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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 11, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Basketball: PSU defeats Buckeyes in ColumbusLife: Styx’s Tommy Shaw enjoys hitting the road DIAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001THURSDAY, JANUARY ll, 2001 50C newsstand GOVERNMENT STUDY FINDS: Traditional * diets appear to work best By Philip Brasher The Associated Press WASHINGTON - When it comes to dieting, forget the fads. While requiring more effort, the traditional moderate-fat programs similar to those advocated by the American Heart Association and Weight Watchers are the healthiest for dieters and a proven way to keep pounds off, according to a government review of diet research. Some popular diets, such as the high-fat programs that allow people to eat lots of meat but little bread, aren’t adequate nutritionally and more research is needed on their long-term effectiveness and impact on health, the report said. “In sum, all popular diets, as well as diets recommended by governmental and nongovernmental organizations, result in weight loss. However, it is important to note that weight loss is not the same as weight maintenance,” the report said. The review is to be released today at a meeting in which the department will consider ideas for a long-term study of diet programs. The study will be conducted by the department’s network of human nutrition laboratories. Such research “is long overdue, given the problems that the coun try is facing in terms of obesity,” said Cutberto Garza, a professor of nutrition at Cornell University. “Trying to find effective treatment programs is absolutely crucial.” One in four Americans is obese, and more than 60 percent of the population is overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, who organized a debate between the nation’s leading diet experts last year, said some programs remain popular in part because there isn’t enough known about their effects and that it’s time for the government to sort out the conflicting claims. A spokeswoman for Robert Atkins, a promoter of a popular high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, agreed that more research is needed but said the government is biased against programs like Atkins’. “The government is going to go out of their way to prove that their recommendations of the last 20 years are correct. It’s the same old story. It’s the same-old, low-fat propaganda,” said Colette Heimowitz, director of education and research for Atkins Health and Medical Information Services. Please see Diets/Page A3 Ex-official says city overtaxed By William Kibler Staff Writer A former city controller has filed a complaint with the state attorney general, alleging the city used a recreation assessment to overtax residents by $2.7 million since 1997. But state officials said it’s not an uncommon practice, and the! question of1 whether it’s legal likely will have to be decided by the courts. The city has exceeded the state’s 30-mill limit on general fund property tax by disguising the excess as Duncan recreation funding, said accountant Stu Duncan, which are sentiments echoed by Bill Schirf, former chairman of the Central Blair Recreation Commission. The city has done no wrong, Altoona officials said, pointing to annual audits performed by the state and a local firm. They justified the excess recreation millage by charging it to cover a percentage of costs in many departments, reflecting the percentage of playground and open space in the city. “I don’t think the claim [by Duncan! has any validity at all,” Mayor Tom Martin said. The state attorney general’s office has no jurisdiction in the case because it doesn’t mediate Please see Tax/Page A3 Top cop stops A look back at the career of Altoona police Chief John Treese Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Altoona police Chief John Treese, shown in his office, is retiring after 40 years in law enforcement and serving as head of Altoona’s department since 1997. Successor set to be promoted from inside By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer Searching for a new Altoona police chief won’t take City Manager Joe Weakland very far from home. According to Pennsylvania’s code for third-class cities such as Altoona, a police chief must be appointed from within the department. As head of the city’s employees, Weakland hopes to hire the new chief by the time John Treese’s retirement takes effect March I. Weakland said he’s sure there are several qualified candidates for the position in the Altoona Police Department. He’s looking for good management and communication skills and a thorough background in By Tiffany Shaw Staff Writer ever the past 40 years, John Treese has seen a lot of changes in the way police officers do their work. When he joined the Altoona Police Department Feb. 15,1961, Treese had one week’s training on foot patrol and one week in a squad car. Then he was given a gun and a nightstick and told to walk the beat. In those days, there were no communications radios, only call boxes along the route for emergencies. There was no intensive police academy to learn the intricacies of police work, only on-the-job training. But Treese, like many other young officers, took what he was given and made the best of it. He worked on the street for years before rising through the ranks of the department until he was appointed chief in August 1997. In just 3 y2 years as the top cop in Altoona, Treese gained the admiration of many law enforcement officials across the county while nurturing the careers of others. Please see Treese/Page A3 criminal justice. “I am sure we will be able to find a qualified candidate,” Weakland said. He declined to comment on any specific candidates for the job but said he has plenty of time to review them since Treese gave a notice so far in advance. Treese said he would offer help Please see Promote/Page A3 The ' treese file Name: John F. Treese Age: 62 Bom: Altoona Education: Graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in 1957. Attended Penn State University and Delaware University for administrative and supervisory courses in police management. Military: Served in the Marine Corps from 1957-60. Personal: Married Carol Porta in September 1961. The couple has one son, Patrick, who is married to the former Kelly Riley. Two grandchildren: Michael, 9, and Kaylin, 7. Career. ■ joined the Altoona Police Department in February 1961; ■ promoted to Altoona police captain in October 1984 as commander of operations; ■ appointed police chief in August 1997. Achievements: ■ assisted in forming the Altoona Drug and Crime Commission from 1998-99; ■ served on the committee for Blair County Crime Solvers; ■ member of the Victim/Witness Board of Blair County; ■ member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association; ■ member of the Central Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. Controversies: ■ Police officer Anthony Panagoplos admitted to stealing drugs from a City Hall evidence room in 1998. ■ A city police officer was accused of mistreating an elderly motorist during a traffic stop in conjunction with the 1998 Tour de Toona. No charges were filed in the high-profile incident, although a civil lawsuit is pending in federal court. Quotable “He's very knowledgeable in all aspects, not just administration. He’s been wonderful to work for." — Altoona Capt. Janice Freezing “He was a cop's cop and always fair. When you were around him, you sort of had the feeling... he was definitely one of the good guys," — Blair County Sheriff Larry Field “He was a tough, no-nonsense chief, fair and honest. Respected, I believe, by the police departments and certainly by me." — Altoona Mayor Tom Martin “I know he’ll be missed. He’s been a very good rudder for the department.” — Allegheny Township Police Chief Christopher Cohn. “He is recognized as a good, solid police officer. He’s guided the city through some rough times. They had a really good leader." — Logan Township Police Chief Steven Jackson Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll Four underage girls (from left) Holly Ours, 12; Diana Monac, 15; Savannah Monac, 14; and Jessica Lincoln, 14; are paying the price for getting caught smoking by holding these signs at various locations. Teens subject to shame for smoking The Associated Press NEW BRIGHTON (AP) — The standard warnings that parents give about smoking weren’t enough for Tony Monac and his girlfriend, Sandi Lincoln. As part of their punishment, their teen-age daughters spent three hours Sunday standing outside the New Brighton Middle School, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, wearing bright green signs that read, “I got caught smoking. Ain’t I a butt?” And they’ll do it at different locations every Sunday this month. Monac has two daughters: Diana, 15, and Savannah, 14. Lincoln has one daughter, Jessica, 14. Monac said he decided to punish the girls when he found a note from one of their 12-year-old girlfriends that mentioned having to buy cigarettes. Monac and Lincoln both smoke, but they said they would not tolerate their children smoking because it is dangerous and illegal for those under age 18. At first, he made each girl smoke eight cigarettes in a row, then write a 100-word essay on the stupidity of smoking. Then Monac copied an idea he saw on a television talk show and gave the girls a choice: being grounded for a month or enduring four Sundays of shame. The girls picked the shame. On Sunday, some passing motorists honked at the girls, some threw cigarettes at their feet or shook cigarette packs in their direction. Others just laughed as Monac and Lincoln watched nearby to make sure the kids were safe. Mostly, the girls said they felt cold, bored and embarrassed. “I felt very stupid,” Jessica Lincoln said. “Don’t smoke because you might have to stand on the corner,” Savanna Monac joked. “We’re laughing about it all now, but we took this very seriously,” Sandi Lincoln said. “We want other parents to know there is something you can do to stop your kids from smoking. You don’t have to beat them. But you can stop it.” MMMMMNMi IMMMMMB DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 '22910 00050 a $    t BM FOUR 4    2    11 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 44° ■ Forecast, C3 I mhmmmnmmm MMM Altoona iMirror THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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