecting student participants without regard to their religion telling volunteers not to Pray with students or preach about Faith recommending that schools put a partnership agreement in writing and make sure any space used for teaching is free of religious sym Bols. Clinton said the guidelines make Clear that students do have the right to Pray privately and individually in school the right to say Grace at lunch the right to meet in religious groups on school grounds and to use school facilities just like any other groups labor of lights Mirror photo by. Jason Sipes. Bright idea fast facts about the Holiday lights on the Lake display open nightly from 6 to 10 . Through Jan. 6 number of amount of electrical Cord used feet number of individual electric Bill about Lakemont Crew enjoys hard work of Holiday displays by Linda Hudkins for the Mirror How Many men does it take to replace Light bulbs just ask Barry Kumpf and hell Tell you it s no joke. That six Lakemon Park workers started replacing Christmas bulbs sept. 27 to get ready for the third annual Holiday lights on the Lake. Just like Santa s elves Park employees set up a workshop in a picnic Pavilion where they work 5 a Days a week until thanksgiving says Kumpf the Park s general manager. As the Days grow colder workers move into a heated building where they twist bulb after bulb out of each display piece and replace them with new bulbs. Admittedly Christmas Decora s ing sets a Little earlier at Lakemon Park than it does at Areg Homes. That Holiday lights on the take has grown total of about a half million Light a that if you count both please see As subscription or Home delivery questions 946-7480 or 800 287-4480 i lottery numbers a2 partly Cloudy 38" forecast 82 a5 hospitals a9 obituaries a9 opinion a7 new makers a b4 strange brew b3 television q2

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