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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Hollidaysburg girls edge BG, 49-48 81 Nation: Marshal seizes church for $6M tax debt ClAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2001 SOC newsstandGOP divided on Blair hopeful 18 conferees selected for Shuster, IO for Eichelberger. By William Kibler Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Republican Committee elected a split delegation to Saturday’s miniconvention to pick a nominee for the 9th District Congressional seat: 18 conferees for Bill Shuster and IO for rival John H. Eichelberger Jr. A month ago, it looked like Eichelberger would receive all 28 Blair County delegates, but after a court defeat Tuesday afternoon and hours of wrangling and contention at a county committee meeting in the evening, it seemed Eichelberger was about to lose them all. But a soft, safety-first approach by Shuster on a procedural vote resulted in the split — though a split with a big edge for him. Shuster supporters at the committee meeting first ousted 18 recent Eichelberger appointees, arguing Eichelberger appointed them in violation of party rules. Slimmed down to 63 longstanding members, the committee then voted down a proposal by an Eichelberger supporter to install the highly pro-Eichelberger executive committee of about 15 willing members in the delegation to the miniconvention at Juniata College Saturday, where the winner will need 67 votes to take the 11-county district nomination. Having seemingly established a clear majority on the filii committee, by killing the executive committee proposal, the Shuster ■ Judge rules against executive committee in court Tuesday / Page A5 camp failed to go for the kill shot. Instead, when an Eichelberger supporter called for a split delegation with proportional representation, a Shuster supporter seconded it. Then came the secret vote in support of the candidates, with Shuster taking 38, or 63 percent “A big mistake,” Eichelberger said after the meeting. “I’m glad he made it.” Had the Shuster camp gone for the throat by calling for a winner-take-all delegation, which had been suggested in general earlier, “That would have been the end,” Eichelberger said. But Shuster had his reasons. His supporters discussed the possibility (rf going for winner take all, and elected not to, he said after the meeting. His camp had the sense that proportional representation is what the committee as a whole really wanted, he said. Please see GOP/Page A5 Bedford library’s future in limbo■ The county library could lose state money and be decertified. By Beth N. Gray For the Mirror BEDFORD — Within two years, the Bedford County Library could face the loss of its state certification and its state funding will be in jeopardy, Supervising Librarian Leslie Rock told county commissioners Tuesday. In a budgetary slash-and-burn announced last week, commissioners lopped $50,000 from the county’s planned $128,000 allocation to the countywide library system. Apportioned among four libraries, the loss to the county institution at Bedford will be $25,000, which amounts to 50 percent of its book-buying budget this year, Rock said. As a result, 1,500 books won’t be purchased. State library standards that took effect last year require that local government support for normal operations remains at current levels or increase. As commissioners also mandated every department cut its budget by I percent, Rock said the library will eliminate continuing education activities and workshops for its full-time staffers for a savings of about $6,000. But state guidelines also require continuing education. Failure to meet the guidelines means that the state library will call into question the library’s certification and can cut out state aid — as much as $200,000 — in 2003, Rock said. Please see Library /Page A6 DIVING TO NEW DEPTHS Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Bob Maurer (right) of Maurer’s Dive Shop in Carrolltown shows Adam Hnatkovich, a a senior at Cambria Heights High School, the diving gear Tuesday.ALL WET New marine biology class proves popular By Audrey Brothers-Konior For the Mirror PATTON — High school curriculum here has reached new depths. “It is really on the cutting edge,” Cambria Heights High School principal Timothy Laurito said about the recently instituted marine biology class. The class is taught in two separate settings by Laurito and Rick Bishop, both of whom have extensive marine biology training backgrounds. Laurito is a certified diver and handles the scuba diving portion of the class, while Bishop conducts classroom and other “above-water” lab instruction. “This dual-teaching mode has been very successful because there is a lot of cooperation between Tim and I. You can’t find that everywhere,” Bishop said. Twenty students in the class explore frontiers of water from streams to oceans and retrieve various species of fish to be transported back to the high school aquarium for further study. Please see Marine /Page A4 Rotary hoops tournament suspended By Jim Lane Mirror Sports Editor One of the area’s premier winter sports events is shutting down — at least temporarily. The Rotary Club of the Altoona Holiday Basketball Tournament, which showcased some of the nation’s premier high school hoops teams for the past 16 years and channeled $120,000 to area nonprofit groups, is being suspended. Tournament chairmen David Andrews and Pat Dandrea confirmed the decision Tuesday. “We had a good time doing it It was a great run,” Andrews said, “and maybe we can get it back and cranked up again, but we felt it was time to take a year off... step back and see what happens.” Andrews, the tournament founder, has been involved from the beginning and Dandrea for the past 14 years. Both, however, admitted their zeal to raise funds through patrons and line up teams has diminished in recent years. They advanced their feelings to the committee and, when no one expressed an interest in assuming the chairmanship, the Rotary Board of Directors passed a resolution to suspend the tournament for one year. The board will reevaluate the situation next year to determine whether the tournament will be resumed. “We may be back next year,” Andrews said. “It may be Pat and I, maybe someone else from the Rotary, but we thought it was time to give it a year off and see what happens.” Altoona Area High School teams have hosted the event all 16 years, and Hollidaysburg squads have participated in most of them, too. Visiting teams have come from as far away as Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as California and Oregon. A ROSY VALENTINE A    *    *    • fids f sgfi A - rn • r * * * -> <* A A „ , I * « Marcia Alley, a floral designer, makes a rose bouquet Tuesday for Valentine’s Day at the City View Florist. It’s not too late to find that perfect Valentine’s gift. For some last-minute gift ideas see Page DI. Vt* . Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Box office success could lead to an Oscar statue By Mia Rohart Staff Writer The Oscar nominations announced Tuesday by Kathy Bates and Academy President Robert Retune— to be presented March 25—tend to be popularity contests, former local film critic John Wall said. Wall, now a spokesman for Juniata College, suspects “Traffic” may win Best Director but not Best Picture because of its risky subject matter. In the category of Best Actor, Wall doubts that Javier Bardem or Geoffrey Rush will receive Oscars for their performances in “Before Night Falls,” which deals with homosexuality, or “Quills,” a biography of the Marquis de Sade, respectively. “Artistically it’s the best, but people don’t want to vote for a (frug movie,” Wall said of “Traffic.” “I think it’s probably the best movie of that group, but I don’t think it’ll win Best Picture.” Wall said that “Erin Brockovich” has a good chance of winning because of its box office success, but he said that “Crouching Tiger,” “Hidden Dragon” and “Chocolat” have little hope of success because foreign films often do not win. Please see Oscars/Page A12 ■ For more news about the tournament shutdown / Page Bl “I hate to see it leave because I’ve always enjoyed seeing some of the better talent that comes in, especially the boys,” said Gary Harrity, who has been following high school basketball since the late 1950s. “I think I understand their predicament, though,” Harrity said. “A lot of tournaments are luring better teams, and the local talent has dropped off so much that interest is down.” The tournament was a year-round job for Andrews and Dandrea, who began looking for teams almost as soon as one event was over. “People realize the extent of the work involved, but I don’t think anyone realizes the full extent of what Pat and I did on a daily basis,” Andrews said. “From Nov. IO on, it’s every day,” Dandrea said. “It’s basketball, which we really love, and that’s the only reason we went on as long as we did.” The Rotary was one of the few tournaments nationwide that thrived without a corporate sponsor. It has depended solely on the support of area businesses and area basketball fans. “It’s been a tougher sell to the business community, and there’s a lot of reasons for that,” Andrews said. “People are laying off, people are downsizing.” Rotarians are proud that the profits derived from the tournaments have gone back into area youth sports’ programs and the event did well enough last Christmas that the club again will allocate money to various organizations. Mirror Sports Editor Jim Lane can be reached at 946- 7444 or [email protected] BEST OF IHE BEST Where to see the five nominees for this year s Best Picture Oscar: ■ “Gladiator” Available on home video ■ “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” Cinema 5, State College Begins Friday at Richland Mali Cinemas Johnstown ■ “Chocolat” Cinema 6, State College Richland Mall Cinemas, Johnstown ■ “Erin Brockovich” Available on home video ■ "frame” Park Hills 7, Altoona Cinema 5, State College Richland Mall Cinemas, Johnstown For a complete list and story on the Oscar nominations, please see Page D3. DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 ? ,B,2 2910 00050    4 BW FOUR ■ 4    0    7 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Periods of rain, 45° ■ Forecast, C3 £?MC AUTO SHOW MITSUBISHI MOTORS mtk» up on* art v*' Feb. 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